An honest look at ‘race-realism’
The 2016 US presidential election saw a myriad of issues thrust into the spotlight of political debate. One of the most controversial of these is the rise of white nationalism. Many prominent figures on the left were quick to dismiss the movement as “racist” and frequently labelled its ideology “hate speech”.
For in the minds of many, white nationalism is an obvious byword for white supremacy. They also see the change in terminology as an insidious attempt by white supremacists to appear less threatening. Therefore, it was with no surprise when Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton called its proponents “a basket of deplorables”.
The mainstream media has been complicit in helping to create and present this particular description of white nationalism to the general public. Many news outlets have spoken of the dangerous threat posed by the surge in white nationalist thought across the nation. But are things all as they seem?
Like any umbrella term, white nationalism covers a wide range of ideas and beliefs. Fundamentally, white nationalists view race as an important aspect of individual and group identity. They believe there are indisputable inherent genetic differences between racial groups and that racial conflict is an inevitable consequence of multi-racial societies.
Proponents point to scientific research which suggests that each race has differing levels of IQ and that a direct correlation can be made with IQ and violent crime. Unlike white supremacists, they do not wish to rule over other racial groups but instead propose the establishment of various ‘ethno states’.
White nationalist advocates unanimously support a non-violent form of ‘social cleansing’ and condemn previous acts of genocide. They reject the term segregationist as they are supportive of the right to ‘free association’ for those who wish to live in ‘multi-racial’ societies.
The so-called ‘Jewish question’ has traditionally been an area of contention within the movement. Some white nationalists argue that by acting in their own self-interests, prominent Jews have historically influenced society in ways that have been detrimental to whites, whether intentionally or not.
Due to its controversial nature, white nationalist ideas have been mainly confined to niche magazines, while academic studies on the subject are rarely published in major periodicals. The arrival of the internet has opened up opportunities previously unthinkable and the movement has gained significant momentum as a result.
The academic Jared Taylor is seen by many as the ‘intellectual Godfather’ of the movement. He describes white identity as “the recognition by whites, that they have interests in common that must be defended. All other racial groups take it for
granted that its necessary to band together along racial lines to work together for common interests”.
He adds, “So what I’m proposing for whites, is nothing more than something that is utterly widespread and understood among all other races. I prefer the company and the culture of whites and want to live in a majority white country. I get along fine with non-whites, but being white is an important part of my identity”.
The rise of white nationalism is inexorably linked to the emergence of the ‘Alt-Right’ movement. Although white nationalist organisations like Jared Taylor’s ‘American Renaissance’ has existed since the nineties, it had remained on the fringes of the political mainstream for years.
But for decades a growing discontent had been brewing throughout ‘white America’. The social revolution of the 1960’s had moved previously marginal beliefs like open borders and multiculturalism into the mainstream. This created a widening disconnect between the coastal liberal elites and so-called ‘middle America’.
While the United States is rightly seen as an immigrant nation, it is also a country primarily made up of white Europeans. Up until the 1960’s, America had an immigration policy which discriminated against non-whites from becoming citizens, ensuring that its western values were protected and allowed to flourish.
Concerned about what they saw as the destruction of traditional values and the changing of America’s national identity, grassroot conservative groups like The Tea Party sprung up in defense of America’s cultural heritage. But a new united conservative movement, with the ability to draw disparate groups together proved to be elusive.
The game changer came in the unlikely form of Donald Trump. Running on a platform of anti-globalisation, anti-immigration and American nationalism, Trump’s presidential campaign became a magnet for a growing number of dissatisfied Americans across the conservative spectrum.
The billionaire tycoon also drew support from young anti-establishment libertarians who were sick of the ‘social justice warrior’ culture which permeates the world of academia. There was a backlash against left-wing concepts like ‘white privilege’ and ‘white guilt’ which was alienating a new generation of voters.
Trump railed against a range of issues including political correctness and multiculturalism to the delight of many on the right who had long felt disillusioned with the conservative establishment. Trump’s so-called ‘alt-right’ manifesto saw the movement propelled into the national consciousness and carried Trump all the way into the Whitehouse.
Trump’s staggering victory was a huge moment for white nationalists who see campaign promises like the ‘travel ban’ and the ‘Mexican wall’ as a cause for optimism. Richard B. Spencer, the author credited for coining the term ‘alt-right’, now claims his movement can “inflect the polices” of the Trump administration.
And the movement stretches far beyond the reach of Capitol Hill. White nationalist groups in Europe view the recent waves of Muslim immigration into the continent as a huge threat to western civilisation. In response Anti-Muslim, pro-nationalist political parties have enjoyed major breakthroughs in recent elections.
To see the rise of white nationalism is to witness a fundamental change in the way many people in white majority countries now view multi-racialism and its effects on society. As Andrew Brietbart said, “politics is downstream from culture” and the culture of the western world is shifting rapidly.