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The Roots of White Nationalism.
« on: March 14, 2019, 10:55:50 PM »
Whenever I'm out driving my radio is usually tuned to NPR and today I learned a new thing about our social issues of the present day.
NPR's Ari Shapiro was speaking with Atlantic writer Adam Serwer about his new piece "White Nationalism's Deep American Roots."

If you had asked my opinion on the matter yesterday I would have likely said that White Nationalism must have started in the American South and had deep roots in the American version of Nazism. I would have been wrong.
It gained wide spread acceptance in early 1900 and was a dog whistle that helped the top 1% of the wealthy and politically connected gain and keep power, just as it is today!

We just do not learn from our own history, much less world history. You might say that it's sad for us to fall for this bullshit all over again, but to me it's just us being our normal thickheaded, bumbass selves.

The following quotes are snips from an article in The Atlantic by writer Adam Serwer
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The concept of “white genocide”—extinction under an onslaught of genetically or culturally inferior nonwhite interlopers—may indeed seem like a fringe conspiracy theory with an alien lineage, the province of neo-Nazis and their fellow travelers. In popular memory, it’s a vestige of a racist ideology that the Greatest Generation did its best to scour from the Earth. History, though, tells a different story. King’s(Congressman Steve King) recent question, posed in a New York Times interview, may be appalling: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?” But it is apt. “That language” has an American past in need of excavation. Without such an effort, we may fail to appreciate the tenacity of the dogma it expresses, and the difficulty of eradicating it. The president’s rhetoric about “shithole countries” and “invasion” by immigrants invites dismissal as crude talk, but behind it lie ideas whose power should not be underestimated.

The seed of Nazism’s ultimate objective—the preservation of a pure white race, uncontaminated by foreign blood—was in fact sown with striking success in the United States. What is judged extremist today was once the consensus of a powerful cadre of the American elite, well-connected men who eagerly seized on a false doctrine of “race suicide” during the immigration scare of the early 20th century. They included wealthy patricians, intellectuals, lawmakers, even several presidents. Perhaps the most important among them was a blue blood with a very impressive mustache, Madison Grant. He was the author of a 1916 book called The Passing of the Great Race, which spread the doctrine of race purity all over the globe.

Grant’s purportedly scientific argument that the exalted “Nordic” race that had founded America was in peril, and all of modern society’s accomplishments along with it, helped catalyze nativist legislators in Congress to pass comprehensive restrictionist immigration policies in the early 1920s. His book went on to become Adolf Hitler’s “bible,” as the führer wrote to tell him. Grant’s doctrine has since been rejuvenated and rebranded by his ideological descendants as “white genocide” (the term genocide hadn’t yet been coined in Grant’s day). In an introduction to the 2013 edition of another of Grant’s works, the white nationalist Richard Spencer warns that “one possible outcome of the ongoing demographic transformation is a thoroughly miscegenated, and thus homogeneous and ‘assimilated,’ nation, which would have little resemblance to the White America that came before it.” This language is vintage Grant.

Most Americans, however, quickly forgot who Grant was—but not because the country had grappled with his vision’s dangerous appeal and implications. Reflexive recoil was more like it: When Nazism reflected back that vision in grotesque form, wartime denial set in. Jonathan Peter Spiro, a historian and the author of Defending the Master Race: Conservation, Eugenics, and the Legacy of Madison Grant (2009), described the backlash to me this way: “Even though the Germans had been directly influenced by Madison Grant and the American eugenics movement, when we fought Germany, because Germany was racist, racism became unacceptable in America. Our enemy was racist; therefore we adopted antiracism as our creed.” Ever since, a strange kind of historical amnesia has obscured the American lineage of this white-nationalist ideology.

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Re: The Roots of White Nationalism.
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2019, 07:10:21 AM »
What the biggest problem is that most millenials think it's cool to be in the White Nationalist Party cause they need a place to belong. They don't understand at all!!! My next door neighbors think the same and don't realize their roots. They are not smart enough to think for themselves and find out the real truth...

 


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