What’s Wrong With “White Pride,” anyway?

By Barbara Rae Young

White nationalists use it as a regular talking point: “if there is nothing wrong with having black pride, or brown pride, or yellow pride—then why is it wrong to have white pride?”
The thing is—they always refuse to listen to the answers. And that is because by the time a person is posting on a white nationalist web site like stormfront.org they are probably too far gone. There is simply no opposing argument that I have tried, heard, or am smart enough to come up with, that will get them to change their minds.
Those people are lost to us.
But there are many people who are not. There are many Americans that are just out there living their lives and trying to make a living and raise a family in a very tough economic and political environment. And a lot of those people are white. The struggling white Americans—they are the people that the white nationalists are trying desperately to recruit to their ranks. And in far too many cases, they are succeeding.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous article, participation in hate groups has increased by more than 69% since the year 2000—and that’s just in the United States.
White nationalists are working diligently to recruit good people. They want your neighbor, your friends, your children, your parents, your spouse, and they want you (as long as you’re white of course).

It’s time we take an honest look at why these people are being recruited, and what, if anything, we can do to prevent it.

There are many issues that pull people toward white nationalism—an ailing economy, terrorism, and general fear of losing the U.S.’s white majority are among the top reasons.
In later articles I will discuss each of those issues at length. But for today let’s just use this common scenario:
Mr. Joe Whiteguy is out of work and he can’t find a new job. He has been looking, and looking but it seems that he is under qualified for a lot of jobs and over qualified for even more. His father-in-law tells Joe’s wife that her husband is just plain lazy. Back in his day if a man was out of work he went to the orchards and picked fruit, he mowed lawns, he cleaned toilets—he did whatever he could to provide for his family. Everything Joe tells his father –in-law about how he has tried all of that but couldn’t get hired, sounds like an excuse. Mrs. Whiteguy is forced to work hours of overtime and they still have to borrow money from her parents just to make ends meet. Joe Whiteguy is pissed.
Joe Whiteguy tried to get a janitorial position but none were available. Now everywhere he goes he looks around and sees that most of the janitors are minorities. He can’t remember when he last saw a white janitor. He wouldn’t even try to get an agricultural job—because everyone knows those are only for Mexican immigrants, and he was turned down by fast food places because he was “over qualified.” Now each time that he goes through the drive through he notices that the people working at the restaurants seem to be getting younger and browner.
Joe gets more and more pissed off every day. Joe and his family are turned down for welfare (because of Mrs. Whiteguy’s job and benefits). But Joe see’s all this stuff on the news and on the internet about how illegal immigrants are getting welfare (which isn’t true at all, by the way—but Joe isn’t aware of that)! And, damn-straight that pisses him off!
Joe spends a lot of time on the internet and eventually runs into a white nationalist posting on a news article. This guy posting on the article is making a lot of sense to Joe. He is saying that the immigrants have stolen all of the jobs and that it’s only going to get worse as long as the liberals and President Obama have their way. Joe chats back and forth via comments with this other guy on the internet. Eventually Joe’s new friend starts talking about how not only are the Mexicans taking all the jobs but how they and other minorities plan to take over the entire country. “Did you know that white people are already a minority in some states and that in 20 years from now there will be more Mexicans than ‘regular Americans’ in the U.S.? “
Joe looks it up. It seems to be true.
“And they are keeping us down by making us ashamed to be white,” Joe’s new internet friend says.
“We can’t even talk about being white— because if we do–we are being racist. If we don’t like the president—we are racist. If we even bring up the population issue or say that we support immigration reform—we’re labeled racists!”
Joe sees the truth in that statement. Internet guy continues, “think about it—they have black pride groups and Mexican pride groups—but if we even think about having white pride we are nothing but a disgusting racist. Why is that Joe?”
Joe doesn’t know.
Joe’s new friend invites him to check out some web sites.

And that’s how recruitment into white nationalism is often done.

I have heard these arguments time and time again. People want a simple and easy answer to them—but it’s a very complex issue. You can’t have this conversation without understanding more than 200 years of American history and tradition. You must understand the struggles of the Civil Rights movement and the history of illegal Hispanic deportation in the United States to really have a firm grasp on all of this. And let’s face it: too many of us can’t even tell you who the 16th president of the United States was—let alone the significance of the 14th amendment to the Constitution.

So how can we make it simple? Let’s re-state the question: if it’s OK to have black pride and Hispanic pride, and Asian pride—why is it not OK to have white pride?

First off: because white is not a race. White people are found all over the world. There is no one place of origin, no shared culture, no shared identity. We are all different.

