White American hate has an official home on the web, and its name is Breitbart News
As our regular readers are no doubt aware, two of America’s “most prominent” racist web sites and cesspools of neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and all around white supremacists – Daily Stormer and Stormfront – have run into serious issues operating on the legitimate Internet. the former has tried hopping from registrar to registrar only to be booted off, and the latter has been reduced to a bulletin board site that looks friesh out of the late 1990s.
But the truth is that these two sites, which had been vying for the title of “official voice of white American racism and fascism,” are pikers compared to another, more well-known site. The brilliant Joseph Bernstein at the indispensible BuzzFeed News has come into the possession of documentation that Breitbart is the official voice of white hate – and has been for some time.
Breitbart And Milo [Yiannopoulos] Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream
A cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals the truth about Steve Bannon’s alt-right “killing machine.”
an explosive cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News proves that there was plenty of room for those voices on his website.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart courted the alt-right — the insurgent, racist right-wing movement that helped sweep Donald Trump to power. The former White House chief strategist famously remarked that he wanted Breitbart to be “the platform for the alt-right.”
… [The documents] clearly show that Breitbart does more than tolerate the most hate-filled, racist voices of the alt-right. It thrives on them, fueling and being fueled by some of the most toxic beliefs on the political spectrum — and clearing the way for them to enter the American mainstream.
It’s a relationship illustrated most starkly by a previously unreleased April 2016 video in which Yiannopoulos sings “America the Beautiful” in a Dallas karaoke bar as admirers, including the white nationalist Richard Spencer, raise their arms in Nazi salutes. [See below.]
These documents chart the Breitbart alt-right universe. They reveal how the website — and, in particular, Yiannopoulos — links the Mercer family, the billionaires who fund Breitbart, to underpaid trolls who fill it with provocative content, and to extremists striving to create a white ethnostate. They capture what Bannon calls his “killing machine” in action, as it dredges up the resentments of people around the world, sifts through these grievances for ideas and content, and propels them from the unsavory parts of the internet up to TrumpWorld, collecting advertisers’ checks all along the way.
And the cache of emails — some of the most newsworthy of which BuzzFeed News is now making public — expose the extent to which this machine depended on Yiannopoulos, who channeled voices both inside and outside the establishment into a clear narrative about the threat liberal discourse posed to America. The emails tell the story of Steve Bannon’s grand plan for Yiannopoulos, whom the Breitbart executive chairman transformed from a charismatic young editor into a conservative media star capable of magnetizing a new generation of reactionary anger. Often, the documents reveal, this anger came from a legion of secret sympathizers in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, academia, suburbia, and everywhere in between.
The article is lengthy, detailed, and filled with digrammatic graphics connecting Bannon, Yiannopoulos, and a yuuuge gaggle of players ranging from outright racists to unicersity professors to political advisors to billionairs not named Mercer.
And yes, we believe it’s healthy to speculate about the source for BuzzFeed’s major scoop. There is clearly someone at or associated with Yiannopoulos and/or Breitbart who has access to a large swath of e-mail and is not happy with what transpired over the last two years. The leaker has in effect laid out the online media blueprint for the empowerment of American racists, and there is much to be learned from the narrative.
Here is the explosive video of Milo and the Nazis in full Karaoke Nazi mode.
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“It was around 1 a.m. when [Yiannopoulos, Spencer and friends] came into the bar. It was very odd because they all had the same haircut,” Amiti Perry says. “I had no idea who Richard Spencer was. I had no idea that was Milo. In fact, I had no idea that was Milo until today.”
Yiannopoulos and his group were all dressed alike, Perry says, outfitted in the pastels and crew-cuts that can often be seen at alt-right gatherings. “They were very loud and abrasive in ordering their drinks — waving their money and pounding on the bar. I said ‘Oh, it looks like you boys are celebrating something,’ and they said, ‘Oh we just came from rally,’ Perry says. “I asked them if it was fraternity thing [because they were all dressed alike] and they said ‘You could call it that.’”
“They got their drinks and didn’t tip,” Perry says. “Karaoke had ended, but they asked our karaoke hostess if they could sing a cappella because she was already shutting down her equipment. Then they asked our owner and he was like, ‘It’s not a big deal, sing something a cappella.’”
Usually when someone sings at the bar without the help of the karaoke machine, they sing something familiar, like a show-tune, Perry says. “We had no idea what was about to happen. They started ‘America the Beautiful,’ and I looked at my co-workers and said ‘This is odd,’” Perry says. “Then all of the sudden, halfway through the song, I see, from behind the stage, about 15 arms go up in the salute.”
Perry says she lost it and rushed the stage, grabbing the microphone from Yiannopoulos just as the song, and video clip, ended. “I said ‘Get the fuck out. You are not welcome here, at all,’” Perry says. “I was yelling at them, and, I remember this distinctly, they all came around me on the stage and were yelling things. Some were shouting ‘Trump, Trump, Trump,’ at that point it started to hit me who these people were, and then they started saying ‘Make America Great Again.’ Then I had people get in my face, it might have been Milo because he didn’t immediately go outside, he was kind of getting them aroused, and they were saying ‘Make America White Again.’”
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