|American Renaissance magazine|
|Vol 5, No. 8||August 1994|
Multiculturalism and the War Against White America
A lecture on truths about race and the costs of denying them.
by Lawrence Auster
Underlying everything we have heard at this conference [American Renaissance conference of May 28-30] are two bedrock truths about race and race relations that go against everything we have been taught. The first truth is that there are significant differences in average intelligence between different populations, and that such gaps in intelligence cannot be closed by any known human means.
The second truth is that not all groups are equally assimilable to each other, in the sense of the ability to come to share a common outlook, identity and way of being. The greater the historical and racial differences between two peoples, and the greater the numbers involved, the harder assimilation is going to be, and the more likely it becomes that conflict between such different peoples will be permanent.
Today’s liberal and conservative orthodoxies hold the opposite beliefs — first, that all racial groups are equal in inherent abilities, and second, that all racial groups in the world, no matter how different, are at bottom basically alike and equally assimilable into American culture.
The first belief, in the equality of abilities, leads to the notion that any actual differences in achievement between races must be due to discrimination, which is to be overcome by preferential racial quotas. The second belief, that everyone in the world is equally assimilable, has led to an immigration policy based on what are in effect racial quotas applied to the entire world. The continuing influx of over a million immigrants per year, 90 percent of them non-Europeans, combined with higher nonwhite birth rates, is steadily turning America into a multiracial, nonwhite country — a “mirror” of the entire world.
A good way to understand the impact of massive nonwhite immigration on American society is to compare it to the impact of preferential minority admissions in the university. As Dinesh D’Souza has described it in Illiberal Education,universities admit underqualified minority students, while assuring them that they are perfectly well qualified. When these students find themselves having academic difficulties, they blame “institutional racism,” then they blame the curriculum itself, which they say is culturally alien to them.
The administration, not wanting to admit the truth, eagerly agrees with the minority activists that racism is at work. In effect, the administration makes the entire university community, especially the white students and the faculty, the scapegoat for a racial inequality that was created by the administration itself when it admitted unqualified minorities. The school then sets up coercive “anti-racist” programs and speech codes aimed at whites, and adopts multicultural curricula and intellectual standards that conform to minority cultures and “learning styles.” When white students protest these things, the minorities, in D’Souza’s words, “conclude that they have discovered the latent bigotry for which they have been searching.”
In sum, the result of admitting large numbers of unqualified minorities into a university is that whites start to be demonized as racist and are systematically silenced, while their civilizational heritage is attacked as unrepresentative and illegitimate and begins to be systematically dismantled.
Now if all these things happen when you admit large numbers of nonwhite students into a predominantly white school, what happens when you admit massive numbers of nonwhite immigrants into a predominantly white society? The very same things. The failure of the nonwhite population to fit into the society is blamed on the society itself, rather than on the fact that they were admitted in the first place. The white majority starts to be demonized as racist and is systematically silenced, while its civilization is attacked as unrepresentative and begins to be systematically dismantled. The great irony is that the admission of nonwhites is supposed to prove that the society is nonracist and egalitarian, yet the more nonwhites are admitted, the more racist and unequal the society seems.
Impact on American Life
While the “delegitimizing” impact of unassimilable immigrants can be seen in many areas of American life, in no other field is it more obvious than in the arts. Cultural institutions in cities with large third-world populations are rapidly abandoning the Western high culture tradition in favor of third-world folk cultures. According to music critic Edward Rothstein writing in the New Republic, the new immigrants simply aren’t interested in Western music:
“[S]trikingly in a city like New York, [classical music culture] is largely a racially stratified culture as well: there are almost no black or immigrant faces (aside from Asians) to be seen in concert halls… My neighborhood arts organization, like many others around the country, has been unsuccessful in marketing Western art music to the new racial and international communities in the area. So instead they’ve begun presenting the folk musics of immigrant and black cultures.”
The same applies to the theater. “The reason that Broadway appeals less to New Yorkers these days,” writes theater critic Thomas Disch, “isn’t just that Broadway has changed: so have New Yorkers… [A] glance around the lobby at any Broadway show reveals who isn’t there: any of the city’s readily identifiable minorities — blacks, Hispanics, Asians …”
Theatrical companies have tried to address the problem by introducing multiracial casts into Western plays, but have been disturbed to find that the audiences for such multiracial productions are still almost exclusively white. Evidently, third-worlders are simply not attracted to Western theater, even when it has lots of nonwhites in the cast. Since changing the cast doesn’t work, the only solution will be to give up the plays themselves. The irony is that these problems, are not seen as the result of nonwhites’ lack of interest in Western culture, and therefore as proof of their non-assimilability; rather, Western culture itself is blamed for not appealing to nonwhites.
Artistic images of American history are also coming under attack. Rush Limbaugh recently noted that the state of Oregon, after commissioning a beautiful bronze statue of a 19th century pioneer family, had rejected the completed statue because the image of a white pioneer family was considered “racist” and “noninclusive.” While Rush was unusually upset about this incident, it didn’t seem to occur to him that it had anything to do with demographic change — i.e., that it is our society’s increasingly nonwhite character that is making any “all-white” image seem unrepresentative and therefore illegitimate.
In 1993 there was an angry protest by black and Hispanic students at the University of Massachusetts who wanted the school to dump its official symbol, the Minuteman. The image of a “white man carrying a gun,” they charged, was racist. For the time being the school has resisted this demand. But for how long? As the university’s white population continues to decline, can we expect the Chinese and Pakistani students and administrators of the future to care enough about the image of the Minuteman to defend it against intimidating black and Hispanic protesters? Who will preserve the symbols of our Anglo-European national heritage after whites are gone?
