Please, please, please stop calling white nationalists ‘hipsters’

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Remember the sweet, sun-kissed days of the ’00s when all anyone could complain about was bearded hipsters taking over dumb Halloween parties with PBRs and record collections culled from Urban Outfitters?

Well, it’s December 2016, and the greatest threat to American culture doesn’t come from a bunch of Hampshire College dropouts, but white nationalists and the alt-right, two groups who helped move Donald Trump into the Oval Office come January. Still, some media outlets have gone so far to conflate the two—”Meet the dapper white nationalist riding the Trump wave,” one Mother Jones headline recently read—which mischaracterizes hipster culture (no great sin), but moreover, unintentionally minimizes the profound danger sunglasses-wearing white nationalists pose. Read more…

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