How did it get started?
I started this blog a few years ago with the original intention of blogging about strictly feminist and LGBTQ issues. The original title, Hail to the Gynocracy!, was a dig at fragile men’s rights activists who believed women had taken over. Since then, it has evolved in accordance with what I find fascinating to write about.
How did it change?
In the past couple of years I’ve begun to notice a resurgence in what is known as the Alt-Right movement, which is a kinder way of saying “white nationalists” who have a strong adherence to white identity politics and who often desire a whites-only ethnostate. Although they’re often referred to as “white supremacists,” some take umbrage at this label and eschew Nazi imagery.
They reject liberalism and traditional conservatism, rail against “cultural Marxists” who are conspiring to commit “white genocide” through interracial relationships and mass immigration. They’ve also seen a spike in media attention, if not popularity, with the rise of Donald Trump as a political figure.
This blog is dedicated to tracking the adherents of the new white supremacy: the Alt-Right movement, neo-reactionaries, Red Pillers, Identitarians, and Dark Enlightenment thinkers.
Why the name ‘Angry White Men’?
I’ve taken some flak for naming my blog this, but it was inspired by a quote by right-wing commentator Michael Savage. In 2009, during the first year of Barack Obama’s historic presidency, Savage told his listeners:
[T]he rage has reached a boil. If they keep pushing us around, and if we keep having these schmucks running for office catering to the multicultural people who are destroying the culture of this country … Guaranteed. The people — the white male in particular — let me talk specifically. The white male in particular — the one without connections, the one without money — has nothing to lose, and you haven’t seen him yet. You haven’t seen him explode in this country, and he’s still a majority, by the way. In case you don’t know it. He is still the majority. No one speaks for him. Everyone craps on him. People use him for cannon fodder. And he has no voice whatsoever. He has nobody speaking for him.
So he goes to these extreme fighting events. Take a look at them, and you’ll see what the white male is capable of. And you’re going to find out that if you keep pushing this country around, you’ll find out that there’s an ugly side to the white male that has been suppressed for probably 30 years right now, but it really has never gone away.
It’s this group of reactionary white people (usually male) who inspired me to watch far-right groups that the media has been ignoring or failing to report properly on.