We hear about white nationalists a lot, but we don’t hear a lot about white nationalists. Who are they? How many of them are there? What do they want?
Some people say that white nationalism is the biggest threat facing our country today. I’m more inclined to believe that white nationalism is an overblown media invention.
President Donald Trump condemned white nationalism Monday and vowed that the nation would respond with “urgent resolve” to a weekend of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
But in remarks at the White House, Trump offered few specifics on legislative and policy steps he would pursue.
“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated,” Trump said. “Hate has no place in America.”
Trump has faced a barrage of criticism for divisive tweets and statements in recent days aimed at black Democratic lawmakers and also the majority-black city of Baltimore, which he described as “rodent infested.” Since the early days of his campaign, Trump has used words such as “invasion” to describe immigration.
The president has also faced pressure throughout much of his first years in office to condemn white nationalism, which has been on the rise. In 2017, Trump was widely criticized for saying there were “fine people on both sides” of a deadly white nationalists’ rally in Charlottesville, Va.
As you can see, USA Today is not the least bit biased. And that last sentence is just a smidgen incorrect. In the legal profession, we would call it a “lie.”
Here is NeverTrumper Soy Boy Seth Mandel:
You could call the killer who shot up a Walmart in El Paso evil, a madman, or a lone wolf, if you like. But it would be an intolerable omission if we did not also call him a white nationalist terrorist. This ideology is a growing sickness in America, and President Trump has a duty to thoroughly and roundly denounce it.
Trump ought to use the bully pulpit to become a leading crusader against white nationalism and racism. These mindsets are immoral and they threaten everything that makes America great. Some conservatives and Republicans have hesitated to acknowledge that this a growing scourge, but after El Paso any such reluctance is unacceptable.
The shooter is a white man from Dallas who traveled to El Paso so he could murder as many “Mexicans” as possible. He targeted Mexicans and Mexican-Americans because he held a vision of America as a white nation.
Is that last paragraph correct? I dunno, I have seen and heard conflicting reports. I could be true, but I haven’t seen any official confirmation. But I am pretty sure that no matter what Trump says (or doesn’t say) the haters will find fault with it.
Following a white nationalist march in Charlottesville in 2017, a man drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, trying to kill as many as possible. He injured many and murdered Heather Heyer. Trump famously and shamefully equivocated, refusing to name and condemn the evil behind this act of vehicular terrorism and instead mouthing vague words about “both sides.”
Whoops, there it is – the Lie That Won’t Die.
A majority of domestic terrorism cases are motivated by white supremacism, according to Christopher Wray, the man Trump has put in charge of the FBI. So why hasn’t Trump spoken out against our leading source of domestic terrorism?
I’m not too sure about this assertion. I would have gone with Antifa. What does Director Wray base his statement on? FBI data depends heavily on how it is classified at the source, which is local law enforcement. How do they define domestic terrorism? How do they determine the motivation of a terrorist? I don’t recall hearing anything about recent terrorist attacks. How many cases are we talking about?
What is white nationalism? You can find stuff that says white nationalist believe this or believe that, but they never have an actual white nationalist explaining their ideology. And whenever they do show a white nationalist is always the same one or two people. Richard Spencer is their favorite white nationalist, but all they ever let him do is give an opinion on something in the news.
The news media is curiously incurious about white nationalism. One theory goes that if the media reports on them it just gives them publicity and helps them recruit new followers. I’m more inclined to the theory that knowledge is power and sunlight is the best disinfectant. We beat these fuckers before when they had numbers, money, and political power. One of the ways we beat them was we exposed them for what they were.
If these guys are a threat we need to expose them. Who are they? Let’s name ’em and shame ’em. We can do that while still respecting the privacy rights of individuals. And who’s who? What groups, if any, are white nationalist? Some people claim that the Proud Boys are white nationalists, but the Proud Boys say they’re not. What about Patriot Prayer, the group that keeps clashing with Antifa in Portland? Is the “alt-right” the same as white nationalism or is there a difference?
If we look at all the alleged white nationalist mass shooters, is there any connection between them? My understanding is that these killers are all lone wolves. But if they were all connected to the same group or person that would be an important thing to know. It would make a huge difference in how we move forward in fighting the mass shooter problem.
Can a bunch of lone wolves acting independently be classified as terrorists? We generally think of terrorism as a team sport.
Last but not least we have the Constitutional issue. It is not illegal to be a racist. Should our government be allowed to suppress an ideology, no matter how odious, just because some of its adherents commit crimes?
It seems to me that the first thing we need to do is find out who and what we are dealing with. Because everything I have seen so far indicates that white nationalism is a few disorganized broke-dick losers with no financial or political support. They can’t even gather in public without police protection. I have yet to see anything to convince me that they are anything but a media creation designed to use against Donald Trump.
That doesn’t mean that they can’t cause any harm. Oswald was a lone-nut and he changed the course of American history. Are white nationalists a retail threat here and there or a wholesale threat to the nation as a whole? Let’s find out.
And while we’re at it, let’s investigate Antifa too.