The Demise of the White Inferiorists

S. T. Joshi

Pity the poor white nationalist!

He (and it is almost always a he) is not faring well these days. You think otherwise? Au contraire, mes amis! Take no notice of the fact that incidents of abuse and violence against persons of color committed by white racists are, in numerical terms, on the rise—whether it be the persistent tendency of a small number of white women to call the police on blacks, Hispanics, or Asians going about their daily lives or the actual killings by the Dylann Roofs of the world. Many put the blame on the pasty-faced white guy currently occupying the Oval Office, but, offensive as he is, he was only drawing upon a well of support that was there long before him.

Can we be frank? The racists have always been among us. I don’t know why many of us believed that the election of a mixed-race president in 2008 would suddenly purge this country of its centuries-long heritage of cruelty and prejudice against non-whites, but that conviction was staggeringly naive. So in a sense it is salutary that these racists now expose themselves—for what they are exposing, even in cases where they literally weaponize their prejudice, are their fears, anxieties, and insecurities.

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