Indeed, who will defend that heritage even now, while whites are still the majority? On Long Island this past Spring, a school production of Peter Pan was canceled at the last minute, after six weeks of rehearsals, because the town’s American Indian minority felt that the play’s portrayal of Indians (which, remember, is simply a childlike fantasy taking place in Never-Never Land) was insulting to them. So, to accommodate multiracial America, this classic play that we all remember with fondness from our childhood is to be proscribed. The most significant thing about the incident was that no one in the town, including the parents whose children had their play taken away from them, seriously protested this outrage.
In an even more horrifying example of white surrender, an elite private school in New England was considering hiring a well-known multicultural curriculum consultant when it was discovered that the consultant — a Caribbean-born black woman based in Toronto — had admitted in a published interview that her approach would make white children feel intimidated and guilty. After some discussion, the school’s board of trustees went ahead and hired her anyway.
These are examples of what is happening to our entire country and culture. As America becomes more and more nonwhite, everything we think of as the American culture and identity will be either censored, squeezed out or transformed into something else.
The response of establishment conservatives to these concerns is to say that such problems are created not by immigrants but by alienated white elites, as well as by the general moral decay of our society. “It is true that radical and liberal elites in education, government, and media appear to be doing everything they can to destroy whatever is left of traditional America, and they might well be doing so even if there were no immigrants at all.” But we must understand that even if there were no “cultural revolution” going on in this country, the kind of massive demographic change we are experiencing as a result of immigration would still be enough, by itself, to destabilize and ultimately destroy our culture.
The list of horrors proving this point goes on and on: the dominance of Latin American mores and language in southern Florida; the transformation of southern California into an outpost of the third world; multiracial juries unable to reach verdicts because jury members don’t share any common understanding of reality; the exodus of hundreds of thousands of whites from immigrant-intensive areas every year; the booming population of Southeast Asian refugees that will make a town like Wassau, Wisconsin (which was 99 percent white 15 years ago) a Hmong-majority city in a generation; the Santeria animal sacrifice cult from the Caribbean; Muslim extremism and terrorism; expanding Chinese and other foreign-based criminal networks; the takeover by Dominican drug-dealers of upper Manhattan, where Dominicans marched with huge banners denouncing “500 Years of Genocide” after a Dominican drug dealer was killed by a police officer in self-defense.
These and many other disorders are occurring not because of cultural radicalism or affirmative action or middle-class moral decay. They are happening as the direct result of revolutionary changes in this country’s ethnic and racial make-up.
The Weapon of ‘Race-neutrality’
What is it that prevents whites from protesting their own demographic and cultural dispossession? The most common explanation is that people fear being called racist. That is true, and it’s not just political correctness. Deep in the American mind is the ideal of America as a country where advancement is open to anyone, where “it doesn’t matter who your parents were.” The fatal problem with that formula is that it can work only within certain limits — when you’re speaking of individuals sharing a basic commonality. If you apply it en masse to radically diverse populations, it becomes absurd and dangerous. The ideal of “race-neutrality,” applied to incommensurable groups, turns out to be not race-neutral at all, but becomes a weapon used by one race to dispossess the other.
I came across a remarkable example of this in the coverage of the South African election. Amidst all the media’s joyous talk about a “nonracial” or “multiracial” democracy being born, Newsweek came out with a sensational cover with bold letters crying “Black Power!” So deep is the doublethink in which we live today, that I wonder if more than a handful of people noticed the gross contradiction of celebrating black power in what was supposed to be a “nonracial” election. But of course it’s not a contradiction at all: What “nonracial” really means is that it is whites who are supposed to be indifferent to race, in order to help nonwhites advance their racial interests.
This same double standard and delusion works across the board. For example, the belief that all the peoples of the world are equal in intellectual abilities is thought to be a race-neutral or “nonracial” idea, since it is saying that race doesn’t matter. But since the races are not equal in average abilities, this “nonracial” belief in equality turns out to be completely racial. It holds that blacks have far greater abilities than they in fact have, and invariably blames white racism for actual black inequalitiy. It is therefore the duty of whites, until the end of time, to exhaust their wealth and spiritual energy in a hopeless effort to make blacks collectively equal to themselves. The “nonracial” belief in equality thus turns out to be a kind of black racialist mythology.
Similarly, our immigration policy, which is thought to be race-neutral, is in fact turning America into a nonwhite country, dispossessing white America and its culture. Yet it is considered “racist” to oppose this policy, and “nonracist” to support it.
Ultimately the pursuit of race-blindness (in anything more than a legal and procedural sense), leads to complete incoherence. Columnist Jon Carroll of the San Francisco Examiner once complained about the fact that we are supposed to respect everyone’s differences, while at the same time we’re supposed to treat everyone equally — which requires us not to notice differences at all. Carroll continues:
“One is required to deny the evidence of one’s senses. I perceive that African American men are different from Caucasian men are different from Asian women are different from (what?) Ethiopian Jews. Can we compare these differences? No, we cannot. We may say for the record that these differences are beautiful, equally beautiful, precisely geometrically equally beautiful, but that’s it.
And if we do begin to compare these differences, Carroll says, that leads us right back to value judgments about racial differences, which immediately devolve into “racism.”
Paralyzed by these contradictions, as well he should be, Carroll concludes: “I think intermarriage may be the only way out … Of course, we’d lose a lot of interesting specific cultures that way …” What he means, of course, is that we’d lose a lot of interesting races that way, including our own.
Along the same lines, but with far more enthusiasm, Morton Kondracke in the New Republic wondered how America could overcome its racial inequalities, and concluded that racial intermarriage is the only solution: “It would be a lot easier if each of us were related to someone of another color and if, eventually, we were all one color. In America, this can happen.” Racial intermarriage is even more aggressively championed by Ben Wattenberg, who sees it as the path to universal salvation.
I want to make the meaning of all this very clear. Modern liberalism told us that racial differences don’t matter, and on the basis of that belief, liberals then set about turning America into a multiracial, integrated, race-blind society. But now that very effort has created so much race consciousness, race conflict and race inequality, that the same liberals have concluded that the only way to overcome those problems is to merge all the races into one. The same people who have always denounced as an extremist lunatic anyone who warned about “the racial dilution of white America,” are now proposing, not just the dilution of white America, but its complete elimination. Race-blind ideology has led directly to the most race-conscious — and indeed genocidal — proposal in the history of the world.
