Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Even the Holocaust Museum Is Worried About Our Nation's Current Nazi Rhetoric
"The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exists to serve as a constant reminder of the horrors we as a species are capable of. So after the museum's leaders issued a statement today calling on Americans to reject "racist thinking and divisive hateful speech" following a white nationalist conference held in the Ronald Reagan Building near the museum, it may be time for us to wake the f*ck up. That conference, of the National Policy Institute, was billed as a gathering of the "alt-right," the rebranding vehicle for white nationalism. (The organization describes itself as "an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.") The Institute's leader, Richard B. Spencer—who in the past has called for a "peaceful ethnic cleansing" in America—spoke before a group of 200 people, declaring at one point, "Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!" In response, many audience members erupted and yelled back the slogan: "Hail Trump!" That's when the Nazi salutes started."