The 2016 election has introduced the country to a white supremacy movement called the alt-right. Prior to this year, most Americans probably did not know of the existence of the alt-right. Now, the movement has not only become popularized in America, but posters asking white people to join the alt-right movement have started to appear in Toronto.
Toronto native Ian Daffern took a photo of the poster in East York and shared that the white nationalist group is not only present in America.
“It sickens me. It made me angry,” Daffern told BuzzFeed Canada.
Another Canada resident, Kevin Kerr, believes the U.S. election gave some people in Toronto the courage to stand behind the idea of white supremacy.
“The election in the States is not even a week in the rear-view mirror and already people are feeling empowered enough to post such hate,” Kevin Kerr told BuzzFeed Canada. “We have to accept the fact that this kind of hate is not uniquely American. We need a community response to deal with it.”
Historically, the ideologies in white supremacy are nothing new; however, the normalization of the alt-right — thanks in part to Steve Bannon’s new cabinet position — is somewhat new.
In the past couple of years, posters encouraging white students to embrace their heritage have popped up in the U.S. and Canada, which could be a result of Bannon and his agenda.
Four years ago, Bannon became the chairman of Breitbart News, a position once held by the late Andrew Breitbart. In his new leadership role, he was able to use the news site to propagate his alt-right agenda. Although Bannon continuously said he was coming from a place of far-right conservatism, many American conservatives denounce his beliefs.
"Andrew Breitbart despised racism. Truly despised it," former Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro wrote on the Daily Wire, a conservative website. "With Bannon embracing Trump, all that changed. Now Breitbart has become the alt-right go-to website, with [Milo] Yiannopoulos pushing white ethno-nationalism as a legitimate response to political correctness, and the comment section turning into a cesspool for white supremacist meme-makers."
With the alt-right thrust in the national spotlight, the KKK (maybe the most famous white supremacy group in history) has not only formally endorsed Trump and but they also said there will be a Trump victory parade in North Carolina held by the Klan.
The Southern Poverty Law Center reported that last year, the number of active Klan groups in the U.S. rose from 72 to 190. Donald Trump and Steve Bannon have given permission for groups like the alt-right and the KKK to continue with their hateful agenda in broad daylight, without fear of persecution. And for that reason, Donald Trump’s America will never be great.
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