The Internet Is Trying To Explain What #AltRightMeans — And Nobody Seems To Agree

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If Social Justice Warriors are the people on the internet trying to get people to think outside of their own experiences, the Alt-Right are those who gleefully spit in their faces.

The alt-right, in many ways, is a reaction to the internet’s social justice movement. While so-called “Social Justice Warriors” urge people to think deeply about current issues and use more precise (some would say “PC”) language, the Alt-Right believes that the only reality should be the truth communicated in the coldest, harshest way — and that anybody who objects to such are just having their poor feelings hurt.

It was the Alt-Right — lead by Milo Yiannopoulos — who trolled Leslie Jones to the point of wanting to leave Twitter. Their ranks also boast many people who expound ideas that are overtly (and proudly) racist, sexist, and Islamophobic.

Everything about this is problematic.

Today on Twitter, the hashtag #AltRightMeans is trending. As you might imagine, you’re getting two very different responses.

On one hand:

https://twitter.com/JoshNoneYaBiz/status/768847263082971136

https://twitter.com/cristinalaila1/status/768845708875014144

On the other hand:

Or, here’s perhaps a more balanced definition?

What is the alt-right? In many cases, a philosophical excuse for bigotry. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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