This is the insanity that results from uncritically accepting the idea that race doesn’t matter. And the moral paralysis of whites in the face of immigration comes from the terror or distaste that they feel at saying that race does matter. There is also whites’ inability to face the fact that they are a civilizationally distinct group — comprising only 15 percent of the world’s population — that is demographically threatened by the rest of the world’s desire to live in the uniquely attractive societies that whites have created.
If whites continue to be open to nonwhites, as their race-blind moralism tells them they must, their societies will cease to exist; but if they exclude or disengage from nonwhites, that will require them to be “harsh,” “unkind,” “mean-spirited.” It will require them to say that they care about the survival of their race vis-a-vis other races. To the contemporary white person, such an idea is utterly evil and unacceptable. But the funny thing is, there is really nothing evil or horrible about it at all. It turns out to be the most reasonable and commonsensical thing in the world. It’s the current race-blind ideology that is insane.
So before we recoil in horror or embarrassment from speaking explicitly about race, let us remember that America’s current politics is already a race-conscious politics, only it’s a politics based on lies about race. It’s a politics directed against whites and their civilization. And it pretends that it’s not about race at all, but that it’s race-neutral and universal. So instead of today’s race-conscious politics, which is based on lies about race, let us have a race-conscious politics based on truths about race.
These truths include the following propositions:
Long-term harmonious relations between a racial majority and racial minorities are possible only when the minorities do not exceed a certain percentage of the population.
While individuals of different races living in the same society can get along on a basis of equality and mutual recognition, entire races, living in the same society, cannot.
In the right circumstances, individuals or small groups of one people can be assimilated into a host culture of a different people, but there are limits to such assimilation. Certainly if the entire people associated with the host culture is displaced or swamped by a different people, the host culture will also disappear. Even smaller shifts in numbers can be enough to delegitimize the host culture and produce chronic cultural conflict.
Therefore, the culture, identity and traditions of white America and Western civilization cannot survive in any community or institution that becomes multiracial or white-minority.
Because of the greater attractiveness, prosperity and openness of white Western societies, nonwhites will keep moving into them as long as they can. Therefore white America can survive demographically and culturally only if it recognizes itself as a threatened ethnoculture; if it ceases or drastically reduces, on a national scale, all non-European immigration; and if it assures, on a local scale, communities where its own institutions may survive.
The large and enduring differences in average intelligence between blacks and whites mean, first, that blacks on their own can never be expected to maintain a modern, democratic, civilized society; and second, that blacks can never be expected to achieve collective economic equality and other kinds of parity with whites. The forced attempt to achieve such collective equality, through affirmative action and through endless attacks on white racism as the supposed cause of existing inequalities, can only break down all the institutions and standards of society and lead to race warfare.
There are therefore only two sane options for black-white relations in this country. Either blacks accept the above facts; accept a society where white Western standards of law, behavior and intellectual life are dominant and where advancement will be open for blacks only on an individual, not a collective basis; accept their status as an ethnic minority and be grateful to be living in a white society where they have goods and opportunities undreamed of in a black society; or else, if blacks are not willing to accept these things, then to avoid race warfare there must be peaceful separation between the races.
These propositions have nothing to do with any notions of race-hatred of the other, or of race-worship of one’s own. White people are just as sinful and imperfect as any other people. Unlike ideologies such as Afrocentrism and Nazism, which are based on the deification of one’s own people and the demonization of others, this new politics is based on a Christian recognition of our human limitations, namely that we do not possess the godlike power to create a perfect world where everyone is equal, and where differences don’t matter. If there is any arrogance to be seen today, it is in our current immigration and affirmative action policies, which are among the greatest examples of hubris in the history of the world.
The irony is that whites are terrified that non-whites will hate them and even start a race war if whites stand up for themselves, while the truth is that many nonwhites will begin for the first time to respect whites. Currently minorities don’t respect whites because whites have defined themselves ideologically as nothing while, in personal terms, they still try to protect their self-interest. Whites thus seem both weak and hypocritical and therefore despicable, and nonwhites just keep moving into the vacuum left by white surrender. But when whites begin to assert their own civilizational and racial identity and their desire to preserve it, not in a hateful way but in a calm, intelligent and firm way, then nonwhites will begin to see whites, not as the “oppressors” of left-liberal demonology, but as human beings who have the same basic interests and concerns for their people and culture that the minorities have for theirs.
At bottom, all we are doing is making an appeal to justice. The injustice and unacceptability of the current double standard will become obvious to any person of good will once it is pointed out. And that is why the principles I’ve described need to be at the center of an anti-multiculturalist, pro-Western civilization politics in this country. In my view, given current demographic realities, any conservative politics that lacks these principles cannot be a serious politics.
In Deuteronomy, Chapter 28, God pronounces the curse that will fall on the people of Israel if they fail to follow God’s law:
“Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and fail with longing for them all the day; and it shall not be in the power of your hand to prevent it. A nation which you have not known shall eat up the fruit of your ground and of all your labors; and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually; so that you shall be driven mad by the sight which your eyes shall see.”
Unless America wakes up to the threat of demographic and cultural dispossession, and finds the will to resist it, the curse pronounced in Deuteronomy awaits us all.
This is an abbreviated version of the talk Mr. Auster delivered at the AR conference in Atlanta. His complete remarks — as well as those of the other speakers — are available on both audio and video tape. Please address inquiries to: Renaissance Audio-Visual, 272 Hope Street, Marietta, GA 30064.
An America Without Americans
A remarkable new study of the prospects for the American nation.
