On the 20th of November, about 300 people gathered at the National Policy Institute’s (NPI) Become Who We Are 2016 conference in Washington D.C. Two days after, Vice published a coverage of the event featuring photographed portraits of some of its key members, each followed by an excerpt from their interview. In “‘Heil Trump’: Members of the Alt-Right Are Looking Forward to a Whiter America“, Vice features one of the conference’s keynote speakers, Richard Spence, the man credited for coining the name that lead to the conference: the alt-right, that’s short for alternative right.
Here is the portrait and paragraph retrieved directly from Spence’s speech (copied and pasted from Vice’s article):
We are faced with binary choice, fight or flee, join or die, resist or cuck. That is the position of white people right now. Two weeks ago, I might have said the election of Donald Trump might actually lessen the pressure on white Americans. But today, it is clear that his election is only intensifying the storm of hatred and hysteria being directed against us. As Europeans, we are uniquely at the center of history. We are, as [Friedrich] Hegel recognized, the embodiment of world history itself. No one mourns the great crimes committed against us. For us, it is conquer or die. This is a unique burden for the white man, that our fate is entirely in our hands. And it is appropriate because within us, within the very blood in our veins, as children of the sun, lies the potential for greatness. That is the great struggle we are called to. We are not meant to live in shame and weakness and disgrace. We are not meant to beg for moral validation from some of the most despicable creatures who ever populated the planet. We were meant to overcome all of them because that is natural and normal for us. For us, as Europeans, it is only normal again when we are great again. Heil Trump! Heil the people! Heil victory!
The above has been copied and pasted directly from Vice’s article.
Angst, anger, disgust- a paralyzing fear and frustration. The reactions once upon reading this statement. Its absurdity makes me wonder how is it possible that still today there are people in held of such beliefs. People who would take their skin color as proof of its history to only make them believe to be almighty, superior, and above all else, make those who look like me seem less than human. For them, I become nothing. A vehicle, a mule to carry, a slave to serve, a thing to give. Full of entitlement and expectation from my existence, one in which I am only here to give and be given.
Alone, alt-right participants say more than any article (ironically) could try to say about them. The excerpts clearly highlight the hopes and intentions of its members. That is, the creation of an ethno-state, one where white supremacy can return to being the “new normal”. In other words, they’re saying: give us our corner to be racists and leave it alone. Many would believe that Donald Trump’s presidency and his appointment of chief strategist Steve Bannon, the executive chair of Breitbart News, an alt-right’s associate, are steps closer to achieving that goal.
Ever since the shock of Trump’s election, news and social network pages have flooded with debates dwelling what has been the cause of its happening. While critics may look to the left for fault given its inability to attain leadership or persuade the mainstream- some even go far to say that the scene’s obsession with political correctness is directly to blame- others look more to the deteriorated socio-economic situation as the underlying cause, pushing those in globalisation’s losing end to opt Trump as the only viable alternative. They would back this by arguing not all voters are what we would imagine to be: ignorant-blind-raging racists; this is given by the fact a very small percentage(I highlight) of blacks, hispanic and even muslim Americans had shown support for the Republican nominee. However, now upon seeing Vice’s feature on alt-right’s members, I feel one’s opinion would be inclined to change.
This is what the alt-right looks like
Reading what each of these members have to say is scary, but even more chilling is seeing who these people actually are. Usually, the picture I have in mind of white supremacists is the ultimate stereotype: people in long, hideous KKK uniforms, skinheads carrying swastikas or that Southern, drinking beer redneck kind of type. But here I was, in face palm to see those who believe in this newly branded and packaged form of racist ideology are not the most obvious with stamped RACIST on their foreheads. Instead, the alt-right walk in blazers, fancy shoes and clean haircuts. Here you’ll find people from intellectual backgrounds, successful careers, redneck racists and internet trolls alike- who, to top it all, are not all white. I know. Shockingly not every supporter of the alt-right are who you’d think would benefit from white-privilege. My mouth dropped when seeing people like Vietnamese-American reality TV star and now self-acclaimed white-nationalist-Hitler-supporter, Tila Tequila. I was shocked to see a Sikh supporter, who worked as a key volunteer for the conference, and another non-white follower of hispanic background- both men didn’t want to disclaim their face or name.
