Murder on the
Long Island Rail Road
A black kills six whites
at random. Liberals find it “unfathomable.”
by Lawrence Auster
This past December, a Jamaican immigrant named Colin Ferguson opened
fire in a Long Island Rail Road commuter car, killing six and wounding
nineteen. In hand-written notes carried in his pocket, Mr. Ferguson made
undeniably clear his motive for murdering a bunch of white strangers: revenge
for the racism he saw lurking behind every disappointment in his life.
Without missing a beat, the liberal establishment rushed in for damage
control, declaring that the carefully planned massacre was simply the “incomprehensible”
and “meaningless” act of a deranged
man. “No more sense can be made of such a thing than of a typhoon or cyclone,”
wrote Luc Sante in the New York Times. “Forget the gunman’s declared
motive of racial hatred [emphasis added]. When someone with a semiautomatic
weapon starts perforating citizens en masse, the question of motive evaporates.”
Governor Cuomo of New York struck a similar tone of bemused detachment,
saying that the massacre was “unfathomable.”
Unfortunately, nothing could be more “fathomable” than Colin Ferguson’s
act of hatred. “Deranged” or not, he was only taking to its final conclusion
the paranoid message that has become an article of faith for all too many
blacks in this country: that all of their problems and failures are caused
by white racism. If the incompetent black mayor of New York City is defeated
for re-election, he and many other blacks blame white racism; if a black
mayor of Washington, D.C. is arrested for cocaine use, it is said to be
due to white racism; if blacks die in great numbers from AIDS or drugs
or black-on-black violence, it is because of a white conspiracy to commit
“black genocide” – a theory that one out of three blacks believes
is at least “possible.”
White liberals and mainstream institutions, far from disabusing blacks
of this poisonous suspicion of whites, have encouraged it. President Clinton
came to New York City during the mayoral election and charged that white
voters’ only possible reason for not supporting Mayor David Dinkins
was covert racism. Earlier, Clinton had picked Johnetta Coles – the black
college president who has publicly endorsed the “whites are committing
genocide” theory – as his transition advisor for education. American schools
are now dominated by multiculturalism, an ideology based on the premise
(in the words of the New York State Education Department) that non-whites
“have all been the
victims of an intellectual and educational oppression that has characterized
the culture and institutions of the United States and the European American
world for centuries.”
The systematic message put out
by the whole liberal culture is that whites, and the civilization they
have created, are essentially evil.
Hollywood and the news media hawk the image of a pervasive, barely repressed,
racism hiding behind the bland, smiling face of white America. Businesses
across the country hire “diversity consultants” to indoctrinate their employees
on the need to get rid of the “white male” way of doing things. Corporations
such as Gillette and Bell South sponsor a conference of Afrocentric high
school teachers, where Western civilization is described as “vomit” and
the participants recite: “We, the African community, in the hells of North
America, do pledge our minds, our selves, and our bodies to further the
struggle . . . . ” Ironically, while white America is routinely condemned
for its “institutional racism,” the real institutional racism in this country
is the systematic message – put out by the schools, the mass media, and
the whole liberal culture – that whites, and the civilization they have
created, are essentially evil.
Should it be any surprise, then, that many blacks take this message
to heart? White liberals think that constant reminders of the sins of the
white man will root out racism. In fact, the endless drumbeat about black
victimization only gives blacks reasons to hate whites. It is as if whites,
in their guilt-ridden attempt to compensate for past injustices, were doing
every thing within their power to encourage blacks to hate whites.
Having given many blacks a motive for hatred, left-liberal ideology
then gives them a license to express that hatred. First, blacks are exculpated
from their own racism by the bizarre notion that only whites can be racist
– because only whites have “power.” Next, society legitimizes behavior
by blacks that would never be permitted to whites. When Ivy League schools
invite the hate-mongering Louis Farrakhan and his followers (who believe
that whites are “devils” created by a mad scientist) to address their students,
they send the message that it is socially acceptable to demonize
We have thus arrived at a moral double standard so blatant and systematic
that it amounts to a new kind of racial hierarchy. Anything a white says
or does that offends militant blacks is seen as a manifestation of deeply
embedded white supremacy, to be extirpated by public confession, mandatory
“racism-awareness” sessions, and the loss of employment; the white editor
of New Jersey’s Burlington County Times prints a routine piece criticizing
a black state legislator for “double-dipping,” and he is instantly forced
out of his job by the paper’s owner to appease angry blacks.
