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White Nationalism

What is White Nationalism?

White Nationalism is an ideology and system of power that constrains our activities in the United States in ways that range from subtle to blatant. White Nationalism is extolled by organized supremacist groups and armed insurgents, but also by major media figures and political leaders.

The term “White Supremacy” is often used by academics to describe a constellation of racist ideas and practices. I use the following terms to break the concept into more easily grasped component parts, especially when speaking to audiences that are predominantly White.

White Superiority is the specious idea that White people are a uniquely talented “race.”

White Nationalism claims that the essence of the United States as a nation is carried in the social, cultural, economic, and political practices of European settlers.

White Supremacist System refers to the systems, structures, and institutions of a nation that give White people special privileges and powers whether or not they want them or harbor a dislike of other races.

Organized White Supremacist Groups are social and political organizations with the goal of ensuring White people exercise power over all non-white people.

Prejudice + Power = Oppression

Digging Deeper

The Longer Study on White Nationalism is Here

Major Ideological Tendencies in the Election of Donald Trump

White Nationalism
Christian Nationalism

This study is by Alex DiBranco and Chip Berlet who are busy writing a chapter on this for Routledge Press

White Nationalism, Right-Wing Populism, and Neofascism

White Nationalism/Fascism 101
Resisting the Trump Agenda
A landing page for a political education discussion
sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice,
and the expanded version of the slideshow for
serious activists, students, and scholars

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The original slideshow was for an audio conference call which included a verbal presentation by Chip Berlet as lead discussant
and the participation of SURJ leadership and local activists.
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A Variety of Resources for SURJ Activists and Allies
The Slideshow that Accompanied the
SURJ Call-In Discussion:

Slideshow PowerPoint file:

Agenda Script PDF: White Nationalism – Fascism 101 Call Agenda – final.pdf

Agenda Script Word Doc: White Nationalism – Fascism 101 Call Agenda – final.docx

Standing Up for Racial Justice:
SURJ Political Education Webpage


An expanded version of the slideshow with more slides and more detailed explanations:
Not for the faint of heart:
53 slides – lots of text – many references
For serious organizers, researchers, and activists

Some Basic Definitions

White Nationalism
In the broadest sense White Nationalism is the idea that only people who can adopt the culture, social practices, and economic views of the majority of “White” people in the United States are appropriate as citizens of the nation. White Nationalism based on perceived skin color and the myth of genetic differences is a form of aggressive racial exclusion that historically generates violence, expulsion, or genocide.
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Right-Wing Populism
Based on the idea that the “real” common people of the nation are in a power struggle with the corrupt elites currently destroying the future of the nation. The core elements of right-wing populism in the US are:

  • White Nationalism  (ethno-nationalism)
  • Producerism  (“Makers versus Takers”)
  • Demonization
  • Conspiracist Subversion Narratives
  • Apocalyptic Narratives and Millennial Visions
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Fascism in the Interwar Periods  (World-War I  —>  World War II)
Mussolini’s Italian “corporatist” fascism and Hitler’s German Nazism are the best known versions of fascism between the two world wars. In addition several countries developed forms of “clerical fascism” built around an ethno-religious identity; most commonly Roman Catholic and Orthodox Catholic movements and political parties. For example:
♠ Roman Catholic:  Hungary, Lithuania, Croatia
♠ Orthodox Catholic: Romania, Serbia
Note: Italian Corporatism and US Corporations are not the same thing.
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The Ultra-Right and Neofascism
Contemporary ultra-right  (extreme right) movements in the United States span a range of ideologies and methodologies that tend to be more aggressive and violent than commonly found in right-wing populist movements. But keep in mind that according to scholar Roger Griffin, fascist movements incorporate forms of right-wing populism.
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Alt-Right began as an online phenomenon that mushroomed into a poisonous cloud of misogynist, white nationalist, and anti-Left propaganda. Its basic thrust was a form of masculinist authoritarianism aimed at collapsing democracy and human rights in the United States on behalf of economic and political elites [credit].

