We can call last Saturday in Virginia what we want: the latest example of domestic terrorism, a current scenario displaying the present state of the U.S.A., or just an American protest gone bad. We can also see it for what it really was: a recruitment event for the Renaissance of White Nationalism.
Clearly, it was an answer to the questions: Why haven’t they just died off? Isn’t this the era of the money-oriented, smartphone millennials?
The answer to both questions is that the new White nationalists—the so-called alt-right (alternative right wing)—along with the traditionally rabid KKK and neo-Nazis, have been recruiting and growing as we speak.
They are adept at internet branding, they are on university campuses in fraternities and sororities, they put out relentless propaganda, and they have record labels that promote anti-Semitic, anti-Black and anti-immigrant songs. They are as omnipresent as is ISIS in putting up video rants online to entice and enrage young minds.
The KKK is now in 22 different states and growing. There’s even a presence in California. Richard Spencer, who became a celebrity of sorts when he gave a Hitler salute and yelled out ‘Heil Trump!’ right after the president’s electoral college victory, now has his National Policy Institute Thinktank, with its own fan base, affiliated with an annual conference coordinated by Jared Taylor’s American Renaissance brand of White nationalism. In July, the biggest attendance yet for these gatherings was right outside of Nashville, Tenn. Although the audience was multi-generational, most of the attendees were under 40 years old. There, Jared Taylor, whose “American Renaissance” former print magazine has now become the self-named premier go-to internet site for radical race realism and White nationalism, advocated that “White males in this country are at war. There is a need to create a White ethnostate just for themselves, since the immigrants won’t go away and nobody will stop them from coming here….. It’s time to show up and show who the real Americans are.” To those attending the conference, with Mr. Trump as president, now was their time to stand up and be counted. They had a friend in the White House.
The White nationalist groups represented at the conference—and there’s been a coalition of them lately—all seem to say that Mr. Trump so far has wasted his fire on the wrong issues. They don’t care about the healthcare fight or tax reform. The only issue worth their time is anti-immigration, and they think Mr. Trump’s associates, like Attorney General Sessions, is on the right track with orders to seek all illegals out and deport them. The combined groups seem to think they are in a fight to defend and preserve White culture and civilization, and they champion authors and activists who inspire them, such as publisher Counter Currents’ “Towards the White Republic” and “In Defense of Prejudice,” the former by Michael O’Meara and the latter by Greg Johnson. O’Meara’s book is considered the “bible” of the new White nationalists (the kind advocated by Steve Bannon’s Breitbart associates), pushing the idea, “if the White race is to survive, the American empire must first perish.”
We better buckle up folks. And probably get armed. This will be a bumpy ride.
Professor David L. Horne is founder and executive director of PAPPEI, the Pan African Public Policy and Ethical Institute, which is a new 501(c)(3) pending community-based organization or non-governmental organization (NGO). It is the stepparent organization for the California Black Think Tank which still operates and which meets every fourth Friday.
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