But no matter what blacks do, whether they steal entire issues of conservative
college newspapers, or spew racist mythologies, or record rap songs calling
for the murder of white police officers, or even burn down a city, a sizable
number of white liberals and blacks will describe their behavior as an
“understandable” expression of the pain blacks feel in a racist society.
An appeal for “understanding” that consistently goes only one way
should be recognized for what it is – an attempt to disarm whites morally
while continuing to unleash black aggression.
Thus, while liberals see the massacre on the Long Island Rail Road as
a further argument for gun control, they continue to ignore the real
gun control problem in this country: that it is the liberals themselves
who have helped place the loaded gun of racial hatred and vengeance in
the hands of blacks. And when a black fires that gun, the liberals, with
a philosophical shrug, call the act “unfathomable.”
Mr. Auster lives in New York City. He is the author of The Path
to National Suicide: an Essay on Immigration and Multiculturalism.
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A reader defends racialism
by John Kelly
As a faithful reader of American Renaissance, I must say that
I was taken aback by the “dissenting voice” of Malcolm Meldahl in the December
issue. Accordingly I wish to say a few things in response to his letter
to Samuel Taylor.
In particular, I wish to take issue with Mr. Meldahl’s claim that AR’s
agenda is somehow devilish or reptilian, and that it excludes “religious
possibilities” He means, I take it, that AR’s racial concerns cannot
be squared with the demands of ethics, and cannot be incorporated into
a genuinely religious view of the world.
Granted, racialism can provide an excuse for wrongdoing. So, for that
matter, can any number of causes, such as nationalism, or economic reform,
or the advancement of science. And indeed as racialism becomes more a part
of the white consciousness, perhaps it will be used as an excuse for the
horrors that Mr. Meldahl envisions. In this respect, I, too, have misgivings.
And I will have little use for the mediocre white man – the bully, for
one, or the bandwagoner – who joins our cause in fifteen or twenty years
time because some of his neighbors are doing it. But I fail to see why
this should discourage anyone from racialism per se, especially
when one considers the alternative of surrender, which Mr. Meldahl himself
seems to favor.
Granted, racialism can provide
an excuse for wrongdoing. So can nationalism or economic reform.
Is racialism inherently wrong? A few years ago I horrified a dear female
acquaintance by confiding to her my interest in white activism. Within
hours she had finished a lengthy handwritten letter, telling me that she
could not be a party to any such “fascist” thinking as mine, and that such
things as hatred, ignorance, and bigotry were “our real enemies.”
This is a plausible sentiment, one perhaps that Mr. Meldahl shares.
Practically everyone has had, say, a lovely black or Hispanic friend. Why,
then is race such an issue? Rather than draw the line between the races,
why not draw it across them, so as to make evil our enemy, and forget about
To be sure, the lines of race are not those of good and evil. But it
does not follow, I think, that a race-neutral ideology is best. The problem
with the contrary view is that it fails to take into account one crucial
fact about our current situation, namely that we ourselves – those descended
from the peoples indigenous to Northern and Western Europe – are presently
under a siege that is itself fiercely racial. This fact is amply documented
each month in AR, and it is present daily on our streets to those
of us who have eyes to see it.
Failure to address this fact will not make the world a more peaceful
place. It will instead result in our continued victimization. Ultimately
it will mean the destruction of our race and our civilization. Whether
we admit it or not, we are hated. And we are targeted. The present encouragement
of our racial decomposition can soon be its enforcement. If we wish to
survive, we must know what we are up against.
Our task is not an easy one. The average white American walks around
today virtually immune to the thought that he himself may one day be the
object of hatred, or that he or his progeny might one day be victims of
oppression. He has been trained to think that such notions are fear-based,
even paranoid – the product of nothing save ignorance and insecurity. But
in fact, the white race is the daily object of ridicule, misrepresentation,
state-approved robbery, and even outright physical savagery. One needs
no mythology of “good” and “evil” races in order to see this. One needs
Not Race Neutrality
The appropriate response to the problem, I submit, is not race neutrality,
but race consciousness. If the truth about race is being suppressed, it
is our task to lift it up. And if the focus of AR is narrow (Mr.
Meldahl claims that AR’s purported truths are “all arranged in one
vector”), it is not because anti-white criminality is the world’s only
wrong. Rather it is that such criminality is indeed an evil, and a danger,
and that it cries out for the honest acknowledgment that it is purposely
denied nearly everywhere else.