America Balkanized, by Brent Nelson, American Immigration Control Foundation, 1994, 148 pp., $10.00
reviewed by Thomas Jackson
The American Immigration Control Foundation has established itself as the premier publisher of trenchant monographs on immigration. Brent Nelson’s America Balkanized is one of the best volumes on the subject now available and is a worthy successor to Lawrence Auster’s The Path to National Suicide, published by AICF in 1990.
Dr. Nelson calls his book an essay on “the problems of governance in the multi-ethnic state which will arise in the United States if immigration is not curtailed.” Drawing on examples from history, current events, and even sociobiology, he argues that America’s immigration policy cannot help but create conflicts “of such dimensions as to be insoluble within the traditional limits of American governance.”
Many people have pointed out that massive non-white immigration could destroy the United States. Dr. Nelson’s contribution is in articulating the principles that make destruction inevitable — if current policies continue — and in exploring some of the ways American elites deceive themselves into thinking that all is well.
North American Mammals
What could be called the leitmotif of the book comes from a surprising but persuasive source: The Mammals of North America, written by a professor of biology at the University of Kansas named Raymond Hall. This volume, which Dr. Nelson tells us is the definitive work in the field, arrives at one conclusion so emphatically that Prof. Hall italicizes in the original: Two subspecies of the same species do not occur in the same geographic area. Similar strains of squirrel or fox do not occupy the same ecological niche for long. Very occasionally they interbreed and produce a new subspecies, but usually one will destroy or simply displace the other.
Prof. Hall applies this rule to the human mammals of North America. “To imagine one subspecies of man living together on equal terms for long with another subspecies is but wishful thinking and leads only to disaster and oblivion for one or the other.”
It is very unusual to find such a categorical dismissal of attempts to create multiethnic societies. To a thoughtful biologist, however, sustained non-white immigration into the United States is a fatal violation of Nature’s balance. Much of the conflict we see not only in the United States but around the world is the reassertion of the mammalian nature of man in the face of repeated attempts to deny it.
Dr. Nelson points out that it is not just the recent cheer-leaders for the “end of history” who have been tempted to ignore biology, but every classical sociological theorist from Marx and Spencer to Weber and Durkheim: “The underground survival of the ethnic factor in Eastern Europe (and elsewhere) and its sudden explosive re-emergence in separatism, irredentism, rioting, and civil war has confounded all the classical theories of sociology.”
Moreover, unlike animals, human beings do not need anything so obvious as biology in order to assert group distinctions. Populations that are racially identical can fragment murderously because of religion or language.
Of all the world’s peoples, it is probably only whites who ever believed that the “ethnic factor” could be made not to matter. Americans, in particular, seem to believe that heterogeneity is not the slightest obstacle to national unity, and that a nation’s spirit can expand infinitely to accommodate all comers. Dr. Nelson quotes Jeane Kirkpatrick as follows: “Only those who do not understand America believe that families that have been here for 10 generations are more American than the tens of thousands of new citizens naturalized last year.” In other words, anyone can instantly become completely American.
Many of those tens of thousands of naturalized citizens have no such illusions. They know they bring immutable characteristics that may not affect the legal American state but that permanently change the American nation. “What color is to blacks, language is to Hispanics,” explains Maurice Ferre, former mayor of Miami. “We could come back in 100 years and the Latinos will not have assimilated in the classic sense,” says the head of the Chicano [Mexican-American] Studies Research Center at UCLA.
Some immigrants are openly contemptuous of the culture and history to which Mrs. Kirkpatrick seems to think they will smoothly assimilate. Ricardo Chavira, who writes for Time magazine, says: “Imagine the ludicrousness of an elementary school teacher telling a room full of Chicanos that George Washington and company were our Founding Fathers. Obviously, those guys in matching white wigs were no fathers of mine.”
Many Chicanos intend to follow the logic of anti-assimilation to its obvious conclusion; they fully expect steady Hispanic immigration to push whites out of the Southwest and to bring complete Hispanic domination. Although it is not clear whether the Southwest would then reattach itself to Mexico or become an independent nation, Chicanos already have a name for their nation: Aztlan, which means “the bronze continent.”
Dr. Nelson quotes a 1982 article in Excelsior, Mexico’s leading daily, that anticipates the same victory:
“The territory lost in the XIX century … seems to be restoring itself through humble people who go on settling various zones that once were ours on the old maps.“Land, under any concept of possession, ends up in the hands of those who deserve it.”
White Americans are not even putting up a token resistance to reconquest; they have granted to illegal aliens all the social benefits of citizens. Dr. Nelson reports further that when the Texas legislature passed a Buy American-Buy Texan law, it treated Mexico as part of the United States. Likewise, it voted to let Mexican nationals pay in-state tuition at five Texas state universities near the border, thus establishing the principal of treating aliens better than American citizens from other states.
Dr. Nelson explains that as long ago as the 1960s, Chicanos realized that conquest would not require desperate measures because whites were willing partners in their own dispossession. Activists have instead opted for what they call “the long march through the institutions,” that is, establishment of Chicano Studies Departments, naturalization, seizure of majorities on school boards, and massive voter support for co-racialists.
Their confidence is based not just on sheer numbers but on how those numbers are distributed. In Houston, Texas, for example, Hispanics were only one fifth of the population in 1985. However, they accounted for one third of the children in the Houston School District, and more than half of the first-graders. Hispanics need only wait for the Southwest to fall into their hands. Before long, vast regions of the country will reflect what is now only a local phenomenon: Those who are to be “assimilated” outnumber those who are presumably to do the assimilating.
This demographic transformation has been greatly assisted by proponents — mostly white — of “multiculturalism.” In Dr. Nelson’s view, former Marxists have simply rechanneled their hatred of capitalism into hatred of Western Civilization, and with equally destructive intent:
“After the transformation of America which they advocate has been effected, American civilization will no longer have its formerly European character. American civilization will have been effectively abolished.”
Multiculturalism is promoted with a tremendous propaganda effort meant to convince whites that the displacement of their culture is either inevitable or is appropriate punishment for their sins.
