In the wake of of the Nationalist Front Shelbyville march, I and many others criticizedthe look of the march, in particular the military-like 1980s-style costumes.
Given the timing of the event, and the presentation of “this is the Alt-Right from the internet come to the real world,” and most importantly, the potential that more such costumed marches will take place, I didn’t feel as though I had a choice other that to say, “no, this is not the same movement that I helped build on the internet, and it is not something that I endorse or personally want to be a part of.”
I said that because I would not presume to tell others what costumes they can or cannot dress up in, we should go our separate ways. The reason I said this was so that people can understand that I am not going to give support to this type of costumed action.
That is the long and short of what I felt I needed to say. I have said this, a lot, to people privately, and I have said it publicly – it is important that we take the aesthetics and tone of our internet movement, which has been so overwhelmingly popular with the young, and create a real-world analog that jives with it. Despite that, those guys went ahead and did a costumed march, so I was put in the position where I felt I needed to say something.
I hated having to do that. There is…Read More