Rejecting the Faint Pestilent Voice Emanating From the Sewers Below
Trumpettes. Photo by Nate Gowdy
Still Some Hope Dept: Hate crimes are on the rise - four mosques just got obscene letters calling Muslims "a vile and filthy people" who will soon be gone once Trump proceeds to “cleanse America and make it shine again” - and suit-and-tie Nazis were just saluting the Führer in D.C. at the giddy urging of Richard Spencer, the unsavory new star of white supremacy whose hateful rhetoric has won him a rating "on a scale of one to Goebbels." Spencer's calls for a white "ethno-state" have been greeted with alarm by many, including those who know best: The U.S. Holocaust Museum in D.C. has denounced him with the reminder, "The Holocaust did not begin with killing; it began with words." That's the bad news. The good news is that seemingly everyone who ever knew Spencer is rushing to repudiate him.
In his former hometown of Whitefish, Montana, residents say they do not "not ascribe to his views,” roundly blast him in op-eds, have passed an anti-discrimination ordinance, and are posting "Love Lives Here" signs for the holidays. (For his part, Spencer says he doesn't like them anyway, especially "the ones who claim to be dedicated to love.”) In Texas, A&M University has said his views are "in direct conflict with our core values," the headmaster of prestigious St. Mark's School where Spencer went - as did Trump-bashing journalist Kurt Eichenwald - took a polite dig at him, and fellow alumni of the class of 1997 less politely launched an online fundraiser in his name to help refugees and asylum seekers in Dallas via the International Rescue Committee, calling his views "un-American and a threat to civil society." One contributor vowed to reject "the faint pestilent voice emanating from the sewer below." Wrote another, "This Nazi doesn't represent a single damn thing St. Mark's stands for." The fundraiser's original goal was $20,000. They are now inching towards $50,000.