In St. Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, an international mélange of Holocaust deniers, Hitler apologists, white nationalists and Russian ultra-nationalist met in March at the Holiday Inn. They pressed the case for Russian opposition to American foreign policy and American multi-racial democracy, they supported the rebels in the eastern reaches of the Ukraine, and they opposed the European Union. Jared Taylor from American Renaissance was the fourth speaker up. Notably, he said things from that Russian platform that he has not quite said from any American dais. As such, this Russian event may signal some changes among American white nationalists.
Taylor told the crowd that his family had been living on American shores for 350 years. But he preferred to think of himself as European; European “as much as you are,” he told the crowd of Russians, Finns, Greeks, Germans and Brits. He then described America as the font of evil in the contemporary world, spewing immigration, diversity, and worthless ideas” that were the “greatest enemy and murderer of authentic tradition.”
To understand what this small shift means, please remember that Taylor presented himself in his first book in 1990, Paved with Good Intentions, as a disappointed liberal who has finally “figured out” that black people cannot make it in contemporary white society. In the mid-1990s, he no longer positioned himself as a disappointed liberal. Instead, he insisted that the key to his future success is for white people to develop a case of explicit white self-consciousness. At the same time, he was working with the Sons of Confederate Veterans. At that time, Taylor was enmeshed in American whiteness, trying to bring it to self-conscious fruition, and hoping to turn the entire society over to white ownership, control, and, in the view of this reporter, racist depravity.
Now he is calling for, in his words: “We support a strong and sovereign Russia that defends its traditions against all attacks. We support a Europe of nations and of regions, each with its own irreplaceable traditions.” And for the United States and its so-called white European traditions, it appeared as if Taylor has given up hope of any American renaissance. Instead, it seemed as if Jared Taylor was throwing his lot in with the Russians.
Details are still sketchy in the murders of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife in Texas and in the slaying of Colorado prisons director Tom Clements, but investigations seem to be leading to white supremacist prison gangs in both cases. The 211 Crew in Colorado and the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas appear to be connected to the latest spate of murders directed against law enforcement officers and prosecutors. White supremacists appear to have declared open season on police officers, judges and attorneys associated with the justice system. White supremacist violence directed at government officials and law enforcement agents has become a source of increasing concern for the FBI and for independent organizations that monitor hate groups, as white supremacists continue to commit murders and other violent crimes against racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants and interracial couples. Over the last four years, white supremacists have been responsible for a number of attacks on American citizens and law enforcement officers. Although the total number of white supremacists remains small, they are an increasing threat to police officers and judges as well as a threat to racial, ethnic and religious minorities in many of our communities.
James Taranto is worried about bigotry in America. Bigotry against white people. He starts his editorial with a quotation of wingnut blogger William Jacobson of legalinsurrection.com:
“Everytime [sic] I think the Democratic race card players could not get more vile, more deranged, more patronizingly demeaning to blacks, someone manages to defy even my vivid imagination,” thunders blogger William Jacobson. He’s referring to a passage in a Washington Post editorial about critics of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice—a passage that in our view is useful for its clarity.
He’s apparently a regular reader at Jacobson’s site.
Here’s the passage from the Washington Post editorial that upset Jacobson, and now Taranto:
Could it be, as members of the Congressional Black Caucus are charging, that the signatories of the letter are targeting Ms. Rice because she is an African American woman? The signatories deny that, and we can’t know their hearts. What we do know is that more than 80 of the signatories are white males, and nearly half are from states of the former Confederacy. You’d think that before launching their broadside, members of Congress would have taken care not to propagate any falsehoods of their own.
Taranto says it’s racist of the Washington Post to suggest that white males from Confederate states might be racist. Then he says it’s racist for Obama’s campaign organization to ask, “Which constituency groups do you identify yourself with? Select all that apply.” without offering a ‘white’ option. After some snarky speculation about the reason for this, he gives the one he believes:
The reason for the absence of a “Whites” category is that white identity politics is all but nonexistent in America today. That wasn’t always the case, of course: For a century after the Civil War, Southern white supremacists were an important part of the Democratic Party coalition. They were defeated and discredited in the 1960s, and the Democrats, still the party of identity politics, switched their focus to various nonwhite minorities.
Obama’s re-election was a triumph for this new identity politics—but the Post’s nasty editorial hints at a reason to think this form of politics may have long-term costs for both the party and the country.
Among the dangers of Democratic minority outreach is inflammation of the all but nonexistent white supremacist movement:
This seems likely to weaken the taboo against white identity politics. Whites who are not old enough to remember the pre-civil-rights era—Rep. Duncan, for instance, was born in 1966—have every reason to feel aggrieved by being targeted in this way.
Ultimately the danger of minority outreach, and the reelection of our black president, is that it brings out hostility. He’s not specific about who is getting hostile, but I can read between the lines.
The danger for the country is that a racially polarized electorate will produce a hostile, balkanized culture. In 2008 Obama held out the hope of a postracial America. His re-election raises the possibility of a most-racial America.
This is one more reason I think the Republicans are doomed, even though Mr. Taranto sees it as a reason the Democrats are doomed.
