After Donald Trump won the presidential election, attention turned almost immediately to who his White House appointments would be. Cabinet members and advisers play an enormous role in shaping the tone and policy for any administration, and much moreso with Trump than past presidents, given that this is his first foray in governance. And while controversy was all but inevitable (polarized country, divisive campaign, etc.), the naming of Steve Bannon as "Chief Strategist" sparked widespread disgust and dismay. So for those who don't want the white nationalism and general bigotry of Bannon and his "alt-right" movement anywhere near the Oval Office, there are several ways to donate in protest against him.
Bannon is the former head of Breitbart News, a media outlet that transformed under his leadership from an edgy conservative site to a purveyor of controversial clickbait, often formulated to mock liberal causes. The website is loaded with incendiary titles such as "Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism Or Cancer?" and "Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive And Crazy." One of Bannon's most telling quotes comes from a 2011 radio interview, during which he said that the women who will lead America "would be pro-family, they would have husbands, they would love their children. They wouldn’t be a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools up in New England." Charming.
Bannon is also a hero among white nationalists, who believe America's greatness is inextricably linked to its European past (read: white supremacy). Take the Breitbart article "Why Equality And Diversity Departments Should Only Hire Rich, Straight White Men." The argument offered is that heterosexual and wealthy white dudes are the "only people besides East Asians who can handle the theoretical physics and heavy-duty maths required to properly weigh the horrific life experiences of pampered western feminists and Black Lives Matter protestors." This is standard Breitbart fare.
So here are three organizations you can donate to in protest of Steve Bannon. And by all means, make those donations out in his name.
The Anti-Defamation League
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) makes calling out racists and antisemites its full-time job. Little wonder, then, that the ADL has already condemned the appointment of Bannon. That the ADL makes it a point to note that Bannon has not exhibited explicitly antisemitic behavior means you can trust them to be fair, especially considering that the alt-right is known for its virulent antisemitism. Donate here.
The American Civil Liberties Union
One of the highlights in the aftermath of Trump's presidential win was the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) homepage. It features a banner picture of Trump next to the declarative sentence "See You In Court." It's a great way to feel encouraged in the sea of Trump scandals. According to their website, the ACLU is currently working on making sure protestors are protected, as well as "analyzing the civil liberties records of potential high-ranking federal appointees." That includes Bannon. Donate here.
The Southern Poverty Law Center
Since the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is dedicated to "fighting hate and bigotry" and "seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society," it's no surprise that they've also spoken out explicitly about Bannon. They have a petition titled "Stephen Bannon Has No Business In the White House." After signing, donate here.
If you can't afford to donate, make sure to sign one (or all!) of the petitions to have Bannon removed from the White House. Regardless of political leanings, Americans should be able to agree that the bigotry represented by Bannon has no place in any presidential administration.