‘America is Unique’
Dr. Nelson devotes a considerable part of his book to the question of what defines a nation. He quotes John Jay, writing in 1787 in The Federalist Papers: “Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people, a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs …”
Jay recognized that these are the ties that bind nations together. Today, whites have begun to realize that America can no longer lay claim to any of the old ties. So-called conservatives, who do not share the multiculturalists zeal for the destruction of Western Civilization, find themselves in the absurd position of claiming that a third-world population can still, somehow, be “American.”
Rather than admit that the disappearance of Jay’s common bonds means the dissolution of America, they claim that the country is uniquely exempt from the need for common bonds. What then makes America American? Dr. Nelson cites the economist Robert J. Samuelson: “Prosperity is what binds us together.”
It would be hard to think of a more threadbare basis for national unity. No nation enjoys eternal prosperity. Its true test is adversity. By Mr. Samuelson’s definition, the United States could not survive another depression or protracted war. It may not even survive mild recession. In Mr. Samuelson’s terms, the United States is strictly a business interest; if it stops being profitable, it can be liquidated. Whether he knows it or not, Mr. Samuelson is admitting that America is no longer a nation.
The thesis of American uniqueness, to which scholars and politicians cling with increasing desperation, does have some basis in history. America did manage to blend Europeans into a cohesive nation, despite the conflicts that continued to wrack Europe. However, as Dr. Nelson points out, this blending took place under ideal circumstances. The new Americans were of the same race (or subspecies, to use Prof. Hall’s terminology) and the Western frontier served as a safety valve for ethnic friction. Today’s newcomers are not only racially — and therefore permanently — different, they are pouring into a nation that is increasingly crowded and exhausted.
The promise of American uniqueness is false. One of the signs of approaching dissolution is the extent to which the role of government has become mediation between hostile groups. The reigning theory of the last several decades has been that “tolerance,” “sensitivity,” and “openness” can bring a permanent solution to racial conflict. There is, of course, no sign of permanent solution. Dr. Nelson points out that races are “political conflict groups” that are “already pre-organized by Nature.” Racial friction is therefore an abiding addition to the normal political disagreements found even in homogeneous nations.
It is not as though the mainstream media are unaware of this. For example, they duly report that during one 18-month period in the town of Long Beach, California, there were 55 drive-by shootings as part of a feud between Cambodian and Hispanic gangs. Long Beach was once so overwhelmingly white it was called Iowa by the Sea. The astonishing thing is that the degeneration of a homogeneous, prosperous white city into a racial battleground for aliens does not provoke calls for the restoration of homogeneity. Instead, government takes on the increasingly futile task of papering over racial antagonisms. This is the cost of pretending that humans are not mammals.
“Government in a multi-ethnic state must grow ever more intrusive, ever larger, and ever more costly, simply in order to preserve the political integrity of the state,” writes Dr. Nelson. Every act of government becomes a racial juggling act, a distribution of spoils to each group according to mathematical formulae.
To the extent that multi-ethnic states work at all, they require the indulgence of the majority. Dr. Nelson quotes historian Hans Kohn: “Fundamental for the solution of problems of duo- or polyethnic states is not primarily the attitude of the minority or minorities but that of the majority. The weaker groups in the population must receive a greater consideration than would be proportional to their numerical strength.” Dr. Nelson notes that this is true in Switzerland, Belgium, and Canada, as well as the United States.
Here, the game of exploiting the majority has become so attractive that groups other than races now play it. Homosexuals, feminists, and handicapped people have all copied blacks and Hispanics and now demand special favors in the name of “victimhood.”
America Without Americans
Where will it end? Dr. Nelson predicts that as their numbers dwindle, whites will eventually demand from their leaders the racial aggressiveness typical of non-whites. It is only the nostalgic attachment of the white majority for the idea of a united America, the illusion that it is still possible to have a government that speaks for Americans of all races, that gives the country even the appearance of unity. These nostalgic illusions will be torn away by the ruthless consolidation of power by non-whites:
“When … European Americans begin to think of themselves as such and demand ethnically conscious European American leaders, then America will have become America Balkanized, a nation without Americans, just as Yugoslavia, in the early 1990s, became a nation without Yugoslavs; i.e. no longer a viable nation.”
Awakened white consciousness may not come for several decades. Because America — with its forms, its trappings of government, its national symbols and slogans — derives almost exclusively from European sources, whites will be the last to abdjure the realm and abandon the current notion of what America is supposed to be. They will cling to the image of an “inclusive,” “tolerant,” all-absorbing America — but only at their peril. No one else plays by those rules. As Prof. Hall reminds us, any attempt by two human subspecies to live side by side “leads only to disaster and oblivion for one or the other.”
America Balkanized is available from AICF, Box 525, Monterey, Va. 24465. The price is $10.00, which includes postage.
|IN THE NEWS|
O Tempora, O Mores!
The California legislature has passed a law requiring the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to deny drivers’ licenses to applicants who are illegal aliens. Until now, the DMV has ignored immigrant status, and a driver’s license is one of the most common forms of identification for welfare and free medicine. The law has no provision for checking the immigrant status of people who already have licenses. [Jerry Gillam, DMV, INS to check new license applicants, LA Times, 6/22/94, p. A3.]
California is one of 23 states that allow citizens to pass legislation by referendum. A group of disgruntled whites is trying to get the following proposition, known as the California Civil Rights Initiative, on the 1996 ballot:
“Neither the State of California nor any of its political subdivisions or agents shall use race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin as a criterion for either discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group in the operation of the State’s system of public employment, public education or public contracting.”
This initiative has been reported in National Review and in the Wall Street Journal, and may be a harbinger for rising white consciousness. The people behind the initiative are asking for donations and volunteers. They can be reached at CCRI, Box 11795, Berkeley, Calif., 94701.
