It was between 1961 and 1965 that Lyndon B. Johnson decided that affirmative action would no longer just be a matter of wiping out inequality in employment, but would be a form of retroactive justice, so to speak. It would right the wrongs of previous generations by actively trying to improve the opportunities of the marginalized. John F. Kennedy’s Executive Order 10925 had been expanded and developed, and Johnson’s Executive Order 11246 had begun a long tradition of compensation for systemic injustices....
To preface a movement with “alt,” surely, is to presuppose that said movement is alternative: something different to what has come before, a new or original mode of thinking, a novel political standpoint that chooses to make its own rules rather than conform to those identities created before. Yet in both the so-called “alt-right” and the so-called “alt-left” or even the far left, it seems that this hoped-for originality no longer exists. There is little sense in going against the grain or attempting something different—of standing up for a position that is underrepresented. Rather, these movements seek to fight a battle that, although now rife with political disparity, is age-old in its tenet. Both sides have well-established ideals, both have a substantial, devoted following, and both, despite labeling themselves as “alt,” fight under banners that have become almost commonplace in today’s political climate....