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America's Liberal Establishment Has Done the Heavy Lifting to Recruit Working Class Whites Into White Supremacist* Organizations

by John Spritzler

August 12, 2017

White supremacists held a rally and killed at least one counter-protester in Charlottesville, Virginia today, as reported by the Washington Post and AP in this Boston Globe article. Read this article carefully and you will see how America's liberal establishment wing of the ruling class (Democratic Party politicians and the Ford and Rockefeller foundations, among other ruling class agents) bear enormous responsibility for helping white supremacist organizations recruit working class whites.

Here's how establishment liberal leaders did it. For years now they have been doing things to make white working class people feel under attack by anti-racists. First, these liberal leaders spent a few decades making sure that working class whites applying for a job or admission into a college would hear back, "We're sorry. We can't give you the position you are seeking because we had to give it to a less qualified minority person." This "Affirmative Action" was designed (largely by President Richard Nixon, actually) to produce white resentment against non-whites, and to destroy the solidarity between whites and non-whites that had developed during the earlier Civil Rights Movement. It worked! (Read "We Need THIS, Not Affirmative Action" to see what a genuine plan to redress past racial discrimination would have been.)

Then the establishment liberal leaders waged a campaign, funded (as shown here) by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations, to replace the unifying good phrase "racial discrimination against non-whites" (which unified whites and non-whites on the basis of their shared opposition to racial discrimination) with the terrible divisive phrase "white privilege," which--as is carefully explained in "Is It a 'Privilege' Not To Be Discriminated Against?", and which you really need to read it if you don't already understand it--is designed to make working class whites believe that anti-racism is code for anti-white. This too has been very successful, for the ruling class's divide-and-rule strategy, that is.

If you doubt that this is what's enabling the white supremacist organizations to recruit, then take a look at the evidence in today's newspaper report of the Charlottesville rally, which reported:

"Tensions began Friday night, as several hundred white supremacists chanted 'White lives matter!' 'You will not replace us!' and 'Jews will not replace us!' as they carried torches marched in a parade through the University of Virginia campus."

Clearly these white supremacist chants are the chants of people who feel they are under attack. This is not a fluke of the Charlottesville rally; it is the main theme that white supremacist organizations use to recruit new members, as I discuss in some detail in my article, "What Do 'White Supremacists' Believe?" These white supremacist recruiting posters at the University of Central Florida illustrate this same defensive theme:

 

White Supremacist Organizations Are Filling the Vacuum Created by the Liberal Establishment

If white working class people had good organizations that truly championed their interests--interests that they share with working class people of all races--then white supremacist organizations with their crackpot science would not appeal to them. But the liberal establishment wing of the ruling class (along with its conservative wing) has done its best to make sure that there are no such good organizations welcoming white working class people.

The Republican Party welcomes them, but only on the basis of "social issues" such as abortion and same-sex marriage and "being tougher on crime" (which means incarcerating in prison more blacks and Hispanics who are demonized as criminal races by the racist War on Drugs that is supported and implemented by the Liberal Establishment.) The Republican Party never ever dreams of championing the economic interests of working class people against the contrary interests of capitalists, nor of championing the values of working class people--equality and mutual aid (a.k.a. solidarity)--against the contrary capitalist values of inequality and dog-eat-dog competition.

The Democratic Party is just as bad, but in a different manner. The Democratic Party's recent presidential candidate dismissed white working class people as "deplorables" and the party has been in the forefront of using Affirmative Action, and "white privilege" rhetoric, to demonize white working class people as guilty of benefiting from racial discrimination.

What about the big time "anti-racist" liberals? They worked together with the conservatives to turn the labor unions into organizations that white workers (and non-white workers too) came to view as agents of the capitalist class. Robert Reich, for example, was Labor Secretary during the truly heroic rank-and-file-led strikes at the E.A. Staley corn milling company and the Caterpillar Company and the Bridgestone Company (rubber) in 1995. The strikes were sabotaged by the national union leaders and attacked by the companies' management. The workers received no help from the Labor Department, and Reich had the gall to pontificate that the negotiations (which resulted in defeat for the workers) could, as the NYT reported, "spur an incipient trend of labor-management collaboration, with both sides seeing something to gain from an employer's success." This is how Reich told the workers to collaborate with their class enemy as if they shared the same fundamental values and interests, the "national interest" Big Lie.

President Bill Clinton at this time spearheaded NAFTA, which was used to enable the capitalists to move the highest-paying (often union) jobs to Mexico or to threaten such a move in order to force the workers to accept cuts in pay and benefits. White workers (as well as non-white) experienced this as an attack on them by a president (Bill Clinton) who was hailed as "America's first black president."

The liberal wing of the ruling class deliberately created a vacuum devoid of any organizational leadership that white working class people could view as "on their side." The intended result is what we're now seeing: increasing numbers of angry white working class people responding favorably to the recruiting pitch of white supremeacist organizations.

There Is a Way to Defeat the White Supremacist Organizations, But It Is Not by Following Left/Liberal Leadership

The way to undermine the ability of the leaders of white supremacist organizations to recruit new followers is to expose how the ruling class, in the name of anti-racism, has used manipulation (such as Affirmative Action) and lies (such as the "white privilege" Big Lie that says ordinary whites benefit from racial discrimination against non-whites** and will therefore be worse off if the anti-racists prevail) to make working class whites feel that they are under attack by people promoting the welfare of non-whites.

The very LAST thing we should do to stop new recruits from joining white supremacist organizations is to mistakenly believe that America's establishment liberal leaders share our horror at the growth of such organizations, and to mistakenly embrace the divide-and-rule schemes these leaders tell us are about "fighting racism." These "anti-racist" schemes are about driving working class whites into the arms of the racist leaders of white supremacist organizations.

The way to fight racism is to assert and explain to everybody--white and non-white alike--that, contrary to the "white privilege" BS, racial discrimination against non-whites HARMS both ordinary non-white AND white people (as discussed also in my "True or False: An Injury to One is an Injury to All?") This is the UNIFYING basis on which to fight against racially discriminatory policies, as we definitely need to do.

The ruling class, using its liberal wing, has worked very hard to prevent Americans from understanding that an injury to one is an injury to all. It's time we stopped them from succeeding in this Big Lie, and from doing the heavy lifting to help the white supremacist organizations recruit.

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* A more accurate name for these organizations is "white nationalist" because many of them recruit on the basis of championing whites against those who oppress whites, not on the basis of wanting whites to have greater rights than non-whites.

** Dear reader, if you don't understand that this is a Big Lie, then you really REALLY need to read "Is It a 'Privilege' Not to be Discriminated Against?" Really!

 

 

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