Apparently Mr. Meldahl is sympathetic in some measure with AR’s
position. Toward the end of his letter, he says that he approves of its
war on cant and duplicity. So he approves, I take it, of AR’s effort
to expose anti-white deception of the kind that is practiced in the public
mainstream. But why stop here? What if the question is not merely honesty,
but self-preservation? If one were being attacked by an unthinking creature
bent upon destruction, one would be justified, I think, in resisting the
attack by any means possible. How, I ask, is it different in the case where
the attack is both malicious and deliberate? Mr. Meldahl says that he is
disturbed by the prospect of a blood bath. So am 1. But the blood is already
running, and folding the AR enterprise, and ones like it, will not
make it run less.
I also dispute the claim that AR’s position (and, I take it,
racialism in general) is somehow at odds with genuine religion. One’s view
on this will depend, of course, on what one takes religion to be. The heart
of religion, I believe, is not a particular dogma concerning the creation
of the human race, or the exact nature of divinity. True religion, in my
mind, is the recognition of our own spirituality.
The details of this are a subject for another time. Suffice it to say
that I believe that religion means, before all else, a respect for the
truth, and a confrontation with evil where one finds it. At its core, I
think, lies the conviction (shared by our ancestors) that life presents
moral challenges on an immortal Way. And in looking around, I can find
no cause that is greater, harder, or more heroic than that of racialism.
Its struggle is perilous, and for the most part it is hidden; when brought
to public attention it is caricatured by media burlesque. Thus it is a
resistance that is carried out, as it were, from beneath an avalanche,
a battle without cheer or support.
Racialism dares to strike against the edifice of opinion manufactured
by a small minority. In this struggle I find unsung heroism. In it I find
the nobility, the independence, the admirable resistance to surrounding
irrational forces, that was so famously present in Galileo. Our cause is
not thuggery. It is the preservation of our own life blood. It is the willingness
to pursue truth even at the expense of respectability. Speaking for myself,
I have never felt more purposeful, more engaged, more spiritually alive,
or more fully in possession of my faculties, than when engaged in this
Last, I wish to say something in connection with Mr. Taylor’s own reply
to the dissenting voice. In it, and drawing apparently on a long-time personal
acquaintance, he speaks of some of the things that have won Mr. Meldahl’s
passion. These are poetry, integrity, beauty, and work well done. Mr. Taylor
says that Mr. Meldahl would not regard these things as having “religious
possibilities,” but would still count them as important. But to the contrary,
I suggest to Mr. Meldahl that these are just the things – some of them,
at least – that do express our spirituality. And the honest investigation
of race, however impolitic, is itself an instance of work well done.
While Mr. Meldahl does not like this publication, he apparently prizes
integrity. Yet where might he find a more splendid example of integrity
than what he finds in these pages, and others like them, written by those
who stand up against all the weight of contemporary media and higher education
in order to say what needs to be said? Such men and women are those of
the racialist cause. Their message, lest it be misread, is not that race
somehow overrides ethics, but that racial self-defense is justified
by the best ethic that the moral consciousness discloses. Far from
compromising the higher instinct, racialism may well, under present conditions,
be its finest expression.
John Kelly is a veteran college instructor and freelance writer.
He lives near Logan, Utah.
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White Might, Black Fright
A study of the preposterous,
anti-white beliefs common among blacks.
reviewed by Thomas Jackson
I Heard it Through
the Grapevine: Rumor in African-American Culture
University of California Press, 1993, 260 pp., $25.00
Few whites are aware of the nonsense that circulates
about them among blacks. Ever since the days of the slave trade, when Africans
were convinced that whites planned to eat them, to the present, when more
than half of all blacks think that illegal drugs may be part of a genocidal
plot, blacks have believed all sorts of foolishness about whites.
Patricia Turner, a black associate professor at the University of California
at Davis, has looked into today’s anti-white rumors and tries to explain
why blacks – even successful, college-educated blacks – believe them. She
says that they naturally expect the worst from whites because American
society is so hopelessly racist that virtually any sort of white wickedness
is plausible. Her book is therefore not just a study of credulity but also
an exercise in it.
The Almighty Klan
One of the most persistent themes in the world of black rumors is the
fearsome powers of the Ku Klux Klan. For example, during the 1980s and
even up to the present, many blacks firmly believed that the Church’s Fried
Chicken fast food chain was owned by the Klan and that its food was doctored
to sterilize black men. In 1984, a congressman actually had the FDA conduct
mass spectrometry and gas chromatography tests on Church’s
chicken to see what was in it. Naturally, the FDA found nothing suspicious,
but these results did not satisfy “the folk,” as Prof. Turner often calls
blacks. Some of her informants explained that the Klan would have had no
trouble persuading the FDA to lie about the tests.
