New Tribe Rising? -Pat Buchanan

April 21, 2010

“Is white the new black?”

So asks Kelefa Sanneh in the subtitle of “Beyond the Pale,” his New Yorker review of several books on white America, wherein he concludes we may be witnessing “the slow birth of a people.”

Sanneh is onto something. For after a year of battering as “un-American,” “evil-doers” and racists, and praise from talk-show hosts and Sarah Palin as “the real Americans,” Tea Party America seems to be taking on a new and separate identity.

Ethnonationalism — the recognition of an embryonic people that they are different from their neighbors, and the concomitant drive to live apart — is, as Arthur Schlesinger Jr. wrote 20 years ago, a more powerful force than any ideology, be it communism, fascism or democracy.

Ethnonationalism is the pre-eminent force of the age we have entered, the creator and destroyer of empires and nations. Even as Schlesinger was writing his “Disuniting of America,” Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union were disintegrating into 22 new nations, along the lines of ethnicity. In Dagestan, Ingushetia, Chechnya, Ossetia and Abkhazia, the process proceeds apace.

It has happened before — and here.

In the American colonies, the evil institution of slavery, followed by a century of segregation, created out of the children of captured Africans who had little in common other than color a new people, the African-Americans, who went out and voted 24-to-one for Barack Obama.

In 1754, the 13 colonies consisted of South Carolinians, New Yorkers, Pennsylvanians and Virginians, all loyal subjects of the king.

But after the contemptuous treatment of colonial soldiers in the French and Indian War, the Stamp Act, the Townshend duties, the Boston Massacre, the Tea Party, the Quartering Act and the Quebec Act, by 1775 a new people had been born: the Americans.

In 1770, New York colonists had erected a statue of George III in Bowling Green in grateful tribute for his repeal of the Townshend taxes. In July 1776, they pulled it down and melted it for lead bullets after Washington read his soldiers the Declaration of Independence portraying George III as another Ivan the Terrible.

“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people,” said Golda Meir. When she said it, she may have been right. But as generations have grown up under the occupation and two intifadas and a Gaza War, the Palestinians are a people today.

Adversity and abuse increase the awareness of separate identity and accelerate the secession of peoples from each other.

Obama in the campaign of 2008 recognized that “out there” in Middle America existed another country, far from the one he grew up in, far from the privileged Ivy League community to which he belonged.

“You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and … the jobs have been gone now for 25 years. … So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Palin and Tea Partiers now repeat Obama’s disparaging line about their clinging to Bibles and guns — with defiant pride.

As others have done in our multicultural and multiethnic nation, this people is beginning to assert its identity, unapologetically.

Sioux gather at Little Bighorn to celebrate the massacre of Custer’s command. Hawaiian natives demand a new ethnically based government — and receive Obama’s blessing. Hispanics march under Mexican flags in Los Angeles to demand citizenship for illegal aliens.

Now Southerners are proudly commemorating ancestors who fought and fell in the Lost Cause and demanding recognition of Confederate History Month. And state governors are acceding.

In 2004, when Howard Dean reached out to “guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks,” Shelby Steele wrote that this was “absolutely verboten. Racial identity is simply forbidden to whites in America” because of their history and white guilt.

This, Sanneh suggests, is changing. The imputation of racism to Tea Partiers has not intimidated or cowed them.

When Obama named Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, there was no hesitation in blistering her for showing contempt for the rights of Frank Ricci and the white firefighters of New Haven, cheated of the promotions they had won in competitive exams.

When black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested by Cambridge cop James Crowley, most Americans, despite Obama and media suggestions of racial profiling, sided with Crowley.

Why are the Tea Partiers not intimidated the way Republicans often are? Why is the charge of racism not working?

First, they do not feel the guilt of country-club Republicans.

Second, they know it to be untrue. While Tea Partiers are anti-Obama, they are also anti-Pelosi, anti-Martha Coakley and anti-Charlie Christ. The coming conflict is not so much racial as it is cultural, political and tribal.

Black America seems united. White America is the house divided, for it is in the womb of white America that this new people is gestating and fighting to be born.