But black is a race? YES. Slavery erased the identities of black Africans. Most black people living in the United States right now do not know where their families came from. If they are lucky enough to have family history dating back to the last slave in their family, chances are—they still do not know from which country their ancestors came. Also, black people in the United States have a shared cultural identity. As a group they have been enslaved, discriminated against, under-represented in politics, segregated, harassed, and terrorized. Black people continue to be marginalized, looked down on, and feared.
Hispanic people have had similar issues. Did you know that Hispanic people (whose origins are from many different countries) were rounded up and deported to Mexico without regards to their legal United States citizenship as late as 1954 in an official operation lovingly referred to as “Operation Wetback?” The lynching of people of Hispanic descent continued all the way into the 1970s!

This is not ancient history, folks.

Japanese Americans were of course rounded up and sent to internment camps right here in the United States during WWII.

And those are just a few examples of racial injustice in the United States.
White people as a group, have never, EVER had to endure these things.

OK. So… maybe minorities have had a tough go of it. But that doesn’t have anything to do with white people being proud of their own heritage, right?

Of course not. We, as white people have every right to be proud of our ancestry just like anyone else. But we can’t use the word “white” to describe our heritage—because white ISN’T a heritage. We can be proud of being Irish, or Italian, or Scottish, or German. We can celebrate the rich history of Nordic tradition and take pride in the accomplishments of the Romans. We can have Renaissance fairs and buy copies of our family crests. We can enjoy the stories of British royalty and be proud of tracing our lineage back to the Mayflower. There is nothing at all wrong with that and I don’t think that any reasonable person would try to deny you the right to your proud ancestry.

But when your pride in your ancestry becomes hatred for someone else—there is a problem.

“But what happens when whites are the minority,” Joe asks me, “won’t we have a shared identity then? Won’t WE be the minorities then?”

Maybe. And this is definitely something we can talk about. We should start this conversation next time you go to WalMart and can’t find a white blonde-haired blue eyed doll for your daughter. Or maybe we can talk about it next time a white person shows up to work with a hangover and his co-workers talk amongst themselves about how, “those white people are just like that…”
How about we talk about it when the majority of congress is non-white? Or perhaps when a stranger randomly tells us to ‘go back to our own country — not realizing that we, and three generations of our family before us, were born right here in the United States.
When it becomes impossible to find Christmas movies on TV because they’re all about Hanukkah, or when the congregation of a white protestant church finds a burning cross on their lawn.

“But if we don’t do something about it now—that WILL happen, won’t it?” Joe asks.

Well, it’s anyone’s guess. But no, I don’t think that it will. Because our population isn’t being taken over by “Mexicans” or “blacks” or “Arabs”—people are mixing. As we all know, this is the melting pot of the world and people are being born multi-cultural more than ever before. It’s not so much that white people are being replaced—it’s that they are being incorporated into other cultures. The United States census doesn’t really give us the chance to declare our European heritage on the record unless it is PURE European heritage. If our mother is white and our father is half white/half Mexican American we are kind of forced to declare “Hispanic” as our race, aren’t we? Because the census is worded “white—NON HISPANIC.”
If you think about it this way—other races are declining just as much as white people. They are simply being over-represented in the census while white people are being under represented.

So in conclusion, there is nothing wrong with being proud of one’s heritage. We just need to be open-minded enough to incorporate other cultures into our own. After all, what is wrong with being proud of our combined heritage?

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Celebrate Diversity Southern California

Why we must fight white supremacists NOW.
By Barbara Rae Gollubier-Young

“Racism isn’t really an issue anymore.”
“Race is only an issue when you make it an issue.”
“Stop playing the ‘race-card’—race isn’t even a big deal anymore.”
“ For goodness sake, we have a BLACK PRESIDENT, if that isn’t proof that we are beyond race, I don’t know what is!”
“People who keep bringing up race are the real racists.”
“Just stop talking about it! Why can’t we all just be Americans (or humans, or whatever)?”

These are just a few of the arguments I hear regularly from (mostly white) people who don’t really understand the reality of race in the United States (and throughout the Western World).

I suppose people have gotten comfortable with the way things are. I mean our parents and for some of us, our grandparents, fought the fight for civil rights and won. Racial segregation is a thing of the past. Every race in the U.S. has equal rights now. It’s over, we won!

Or have we?