White Man’s Burden
Max Frankel was, until recently, executive editor of the New York Times. He was a tireless advocate of race-based hiring preferences and was especially famous for decreeing that Times editors must hire a black for every white they employed. In a recent television interview, he admitted to having established this rule but denied that it was a quota. [Daniel Seligman, Keeping Up, Fortune, May 16, 1994, p. 153.]
Hypocrisy in High Places
A year and a half into his term of office, President Clinton has still not appointed a chairman for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He has floated the names of three candidates — all Hispanic — but each was pronounced unfit by “civil rights” groups. It has become particularly important for President Clinton to find a Hispanic for the job, because two other high-profile jobs that are off-limits to whites — chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights — have gone to blacks. Needless to say, by looking only for Hispanics, President Clinton is violating the very laws that the EEOC is supposed to enforce. [Ronald Brownstein, EEOC suffers amid minority debate over next leader, Houston Chron, 5/22/94, p. 12A.]
In the spring of 1991, Hispanics had their first riot in Washington, DC. A black policewoman shot a drunken Latino, and the Mount Pleasant area had a jolly evening of arson and looting. This resulted in the usual tribute: expressions of concern and infusions of cash. This year, something called “Congresso Latino” commemorated the riot with a week-long fiesta called “Empowerment Through Participation.” There were voter registration drives, seminars on how to milk Medicaid and welfare, demonstrations for immigrants’ rights, and a day-long soccer tournament. [Lisa Leff, Week of events to mark Mt. Pleasant disturbances, Wash Post, 4/30/94, p. B2.]
Gangaram Mahes is an immigrant from Guyana. He has found that life in prison, with a dry bed and three meals a day, is better than anything he can manage on the outside. He is a gentle fellow, though, and does not want to hurt anyone in order to get out of the rain. Instead, he goes to a Manhattan restaurant, eats a $50 meal, and then tells the waiter he cannot pay. He usually gets 90 days in jail. It costs taxpayers $162 a day to board Mr. Mahes at Rikers Island prison, so a 90-day stay costs $14,580.
Mr. Mahes is usually out on the streets for only a few days before he gets hungry and patronizes another nice restaurant. He has committed the same crime at least 31 times. Christina Swarns, a young Legal Aid lawyer who has defended Mr. Mahes, says, “It’s a very sad thing. How bad is it, his life, that he would prefer prison?” [Rick Bragg, “Serial diner’ breaks in to prison with a knife and fork, Miami Herald, 6/5/94, p. 6A.]
Miss Swarns got it wrong. How pleasant must prison be, and how impervious to ordinary punishment must Mr. Mahes be, to prefer living in jail.
Land of the Free
Texas has an Adopt-a-Highway program, in which groups may put up small advertising signs along a stretch of road that they promise to keep clean. Nearly 4,000 groups have been allowed to adopt highways, including bands of homosexuals, nudist colonies, jail inmate groups [aren’t they made to pick up litter?], and The Homeless Men and Women of Corpus Christi. In the program’s eight-year history, only one group has been forbidden to adopt a highway and to put up signs: the Ku Klux Klan.
The Klan wanted a stretch of highway near Vidor, Texas, where the federal government has been busily integrating heretofore-all-white public housing. Judge Joe Fisher ruled that Texas’ interest in promoting integration outweighed the Klan’s right to free speech. [Wendy Benjaminson, Klan hits a dead end in effort to adopt road, Houston Chron, 5/8/94, p. 1D.] A federal judge thereby restricted a right that is explicitly defended in the Constitution in favor of a “right” on which the Constitution is silent.
Brave New Africa
The April 25 issue of U.S. News & World Report recounts a conversation with a group of beer-drinking, reefer-smoking black township gangsters in South Africa:
“”Nzakes,’ 24, explains what it’s like to kill. “You get a little bit of a scream, you get them begging for their life, “Please, please don’t shoot me, please don’t kill me,”” he says in a falsetto voice that sends his friends into convulsions of stoned laughter. “Panache,’ 22, says that when burgling homes in Johannesburg’s white suburbs he often kills the family pet and leaves it baking in the oven for the owners to find on coming home. “If you find your little dog roasted, you’re going to be hurt,’ he says.” [US N & W Report, 4/25/94, p. 46.]
Columnist Mary McGrory seems to think that with Nelson Mandela in power, all such viciousness will be washed away. Her May 12th column in the Washington Post, demonstrates how ridiculous liberals can be:
“Mandela is going to give South Africa a government with a mandate for forgiveness. It will be the first time a country has an official policy that is nothing less than applied Christianity.
“Nelson Mandela has won what the [Washington] Post calls “one of history’s sweetest victories over racial subjugation’ and he is going to keep it clean and beautiful so that newspaper readers will think they are reading scripture when they read dispatches from South Africa that cannot be read except through tears.” [Mary McGrory, South Africa is Twice Blessed, Wash Post, 5/12/94.]
A New Frankness
Whites are speaking more frankly about race — and the media are reporting their views without comment. A recent Wall Street Journal article quotes John Devivo who left Southern California to live in Utah. In California, he explains, “minorities are always in your face, always hassling you.” Utah is a pleasant change: “People speak English and say “thank you.’”
His wife, Frankie, says, “We wanted to be sealed off from the blacks, the Hispanics, the Vietnamese. That’s a big reason I came.” [Tony Horwitz, Californians flood in and tension is rising in small towns in utah, WSJ, 4/29/94, p. 1.]
Even the New York Times Magazine is now reporting racial candor without comment. A May 29, 1994 article about the consequences of school integration in a Chicago suburb quotes a sociology teacher at some length:
“I have run into problems now that I have a lot of black kids. They won’t shut up.”
“There are some days I come in, I don’t want to see anyone black. I’ve just had it.”
“The conduct of some of these black males is incredibly immature — the yelling, the screaming, the way they hit girls.”
This teacher says white students may drop classes if there are too many blacks in them. He reports that one former teacher retired to an island so that he would never have to see another black face.