Knowing that non-white people support Trump and the alt-right was a shocker, but seeing who they are and what they actually have to say was close to heart threatening. Like all other followers, these supporters believe in the idea of biological racial difference as essential traits in behavior, hence, a reason why they believe ethnic groups should have their own state/nation. A reason why they oppose policies for immigration, multiculturalism and as you probably know, muslims. A reason why they chose Trump. I think most anthropologists and sociologists of today would lose their eyebrows upon hearing what these guys had to say- I surely almost did.
Again, copied and pasted directly from Vice:
This man is a Sikh who worked at the event as one of Richard Spencer’s key volunteers. He asked us not to reveal his face or his name:
As a minority in the alt-right, I think ethno-nationalism is important. It is beneficial to everybody, including those who would have to leave or go back home if white Americans made their own ethno-state here in the US. I believe in Japan for the Japanese. India for the Indians. And Europe for the Europeans.
More than half of India is not potty trained—there’s no plumbing. Everybody who graduates from top schools from there comes to America. In Punjab, my homeland in northwest India, everyone with a triple-digit IQ moves to the Western world. Well, I think it is a cheap cop-out for the natural elites of these foreign nations to leave their countries and come to an already developed country instead of developing their own country. India is a much worse place because of the brain-drain effect. I see mass immigration today as the imperialism of the 21st century. The Western world robbed everyone else of all their smart people, impeding their ability to develop their own nations. It’s time to go back.
Hispanic alt-right follower from Huma, Arizona, asked that we not photograph his face or reveal his name out of fear that he might be attacked by other Hispanics in his hometown for his political beliefs:
If you were a doctor and you denied the genetic difference between races, you’d be fired for malpractice real fast. Did you know, black people’s bodies will automatically reject any organ donations from a white guy 20 percent of the time? They’re just not compatible genetically. You have different performances in school. Like me, I did terrible in school. But I don’t feel inferior to whites. There is always a plus and minus to everything. One thing people don’t know is that white Europeans have smaller brains. Even though they are better at developing technology, they don’t do too well at a contact sport like boxing because they get brain trauma too easily… I’m inferior in some ways, and superior in others.
Tila Tequila is a 35-year-old who became famous through social networking sites years ago and has become notorious for her Nazi sympathies:
I came to the alt-right around the time I started pondering Hitler in 2013. Hitler did nothing wrong! I feel like there are two sides. I definitely see [a connection between Hitler’s rise and the alt-right movement] because the alt-right wouldn’t have manifested like this if these people didn’t feel like they had been oppressed for so long. These people wouldn’t be so extreme and hardcore as they are. The German people were broke, and that is just like middle class of America today. Our middle class has vanished. They feel like no one cares about them. This alt-right thing would not have manifested if there wasn’t such a crappy environment to begin with.
Ethno-states, national identities. So…what are you then?
It’s clear that each one of these non-white supporters have their facts based on scientific racism (probably taken from 1745, Colony & Slavery book) like seen in the statement of Hispanic follower where he affirms himself to be genetically different from his white fellows. Such idea serves for the argument of the ethno- state as a way to define and separate ethnic groups, essentially differentiating what is believed to be a man-made-up, historically produced and societally constructed ethnic-Self from ethnic-Other. As the Sikh member says, they seem believe that things would be better if there would be a “Japan for the Japanese. India for the Indians. And Europe for the Europeans”- note that this goes without noticing the fact that in each country and especially a continent like Europe a massive territory of 44 countries lays without accounting the numerous ethnic identities living in each of these countries for decades. Additionally, they also demonstrate discontent with the way things are in a globalized world, as Tila Tequila ends it, “this alt-right thing would not have manifested if there wasn’t such a crappy environment to begin with.” Little does she realize that perhaps the world wouldn’t be half as bad if we weren’t all socialized to be racists (internally and externally).
