White Supremacists Favor Obama over McCain? A Weird Election?



The world of U.S. racism and U.S. politics has its very weird aspects. Esquire magazine reports on their recent interviews with several leaders of white supremacist groups.
Here is the infamous Tom Metzger, director of the White Aryan Resistance:

The corporations are running things now, so it’s not going to make much difference who’s in there, but McCain would be much worse. He’s a warmonger. He’s a scary, scary person–more dangerous than Bush. Obama, according to his book, Dreams Of My Father, is a racist and I have no problem with black racists. I’ve got the quote right here: ‘I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s white race.’ The problem with Obama is he’s being dishonest about his racial views. I’d respect him if he’d just come out and say, ‘Yeah, I’m a black racist.’ I don’t hate black people. I just think it’s in the best interest of the races to be separated as much as possible. See, I’m a leftist. I’m not a rightist. I hate the transnational corporations far more than any black person.

So, a leading white-racist thinker hates transnational firms more than an African American Senator or President, but must portray him as a “black racist” in order to come to his view. This seems pretty schizophrenic thinking if typical of much white supremacist thinking. Then the Esquire story quotes the head of the Imperial Klans and a few other white supremacist leaders who offer mixed reviews of the campaign. A couple seem glad that Obama is about to be elected, as in their view that will fuel the white supremacist movement and move whites into their organizations.

I was interviewed by a Canadian reporter this morning, who had talked with David Duke, former Klan leader and Louisiana state representative, and Duke told him he thought half of all whites would be upset that Obama is elected and thus move toward the white supremacist camp.

Then there is Jared Taylor of American Renaissance, evaluated by SPLC.ORG and its recent SPLC report as a white supremacist thinker, who argues thus about “Why Obama Will Win,” in which he assesses many white voters:

First, some support his policies. They want to end the war in Iraq, and they want the standard liberal program of socialized medicine, higher taxes, more handouts, and more government. . . . Second, as many people have pointed out, an enormous number of whites think it is deeply virtuous to vote for a black—not for an out-and-out race man such as Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, but for an unthreatening, well-scrubbed black who speaks standard English and promises to “bring us together.” Even if they live sharply segregated lives, whites thrill to the language of “coming together,” and they adore blacks who don’t act or sound black. … Obama will be an act of high patriotism. Electing him will prove America is not “racist,” and many whites believe that rising above “racism” is America’s sacred calling.

SPLC describes Taylor as seeing Senator Obama as a “post-racial president.” This does sound like what one hears from more centrist commentators in the media as well.

A very unusual confluence of opinion across white America? And the media are doing stories about the “end of racism” and on “no racial effects” in this campaign? Really?

What do you think?

Comments

  1. Since even before the original Nazis came to power in Germany, at a time when the most powerful in Germany were relatively tolerant, far-right politics have incorporated anti-capitalism and anti-war stances. Just think of the stereotypes of ‘international bankers’ or how German frustration over WWI was manipulated. Part of the reason the Nazis were able to rise to power was because Left and Right were scrambled, without either capitalism/communism or war/peace able to adequately define the political poles. Lately, some of the scariest advances of the far right has been in overtures to the anti-colonialist far left, typified by David Duke’s appearances at Palestinian solidarity rallies (reciprocated by the Chomskyist Left’s defense of Slobodan Milosevic).

    So Metzger’s comment doesn’t surprise me in the least. It would be a mistake to assume his thinking is merely the exaggeration of center-right politics – or even merely an exaggeration of more common racism. As you say, there are elements to the far right that have always been ‘schizophrenic.’

  2. TheyWillLearn

    These idiots are about to find out some hard Truths, they are still plotting for President Elect Obama Inaguration. They are not trying to murder Obama they are trying to murder God. For whatever reasons God has allowed Obama to become President he has, people need to respect God and stop living in Hatred. They will pay and it will be their own doing, if these children of Satan dont repent they will bring curses to their own homes and families, I would not want to live on their street or work with them, great castrophies are coming upon them, and they have no one to blame but themselves and all who follow them. God is a God of order and these stiffnecks are living out of order. These idioits are causing “discord and division, disharmony in this Earth”. The will not go unpunished, this will be a time like only seen in the old testament when grounds would open up and swollow entire families, livestock and everything they own. I personally am glad this time is upon the earth because these evildoers have existed too long with retrubution, now they will know if you want to do evil your reward will be evil.

  3. Seattle in Texas

    First, Metzger is a dork (founder of W.A.R., yet calls McCain a “warmonger”–since when has Metzger gone schizophrenic(?)/okay with black folks on the terms of Jim Crow(?) hippie?…*tap fingers* ohhh, probably after he rightfully so got the crap sued out of him? Switching up his public front-stage strategy and philosophy to attract new ignorant and/or vulnerable followers, etc. that may reduce his chances of losing pretty much everything he’s got again while perpetuating the same hate?) as are the other folks, such as Duke, etc.

    But TheyWillLearn–I mean no disrespect to a fellow Obama supporter, seriously, no disrespect. But I think it’s more like the negative cycles need to be broke, particularly among most all white folks and others who embrace their racist ways deliberately or unconsciously…. But white supremacy is deeply embedded far beyond the sheets and swastika’s…. Nonetheless, a definite cheer’s to Obama’s win! 😀 And always, a cheers to Austin

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