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A word to the white

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THE nakedly anti-white turn in the culture wars presents a stark new dilemma for white conservatives. Whereas the Left’s assault has centred on the arguably fluid concept of the State, now it targets something personal and immutable, the skin colour we were born with. There is no denying this insidious development: melanin-deficiency is under concerted attack throughout the Anglosphere.

The importation of toxic racial politics from the US has widened the focus from nation to pigmentation. Antifa, BLM and the cult of Saint George Floyd have taken root, yielding predictably bitter fruits: taking the knee, the ethnic imbalance of television adverts, the recent chilling Oxfam staff survey. Now, more ominously still, the onset of Critical Race Theory, which holds that whites – and only whites – are irredeemably racist.

The anti-white elephant was always in the room, of course. The long-running middle-class assault on the working class was from the outset a de facto war on the white working class. But these new movements, taken up with alacrity by the same chattering class, have caused the mask to slip.

Anti-whiteness makes our position even more invidious. Standing up for Britain and the British people is one thing, openly defending ‘whiteness’ another. It’s a double bind – we know that any overt form of ‘white solidarity’ in response to anti-whiteness will be seized upon as justification for it.  

More fundamentally, many of us simply don’t have, indeed take pride in not having, a distinct white consciousness. ‘White-British’ is merely a tick in the census box. And this, despite our privately registering, long ago, that the small matter of western civilisation itself was built by people of our ethnic heritage. We’ve been too busy getting on with life.

How, then, should we respond to the anti-white agenda? Many good people will say double down on civic nationalism. Re-state the case for ‘British values’. Encourage people not to self-identify in racial categories, as the black American commentator Wilfred Reilly has recently argued. Perhaps they’re right.    

But will more of the same be enough? Is it possible that white-ethnicity coyness, admirable in many ways, has unwittingly contributed to the present situation, been interpreted – by those who are able and willing to do us harm – as a sign of weakness? Am I ‘racist’ for asking?

Whichever route we choose, the target must be threefold: hypocrisy, hypocrisy, hypocrisy. Ruthlessly to expose the double standards and power-hunger of our opponents, using the tools they have gifted us.

Yes, let’s pay due homage to the great god of Anti-Racism – by exposing the virulent anti-whiteness of Antifa and BLM.

Let’s mercilessly mock corporates such as Sainsbury’s, cynically capturing the anti-white zeitgeist in their adverts, while deflecting attention from their ethnically homogeneous board of directors.

And perhaps we should study Critical Race Theory. Our students could learn much about the power structure of modern-day Western institutions and their racial biases. One minor tweak is required: it is traditionalist whites who are on their way to becoming the politically powerless and oppressed group.

Above all, let’s shine a piercing light on white supremacy – the supremacy of faux-liberals self-elevated to the status of ‘uber-whites’. Their ‘progressive’ purpose is now laid bare: to lord it over whites who fail to share their globalist worldview.

The Left looks invulnerable. However it has always had an Achilles heel: overreach. It’s possible that anti-whiteness will one day prove the pre-eminent example of this. But only, I suspect, if more of us – not ‘far-Right’ troublemakers but sober, clear-thinking conservatives – realise that we have skin in the game.   

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Stuart Major
Stuart Major is an independent scholar based in Sussex.

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