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June 11th, 2009
06:15 PM ET

The new white nationalism

Police cars mass outside the Holocaust Museum in Washington after a shooting there on Wednesday.

Police cars mass outside the Holocaust Museum in Washington after a shooting there on Wednesday.

Editor's Note: Professor Carol Swain will join Anderson tonight to discuss the rise in what she calls the "new white nationalism." Below is an excerpt from her 2002 book entitled "The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration." Tune in to AC360° tonight at 10p ET for more on yesterday's shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the 88-year-old white supremacist who is the alleged shooter.

Carol Swain
From her book "The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration"

Over the past ten years a new white racial advocacy movement has gained strength in the United States that poses a severe challenge to the ideals of an integrated society. Many of the leaders of this new movement, which is called “white nationalism” here, are very different from the sorts of people we have come to associate with the traditional racist right in America. Cultured, intelligent, and often possessing impressive degrees from some of America’s premier colleges and universities, this new breed of white racial advocate is a far cry from the populist politicians and hooded Klansmen of the Old South who fought the losing battles for segregation and white supremacy during the great civil rights upheavals of a generation ago. The new white nationalists differ even more from the small bands of misfits and psychopaths who formed the heart of the ineffectual neo-Nazi movement of that era. While sharing much in common with the older style of white racist and white supremacy movement, and drawing upon important white supremacist beliefs, the new white nationalism is potentially broader in its appeal and a development sufficiently different from the older racist right to be considered a distinct phenomenon. The new white nationalism, in this sense, might be considered a kind of repackaged, relabeled and transformed white supremacy that is aiming its appeal at a broader and better-educated audience.

Reprinted with the permission of Cambridge University Press.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Marlon Morgan

    As an African American male I hope those of the Caucasian race learn from African American mistakes and victories. Hate does not get them anywhere. They will soon to be the minority and we'll be there right next to them. So, I think it's time to research and accept diversity. "One Nation!"

    June 11, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  2. CS

    To JC in Los Angeles: You apparently have never lived in the South for an extended period of time. The racist right is very much alive and out in the open in the south. I have lived in the South all my life and it is very mainstream and people are proud of it and do not try to hide it at all. I have heard appalling racist comments from all walks of life and how they cannot believe Obama was elected and someone should do something about it. It's shameful but it is very true.

    June 11, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  3. john k

    why does cnn msnbc,cbs and other left leaning news outlets only report supposely rightwing attacks on there stations. This was a 88 year old acting on his own, want about the 20 yr old soldier killed by the muslim convert..

    June 11, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  4. Kruzshander Scott, LA

    At least these fools in the hate groups disclose themselves to us, and are not cowards Just think! Some of these haters are our Bosses at work, our kids Teachers, and some may even be the people we trust to keep us in good health( Doctors, nurses etc.)., and some or even responsible for our freedom ( judges, lawyers etc.) . It’s the rest of the evil bunch we really have to worry about.

    June 11, 2009 at 9:17 pm |
  5. JC- Los Angeles

    After January 20th 2009, it seems trite to continually frame issues along racial lines or assign certain political persuasions to matters that are concretely defined.

    Extremists, terrorists or in the case of the Holocaust shooting, simply a murderer, come in all shapes, sizes, colors and political affiliations.

    The term left-wing originated during the French Revolution and aside from seating arrangements in parliament, it was assigned to those that sought radical reform.

    Therefore, one could argue that the murderer at the Holocaust museum was as left-wing as humanly possible.

    While the left certaily doesn't want that stigma, to suggest that there is a "traditional racist right in America" is disingenuous to the right.

    Crime is not right or left, it's just plain wrong.

    June 11, 2009 at 8:37 pm |
  6. Davis

    No matter how many interdisciplinary degrees one possess,or any educational attainment level, there is no biological bases for race, which has been proven with scientific evidence. Therefore, this age of "White Nationalism", proves to be confined to ideological beliefs, which are in fact contrary to what the founding fathers of this country had in mind. Multi-racial, and multiculturalism are fundamental American ideals, which cannot be denied.

    June 11, 2009 at 7:59 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    This reminds me of a quote from one of my favorite reads as a child – you can put a mule in a horse harness but its still just a mule. Likewise you can obtain innumerable degrees in your education but if you refuse to enlighten your racial views you are still as uneducated as when you started. Its a shame that some of our better educated folks are taking this posture.

    June 11, 2009 at 7:47 pm |
  8. Whiteshadoe

    And we thought we were past it.

    June 11, 2009 at 7:30 pm |
  9. Robbie

    i would like to see more on this topic.

    June 11, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  10. Mari

    Truly disturbing. Not surprised, the election of an African-American president has scared many, on the far-right, even some of the GOP!

    All one has to do is listen to AM radio, to the hate, lies, fear and division that the GOP's mouthpieces like Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter spew.

    June 11, 2009 at 7:25 pm |
  11. tmgesq

    This is very unfortunate. So much for a post-racial America with the election of Obama. Racism is just plain ignorant, no matter how many degrees a person has!

    June 11, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  12. Brian Hicks

    With the recent increase of hate crimes, shouldn't the the Homeland Security Advisory System be elevated to Orange. Or is the terrorist threat scale only used for Islamic terrorists?

    June 11, 2009 at 6:52 pm |