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alternative right is a euphemism for white supremacy. The bogus Breitbart News online agency promotes white supremacy and is supported by a number of white nationalist and white supremacist groups. With Steve Bannon, the Breitbart News executive chairman, stepping to the Forefront of the Trump presidential campaign as CEO, it puts Breitbart and its supporters into the spotlight of mainstream America. David Duke is also part of this mix. As the trump campaign picks up steam from Duke, his supporters and other independent white nationalist groups, it puts openly self-proclaimed racists right in the middle of a presidential campaign. Certainly this is not the first time to see this. There were the Dixiecrats and of course, there was George Wallace in 1968. But they were not part of one of the two mainstream parties. Steve Bannon's ascendance into the driver's seat of the Republican presidential campaign makes the issue of the Alt- Right a major concern to all Americans who believe in the Constitution and equality for all. It's easy to ignore these kinds of hate groups when they're On The Fringe or online or hidden out some place in Idaho. But when these kinds of people and groups come into a mainstream presidential campaign, then it's time for all Americans to pay attention and to decide what they truly believe in and what they stand for.
Temple Israel in Charlottesville is the South's oldest synagogue. Last Saturday its members had an experience that they never imagined would happen to them. They were held hostage inside the synagogue while hundreds of armed Neo-Nazis marched outside. As the members left through a back entrance, a handful of battle fatigue dressed Neo-Nazis remained out front across the street. Someone might say--well so what--nothing occurred. But this kind of psychological intimidation is typical of what racists do. You have only to mention a burning cross and you can imagine the impact that would have on a minority person in the United States. Those who not now, nor ever, will ever be targeted by these white supremacist groups cannot possibly understand how their victims are psychologically damaged by these attacks.