No group of people in the United States is so demonized as the white working class. Despite being the foundation of civilization and constructing the initially theorized advances in economy, infrastructure, manafacturing, and service, laborers, artisans, outworkers, and factory workers seem to always get the short end of the stick when it comes to socio-political discussions. Communist theory certainly attempted to remedy this injustice by insisting that it was the destiny of the working class to displace the capitalist system, with the dictatorship of the proletariat, abolishing the social relationships underpinning the class system and then developing into a future communist society in which “the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all.” 

This, however, is not the desire of the working class. The election of Donald J. Trump to the United States presidency was the product of the white working class, personifying the Republican voter’s dream of an anti-government, pro-business, nominally pious national leader. The middle-aged white working class has suffered under globalization, low-wage immigration labor, and freed trade more than any other demographic, and such a predicament begs them to vote for the right-wing party in the United States. 

The white working class, then, is growing increasingly hostile towards multiculturalism and leftist identity rhetoric, opting to undergo a sort of metamorphosis. Whereas many would have been entirely unconcerned or passively ignorant of identitarian ideologies in the last several decades, the uprising of “social justice warriors” (SJWs) in favor of establishing collectivist identities of minority groups has progressed perhaps a little farther than they would have liked. Today, the white working class longs for an identity, a voice, and a platform to promote their solutions for social issues. Fortunately, there is a platform for them: the alt-right. 

Although the recent right-wing rally in Charlottesville, VA is often depicted by the mainstream media as a collaboration of right-wing extremists, Klansmen, and neo-Nazis, there were a considerable amount of humble Trump supporters and conservative libertarians present who were simply adamant on promoting the rally’s cause of uniting the right. Non-white individuals could also be seen promoting conservative values and a call for unity among right-wing groups to effectively influence social progress. Among this group were many of the white working class, present to make their small but important voice known to the world. 

However, the media was not about to allow this significant presence make itself known peacefully. Labeling the rally as “white supremacist,” “neo-Nazi,” and unanimously “alt-right,” the media invented an identity for those present at the rally that would never have been adopted on their own. Regardless of the fact that many at the rally were simply America Firsters, patriots, and strong nationalists, the white working class has been promptly lumped together with hood-wearing racists and Hitler-worshiping neo-pagans. Not only in this evident in the media’s treatment of the event, but also in the reaction against Trump, inexplicably framing the entire situation upon the shoulders of the American president. 

Thus, the rally in Charlottesville marks a tremendous turning point for the white middle class. Instead of living as center-right Republicans, dedicated towards national security, the preservation of historical monuments, and the abolition of moving jobs overseas, the average Joe is now depicted as a radical white supremacist, merely on the basis of his right-wing convictions. The progressive left is trigger-happy with a contraption that labels anyone “alt-right” and “racist” on the basis of their conservatism. 

But, how will this newly found identity manifest itself in the future. The media, collaborating with leftists, has introduced a fresh wave of reactionaries, granting them an extremist identity based on nothing but propaganda and fearmongering. Will the white working class live up to these leftist-imposed narratives of fascism and right-wing death squads, or will they simply continue on as simple, traditional individuals they have in the past? Only time will tell.