To The DaiIy Sun,
I don't think "white nationalist" is synonymous with "white supremacist" or "Nazi." I think of white nationalism as an attitude of suspicion or hatred towards foreigners and minorities unless they abandon their culture and language and religion until they are sufficiently mainstream. Catholics, who were shunned by white nationalists even 50 years ago, are sometimes white nationalists themselves now. And, for most white nationalists now (as distinguished from "Nazis") American Jews have become sufficiently mainstream in their speech and cultural attitudes that they no longer seem "foreign" to white nationalists. But any foreigners or minorities that insist on maintaining a non-mainstream culture or religion, or continue to speak their native language, continue to be regarded with suspicion or hatred.
This kind of "white nationalism" is of course very common. It corresponds to the third of the country that still approves of Trump. We need to see that white nationalism is not some rare evil bogeyman that we can safely regard as ridiculously unlikely to ever achieve national power, like Nazis or the KKK. The really scary thing is that it is common enough to have elected a president, and that it is now being granted respectability and will thus feel emboldened to express itself in a way it didn't before.
So-called "intellectuals" of white nationalism like Steve Bannon and a thousand half-baked local pundits on talk radio and in little newspapers all over the country give vent to these attitudes. See, e.g., Bob Meade, who insinuates in this newspaper, in "It's Too Big For The Supreme Court” (July 4), that American Muslims are demanding the legal right to practice polygamy, attacks on homosexuals, stonings, and honor killings; and, in "Can't Deny That Our Country Was Founded On Judeo-Christian Culture" (October 4, 2016), affirms "we are becoming one of the last holdouts of the traditional Judeo-Christian culture."
And now, given an implicit blessing for their enraged fumings by these pundits and the president himself, the more thuggish white nationalists feel they have permission to yell racial slurs, beat up people who look "un-American," and burn down mosques. (See "Hate Crimes On the Rise," at http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/15/hate-crimes-in-us-on-rise.html)
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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