National Press Club Hosts White Nationalist Event
When I lived in San Francisco I used to attend press club gatherings on occasions, while I saw quite a few odd speakers, none were as controversial and beyond the pale as these are.
Friday, September 9, 2011, at 1:30 pm sharp, in the wood-paneled precincts of National Press Club, the National Policy Institute’s press conference begins. The occasion is the release of its report “The Majority Strategy: Why the GOP Must Win White America.” Most of the 100 or so seats are taken; surprisingly enough, given the provocative topic, only one non-white face is in evidence.
The National Policy Institute presents itself to the world as a think tank along the lines of the Heritage Institute or the Brookings Institution. But as tweedy as its representatives may seem, its Mission Statement reveals that it has a great deal in common with groups who wore very different sorts of costumes to their meetings—which were often held by torchlight.
America is neither “based on a creed” nor “derived from a proposition,” its Statement of Principles declares, but is rather “the unique and irreplaceable product of centuries of specific racial, historical, and cultural identities.” That identity is white and European and can endure “only so long as the identities that created it and sustain it endure.” In short, “the perfectibility, let alone the equality, of man is not possible and is not a legitimate political aspiration. Political efforts to achieve or enforce perfectibility and equality invariably demand an unacceptable degree of coercion and result in unnecessary and unjust pain, suffering, and social disorder.” Most of that pain and suffering is felt by white people, which is why the National Policy Institute (NPI) calls itself “the right’s answer to the Southern Poverty Law Center.”
NPI’s executive director Richard Spencer, the author of the report, spoke first; he was followed by James Edwards, the host of the premier white nationalist radio show, Political Cesspool, and author of Racism, Shmacism, and Jared Taylor, whose newest book is White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century. VDARE’s Peter Brimelow was an announced speaker, but had been detained by a family emergency.