Friday, June 27, 2008

For the longest time, about 7-8 years, and for reasons I can't quite explain, I've read white supremacist sites. It started with the Vanguard News Network, where I really enjoyed reading the now dried-up torrent of semi-literate hate mail dripping with semi-legal threats of murder and genocide. When Vanguard News Network switched over to a very boring forum, I started reading Stormfront, which is probably the best-known white supremacist site on the Internet, and American Renaissance, which, despite its claim to the contrary, confirms the stereotype of white supremacists as being illiterate hicks from the sticks. The one thing I've learned from these sites is the ease with which white supremacists make bizarre, convoluted arguments.

They subscribe, like many people on the fringe of meaningful political debate, to the idea that whoever ultimately benefits from an event in the end was behind it in the first place. For example, if your car being stolen leads to an insurance payment with which you buy many lottery tickets and win $50 million dollars, you had your own car stolen. Or, if America benefited (this is dubious to begin with) from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 by launching into two wars, America was behind it in the first place. Some of the most amusing conspiracy theories I read on Vanguard argued that both Adolf Hitler and Abraham Lincoln were both Jewish agents who sought to undo the white race by empowering Jews and blacks respectively. Fierce debates raged about whether Hitler is to be admired for his attempts to create a lebensraum or whether his aggressive tactics were so dumb as to surely be the work of a spy.

A great paradox is that the news media, controlled wholly by a secret cabal of Jews and white race traitors, lies and fabricates to promote its own agenda. Therefore, nothing in the newspaper or on television can be considered reliable. At the same time, there is nothing wrong with using mainstream media sources as evidence. For example, you might constantly deride the local newspaper as being a heavily biased source that is worthless. However, when the local newspaper publishes an article about a black man who killed a white woman, you better use that as evidence of the wickedness of all blacks.

What vexes me most of all is a mentality among many of these people, not unlike what you see in a cult, that change in the form of a cataclysmic event is right around the corner. Vanguard used to use the slogan "itz (sic) coming" to refer, vaguely, to some sort of racial bloodletting or mass awakening of white racial consciousness. Every day, thousands of people felt that the tide had finally turned in their favour and that the day when blacks and Hispanics would be slaughtered en masse was on the horizon. It was, of course, nowhere near, and if anything, America as a whole has become still more accepting of other races.

Over at American Renaissance, discussion consists of racially relevant stories where angry white men grouse constantly about how it would be different if the shoe was on the other foot. For example, if a minority group expresses anger for being treated unfairly or acts in solidarity, someone will grumble that whites wouldn't be allowed to do the same thing. American Renaissance describes itself as "America's premiere publication of racial-realist thought". In its current print issue, there is a long (alarmingly long) article about race bias amongst Wikipedia editors (really). One of the stories its editors deemed important is that there are too many coloured women representing white countries at beauty pageants, which further drew the fiery rage of angry white men towards political correctness, a term that is so overused as to be bereft of any meaning.

My favourite story ever on American Renaissance was one about American whites emigrating to Europe to escape the non-white hordes in America, which made me laugh and laugh and laugh. Writes one racist: "I can’t keep count anymore of the number of my friends and acquaintances, from the USA, Canada and Australia alike, who’ve emigrated to raise their kids in more salvageable Western nations— Alpine lands like Austria, Germany and northern Italy, Nordic countries like Finland and Denmark." I've never heard of a white person who moved to Norway to get away from black people, but I don't hang out at the right bonfires, I guess. Adds a fellow half-wit: "Where else can you find such cogent and calm thought on the talkback boards of a website? How I love Amren, one of the last bulwarks of sanity in an increasingly insane world."

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