Since the year 2000 the number of hate groups in the United States alone has increased by more than 69% (splc.org). There are many reasons for this increase including the ease of connecting with others via the internet, the ailing economy, the increase of non-white immigrants, and of course the election of President Obama. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit organization that tracks and brings legal action against hate groups, there are currently more than 1000 different hate groups operating in the United States. The vast majority of these groups are white supremacist groups including Neo Nazis, KKK, so-called “patriot” groups, and other white nationalists, but black separatists and misogynistic groups are also listed as hate groups by the SPLC.

“So what? Everyone knows that those jokers are idiots and no one takes them seriously. They have no power anymore.” That is often the next argument that I get when talking to white Americans about race. The thing is, I’ve been doing my research and that simply is not true.
White supremacists, or white nationalists as they call themselves, have waged an invisible war against our diverse society. It is invisible partly because they have purposefully designed it to be, and partly because we fail to recognize the signs when we see them.

I have been able to educate myself and learn of the white nationalist’s plans by diving deep into the extreme racism of the internet’s largest white nationalist web site and forum (stormfront.org). They have a well-organized and rather intelligent strategy that each of them can be involved in and which seems to be working. One of their tactics is to occupy the internet. They look for news articles and social networking posts that could be related to race and they start making what seem to be rational and non-extreme comments. As they continue to post they identify other commenters who may be susceptible to their ideas, and they pounce on them—eventually indoctrinating them into the white nationalist mind-frame and making full-fledged supporters out of them (or at the very least convincing them to vote against the interests of diversity).
They have also thrown their support behind many political organizations and politicians. It is, of course, arguable that Ron Paul may be one of their supporters. But while Mr. Paul may not admit to it right out, there are others who do. They have created an entire political party known as the American Third Party Position, or A3P. At first glance, A3P may seem like a legitimate alternative to the two parties. But on closer inspection it’s very easy to see that A3P is nothing more than the KKK with suits and web sites instead of robes and crosses. A3P has a presidential candidate this election, Merlin Miller. Here is a small part of the A3P mission statement: “The American Third Position Party believes that government policy in the United States discriminates against white Americans, the majority population, and that white Americans need their own political party to fight this discrimination. Our government no longer represents us.”
Even though Merlin Miller has no chance of winning the national election, he has been able to get on the ballot in a few states, including Colorado and New Jersey. I don’t believe that A3P or even Mr. Merlin himself, believes that he has a chance in this election, but I don’t think that’s the point. Today he is on the ballot in a small handful of states. Next election they get him or another candidate on the ballot in a larger number of states, and a few elections from now A3P is a major player.

One of the most well-thought-out strategies of the white nationalists is to pull together to make a change in local government, eventually spreading to regional and national government. A white racist by the name of H. Michael Barrett has laid out a plan for taking over regions of the United States: create as many PLEs as possible and increase local political influence. PLEs (Pioneer Little Europe, or Stormfront on the street) are communities that white nationalists take over in an effort to kick all other races, ethnicities, and non-white nationalists out. According to the literature written by Barrett, the method should be peaceful but firm. A showing of white nationalists in an area will encourage those who do not support their cause to naturally flee the area. They also work at recruiting real estate agents and landlords to their cause who will knowingly break federal fair housing laws. The goal is to get as many white nationalists to move to the area as possible in order to have greater influence on local elections. Once their officials have been elected they will work toward both increasing their numbers and gerrymandering (redistricting) to get more of the vote. In this way they can have a greater impact on both regional and state elections, thereby having a greater influence on national politics.

There are a few PLEs up and operating in the United States of America (and there are a few more in parts of Europe). The largest in the states is in Kalispell Montana. White nationalists in Kalispell have set their efforts on recruitment and brain washing. They have a theater in which they show racist propaganda to the public. They work on making their supporters more extreme and winning over as many white people as possible.
I have recently learned of a PLE in my home state of California. Right here in the Los Angeles suburbs white nationalists have started to take over. They chose an area known as the Crescenta Valley including the communities of: La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Northern Glendale, Montrose, Tujunga-Sunland and Shadow Hills. Parts of the area are incorporated within the city of Los Angeles, and others in the city of Glendale. Other parts are their own townships.
Supporters of the Crescenta Valley PLE have been on racist radio talk shows, have organized a white pride festival in the area, and have been working diligently at recruiting new neighbors and racist activists.

It would take pages upon pages for me to list and explain all of the recent events that show that racism is alive and well in the United States. Racist laws, disguised as tough immigrant policy, have been spreading and passing in many states. In Arizona so-called “Minute Men” patrol the desert with the goal of shooting illegal Mexican immigrants (and often destroying life-saving supplies like water and canned food set out for migrants by charity groups). Just last week in Arkansas a young black man who was handcuffed (behind his back) and sitting in the back of a police car was somehow shot point-blank in the right temple—the officers involved said it was a “suicide.”

