The alt-right is largely seen as an unfunny biblical joke populated by out-of-touch, angry (mostly) white men who live in the cesspools of the internet, have unimpressive lives and can’t get women to talk to them even if they’re doctors. However, as we’ve seen in Charlottesville in August of 2017, for example. there are members who will make sure no one laughs as they will give no fucks and take out as many people as possible.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has recently written an extensive and informative article about murderous alt-right foot soldiers. They’ve counted over 100 kills done by men influenced and associated by alt-right “philosophies”. Yet, the movement continues to attract impressionable folks. As long as there are reality and morally challenged white guys who feel their world’s being taken away from them and that their racist, misogynistic, xenophobic attitudes are justified due to poisonous entitlement, there are always places for them to feel at home.
The SPLC briefly describes a heinous crime in New Mexico by someone who followed alt-right ideologies:
On December 7, 2017, a 21-year-old white male posing as a student entered Aztec High School in rural New Mexico and began firing a handgun, killing two students before taking his own life.
At the time, the news of the shooting went largely ignored, but the online activity of the alleged killer, William Edward Atchison, bore all the hallmarks of the “alt-right”—the now infamous subculture and political movement consisting of vicious trolls, racist activists, and bitter misogynists.
However, the murderous trend has been traced back to 2014 in Isla Vista, California, and it began with a sad incel (involuntarily celibate) fellow you may have heard of going by the name Elliot Rodger who killed six people and harmed several others before taking his own life. Since that act of terrorism though, there were more killings done by those who supported or were a lot of the alt-right’s hate mongering.
The SPLC Explains:
Like Atchison and Rodger, these perpetrators were all male and, with the exception of three men, all under the age of 30 at the time they are alleged to have killed. The average age of the alt-right killers is 26. The youngest was 17. One, Alexandre Bissonnette, is Canadian, but the rest are American. While some certainly displayed signs of mental illness, all share a history of consuming and/or participating in the type of far-right ecosystem that defines the alt-right…
…the dark engine of the movement is reactionary white male resentment. Alt-right propaganda is designed to nourish the precise grievances recited by the disillusioned and indignant young men that dominate its ranks. It provides a coherent—but malicious—worldview. For a recruit, the alt-right helps explain why they don’t have the jobs or the sexual partners or the overall societal and cultural respect that they believe (and are told) to be rightfully theirs. This appeal is resonating at a moment in the United States when economic inequality is worsening and a majority-minority United States is forecasted for 2044—developments exploited by racist propagandists.
The article is long, but helpful. Click here to read it in its entirety.