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Saturday August 13th

Letter: ​Alt-right 'minority' isn’t under threat


On Feb. 13, Chris Watson wrote to the DTH that there is a small, but growing “minority” on campus. This supposed minority lurks everywhere, under many names, and in all departments. “We exist,” Mr. Watson assures his readers, as if the banal question of their existence was ever in doubt.

We are told that the specter of “social justice” haunts our classrooms, making it impossible for students to address “content” because we are too busy paying attention to the trivial matters of race or ethnicity.

Furthermore, radical leftists, Marxists, and anarchists are to blame for this. Please, Mr. Watson, if you see any of these so-called radicals on campus, do let me know. I can’t seem to find them anywhere. More important, however, are the tired platitudes deployed. We hear about leftist violence, censorship of free speech and America’s courageous past. These claims are unsubstantiated.

So here is the push back. The violence on the working class is a result of capital and corporations run amok. The “alt-right” president is the most powerfully heard voice in the world — hardly a lack of free speech. America’s history is the history of slavery, abuse, dispossession and state violence against the most vulnerable.

I’d like to remind the “alt-right minority” how hard it is to focus on content when you’re worried about your visa status, or routine traffic stops resulting in abuse or death or the threat of deportation from ICE patrols in your neighborhood.

Here’s to an America without fear.

Micah Hughes

Graduate student

Religious studies

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