The post-election normalization of white supremacy continues. Only days after A&E pulled its KKK "reality show" because of the revelation that producers paid off KKK members, we take another step toward making hate mainstream: publisher Simon & Schuster has signed a quarter-million dollar book deal with a well known white supremacist.
That's right, according to The Hollywood Reporter, professional hatemonger Milo Yiannopoulos -- a man who was banned from Twitter for too controversial remarks -- will soon be showing up at your local Barnes and Noble. Yiannopoulos made a name for himself among the "alt-right" by making vile, racist statements against many people. And he was one of the people responsible for Leslie Jones' leaving Twitter due to harassment.
Yiannopoulos spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the book deal:
I met with top execs at Simon & Schuster earlier in the year and spent half an hour trying to shock them with lewd jokes and outrageous opinions. I thought they were going to have me escorted from the building -- but instead they offered me a wheelbarrow full of money...I'm more powerful, more influential and more fabulous than ever before, and this book is the moment Milo goes mainstream. Social justice warriors should be scared -- very scared."
Sadly, this is just one more piece of evidence that the media is letting itself be a pawn in the comeback of mainstream white supremacy. It was not long ago that people like Yiannopoulos couldn't even get a mention in their hometown papers.
Now, in addition to Yiannopoulos, we have David Duke, the former KKK Grand Wizard, making a serious run for Louisiana senate. And we have CNN asking if Jews are people. And we have A&E trying to show off the day-to-day lives of KKK members as if they were another set of Real Housewives. And we have an NPR host asking Hitler-loving Richard Spencer if "going forward, should only white European people be considered U.S. citizens?"
By legitimizing these people, the press is undoing a half-century of improvements in race relations. But it's clear that they have no intention of stopping that now. At least we can look forward to some interesting reviews once Yiannopoulos' book shows up on Amazon.