Opinion Terror and Policy 2 Sides of White Nationalism The New York Times

Opinion Terror and Policy 2 Sides of White Nationalism The New York Times


Opinion Terror and Policy 2 Sides of White Nationalism The New York Times The white supremacist terrorists and the white supremacist policymakers share the same mission. Opinion Columnist Be warned: There is nothing soothing and uplifting in this column. I will not somberly mourn and point to our better angel and American resilience. This is not that kind of column. I have a warning to deliver, a truth to tell, and it is as unsettling as it is obvious. First, lets start with the carnage that has unfolded over the last few days. On July 28, a 19 year old white man named Santino William Legan in Gilroy, Calif., killing three people and injuring 13 others before taking his own life. , just before the shooting Legan posted a picture with a caption that told followers to read a 19th century, proto fascist book. As the site explained: The book, which is repeatedly recommended alongside works by Hitler and other fascists on forums like 8chan, is full of anti Semitic, sexist and white supremacist ideology. The book glorifies Aryan men, condemns intermarriage between races, and defends violence based on bogus eugenicist tropes. Saturday, a 21 year old white man identified by the police as Patrick Crusius walked into a crowded Walmart in El Paso and opened fire, killing 20 people and injuring more than two dozen others, some children. It was a massacre. , Nineteen minutes before the first 911 call about the shooting at the Walmart, a hate filled, anti immigrant manifesto appeared online. that authorities are investigating the racist screed which police believe was posted by Crusius. The manifesto is heavily anti immigrant and anti Hispanic. Its riddled with the fear of white displacement and fear that changing demographics will favor Democrats and turn America into a one party state. And then on Sunday, a 24 year old man named Connor Betts opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, Most of those killed were black. Are these shootings a gun control issue? Of course. We have too many guns, and too many high capacity guns. We sell guns first designed for soldiers to civilians. We dont do enough to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldnt have them and we do next to nothing to track guns once they are sold. Is this stochastic terrorism at play in which rhetoric by some incites action by others? Possibly. There is no doubt that Trump and Republicans are making poisonous anti immigrant rhetoric part of their platforms. But, I think laying all the blame at their feet is too convenient and simplistic. I think a better way to look at it is to understand that white nationalist terrorists — young and rash — and white nationalist policymakers — older and more methodical — live on parallel planes, both aiming in the same direction, both with the same goal: To maintain and ensure white dominance and white supremacy. The policymakers believe they can accomplish with legislation in the legal system what the terrorists are trying to underscore with lead. In the minds of the policymakers, border walls, anti immigrant laws, voter suppression and packing the courts are more prudent and permanent than bodies in the streets. But, try telling that to a young white terrorist who distrusts everyone in Washington. As the writer of the El Paso manifesto points out, The Republican Party is also terrible. : Many factions within the Republican Party are pro corporation. Pro corporation=pro immigration. But some factions within the Republican Party dont prioritize corporations over our future. So the Democrats are nearly unanimous with their support of immigration while the Republicans are divided over it. At least with Republicans, the process of mass immigration and citizenship can be greatly reduced. This is a reason these groups are often at odds. The white nationalist policymakers are annoyed and even incensed by the terrorists because they believe they besmirch the mission. what the policymakers insist must be done slowly, so the terrorists stew in their anger. They are angry at immigrants because their numbers are ascendant — through both immigration and higher birthrates — and, those immigrants threaten an even more accelerated displacement of white people from a numerical majority. They are angry at white liberals for courting the demise of white supremacy. They are angry at white liberal white women in particular for championing a womans right to choose and for not having more babies. They are angry at black people for even existing. It is not lost on me that this summer is the 100th anniversary of the Red Summer, when violent anti black white supremacists rioted in cities across the country, killing many, just as the Great Migration — the mass migration of millions of black people mostly from the rural South to the urban North — was getting underway. Violence is the way the white terrorists respond to demographic shifts and demographic threat. Its not simply a matter of whether Trumps rhetoric, or that of any other politician, led these shooters to do what they did. Maybe. It is also about recognizing that all of these people are on the same team and share the same mission and eat from the same philosophical trough. Its just that their methods differ. The white supremacist terrorists and the white supremacist policymakers are bound at the hip. The Times is committed to publishing to the editor. Wed like to hear what you think about this or any of our articles. Here are some . And heres our email: . 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