According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, 1 in 6 Americans said that holding White supremacist or neo-Nazi views is acceptable or they support the Alt-right, which is a White Nationalist and antisemitic movement that brands itself as an alternative to mainstream Right-wing politics.
The poll also showed that support for the Alt-right is not exclusive to Republican voters, pointing out that the share of support among Democrats and Republicans is almost the same.
Many reading this will think I’m being hyperbolic when I call 1 in 6 Americans apologists for white supremacy, but I don’t really think I am.
I know this is only 16% of the U.S. total population, but this is still a troublingly high number, considering that we are talking about people who literally view as something “acceptable” the existence of all the neo-Nazi and White Supremacist groups in the United States. If we check the numbers, this means that about 52 million Americans either support the Alt-right or they view neo-Nazi and White Nationalist organizations as something acceptable.
This should be something that the media should report on almost on a daily basis and they should also vehemently condemn this. Even Fox News (which is technically the propaganda arm of the Republican Party) should at least do something and report on this heavily concerning numbers, but sadly, mainstream media isn’t reporting as much as they should.
Just imagine the outrage mainstream media would voice if 16% of Muslims in America showed a favorable view of Sharia Law (keep in mind that if we use math, that would mean 528,000 Muslim Americans support Sharia Law, ten times less than the number of neo-Nazi apologists in the U.S.).
Some people will probably say “it’s not the same to support neo-Nazi or White Supremacist views as to show acceptance to other people showing those views”. Okay, then use my previous example again; Imagine if the survey asked, “Is it acceptable if someone shows support for Sharia Law?”. To be sure, the number of people who would say it is acceptable would likely be below 2% (and I’m being extremely generous).
Americans should start to recognize the growing number of White Supremacists and racist groups in the United States, and they should also show a big concern for this issue. We are literally talking about the same kind of people who participated in violent protests in Charlottesville, which led to the death of left-wing activist Heather Heyer. White Supremacists have been the main protagonists of various terrorist attacks, like the horrific massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina or the shooting at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.
Let’s also remember that White far-right terrorists are the biggest threat to the United States, and not Muslims like Mainstream Media and the Right-wing suggest.
We have to unite against White Supremacy and be unapologetic about it, since it is an ideology which rots the heart of people and replaces it with hatred.
We never have to be soft on neo-Nazis, White Nationalists, and racists. We never have to be tolerant of intolerance.