Who Joins the Alt-Right? No Surprises Here?

❝ A new University of Virginia study found that white nationalists are likely to be low-income, divorced, uneducated and unemployed.

❝ One year after the Unite the Right marches in Charlottesville, Virginia that led to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and dozens of serious injuries, scholars at the nearby university analyzed the demographics of potential alt-right members in hopes of discovering what makes certain Americans susceptible to joining white nationalist movements.

❝ Researchers at UVA’s Institute for Family Studies studied responses to 2016 American National Election Survey, and singled out respondents who had a strong sense of white identity, a belief in the importance of white solidarity and a sense of white victimization. The group found that unemployed white Americans without a college degree and with an annual income between $0 and $29,000 were more likely to agree with the principles of the white nationalist movement. These respondents were also much more likely to be divorced than married or never married.

Anyplace I ever worked – where I was just looking for a short-term, less skilled [or no skilled] job, a quick buck for mediocre pay – a significant minority of my fellow-workers fit this description. Not that they migrated towards each other like untrained rodents. These were the leftover jobs after occupations requiring education and somewhat demanding skill-sets were already taken.

I’m not certain of the cause-and-effect relationships; but, I have to wonder if better education was required and available could better pay have been justified? Might their understanding of a better life for all of us have been possible?