So as you can see, racism is not a thing of the past and racists are no longer just skin heads and angry militants: they are politicians and community leaders, they are increasingly well-educated and influential–which means that we have a fight on our hands—and we must act now.

The best way that I can think of to counter- act the white nationalist’s efforts is to beat them at their own game. When they are on social networking sites trying to influence the conversation, we should be right there enlightening the conversation; when they are registering racist voters and encouraging them to vote in local and national politics, we also need to be there registering non-racist voters and getting them to the polls. If white nationalists show their solidarity and numbers we need to be right there showing our solidarity and even greater numbers. When a racist landlord or real estate agent illegally discriminates against someone on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation (among others) we need to be there to support the underdog and help connect them with lawyers and advocates that can help them make it right. We must make sure that local, state, and national politicians know that racist policies will not be tolerated and that racists police officers must be eliminated.

So please, join with me in this fight. Get involved. Spread the word. Spread acceptance, tolerance, and love. Because, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Learn more and join us at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Celebrate-Diversity-Southern-California/120320398113261

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Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Celebrate-Diversity-in-Crescenta-Valley-CA/120320398113261?ref=hl

DATED: August 7, 2012

PROJECT TITLE: Celebrate Diversity Crescenta Valley, CA
A gathering of different cultures from around California (and the country, and the world) to share food, art, music, and fun. My intent being, to make all races/cultures/ethnicities feel welcome and valued, as well as to send a message to any white separatists in the Crescenta Valley area, that Southern California is a place of diversity and tolerance. A diversity fair would also be an effective way to reach out to Crescenta Valley youth, some of whom may have been raised in an intolerant household/environment.
This proposal is to gain support and backing to initiate the planning stages, and subsequent execution, of a Diversity Fair in Southern California in the Crescenta Valley area north of Los Angeles.

While browsing the internet I ran across a term that I was unfamiliar with: PLE. I did some research and found that PLE stands for “Pioneer Little Europe.” It’s a code word that white supremacists use to describe communities that are “white friendly.” Without the sugar-coated rhetoric, PLEs are areas where white supremacists (AKA White Nationalists) have decided to take over. They move to the area in large numbers and chase people of other races and ethnicities out of town. I continued my research and discovered that the creation of PLEs are the instrument that many white supremacists are counting on to allow them to put their hand-picked political leaders in office and increase their power in the United States (and around the world for that matter).
According to many of the racist websites that I visited while researching this topic, including the massive “Stormfront.org,” the most successful PLE in the United States is in Kalispell, Montana. I am a resident of Los Angeles and was disheartened to see that there is a PLE community only about thirty miles north of my home. The area of Crescenta Valley is celebrated by white racists as a PLE with a more than 70% white majority. In fact in late March 2012 more than 100 residents of the area held a “European American Heritage Festival” which was a thinly veiled white supremacist rally in the Crescenta Valley park.
Learning about these PLEs and the Crescenta Valley PLE and reading the hateful remarks made by racist residents and supporters of PLEs made me want to take action before it is too late. The situation in Kalispell, Montana has become rather serious. Here is a link to a news article about the unrest there: http://missoulian.com/news/local/article_3da2c724-55ad-11df-984a-001cc4c03286.html

My immediate thought was to stage a protest in the Cresenta Valley area in an effort to let the residents know that we are aware of what is happening there and that it will not be condoned in Southern California; then it came to me: why not hold a Diversity Fair in the very park in Crescenta Valley that recently hosted the European American Heritage fair? A gathering of different cultures from around California (and the country and the world) could convene in one place and share food, art, music, and fun. This would send a peaceful and clear- cut message to the white separatists in Crescenta Valley that Southern California is a place of diversity and tolerance. A diversity fair may also be an effective way to reach out to Crescenta Valley youth, many of whom may have been raised by extremely intolerant parents.
I hope that this message will reach the hearts of others who are willing and able to donate time, money, talent and expertise to this cause. If you cannot help with this endeavor but would like to support my efforts please feel free to forward this message or to give me the names of people or organizations you feel may be able to help. Anything you can do would be appreciated.
Thank you for taking the time to consider my idea. Here is some further reading regarding PLEs.

http://www.cveas.org/apps/blog/
http://www.stormfront.org/forum/t859442/ (if you browse around this horrible website you will find a great deal of information and talk about PLEs, including the one in the Cresecenta Valley).

 

Thank you,
Celebrate Diversity Southern California Director Barbara Rae Young 

 

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