Editor’s Note: Tales From The Movement is a series of articles which I am going to write which will explain why I decided that it is better to just be me and not to wear labels.
I’ve never written anything about why I gave up on White Nationalism.
I have dodged the subject because I know that people who are emotionally invested in the movement would just get mad and I would rather just move on. Unfortunately, this has left a lot of my readers confused and unable to understand my perspective because I haven’t elaborated on it.
I dislike the people who are professional former White Nationalists like Derek Black. I also hate dramatic exits and drama. I am not one of those people. Besides, I also haven’t really changed my views that much. I’ve just lost interest in publicly wearing brands and labels under my own name. I’m a lot more skeptical of movements after the implosion of the Alt-Right and everyone who got burned up in it. I still share so many views with White Nationalists that I will always be labeled one anyway. So why bother?
Back in the 2000s, I identified with the White Nationalist label. I was involved in the anonymous online side of the movement for about eight years. I was attracted to the movement because it was pro-White and rejected the cult of antiracism. I was also concerned about changing racial demographics and cultural decline. Nothing has changed on that front and I am still concerned about these issues. It is why I am pleased that millions of people now understand the threat posed by the Great Replacement.
After a period of introspection, I concluded that the reason why I was interested in these issues in the first place was due to my background. I’m from a small town in the Deep South. White identity, rightwing populism and race realism are part of my traditional culture. I wasn’t introduced to any of this by the White Nationalist movement. It is why I found it. I was angered by the attacks on Whites because I come from an honor culture, not a guilt culture. I’m inclined by nature and temperament to respond to insults and defend my community. I come from a settled rural family with deep roots in my area.
This is my personal background story and it can be traced back through history to the George Wallace presidential campaigns and the tradition of Southern populism. This is not, however, the origin story of the White Nationalist movement. It can be traced back to George Lincoln Rockwell and the American Nazi Party. These were separate worlds in the 1960s when segregationists still dominated the South and George Lincoln Rockwell was trolling the media, naming the Jew and founding Neo-Nazism.
Anyway, it is important to understand this because it was the slow accumulation of experiences over the course of 20 years which have shaped my view of the subject. I don’t write and share my opinion about everything that I see, but I have seen a lot of things though that have shaped my opinions.
Case in point, the White Lives Matter rally in Shelbyville in October 2017.
It was inspired by Emanuel Samson, a 25-year-old Sudanese immigrant and refugee, who gunned down a bunch of White people at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, TN. It was an explicit racial attack on Whites that was revenge for the Dylann Roof church shooting in Charleston. The media, of course, downplayed and buried the story because it wasn’t useful for their narrative.
The Antioch church shooting struck a chord with us because we had been to the area before to protest refugee resettlement and the Great Replacement in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville. It was the second such rally that I had helped to organize and it occurred shortly before I got married in 2013.
We were protesting this stuff when no one was talking about it.
I was proud of the work that we had done. I remember going into Shelbyville and seeing the positive and enthusiastic response from the locals who never asked for this deluge of raw Africans in their area. It was evident then that people in the area resented it and felt like no one was voicing their sentiments.
The White Lives Matter rally in Shelbyville was a Nationalist Front rally.
In the wake of Charlottesville, we were also trying to rebound and keep things going. We wanted to make the point that we had walked into a trap in Charlottesville. We never showed up that day with the intention of doing anything other than attending a peaceful protest. The governor of Virginia and the Charlottesville police dropped the ball and failed to secure safe entry and exit points which led to street fights and going somewhere else would show that Charlottesville’s unique issues with public safety were due to the fact that Unite the Right was hosted in a “progressive” shitlib college town.
White Lives Matter fueled the Optics War.
There were no more large rallies after Shelbyville. It was the end of that era of pro-White activism. There have been public protests and rallies since Shelbyville, but it has been groups like Patriot Front doing flash rallies with their own vetted membership. Organizers prefer to exclude both the general public and other people who are associated with the movement in order to protect their own image.
Shelbyville in October 2017 was the last rally that I attended as an activist. It became a lower priority for me moving forward. I have attended conferences and done some hurricane relief work since Shelbyville, but I haven’t participated in any street protests since then. We were supposed to have two rallies that day in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro, but we called it quits and didn’t show up at the second event.
I will never forget one of the last things I saw in Shelbyville. The image vividly comes to mind to this day. It didn’t happen at the White Lives Matter rally, but after the event when we had reconvened at a public park for lunch. I remember eating a sandwich and watching this in astonishment.
“CHAPEL HILL, TN — After no-showing their own rally in Murfreesboro, the “White Lives Matter” ralliers briefly met up in a secluded Tennessee state park and formed a “human swastika” as a police helicopter flew by …
They stayed at the park for about a half hour, according to the Chapel Hill Fire Department, ate lunch and formed a “human swastika” when they were overflown by a police helicopter. …”
I never said anything about it.
I wasn’t angry about it. It didn’t matter.
A bunch of guys were moved by the spirit and ran out and spontaneously formed a human swastika below a police helicopter which was tracking our movements in the area.
I was too angry with the Optics Cucks who were attacking us at the time. I did think about it over the winter though. It just put an exclamation point on the seriousness of the people who I was working with. Is this going to be an edgy very online subculture that only appeals to marginal people? If so, what are we doing going to places like Shelbyville to reach out to the locals? Why take the risks?
This stuff has always been a part of the DNA of the White Nationalist movement. It is not in my cultural DNA. We overlap in the sense of being pro-White, but clearly not in everything.