My copy of Leonard Zeskind’s Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream arrived via UPS this afternoon. So far it doesn’t seem to be generating much attention in the mainstream press or otherwise. This is odd considering that it is the most extended treatment of White Nationalism since Carol Swain’s book was published back in 2002. I have been around this scene long enough to remember that, but know little about the history of “the movement” prior to 2001; one reason I found this book interesting enough to purchase.
Anyway, I will be posting comments here as I wade my way through this. Zeskind himself is invited to join our discussion. From what I know of him, he has an odd fascination with our ilk and likes to drop in the occasional Klan meeting from time to time. Here’s as good a place to start as any …
The ideas underlying the white supremacist movement are manifestly false. Jews do not run the United States or the world.
Nice caricature. No single political pressure group “controls” the United States like an autocratic monarch and determines every aspect of public policy or contemporary fashionable trend. It is more like the American Jewish community exerts a stiffling influence over our goverment and culture far out of proportion to its actual numbers.
Black people are not inherently inferior to white people, or anybody else.
Negroes are generally less intelligent and more likely to commit violent crimes than white Americans. Their race has contributed little to the scientific and technological advancement of the human species.
Nor are the privileges and power accruing to white people God-given or genetically driven.
That’s an open question. No one knows exactly to what extent our genes inform our personality type and determine our intelligence.
At the same time, political power has rested exclusively in white hands during much of this country’s life, and this kernal of truth resides at the heart of white supremacist mythology.
That’s an understatement. America was self-consciously a “white man’s country” from its origins until the mid-twentieth century. This was acknowledged by everyone at the time, black and white, oppressed and privileged, aside from small groups of fringe radicals whose ideas eventually entered the mainstream in the 1930s.