Author’s Note: This is intended as a starting point on this discussion. I make no claim to be a final authority. In fact, much of this article is my own “thinking through” the issue. I am sure I have a few errors, omissions, or misunderstandings. I am always open to learn and adapt my understanding to fit reality. Still, it can serve as a jumping off point, as we Men of the West work through the topic.
We have had an onslaught of comments on recent posts, where a call for the rise of “White” people has been made. Various calls for “your skin is your uniform” or other such things permeate the message. At the core of this call is a misunderstanding of nation. It takes a simplistic view that skin tone makes a nation. So, in this incorrect view, all Whites are a nation, all Blacks are a nation, and so forth. However, this is simply not true.
History proves otherwise.
Julius Caesar brought the Roman Legions to the British Isles, got off the boat and proclaimed, “My White Brothers! We are all one people. Let us be joined together in racial harmony.” The native Britons, overjoyed at finding lost kinsman of their own race, gladly joined with the Romans.
Wait. That is not what happened. No, twice Caesar invaded Britain, in 54 and 55 B.C. The first time, more of a recon mission than a full blown invasion, the Britons were able to hold the Romans at bay long enough to cause them to leave. Of course, the next year, Caesar was back, and this time successfully defeated the native forces, eventually leading to the occupation of the island. Note that there are multiple “white” tribes here. Their skin was not their uniform. Romans were not Britons. And when the Romans, 500 years later, pulled out of Britain, the new invaders, the White Anglo-Saxons were neither Roman nor Briton. And so it goes. A multitude of nations, all white, but not monolithic.
European history is full of such examples. The British are not French, and neither are German or Polish. The Slavs are not Scandinavians. Being white, in and of itself, does not a nation make. This is why the World Wars were fought between various white nations and their allies. Germans and Italians fought English and French and Russian. Nations are more than skin color.
But it not just the white folks.
What about Blacks? Surely, black is black, right? They all are the same, right? Well, they certainly do not think so. In 1994, two black tribes in Rwanda, the Hutus and Tutsis, went at it, with somewhere between a half million and million people being killed in a few short months. The ruling Hutus darn near wiped the Tutsis out. Seems odd for folks who should see their skin as their uniform to behave.
Obviously, this is simply a quirk of history. Other people groups surely see themselves a monolithic nation, based on skin color. Well, except for the Native American Indians. Yes, it seems that the Red Man also missed this important marker. The Lakota fought with the Pawnee. In fact, most of the tribes fought with other tribes with which they came into contact. Their skin did not define their tribe.
Thank goodness for the Asians. They are the smartest race, right? They must have figured it out. Sadly, they succumbed to intra-skin tone battles, too. Just consider the historical relations between China and Japan. They have fought with one another for centuries. They do not see their skin color as a uniform.
This is a reality. There is no “White” nation. There is no “Black” nation. There is no such thing as “Skin Color X” nation. Nations are people groups with a common heritage. Ethnicity is only one component of that definition. It is important, but to ignore the other components is fool-hardy. From the Infogalactic article linked above:
…a nation is more impersonal, abstract, and overtly political than an ethnic group. It is a cultural-political community that has become conscious of its autonomy, unity, and particular interests.
To make claims that there is a “White Nation” is to lose sight of what a Nation truly is. Really, we all know this, but in our reactions to the current political situation, we forget. Remember the old joke?
Heaven & Hell
HEAVEN is where:
The police are British
The chefs Italian
The mechanics are German
The lovers are French
and it’s all organized by the Swiss
HELL is where:
The police are German
The chefs are British
The mechanics are French
The lovers are Swiss
and it’s all organized by the Italians!!
See, we recognize the difference between nations. Do not confuse ethnicity with nation.
Ok, I know the next question: “But America was founded as a White nation.” Well, that is partly correct. There were five major European powers that colonized North America, with three of them having a major impact on the formation of the United States. Spain arrived first, settling in St. Augustine, Florida, in 1565. They were quickly followed by France and England, all three nations vying for control of the New World. Note that all three were European (and White), but none recognized the other as being of the same nation. The Dutch also colonized small regions of North America, but England soon took over these provinces (such as New Amsterdam, which we call New York). The fifth European nation was Russia, which colonized Alaska. While that would play an important role later in American history, it was not as foundational for what became America as the other three, so we can keep our focus on “the big three.”
There were various conflicts (French and Indian War, for example), where these nations fought with one another over their American colonies. They schemed against one another. They sold lands to one another. Eventually, Spain (and Portugal) turned her eyes southward, and focused on South and Central America, while France took over control of Louisiana, also maintaining rule over her original colonies in Canada. England ruled the Eastern Seaboard, where we find the original 13 colonies.