Another key thing they seem forget is if there was to be an ethno-state for every single ethnic-identity in the world, each existing nation today would have to be chopped into ever more tinier pieces- this, of course, if territories were to even be divided equally! As if defining who belongs in each group isn’t already a difficult task, dividing how territories should be separated and resources distributed is even more daunting and most prone to lead to conflict. Their views seem are just in line with the arguments used by white alt-right members, however, to my shock, what they don’t seem to recognize is that in a movement led mostly by white-nationalists, those likely to benefit from the creation of an ethno-state in American territory would be exactly those white-nationalists. One can just look forty years ago to notice that, for the hundredth millionth time, leave Western and I should stress, white leaders, take charge to first invent and then cut up nation states as if to serve cake and you’ll see exactly how this ends up. Years pass, it’s 2016 and guess what. Fucked. Up.
When I think of that I can’t help but wonder how within this movement these members actually see themselves? Besides the Sikh, who clearly states that he believes people should go back to the nationality of their ethnic background, I don’t quite understand how the others place and identify themselves in their vision of an ethno-state. How does Tila Tequila, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, feel doing the Hitler salute while standing next to two white nationalists? Does her political beliefs and cultural affiliations suddenly make her “white”? Because otherwise I don’t quite get it, if I understood correctly according to the alt-right’s vision, she would have to fall into the Asian-American or more specifically, Vietnamese-American category- now good luck defining that.
And here is where I blow up.
There is no alternative in the “alt-right”. There is only a “right” and that is one that’s always been: a racist, misogynistic, white and supremacist one. That is no matter what ridiculous ribbon you decide to put on and then give a name to it. In the end, it’s all the same old shit.They say that it’s different than the old, conservative nationalism, that the old-right longed for the past while in fact the new-right look towards the future. Bullshit. Sure, because there is nothing about the past than standing and doing a Hitler salute. I can’t believe the ludacritic bullshit I have to put up when reading that one has nothing against other races and that’s because he even identifies “with people of color more” . Here I present you with the epistome of all racists: closet racists. Yeah I am looking at that person who says: “No I am not a racist! Many of my friends are black!”
Dear closet racist, let me tell you something, please listen carefully and especially if you’re in the alt-right. First of all, this is not possible. This not possible because “white nationalism” essentially means not only maintaining but also strengthening the status-quo of a white supremacy that already exists, one in which, surprise surprise, only you benefit. I know this will sound really difficult for you to understand but historically produced effects don’t simply go reverse. In more simple terms: you can’t just poop in hope for your shit to go back. To dismantle, to create a white ethno-state would mean ensuring you have an even bigger piece of the cake that you had before. Now I can imagine you’re probably smiling but if you are, you better stop it as I am a very, angry, black, woman right now.
Aiming for an ethno-state in the US or any other territory asks for exactly that. That white legacy with its long history and continuing oppression is left alone. Just so you are put away from all your so called horrible PC scrutiny and criticism from all groups and trust me, that is a long list of muslims, blacks, hispanics, native americans and even whites for that matter- basically anyone with the common sense to agree that racism is an awful system. But you are part of that system- you mister, most certainly of all, is the walking incarnation of that system. Hence, we don’t like that. Hence, we hate you. And hence why, we’ll continue to hate you. And to all non-whites who support Trump, the alt-right or whatever other racist organization, let me heartedly tell you, you’re an absolute idiot.
Uff.. now that I am done with the first part of my rant, I can go further to say that what baffles and irritates me the most about this “new” racist movement is that its members see themselves as victims of a world that is still on its toes to reach an ideal of racial equality. As Huffington Post referenced it: “when you are accustomed to privilege, equality to some feels like oppression”. This notion is crystallized in another alt-right member’s statement who I cannot be bothered to name right now.
I’m not really a white nationalist. But I see anti-racism as a dystopic thing that once gave the benefit of the doubt to the idea of racial differences and has evolved into this stifling dogma that has a scapegoat and that scapegoat is white people and those who are deemed as racist. I see anti-racism as not just bad for whites, but bad for everyone.
When I read this it reminds me of that same old thing when you hear people say: “Well, I’m not trying to be racist but-” and then they go on and say something racist. He resumes to explain:
I’m not a white supremacist, either. Nor do I see myself as that intelligent. I don’t see myself as a WASP or whatever. In some ways, I identify with people of color more. But I do think there are different frequencies of different traits in different populations. I feel like this dogma we have that we are all the same is bad for everyone. It is on this basis that we have these unequal cultural policies that penalize white people, create double standards, and has become dystopic.
Ah- shoot me, please.