Alt-Right is neither a social or political movement, but an amorphous network of primarily-unaffiliated news and messaging outlets using both traditional internet platforms, but especially emphasizing social media such as Twitter and obscure posting sites. The persons who consider themselves activists in the extended Alt-Right cyberspace reality are 21st Century CyberBrownshirts, playing the role of Hitler’s street thug Brownshirt gangs of the 1930s.
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Standing Up for Racial Justice: SURJ Political Education Webpage

About the Lead Discussant

Chip Berlet spent over 40 years researching right-wing social and political movements. He and his partner Karen Moyer spent 10 years living on the southwest side of Chicago (1977-1987) working in the leadership of a multi-racial neighborhood organization to stop violent attacks on Black families visiting or moving into the predominantly White area around Marquette Park.

Berlet retired as a senior analyst after some 3 three decades at Political Research Associates, a progressive think tank founded in 1981 by the late  lesbian feminist scholar Jean V. Hardisty.  Jean’s goal was to study US right-wing social and political movements using the lens of a race/gender/class analysis, while carrying out academic quality research, and writing political education studies using clear, accessible, and popular language to assist grassroots activists working for progressive social change
 >>>——–>   More about Chip’s work is Here
 >>>——–>   More about Political Research Associates is Here
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Racial Justice

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Breaking the Silence

What’s Behind the Wave of Police, Security, and
Vigilante Killings of Black People?

These resources compiled at the request of the Spirit House Project
for a National Teach-In, Worship Service, and Candlelight Vigil
held On April 22, 2014, in Washington, DC

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What can White People Do?

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A Culture of White Fear & Rage

White Fear of Black Men

by Bonnie Berman Cushing
Center for the Study of White Culture

I have been devoted to a white anti-racist path for close to a dozen years, but I still stiffen with fear and a state of heightened awareness when I find myself alone on a darkened street with one or more Black men nearby.

As a dedicated student of anti-racist facts and principles I know intellectually that white people are five times more likely to be attacked by another white person than by a Black one and that two-thirds of the rapes committed in our country are by white men.

I am aware that the vast majority of corporate criminals are white and that most of our politicians who have declared war –  bringing death and destruction to millions –  also have the same skin color as I do. My own experience includes a mugging at gunpoint and a date rape – both at the hands of white men.  And yet I have never found myself anxiously responding to a white male or males on an evening walk the way I do in the presence of Black men. Why, exactly, is that?

I believe there are several reasons for this disturbing phenomenon and that it certainly isn’t limited only to me, but also to most (if not all) white folks – and many people of color as well.  History, psychology and media all play a significant role. The myth of the predatory Black man stands on the shoulders of centuries of stories and images shared from one generation to the next, sometimes directly and sometimes in coded messaging (such as admonishments to lock the car in certain neighborhoods or clutch your pocketbook closely on certain elevators and streets).  Our collective fear of the Black man has a rich and detailed history, one that by this time has practically been encoded in our national DNA.

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White Fear

by Roberto Lovato

Even though ideas about race, ethnicity, culture and civilization are fluid and murky, white fear is cohesive and entrenched. It gets funding for research using state-of-the-art statistical methods to prove age-old ideas about white intellectual superiority; it informs government policies and media coverage that – despite the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, white militias and private border battalions – never link “white” with “threat,” “terrorist” or (to use Huntington’s term) “challenge.” White fear mobilizes Republican and Democratic voters to defend their perceived racial interests under the guise of patriotism.

White fear is profitable. Bond issues for prison construction managed by major investment banks are more profitable than school construction bonds for improving the decrepit, crowded public schools like Taft High School in the Bronx. The prison construction bonds also depend heavily on a steady flow of young, brown bodies of former students of de-funded schools, as do the crowded barracks in Iraq’s deserts.

Though Latinos are well on their way to surpassing African Americans on the rolls of Rikers Island and other prisons as well as those dying in the deserts of Iraq, there is no mature and sustained Latino equivalent of the established black critique – literary, musical and political – of the politics of white fear and its nefarious effects. Huntington’s Who Are We has little to do with Latinos and everything to do with whiteness in America. We must realize that we can’t win these ideological wars by leaving the cold silos of white fear untouched.

We must meditate about and lay siege upon the workings of white fear as if we are indeed the very barbarians Huntington invokes. We must now take our place alongside African Americans and countless barbarian others at the front of the long march to move this country, this world beyond the calcified history and fossilized notions of “civilization” and “assimilation” lurking behind the gated white walls of the Bronx Historical Society and Samuel Huntington’s mind.

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