I know I'm not alone in guilt-reading fundamentalist bloggers. Some of them have really nice hair and great cheap decorating tips, so I manage to turn a blind eye when their blogs go off the rails and dedicate a few posts to the benefits of being a humbly submissive bride of Christ or whatever.
So I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when I stumbled onto a bunch of alt-right Pinterest boards in my search for a DIY movie projector screen that I can rig up on my balcony. They seem so innocuous, like this:
Because I have a taste for danger, I tentatively finger-pecked "white pride" into the Pinterest search board.
Holy crap, you guys. It's a 50/25/25 mix of terrible political Facebook memes ("Oops, forgot to cash in my white privilege!"), "Celtic"/Eastern European pride, and Nazism. And there's a lot of it.
I think what's most shocking to me is that this is on Pinterest, of all places. Everyone knows Twitter is a racist cesspool, but Twitter was never supposed to be an "aspirational" lifestyle platform in the way Pinterest is. It's like walking into someone's bedroom and seeing that they have a ~*1488 Mood Board*~ hung up next to their bookshelf.
The newsy memes and "Christian/Jewish Persecution & News" boards (35K pins, 11K followers) don't unsettle me as much as the idea that white supremacy and racism is so woven into some people's lives (and "lifestyles") that they're actively looking for CRAFTS to teach their children bigotry and racism.
In late August, HRC gave a speech denouncing what's widely regarded as the "alt right" and accused Trump of "taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party.”
Now, I'm not sure if there's been an uptick in racist Pinterest boards since Trump announced his candidacy, and, frankly, I don't think Pinterest is going to give me those stats, but I do know that the degree of racism deemed acceptable to demonstrate publicly has risen. And the scary thing about a "radical fringe" is that sometimes that fringe doesn't look so radical — it just looks like Pinterest.