Another recent Klan enterprise is said to have been the Troop Sport
clothing company, which was founded in 1985 and sold 95 percent of its
clothes to blacks and Hispanics. The Troop name reportedly stood for “To
Rule Over Oppressed People,” and the linings of shoes and jackets were
supposed to contain messages like “Thank you, nigger, for making us rich.”
Some young blacks who wore Troop clothes despite the rumor and subsequent
boycott were attacked as traitors by other blacks.
Troop spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to fight the rumor.
It hired the black singing group Gladys Night and the Pips to improve its
image and posted anti-Klan posters in stores. The campaign failed and Troop
went bankrupt, though the company denied that the boycott was the cause.
Prof. Turner tells us that the most recent alleged Klan front has been
the Brooklyn Bottling Company, which sells a soda called Tropical Fantasy.
Like Church’s chicken, the soda was said to be laced with a drug that would
selectively sterilize black men. There is no odorless, tasteless substance
that sterilizes anyone, much less only black men, but the FDA duly trotted
out its mass spectrometers and cleared Tropical Fantasy. The rumor was
unaffected and caused serious losses for Brooklyn Bottling. It also provoked
violence; blacks attacked delivery trucks and roughed up storekeepers who
stocked Tropical Fantasy.
“The folk” credit the Klan with many achievements. It is said to have
killed John Kennedy and to be deeply involved in the tobacco business.
The eponymous founders of Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds are both said
to have been important Klan members (despite the fact that Philip Morris
was British), and Kool menthol cigarettes are suspect because of the brand’s
The Klan is likewise thought to have killed Martin Luther King, though
the government may have helped. As one informant said, “I heard it was
the FBI or the KKK – one of those groups.” Prof. Turner notes that for
many of “the folk,” there is no real difference between the two.
If the Klan has fearsome powers, those of the United States government
are more fearsome still. As noted earlier, more than half of all blacks
are either convinced that the government supplies illegal drugs to blacks
or that it might well be doing so. Many blacks think it was Ronald Reagan
who started spreading guns and crack cocaine in black neighborhoods out
of a deep-seated hatred for blacks.
One reason many of Prof. Turner’s informants give for believing that
the government is spreading illegal drugs is their complete confidence
in its ability to keep them out of the country. Since there are drugs in
America it must mean that the government lets them in so that blacks will
take them and kill each other.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), was said to be behind the Atlanta
child murders of the late 1970s and early 1980s. During that period 28
young blacks were killed before a black was finally convicted of the crimes.
Even today, the conviction is commonly thought to have been a frame-up.
The CDC employed the FBI to do the killings, because an essential ingredient
for the manufacture of wonder drugs could be obtained only by extracting
it from the sex organs of young blacks. The comedian Dick Gregory helped
promote this rumor.
blacks, including the actor Bill Cosby, also believe that AIDS was invented
by the government in order to kill blacks. Prof. Turner herself isn’t quite
sure what to believe. She finds it ominous that when government agencies
deny that they invented the virus they argue that bio-engineering is too
primitive for that. She hints darkly that this may mean that the government
might just spread deadly diseases among blacks if only it knew how.
Suspicions about drugs and AIDS are so widespread and so ridiculous
that they have broken into the news but there are always other rumors on
the go among “the folk” that whites rarely hear.
The Reebok shoe company funnels its profits to South Africa to prop
up apartheid. Whites adopt Latin American babies to kill them and harvest
their organs for transplants. George Bush started the Gulf war because
there are so many blacks in the military. Colonel Sanders stole his Kentucky
Fried Chicken recipe from a black cook who worked for his parents. The
offices of Planned Parenthood are located in black neighborhoods to keep
blacks from reproducing. The police deliberately let the Los Angeles riots
get out of hand so that blacks and Hispanics would look bad on television.
Clothing designer Liz Claiborne said on the Oprah Winfrey television program
that she didn’t like to see black people wearing her clothes. Miss Claiborne
has never been on that program, but many blacks threw out their Liz Claiborne
dresses. Whites are always up to some kind of mischief.
Why do blacks believe this nonsense? Whites usually look for a rational
explanation. When a company is said to be trying to sterilize blacks, its
officers suspect that a competitor is trying to do them down. When the
government is accused of wanting to kill blacks, the CIA and the United
States Information Agency go looking for Communist propaganda.
Prof. Turner is probably right to argue that this sort of thinking is
a waste of time. “The folk” are sufficiently credulous and sufficiently
ill-disposed towards whites to cook up and swallow rumors without any outside
help. Prof. Turner does not quite put it this way. She says that
whites have been and continue to be so implacably racist that any kind
of anti-black evil is plausible even if scientifically impossible.
