Political Candidates Now Running as Open White Supremacists

Interesting piece over at the Huffington Post about a white supremacist , Ryan J. Murdough, who is running for a seat in the New Hampshire State House on a platform of hate.

Several things come to mind. First of all, the organization “American Third Position” is but one more burgeoning white supremacist organization advocating a racialized version of grassroots populism. This group states that it is “represent[ing] the political interests of White Americans, because no one else will.” I do not need to explain how this logic is faulty, as Joe Feagin has already outlined this on this blog and in his most recent book The White Racial Frame. As Feagin states, there is already a party that represents the political interests of white people and it is called the current Republican Party.

More disturbing, however, is the twisting of civil rights language for the furtherance of white racism. For instance, Murdough’s equating of diversity initiatives as “anti-white” legislation. This is a reactionary technique that whites have long used to fight against the hard-won gains of people of color. And as Feagin also outlines in his book, the ascension of “post-racial” rhetoric only exacerbates these sentiments.

Murdough, and the A3P he represents, are similar to the Tea Party Movement and the emerging Glenn Beck-ers, all of whom seem to think the language of civil rights applies to perceived white racial disenfranchisement. The appearance of privileging people of color is enough to set the white racial frame in motion, rationalizing the undeserved privileges that white people have always enjoyed in this country and denying equal opportunities to non-white groups (who are seen as less deserving and inherently not allowed to reap the same rewards).

Finally, as mentioned in this blog many times before, this sort of white anger is particularly virulent when it comes to the Tea Party movement. This group seeks to re-establish/protect/maintain white racial hegemony in politics, ideology, and culture. That is the political subtext to the “Take back our nation” speeches and placards they carry. Even Glenn Beck, with all his “liberty and justice rhetoric” is but a white racial zealot fighting to maintain his privilege. Much like the above mentioned white supremacist, Beck plans to use the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement for his personal (and collective white racial) gain. His “Take America Tour,” which will commence with a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th, 2010 (the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech) is in my opinion, blasphemy to the extreme.

Unfortunately, the sentiments of Murdough, Beck, and Tea Partiers will continue so long as the white racial frame remains supplanted in the political consciousness and as long as neoliberal doctrine continues to avoid discussing the reality of racial inequality in America.


  1. No1KState

    1 – I’m a member of the Democratic party, but it’s not as though they’re the political arm of the NAACP, or the Urban League or anything. White Americans got plenty of representation in govertment, and it’s not just white racial framing, but, in my estimation, willfull ignorance that perpetuates this fearful racism. I mean, come on. In what world do social conservatives like Beck have any claim on the Civil Rights Movement? Without going through any higher order thinking like thinking, correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t even the most liberal of white voices telling activists to “slow down?”

    You’re right that if white Democrats don’t start speaking out more and stop running away from the Jimmy Carters and even Jesse Jackson, Sr, with all his faults, this white racial framing will not be replaced. But it’s like they’re afraid of facing a blacklash from a group of people who aren’t voting for them anyway. Or, perhaps, they actually buy into much of the framing, only they’re capable of higher order thinking, like thinking.

    2 – What’s most blasphemous about Beck’s speech on Aug 28 is the continual clinging of conservatives to the one line: “. . . judged not by the color of their skin . . .” Of course, there’s the judging of the color of one’s skin to make decisions about the content of one’s character. Such that despite the fact that charges against Skip Gates were dropped, it’s still a sign of anti-white hate for Obama to state that Crowley had acted stupidly.

    There’s that of course. But what’s worse is that that’s the only line they cling to. The AZ superintendent in defending the ban on ethnic studies on CNN claimed to have been at THE Aug 28 march and to have been moved by that one particular line. Here’re a few lines they overlook, with my emphasis:

    As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.

    So, I gotta wonder what Oscar Grant’s family thinks about the tea people’s attempt to take their country back.

    We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

    Is it just me, or does that not fit in with resorting to “second amendment remedies?”

    And that’s not to get into MLK’s push for economic justice and explicit support of affirmative action and reparations.

    3 – Now, this is a bit off topic, but it’s something that gets under my skin! – The 1765 tea tax actually lowered the cost of tea in the colonies; what they were protesting was the lack of parliamentary representation not taxes. The participants of the Boston Tea Party weren’t fight for freedom for all! And lastly, the tea they were protesting about was produced by the labor of slaves who were anything but free!

    4 – In the HuffPo article, Murdough also claims that white Americans need a homeland just like other nonwhite groups. Which is odd giving that most, or all, white Americans have a homeland known collectively as Europe. African Americans have no “homeland” to lay claim to, no separate country here in the Americas. This land we’re all living on is the homeland of extant American aboriginee nations, ie Cherokee, Lumbee, Apache, etc and so on. And Southwest US, which so many whites are so intent on protecting from invasion, having previously been Northwest Mexico, is the homeland of Chicano/as.

    5 – And finally . . . when will white people stop having the audacity to want to tell people of color what racism is?! Like you know and we dont’! (I’m not including this blogs’ administrators, who speak to other whites as opposed to chastising blacks in the vain of Mark Williams who has the audacity to label the NAACP as racist.)

    • distance88

      Co-sign on all your points 1-5, KState. The question you raised on point #5 is something I always wondered about…if the topic is say, rocket science or nuclear physics, people are pretty careful to not speak out of turn or off the cuff unless they know what they are talking about — but with race (see also: politics, religion, economics, etc), everybody (and especially whites) become vocal experts on the subject, dismissing all those differing points of view automatically, even though these self-anointed ‘racial experts’ have no first-hand (and a lot of times, second- or even third-hand experience/knowledge) with the subject (not saying that all POCs are experts on race, but I think the point is still valid). You can see this on any major newspaper website–the number of comments on articles about health, science, and the like are dwarfed by the number of comments on articles dealing with immigration, race, Obama, etc.

      When it comes to racism and discrimination, I would think that any civil minded or rational person would have to put more weight to the opinions of individuals who are the targets of discrimination, and less weight to the beneficiaries of it. Stated another way, I’m white so I don’t have to think about race if I don’t choose to, POCs don’t have that same luxury.


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