Tuesday, November 22, 2016

White Nationalists


As I noted in an earlier post, protesters at the Ronald Reagan Building were there mostly to demonstrate against the "white nationalists" who were meeting inside. While I've long had an idea who those people are, I came away from this past Saturday better understanding the subtle differences among them. While I find all their views odious and unacceptable, here's some of what I learned:

"White nationalism is an ideology that advocates a racial definition of national identity. Proponents of the ideology identify with and are attached to the concept of a white nation. It ranges from a preference for one's specific white ethnic group, to feelings of superiority, including calls for national citizenship to be reserved for white people.

White separatism and white supremacy are subgroups of white nationalism. Separatists seek a white-only state, while supremacists add ideas from social Darwinism and Nazism to their ideology. Both subgroups generally avoid the term supremacy because it has negative connotations.

Critics have argued that ideas such as white pride and white nationalism exist [solely] to provide a sanitized public face for white supremacy, and that most white nationalist groups promote racial violence." ~ Wikipedia

Add my name to that list of "critics". 

8 comments:

  1. ...we are becoming a collection of tribes!

    ReplyDelete
  2. The world is full of contradictions, everyone thinks he has the right opinion...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Um bom trabalho de foto-jornalismo.
    Um abraço e boa semana.
    Andarilhar

    ReplyDelete
  4. A nice photo record you are making and that's good!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Nationalism in any form tends to be nasty and end in tears; it's a very different thing from patriotism - which in my view doesn't need to shout. Do these 'white nationalists' have much between their ears? God knows, we have our share of bigots over here - on the left as well as the right. We're all hybrids - you'd think we were beyond this sort of crap by now, wouldn't you?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mike, I never would have dreamed that I'd be attending an anti-fascist protest here in the nation's capital in the 21st century. I thought for sure we were beyond all that. But I guess not.

      Delete
  6. It´s really scary. What a crazy world.

    ReplyDelete
  7. It seems to becoming more frightening and worrying by the day.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for your comment! All comments are read and I will try to respond to all blog-related queries.