A post on In Mala Fide prompted this post.
The White Nationalist (WN) movement is an interesting movement in the US. It has a large presence online, however, this misconstrues its actual support offline. In meatspace, these folks seem to have little to no presence.
The WN’s are really derived from the White Supremacists (WS) of a while back. Before that, they were part of the Segregationists, primarily Southerners, who challenged integration and the nascent Civil Rights Movement.
For a few decades after Civil Rights, they existed as WS. WS have an agenda of “take back the US.” Generally nowadays it means something like ending all non-White immigration, expelling all post-1965 non-White immigrants, and Whites taking back most of the US, possibly with separate states for non-Whites, defined on White terms. The more unreasonable ones have always talked of throwing out most or all non-Whites from the country.
With White demographic decline, WS became less and less viable, so they moved to White Separatism. White Separatism is a notion that the US is gone and not worth saving, and they are saying that they want a divorce from America.
Other White Separatists envision large White states in the US along with smaller Black and Hispanic states.
The name change from WS to WN was done to soften the tone of what is a virulently racist movement. WS leaves a bad taste in people’s mouths. When you say WN, most folks say, “What’s that?” It doesn’t sound so nasty. The racism stayed the same, they just gave themselves a fancy new paint job.
The WN’s has some curious heroes and notions about American history. American Renaissance is probably the more moderate end of the movement. From reading its pages, we can see that even moderate WN’s:
1. Gleefully support the invasion and colonization of America by Whites.
2. Fully support the conquest of the Amerindians and the theft of their land.
3. Apparently support slavery, though generally, they just don’t mention it.
4. Fully support the Confederacy in the Civil War and hate Lincoln and the North.
5. Despise the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, which gave freed slaves equal rights among other things.
6. Support Jim Crow and segregation in the South from 1865-1965. The biggest WN heroes are the most obnoxiously racist and recalcitrant segregationists of all like George Wallace and Strom Thurmond.
7. Believe, incredibly, that only Whites are real Americans. All non-Whites (including Amerindians?) are not real Americans, regardless of how long they have been here. This view is actually a hallmark of WN thought, and even the most moderate types of all such as Ian Jobling hold fiercely to this point of view.
8. Oppose, vehemently, the Civil Rights Movement, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the Housing Rights Act, etc.
9. Regard Brown vs the Board of Education as one of the darkest days in American history.
10. Oppose, ferociously, the little-known 1965 Immigration Act, which removed quotas mandating that 90% of all US immigration come from Northern Europe.
Just looking at those 10 points right there is startling. I have known many Whites in my life, from liberal to conservative, but hardly one of them accepts any of the 10 views above. For California Whites to support any of the WN positions above, with the possible exception of #10, is simply outrageous. Here in California, even the most reactionary Reaganites don’t think like that.
At the same time, this movement is insistent that they are going to “win.” They are going to win over the majority of US Whites to their wild, ultra-racist cause. One wonders seriously what drug these people are on.
As far as White Separatism goes, I would be surprised if 5% of White Americans support it in that they would like to move to a White state, though it would be nice to see a poll. Support for the positions 1-10 above must be small, with the exception of #10, but most Whites probably don’t even know what the 1965 Immigration Act is.
What about lesser positions?
15% of US Whites would never vote for a Black for President. That’s clearly a WN position, and it could be argued that this is a potential support base for these tools. But still, that’s only 15%.
25% of US Whites “oppose miscegenation,” whatever that means. Most of those 25% probably oppose Black-White breeding. That’s another clear WN position. Me? I’ve hardly ever met a White person who “opposed miscegenation.” They barely exist in California.
So there’s 15-25% of the White population as a base that could possibly be radicalized enough to support WN and a separate White state. But you would need more than that. You would need the support of 81% of US Whites, since, realistically, you are going to get the support of ~0% of non-Whites. Every couple of years, as the White % of the population declines, you will need a greater and greater % of Whites. In two years, 82%. In three years, 83%. It’s crazy. There’s no way they can do this.
However, even the 15% and 25% figures are surely slowly declining every year. How do we know this? Because White racism has been in slow decline for 45 years now, accelerating in recent years.
How can these crazies possibly get a majority of US Whites to agree to a separate White state, along with buying the ideological program #1-10 above? It doesn’t seem possible. They would have to radically increase racism among US Whites. But it’s been on a long-term decline for decades now. How are you going to turn that around?
The best that the WN can hope for is that maybe the nation will let their 5% crazy faction of the Whites secede. The rest of the country might get sick of them and say be gone with you. In 20 years, they might be lucky to get a slice as big as Rhode Island, but even that is a real outside shot.
How many Whites would actually want to go live in the White state? I wouldn’t mind living with normal White people, but there won’t be any normal Whites in the White state. Your neighbors would be Don Black, Jamie Kelso, Tom Metzger, David Duke and Alex Linder. The heck with that. I’d rather live with these illegal alien Mexicans I’m living with now. They’re more civilized. Plus the economy would stink.
Which reminds us of another WN agenda: It’s clear that they are trying to make White racism acceptable again.
One great thing that we anti-racists and liberals have done since the 60’s is we have completely stigmatized White racism. Most Whites nowadays would probably rather be dead than racist. It’s a long-term trend that builds on past gains with each new year and seems to be accelerating with time.
It goes along with increasing White-non-White marriage. Many White families are now dealing with non-White in-laws for the first time. Here in California, most Whites are handling this quite well. They love their non-White in-laws and especially their mixed-race grandchildren.
One gets the feeling that the WN’s are in a mad Race against Time. Time is not on their side, nor is history. The trend in human history is towards progress, not reaction. History moves forwards, generally not backwards. Sure, things move a bit back for a time, but then the powerful Wand of Time reasserts itself. The WN’s are reactionaries who are trying to make clocks run backwards. They are up on the levee, sandbagging against the roaring floods of human progress. Their mission, like that of other reactionaries around the globe, will be futile.
Fukuyama was wrong. History did not end in 1989. There was no end of history, and there will be no end of history. Times marches forwards, and so does the human race. Progress is as inevitable as the next sunrise.
There’s a reason for progress. Generally, “the good old days” actually stunk. “Let’s go back and live in the past” is typically not a very good idea. The Luddites and the Taliban just plow ruts in a muddy field, and all they do is sink.