So the original colonies that later rebelled against England, fighting the Revolutionary War were predominantly British in origin. The aristocrats were English, with a large number of Scots, Irish, and other British peoples making up the rest of the populace. The only other large European group to make up Early America’s population were the Germans of Pennsylvania, many of whom migrated in response to the Thirty Years War between France and Germany.
So, at the time of the American Revolution, the primary nations that made up the United States were English, Irish, Scots, and German. Before you argue that they melded into one, you might want to explain the signs that could be found, as late as the mid-18th Century proclaiming that “No Irish Need Apply.” It is quite apparent that each of these groups saw the other as being separate. There were not melded into one American “White Nation.” They remained individual people groups. Certainly, they were part of one country and lived under one government, but they were not a single nation. All were (and are) white, but they were not monolithic. In fact, just a few months ago, after a public dispute, Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Megyn Kelly posted a follow up, saying “We’re Irish. It’s complicated.” Even now, 240+ years after the Revolutionary War began, American Whites still have a sense of their origins.
The United States of America was not founded as some generalized “White nation.” It was founded as a more secure governmental body in order to protect their decidedly British (and primarily English) heritage, to ensure a secure future for their British-descended progeny. Note these lines from the Declaration of Independence:
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends [the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness], it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
…[the King has abolished] the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies…
[and] taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
And so it goes on. Note the specific items here: Government is not nation. Government is politics. Nation is people. The King had abolished “English Laws.” He was bringing in “foreign Mercenaries” to harass the American British people. Pay attention to the language. Who were these foreigners, these of another nation? Germans. They are referring to Hessians. What laws were being suppressed? English laws. Not White laws. They were objecting to White foreigners.
It is an abuse of language and of history to proclaim that the United States was founded as a “White” nation. It was founded as a English nation, but divorced in government from the home nation. Were they white? Of course. But they did not distinctively identify as white. That was just assumed. Germans and French were white. And, in the beginning, these new “Americans” identified as English (or Scots or Irish, etc.). And as was stated earlier, even within the newly formed United States, those various British identities did not really meld. They remained separate from one another. Irish clung to Irish. English to English, and so on.
Without a doubt, over time, those distinct lines blurred, and a new identity arose: American. It was composed of Whites who acclimated to the new political system, with the ties to Great Britain decidedly cut. The foundation was still English, but the people no longer identified as English. When another European would immigrate and assimilate, they too became American. This was reserved to Whites, at least on the whole, but as long as there was true assimilation, a new nation was being formed. Even then, these Whites were not a single group, but fell into three broad categories, at least: Yankee, Southron, Outsiders. Of course, the Yankees were those descended primarily from the Puritans who colonized New England; Southrons were those who traced their lineage back to the English Cavaliers and Scots-Irish settlers, tending to settle in the Southern colonies. The Outsiders were those who tended to stay self-contained, rarely participating in anything outside their own groups (Quakers, Amish, etc.). Surely, there were other small groups of White settlers, but these were the main ones.
Non-whites lived within the system, and as long as they did not cause trouble, were tolerated, and allowed to live in fairly close proximity to this new nation, but they were never really members. Why? Because to be an American, one needed to be a part of a “cultural-political community.” Non-whites were not from the same culture. Western culture is European and Christian, not African, Asian, pagan, etc. Tolerated? Usually. Part of the nation? No. There is a reason why African slaves were counted as 3/5 of a person in the census.
Yet, at the same time, back in Europe, we still find English, Irish, Scots, Germans, Swedes, and so forth. They are white, but not American, just as Americans are not English or Swede. Within America, we still find Yankee, Southron, Outsiders, but now have even more sub-groups: Westerners, Alaskans, and so forth. There is simply no monolithic white nation. It does not exist.
Again, White is not a nation. Do not confuse ethnicity with Nation.
Now, having said all that, there is no doubt whatsoever that however we define what it means to be American, we finds its roots in White, European, Christian culture. With the increase in immigration, post 1965, we find that the foundation of that culture is being destroyed. A recent survey shows that a majority of Americans believe their culture is being wiped out. It is possible for a nation to allow a few outsiders to live and participate in the system, but too many foreigners spells doom for a nation. Whether your own nation is Yankee, Southron, or something else, if you import others from the outside, your nation will not be the same. It will, by necessity, change into something else. The Left certainly understands this.
It would behoove us, therefore, to stop with “White” Nationalism. If you are Southron, then stand up for the Southron nation. If you are a Yankee, and want your region to remain historically Yankee, then hold firmly to your heritage.
In a future article, I will address the secession question, which is intricately tied to this whole issue. There is a reason that the Founding Fathers of the united States of America opted for a federal system. For the time being, we can use this as a starting point. For the purpose of this discussion, I would just say that we have a better chance at reclaiming our culture if we understand that it is much more than just “white.”