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Bokrecension: ”Bara vita saknar raslig identitet”

Posted by sverigeidag på december 8, 2011

The publication earlier this year of Jared Taylor’s White Identity was quite a milestone. In essence, it was the sequel to his Paved With Good Intentions, which was, as National Review remarked upon its publication in 1992, “the most important book to be published on the subject [of race relations] in many years.”

White Identity has already been ably reviewed in AltRight by Derek Turner, and there is no need to rehash the book’s arguments. What I will do instead is reflect on what has happened the to pro-White movement in the almost two decades that separate the publication of these works—and how this history portends for the growth of a White racial identity in the United States.

The main difference between Taylor’s two books is that while Paved focused almost exclusively on Black-White relations, Identity has separate chapters for Hispanic and Asian racial consciousness, in addition to ones on Blacks and Whites. Multiracial America is here, and while Asians and Hispanics will not be forming a rainbow coalition with Blacks, they are also not going to integrate like the Italians, Irish,and Jews of last century either. Indeed, with the reality of affirmative action, changing demographics and the racial spoils system, it is of no benefit for non-Whites to integrate into the existing White society. (One important point in Identity is that Asians, once the “model minority,” are increasingly shunning assimilation for an identity of their own.)

Reading Identity, it is hard to avoid the feeling that things look bleak for White Americans. Taylor sums up the situation as follows:

The demographic forces we have set in motion have created conditions that are inherently unstable and potentially violent. All other groups are growing in number and have a vivid racial identity. Only whites have no racial identity, are constantly on the defensive, and constantly in retreat. They have a choice: regain a sense of identity and the resolve to maintain their numbers, their traditions and their way of life – or face oblivion.

The fate of the two books tells a negative tale of the last two decades. Paved was published by a respected, mainstream publisher (Carroll & Graf) and sold roughly 45,000 copies. It was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Washington Times and many other mainstream publications. White Identity was self published after getting numerous rejections from mainstream publishers. As Taylor notes, “this book is unfit for commercial publication in the United States.” It was reviewed in no mainstream publications.

The 1990s actually saw a litany of groundbreaking books published on race, including The Bell Curve, Alien Nation, Not Out of Africa, Hating Whitey, and several others. Even Dinesh d’Souza’s liberal universalist tome, The End of Racism: Principles for a Multiracial Society, included many key ideasborrowed from Jared Taylor (whom, ironically, D’Souza would later denounce as a racist.) It’s hard to imagine most of these titles finding mainline publishing houses today.

The 1990s also witnessed examples of Whites fighting back politically, with ballot initiatives such as Propositions 187, 209, and 227 in California, which ended public benefits for illegal immigrants, racial preferences, and bilingual education, respectively. These initiatives helped inspire similar efforts in other states, and Ward Connerley lead a nationwide battle against affirmative action for much of the decade and beyond.

Whites even had a national politician—Pat Buchanan—articulating White interests on issues like immigration policy, crime, and affirmative action. He was rewarded with strong primary showings in both 1992 and 1996. While Buchanan lost, his insurgency in 1996 forced Bob Dole to pretend he was against affirmative action.

Two decades on, similar initiatives in California would be non-starters, as Whites have quietly slipped into minority status in the floundering Golden State. Gov. Jerry Brown has called 209 “unconstitutional,” and admissions officers have had little troubling giving Blacks advantages over a shrinking number of White students without using explicit quotas. It seems only a matter of time before 209 is overturned just like 187. Racial conflict in California will increasingly mean Blacks against Hispanics or Asians, with Whites on the sidelines.

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