Saturday, February 17, 2018

Chauncey DeVega on "Oppressed" White Males as Shock Troops of Alt-Right and GOP White Identity Movement

Here's Chauncey DeVega writing one day before 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz took an assault rifle to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and murdered 19 people; DeVega's article is entitled "Terror victims Donald Trump won’t talk about: Americans killed by the 'alt-right'":

The "alt-right" is the tip of the spear, and a distillation of the social pathologies and broken civic culture that elected Donald Trump. In essence, the "alt-right" provides the shock troops, and arguably the ideological vanguard, for Trump's and the Republican Party's white identity movement. 
What do we know about white supremacists and other members of the so-called "alt-right" movement? A recent working paper titled, "A Psychological Profile of the Alt-Right" by psychologists Patrick Forscher and Nour Kteily offers some preliminary answers. 
• They are overwhelmingly white and male. 
• They exhibit the "dark triad" of personality traits which are Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathy. 
• They are radicalized online first through appeals to misogyny and sexism and the lie that white men are "oppressed." From that "men's rights" indoctrination, these white men are then socialized into white supremacy. 
• They possess little if any reluctance to use violence to obtain their personal and political goals. 
• They are motivated by racism and not the much discussed and incorrect narrative of "economic anxiety." 
• They are not "lone wolves" or isolated, stereotypical "losers." 
• They dehumanize other groups, especially black people, and also believe that white people should have special collective rights and privileges.

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