This is where we are now: the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. is reminding us, in the wake of white supremacists openly offering Nazi salutes and denigrating Jews, that "the Holocaust did not begin with killing; it began with words."

"The Museum calls on all American citizens, our religious and civic leaders, and the leadership of all branches of the government to confront racist thinking and divisive hateful speech," a statement from the museum, released Monday, read.


Museum officials were responding to press reports of a weekend meeting of the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist think tank headed by Nazi poster boy Richard Spencer, who resurrected Nazi propaganda and wondered out loud if Jews "are people at all."

That's worth remembering the next time you hear someone call Spencer and his ilk the "alt right."

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