4 Responses to “New Tribe Rising? -Pat Buchanan”

  1. Patthemick on April 22nd, 2010 12:02 am

    I’m going to a Tea Party protest myself this weekend. I don’t wear tatts and am going to be dressed like everyone else. I think that this is a wake up call to white americans and they are stirring. The nut cases that go out there wearing regailia are not doing us any favors. I look at the white folk like a dangerous giant stirring in his sleep. You don’t wake him up with buckets of cold water for if you do that he will react with unreasoning violence and reject our message out of conditioning. You wake him with gentle nudges and guide him to a logical conclusion. The liberals will pull a Jerry Springer on us and hire actors to show up at the rally as kkk and nazis we have to remain invisable and subtley influence the crowds to just see the injustice dealt to our folk.

  2. FedUpEuroAmerican on April 26th, 2010 4:32 pm

    I still have to see one White being helped by any group to retain their job, business or civil rights.

    Nothing but endless victimhood from one end of the internet to the other. Every other ethnic group, race and religion are able to yield great political power, self-help defense and support.

    Whites still can only manage posting to the internet. And that’s will the White will see he demise.

  3. Edgardus de la Vega on April 26th, 2010 8:30 pm

    Patrick Buchanan is one of the few, mainstream journalists brave enough to describe our true status as European Americans. Our white guilt has dissolved, and the Frankfurt School has its first cracks in the column.

  4. Arvi on April 28th, 2010 3:19 pm

    I’m not american so my view might not be very accurate, but what I have observed the race analysis is wrong. Biology is of course major underlying impulse, but TPs are still trying to be nice (=!nazi). They are not consciously realizing it. Their country is the nigerified entertainment world they saw on television as they grew up. Many are defending the ‘piece of paper’ and some slogans, more than their biological continuum and everyone who shares their routines and phrases, is one of ‘them’. How can not they see the logical discprepancy when they are identifying with times when whites were building and upholding white country and they themselves are tolerant?

    “Sanneh is onto something. For after a year of battering as “un-American,” “evil-doers” and racists, and praise from talk-show hosts and Sarah Palin as “the real Americans,” Tea Party America seems to be taking on a new and separate identity.”

    I’m afraid TP is an artificial closure for upset whites, which is as multiracial and tolerant as the rest of the society – at least in words and ideology. It truly needs guidance. It should be done outside TP, as massgatherings with symbols and slogans will lock people in to a certain mindset. Minds of the white masses are opening and ripe for something new. Now is the time for keyboard commandoes to stop their usual drama and go among our people. Hope you have used your time in studying multiple issues.

    Whites should wipe aside all previous figureheads and politicians. Unfortunately I have seen that people who support TP still believe in two party system and intellectually satisfying wordconstructs eg. conservatism. We are not Tea Party, Republicans, Conservatists or any other label. We are a people. Parties and organisations are just tools.

    “This, Sanneh suggests, is changing. The imputation of racism to Tea Partiers has not intimidated or cowed them.”

    On the contrary, they defend against race accusations, try to proof they are not racist and are multiracial (==good). The dynamic of the situation is whites submissing to god-like wordconstruct outside them. We should stand straight and do as we see fit. You are still majority in USA. Those that attack us, either fysically or with words aiming to prop our guilt and moral, are our enemies.

    Also, the stand ‘whites as victims of racism’ is very grave mistake. It implies some outside organization which administres power and ‘justice’, which would of course be the current multiracial society. Sorry for my bad english. This is very important point to understand..

    Anti-racism is bogus and was crafted to be asymmetrical from the start. Whole tolerance should be discarded. It’s works against whites and it can be seen on the streets of almost every major white city. Pleading for equal treatment is stupid and childish. It has got to stop.

    We need to forget universal moral and nice words.

    Understand our properties which lead to our demise in tribal competition and teach others to stop wasting them for non-whites (and selfdescribed semites).

    Number one priority is for all whites to stop watching television and other childish entertainment. How long are white men going to watch racemixing propaganda and pay for it? Rub their noses in it if you have to.