John Derbyshire’s first column VDARE after being fired from the National Review— besides one dedicated to thanking generous readers — includes a defense of white supremacism. It doesn’t seem like a coincidence that one of Derbyshire’s most explicitly racist essays is packaged with a very explicit request for donations. It seems Derbyshire has discovered one of the benefits of turning off lots of mainstream readers by writing a racist essay about advising his kids to avoid black people is that it earns the loyalty of a smaller number of racist readers who will pay money for more racist stuff. Derbsyhire, the conservative writer fired from the National Review for, has a new column for vdare.com,
Derbyshire’s case for white supremacy at vdare.com, a site for “Immigration Patriots,” noticed by Think Progress’ Ian Millhiser, goes like this:
The enemies of conservatism are eager to supply their own nomenclature. “White Supremacist” seems to be their current favorite. It is meant maliciously, of course, to bring up images of fire-hoses, attack dogs, pick handles, and segregated lunch counters—to imply that conservatives, especially non-mainstream conservatives, are cruel people with dark thoughts.
Leaving aside the intended malice, I actually think “White Supremacist” is not bad semantically. White supremacy, in the sense of a society in which key decisions are made by white Europeans, is one of the better arrangements History has come up with. There have of course been some blots on the record, but I don’t see how it can be denied that net-net, white Europeans have made a better job of running fair and stable societies than has any other group.
He then quotes a personal essay, called “A White Teacher Speaks Out,” from the “race realist” website American Renaissance.
Wildwood bills itself as a family friendly resort on the Jersey Shore, but suddenly, it’s a city dealing with an incident of racism.
“I thought maybe someone thought this is prank,” says Uyvonne Robinson, “but it’s not a prank to us. This is our livelihood.”
On Wednesday morning, someone posted a sign outside Nana’s Apartments that read “Parking for whites only.” Robinson and her husband have owned the motel for eleven years, but they have never seen anything like this.
Not that Klansmen and their ilk should ever be associated with negative stereotyping, mind you – but it does seem that the type of man who rises to leadership positions in the white nationalist universe has a peculiar knack for becoming entangled in child-sex scandals.
Read more at: Hatewatch (SPLC).
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This new book company contains a mild website with the description “a bright light for the white right” and offers “cultural, fiction, historical, lifestyle, philosophical, political and scientific” books.
Among the bold offerings of this new startup are books like Hitler: The Adjournment, where “the author explores the more sensitive and quintessentially human aspects of Hitler’s personality in light of the inextricable links he has with his own recent past.”
Other lovely offerings like Race, Evolution and Behavior provide the return of social darwinism, just in time to meet Glenn Beck’s neo-Lindberghism. It’s just lovely to see all these awful, vomit inducing ideologies creep their way back into public life. Thank you, right wing, for making the world worse.
This article at Hatewatch outlines the perfidy of the Harbins, both dad and son are white supremacists & Neo Nazis, and the son is likely to be found to be a domestic terrorist. However the article also demonstrates the crossover between Neo-Nazi group members and Neo Confederate group members, they both have one priority after all.
While most US white supremacists distance themselves from visible neo nazism, the Harbin ties to the Council of Conservative Citizens show that they are easy allies at minimum. Another easy example are the ties between convicted Neo Nazi Bill White and his Neo-Confederate friend, Robert Stacy McCain.
Neo-Nazi sympathizer and former NSM member J.T. Ready, currently one of Arizona’s most visible self-appointed border patrollers, claimed that he personally recruited Harbin into the NSM, but that he himself is no longer a member of the group. When asked by ABC15 News in Phoenix if he knew what Harbin was planning to do with the bombs, Ready replied that things are still under investigation, and that the reporter “would have to talk to the feds and see what their official statement is…but I will say that domestic terrorism is real.” An NSM spokesman contacted ABC15 News reporter Christopher Sign and informed him that Jeffrey Harbin was “no longer with” the NSM.
Jeffrey isn’t the only Harbin to be involved in the neo-Nazi movement. Jeffrey Harbin is the son of Jerry Harbin, who has been active in white nationalist causes for years. In 1999, the senior Harbin was listed as the Phoenix contact for a new chapter of the racist Council of Conservative Citizens in the Citizen Informer, the group’s newspaper. The CofCC, which evolved directly from the pro-segregation White Citizens Councils of the Jim Crow South, has referred to African Americans as “a retrograde species of humanity.”
In 2001, Jerry Harbin became the coordinator for the Phoenix chapter of the National Alliance (NA), at that time one of the most dangerous and best-organized neo-Nazi groups in the country. Harbin’s chapter was active through 2005, when it switched to a chapter of National Vanguard (NV). In 2006, Harbin showed up at the neo-Nazi Winterfest in Phoenix, which was hosted by the wife of Jesse Curnow, Arizona Coordinator for the white supremacist Nationalist Coalition. By 2007, Harbin was no longer with NV, and instead turned his attention to other, perhaps more benign activities, like being the adjutant and choir director of the Phoenix camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Arno Michaels used to be a proud Wisconsin white supremacist. He had a “hate metal” band, Centurion, that sold some 20,000 CDs about killing blacks and Jews, and undoubtedly acted as a soundtrack to fear and torment. (It still does; there remains a following in Europe.) But last year Michaels started an organization called Life After Hate, a web mag preaching anti-violence, and wrote a book My Life After Hate. It’s part of his journey from hate leader — he organized 1988’s Skinfest, which attracted monsters from all over the country to Milwaukee — to, well, anti-hate leader. Now 40, Michaels has a lot of making up to do. Things changed in the 90s, when he saw his own daughter at day care playing with kids of all races. “I didn’t want her to be a victim,” he told the Shepherd-Express in February. “I thought about the parents of kids I’d beaten up. They loved their kids as much as I loved mine. It really hit me how horrible I’d been. I really regretted it.” Now, he says, “hate was justified by a claim of love for the white race.” That’s what he believed from around age 17 to 24, when he was, let’s say, an active racist.