White students say the following:
“I cannot stand the race. I’ll never date anyone who isn’t white.”
“[The typical black student is] ignorant and scum, a lot of poverty, self-righteousness, you owe me that, you owe me this, gimme, gimme, gimme.”
One white junior, who could have gone to a private school, went to the integrated public school because she and her parents thought it was the right thing to do. “You don’t start out as racist,” she says. “We’re all racist now.” [H.G. Bissinger, “We’re all racist now,’ NYT Magazine, 5/29/94, p. 27.]
Harmony Turns Dissonant
In June, the city of Oakland, California had a three-day festival to celebrate multicultural harmony. It ended in a riot, in which 69 people [race unspecified] were arrested and 16 were injured. [Michelle Locke, Probe of Oakland festival riot promised, Contra Costa Times, (Walnut Creek, Ca), 6/7/94.]
The Africa Within
The Agency for International Development (AID) is America’s primary foreign aid bureaucracy. It has begun to dawn on the officials who run it that many of the problems they have been trying to solve in underdeveloped countries can be found in the black neighborhoods of American cities. For example, with AID help, countries like the Philippines and Sri Lanka now manage to immunize more than 70 percent of all two-year-olds against measles. In American black ghettos, the rate is around 40 percent.
When AID director, Brian Atwood publicly offered to make his agency’s services available to American cities, Baltimore was the first to ask. The Baltimore Sun greeted the news with a headline that read “Baltimore to Try Third World Remedies,” but cities are so desperate for help that they do not mind being compared to Bangladesh.
Baltimore has plenty of “social services,” but many people never find out about them because 20 percent of the population is illiterate. AID designs many of its programs for countries where illiteracy is taken for granted, so Baltimore has found its methods instructive.
In foreign countries, AID also makes small loans to people it calls “microentrepreneurs.” A woman might use the money to buy a sewing machine, for example, and start working at home. Baltimore officials think this approach could help lift welfare mothers out of idleness — as if they were just one sewing machine away from self-employment and prosperity. [Thomas Friedman, Foreign-aid agency shifts to problems back home, NYT, 6/26/94, p. A1.]
Although “foreign aid” for Harlem or East St. Louis is likely to do no more good than it has done for Zaire or Upper Volta, it is just as well for our government to recognize that third-world people create third-world problems wherever they live.
The U.S. Army posts detailed notices about how uniforms should be worn. The regimental crest, for example, is to be worn 1/8 inch above the top of the pocket flap. The notices include large photographs of models wearing the uniforms. The model for the women’s uniform is black. The model for the men’s uniform is Hispanic.
White Man’s Burden
Djibouti is an African “nation” about the size of Vermont, located on the Red Sea coast. It was colonized by France in 1862 as a fueling stop for ships bound for Saigon and Madagascar. When Djibouti was granted independence in 1977, only three of its 320,000 citizens were college graduates, and its only manufactured product was Coca-Cola.
Very little has changed since independence. Were it not for the presence of about 6,000 French civilians and 4,000 soldiers, Djibouti would cease to exist as a country. Its only exports are goats and sheep, which are marched off on the hoof to Saudi Arabia and the gulf states. French aid and business account for 60 percent of Djibouti’s gross national product. [David Lamb, In Djibouti, independence has brought little change, LA Times, 6/29/94, p. A8.]
In some other parts of Africa, where the European presence is less pervasive, societies have completely collapsed and people are kept alive on international charity. The United Nations estimates that one in every 30 Africans is a refugee, either in his own or in a neighboring country.
In places like Sudan, Angola, Zaire, Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Somalia, there is essentially no government, and there is little distinction between crime and warfare. Young men with guns but with no apparent leaders or loyalty spread terror entirely as they please. This is why many of the approximately 22 million Africans who have fled their homes are afraid to go back even after “peace accords” end the official fighting. [John Darnton, Crisis-torn Africa becomes Continent of refugees, NYT, 5/23/94.]
Another obstacle to normal life is the huge number of mines that warring factions have scattered across each others’ territories. Mine sweeping, even with modern equipment is difficult and expensive. Often, farmers and children discover old mines with their bare feet.
Welfare for Workers
The city is the employer of last resort for New Yorkers. Nearly a quarter of the working white men work for it, and almost a third of the working black men. Only one fifth of the working white women are city employees but one half of all the black women who work in New York City work for city government. [Stats of the City, Our Town, 4/29/94, p. 3.]
Chickens and Ducks
Most people want to live with people like themselves. A study done by the University of California at Los Angeles found that, on average, white Angelenos tell a poll-taker they want neighborhoods that are 76 percent white and 24 percent black, or 79 percent white and 21 percent Hispanic.
Hispanics want a neighborhood that is 88 percent Hispanic and 12 percent black or 62 percent Hispanic and 38 percent white — a clear preference for white neighbors over black. Blacks show the same preference for whites. On average, they want a 50-50 mix if the other race is white, but they want a 62-38 majority if the other race is Hispanic. [AP, People prefer neighbors of the same race, Orange County Register, 11/29/92, p. B8.]
At Harvard University, 43 percent of all grades are As, twice as many as were granted 30 years ago. At Princeton, 40 percent are As, and at Brown, Ds and Fs are never recorded.
At Stanford, 91 percent of all grades are As and Bs. The school lets students take the same course as often as they like, and records only the last grade. Stanford students may also drop a course at any time, up to the day before the final exam. Failing grades do not appear on transcripts, so if students think they have done poorly on an exam, they may tearfully beg the teacher to fail them so they will not get a dreaded C or D.
Many Stanford students and professors defend the system in the belief that students should be nurtured with a “positive record of success.” High grades make parents happy, too. Another reason to give high grades is that some non-whites have filed racial discrimination suits when they did not get what they wanted. [Carol Jouzaitis, Easy college A’s become rampant, Chicago Tribune, 5/4/94, p.1.]
