In a word, that is my reaction to Andrew Fraser’s contribution to the Jared Taylor vs. Pat Buchanan debate over the implicit whiteness of the Tea Party movement. There are a lot of insights that I happen to agree with. There are others that incline me to nitpick.
Where to start?
1.) First, this article was clearly written by someone who is not an American. It is written from a Canadian or Australian perspective and is colored by the ethnic infighting that plagues those nations. Canada and Australia have had less success in assimilating European minorities than the United States. The English-Canadian experience with placating the Quebeçois is not easily translatable to the context of American race relations.
2.) Second, Fraser assumes that “WASPs” or “Anglo-Saxon Protestants” or “Anglo-Americans” are an identifiable ethnic group. That has never been the case. These are all abusive terms coined and utilized by Jews and leftists to describe the founding stock of White America.
3.) Third, Fraser deliberately avoids using the term “White American,” or “Whites,” even though these are the terms indigenous Americans (those descended from the colonial population) have always used to describe themselves. The lineage of “white” can be traced back to the seventeenth century. The more refined “Nordic” appeared in the nineteenth century. In contrast, “WASP” is a pejorative newcomer. “Anglo-American” is an even more recent invention.
4.) Traditionally, “White” meant an individual of Northwestern European ancestry and Celto-Germanic culture. Americans subscribed to a hierarchy of whiteness: at the top, Anglo-Saxons, immediately below, the Welsh, Scots, and Scot-Irish, below them, the Germans, Dutch, and Scandinavians, then came the Irish, followed by the Meds (French, Spanish, Italians, Greeks) and the Slavs (Poles, Russians, Serbs). The Irish, Germans, and Italians were always considered “White.” Just less so than than the Anglo-Saxons. If this was not the case, they never would have been eligible to become American citizens.
5.) There was a “White Republic.” The Founders based American citizenship on whiteness. This was reflected in more than a dozen naturalization acts as well as laws that excluded blacks from the Army, Navy, and Post Office. The states had their own laws that regulated race relations on the basis of whiteness. The capstone of the “White Republic” was the Indian Removal Act and the Dred Scott decision which ruled that only Whites were American citizens.
6.) The “White Republic” famously collapsed in the War Between the States. By 1861, Fraser’s “Anglo-Americans” had bifurcated into Yankees and Southerners. The war, the subsequent military occupation, and the struggle to overthrow federal control created a distinct Southron ethnic group that persisted into the late twentieth century. The Southern states enjoyed “home rule” from 1877 until 1954. The 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were effectively nullified in the region. They were unenforceable.
7.) After Reconstruction, Southerners attempted to reconstruct the “White Republic” within the context of the Union, and the result was the Jim Crow system. The Western states had their own limited version of Jim Crow. Although segregation was outlawed in New England and the Midwest, the idea that America was a “White man’s country” prevailed there as well until the Korean War when President Truman integrated the military with an executive order.
8.) Until the 1960s, America was synonymous with White America. This was a reality that my grandparents still fondly recall. My parents came of age as it was being torn down. The “White Republic” was not a myth. It was a living arrangement that generations of White Americans took for granted. This is why it has persisted so long in the folk memory.
9.) Partitioning American into European-style ethnostates like English-America, Scot-America, Scot-Irish America, Welsh America, Irish America, Scandinavian America, German-America, Italian-America is a non-starter. It was will never happen. There is no impulse either to move forward in this direction.
Americans have always interbred. These ethnic divisions are less important than ever before. My ancestors were English, Welsh, German, Scot-Irish, and Irish. Pip Pockets is Irish, English, and Polish. H. Rock White is Scottish and German. Gregory Hood is Italian, German, and Irish. It is the exceptional American who can boost of ethnic purity; the even more exceptional American who mates only purebreds within his ethny.
10.) The “cult of constitutional patriotism” is another recent invention. As late as the 1950s, Americanism had ethnic trappings. A true American was 1.) White, 2.) English-speaking, 3.) Christian, and 4.) republican in political principles. Whiteness was a marker of American identity. The English language was another. The U.S. wasn’t stripped of its ethno-cultural foundation until the early years of the Cold War when anti-communists began to stress the universalism of American liberal democracy to compete with the Soviets in the Third World.
11.) 350 years of American history are unintelligible in the absence of the guiding ideal of the White Republic. The last 60 years only make sense in the light of its rejection. If the White Republic never existed, what is there to apologize for?
12.) The Tea Party people come from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds. They are overwhelmingly White, but this doesn’t imply they are “Anglo-Saxons.” There are Germans, Irish, Italians, and Poles in the movement. Most of them are probably some European ethnic cocktail.
13.) When the Tea Party crowd says they are “losing their country,” it reflects a vague feeling of racial displacement that goes beyond public policy disputes, even if they would never admit this in public. The proof is the disappearance of the American flag at their rallies. The deliberate use of colonial, state, and revolutionary flags are calculated to send a message: they don’t identify with the regime in Washington anymore.
With these reservations in mind, I agree with the rest of Andrew Fraser’s article. The attempt to create a colorblind, post-racial society based on multiculturalism and constitutional patriotism has failed miserably. Whites swallowed this kool aid. Non-Whites clung to the old ideal of promoting their ethnic interests at the expense of other groups. This lack of reciprocity on the part of non-Whites dooms the American experiment.
It is time for Whites – in particular, Anglo-Americans – to start searching for other alternatives.