Jay Duber, a special education teacher in New York City went to prison in 1990 for selling $7,000 worth of cocaine to an undercover policeman. The city school board tried to fire him but could not, because he has tenure. The board has spent five years and nearly $200,000 trying to get rid of Mr. Duber — who is white — but to no avail. Mr. Duber has continued to collect his teacher’s salary, even while he was in jail. He now has a non-teaching job. [Sam Dillon, Teacher Tenure: Rights vs. Discipline, NYT, 6/28/94, p. A1.] A city that cannot even fire jail birds is unlikely to be able to discipline the merely incompetent.
AIDS in Prison
From 1992 to 1993, the number of Illinois prison inmates with AIDS increased seven-fold, from 25 to 177. That year, 23 inmates died of AIDS, putting the disease ahead of cancer and heart attacks as the leading cause of inmate death.
In a study done in 1988 and 1989, a group of 2,392 new inmates in Joliet Prison were tested for AIDS and 95 were found to have the virus. A year later, the same prisoners were tested and seven more were HIV positive, suggesting that they caught the disease in prison. [Jerry Thomas, AIDS is top killer in state prisons, Chi Tribune, 5/2/94.]
Abandoned at Birth
Every year, about 22,000 mothers abandon their infants in hospitals after they give birth. They show up in labor, give false names and family contacts, and leave as soon as they can. Seventy-four percent of the abandoned infants are black, 12 percent are white, and eight percent are Hispanic. It costs about $600 a day to keep an infant in the hospital, and about a quarter stay for at least three weeks. [John Ritter, “Babies will keep coming,’ USA Today, 12/2/93, p. 1.]
An experimental program that was supposed to persuade welfare mothers not to have more children has been a complete failure. Participants in the New Chance program had to be 16 to 22 years old, and to have given birth as teenagers. Most were high school dropouts. Two thousand three hundred women in ten different states were stuffed with education, training, counselling, and advice on birth-control. Eighteen months later, half were pregnant again — about the same rate as similar women who did not get the uplift treatment. [Virginia Ellis, Welfare mother plan fails to halt pregnancy trend, LA Times, 6/22/94, A3.]
|LETTERS FROM READERS|
We have received many letters from people who attended the Atlanta conference. Most writers were strongly in favor of holding more conferences, and we certainly plan to do so. We thank all of you who wrote (and of course, all of you who attended). Three of the letters are published below. — Ed.
Sir — I would like to thank you for producing a first-rate conference. Afterwards, a friend and I drove to Panama City, Florida for a week’s vacation. For the entire drive we discussed issues pertaining to the conference, our conversation shifting from optimism to pessimism almost as quickly, it seemed, as we passed mile markers.
As we settled into Panama City, we were met by an exhilarating surprise. We couldn’t help but notice the number of Confederate battle flags flapping in the breeze from restaurants, souvenir shops, balconies, backs of pickup trucks, and anywhere else a young, proud, white Southern boy could hang St. Andrew’s Cross. My friend and I, being from the North, were totally unaccustomed to such symbols of white Southern pride being so proudly paraded (although I do have a Confederate license plate on the front of my pickup). It was incredibly uplifting to be in the midst of young, everyday, white Southerners displaying their cultural pride as a matter of course. As we drove by I would wave and say, “Love your flag” and get a thumbs-up in reply. More than a few responded by saying “White pride.”
The reason I am writing this to you is that much of the conference and of AR as well, is perhaps a bit too pessimistic. I believe the political situation is ripe and that success depends only on determination.
Gary Brock, Huber Heights, Ohio
Sir — One apparently common need for all of us seems to be the need for spiritual satisfaction. Samuel Taylor’s closing comments at the conference about his ancestors, and his words, “I feel their eyes always upon me,” went through me like a lightening bolt. I left the conference (I must admit, with tears in my eyes) believing more strongly than ever that this is why we feel as we do. We revere our ancestors and their traditions, and we want to preserve the culture they handed down to us. The closest I get to a spiritual experience is when contemplating my ancestors’ (in the broadest sense) deeds, thoughts, and feelings, reading their words, or listening to some old song — usually religious — and imagining its effect on them.
At the conference, Sam Dickson mentioned that he was a religious “doubter,” but he was greatly moved at the memory of those who died defending Atlanta. In closing the conference, Mr. Taylor mentioned his regret at the lack of a benediction (though I believe the suggestion that “Our ancestors eyes are always upon us,” was a fitting one).
The after-dinner speaker said we need religion or a substitute for it as a binding force to hold us together and motivate us. Since some of us have difficulty embracing established religion (as did Thomas Jefferson), it seems to me that reverence for our ancestors and their ways, and the desire to continue their traditions could be our “religion.”
D. Tyrone Crowley, Prattville, Alabama
Sir — I just returned from the American Renaissance conference, and right off, I have to express dismay that four of the speakers were Jewish. I say this because the Jewish people have been so instrumental and dynamic in creating the very racial problems we are trying to resolve. You must certainly have become aware of this in the course of your research on the race question. We can ignore it, we can downplay, it, we can even deny it, but it remains a fact.
Essentially, discussing race without discussing Jews is like discussing crime without discussing blacks. I heard a great deal about “white” liberals but no mention of how many such whites are Jewish, or how the phenomenon of modern liberalism itself is essentially a Jewish creation that comes from increasingly Jewish universities. As Father Tacelli said in his talk, “We must tell the truth.” We must not hide it or tell only half of it.
Joseph Bishop, Bothell, Washington
Sir — You reported recently on Hulond Humphries, the white Alabama school principal who got in trouble for telling a girl she was “a mistake” that had resulted from a mixed-race marriage. The federal government is trying to get Mr. Humphries fired for his remark, but in the mean time, the school district has agreed to pay the girl $25,000 to settle a suit she brought against the poor man. It seems to me that Mr. Humphries was expressing an opinion, which is his Constitution right. What crime has he committed?
Michael Fischer, La Jolla, Cal.