The first part of her book is therefore full of ancient Klan atrocities
that are supposed to justify today’s delusions, and the rest is sprinkled
with the usual assumptions about contemporary white wickedness: random
blacks are often beaten up while the
police look the other way, television promotes anti-black stereotypes,
the government is hostile to blacks, whites won’t hire blacks, the police
persecute blacks, etc. In Prof. Turner’s world, affirmative action does
not exist and it is always necessary to assume that whites are racists.
Healing the Folk
H.L. Mencken noted in his diary that his superstitious maid “belongs
to the Afro-American race, and shows many of its psychological stigmata.”
The issue of December 18th contains 13 ads for astrologers and eight for
spiritualists. One of the more flamboyant advertisers is Rev. James, whose
motto is “See him in the afternoon, be happy at night.” He claims to have
helped “many thousands of people who have been crossed, have spells, can’t
hold money, want luck, want their loved ones back, want to stop nature
problems [?] or want to get rid of strange sickness.” “Satisfaction doubly
guaranteed,” says Rev. James, who promises results in 24 hours.
What might he have thought of the classified ads in black America’s
best known weekly, The New York Amsterdam News?
People in a hurry might prefer Rev. Prince Edwards-“man of many Mysteries,
he reveals to you the secrets beyond the grave” who claims that his cures
are “positively guaranteed in 12 hours.” But even the man of many Mysteries
cannot keep up with Rev. Evette who says she “does what others claim” and
offers immediate satisfaction.
Her assumptions about sex take us deeper still into the world of black
delusion. For example, we learn that the early Ku Klux Klan was primarily
motivated by a sense of sexual inferiority coupled with latent homosexual
desires for black men. Southern whites called blacks “boy” in unconscious
acknowledgment of their Ganymead attractions, and lynched them because
of this unbearable, suppressed homosexual lust. We also learn that Ku Kluxers
stuffed wads of paper down their pants before they went calling on blacks
so as not to appear insufficiently endowed.
Current anti-white rumors, Prof. Turner repeatedly points out, are filled
with sexual elements: the KKK is trying to sterilize blacks, AIDS will
exterminate blacks because it is sexually transmitted, white doctors need
to extract something from black sex organs, etc. She stops just short of
saying that all this is evidence of sexual obsessiveness on the part
Prof. Turner cannot bring herself to admit that black beliefs are aberrant
or deplorable. Though she concedes that they may be tough on innocent companies
that are smeared, she thinks goofy rumors are good for blacks. Believe
it or not, rumors are “tools of resistance” because the catharsis of naming
oppressors–such as the Klan and the FBI – gives blacks “a sense of power”
and “contributes to an atmosphere of communal problem-solving.” “Sharing
the rumor and joining the boycott,” says Prof. Turner, “enables individuals
to perceive themselves as powerful.” What must Prof. Turner think of blacks
if she really believes that swallowing preposterous nonsense “contributes
to an atmosphere of communal problem-solving”?
The truth about these rumors is more stark and unpleasant than Prof.
Turner seems to think. If today’s blacks think their government is trying
to kill them or that the KKK can tell the FDA what to put into a report,
they will believe anything. Of course, foreign correspondents in Africa
stagger back to civilization with reports more amazing than these: sorcerers
who can steal a man’s genitals with a handshake, religious fanatics who
believe they can walk on water – and then drown en masse, witches who call
down lightening and must be burned to death. Africans are champions of
credulity, ripe for rumor, superstition, and nonsense.
Another element in these rumors that escapes Prof. Turner’s notice is
the implied omnipotence of the white man. Whites could stop illegal
drugs if they wanted, or invent viruses, or sterilize black men, or prevent
riots, or just about anything else. “The folk,” on the other hand, are
dolts who, with a little coaxing, can be made to buy shoes, eat fried chicken,
take drugs, shoot each other, and get AIDS. This is powerful commentary
on how blacks really see themselves.
Finally, a message that whites ignore at their peril is the implication
of what blacks would want to do to a minority in their midst. Do
not their delusions of genocide reflect their own desires and fantasies?
Whether it be Idi Amin’s massacres or South African necklacings or corpses
by the truckload in Burundi, Africans often make short and bloody work
of their tribal enemies.
Much as she tries to blame “the folk’s” fantastic beliefs on white racism,
Prof. Turner unwittingly points to the depths from which they flow.
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O Tempora, O Mores!
Representatives of most of the world’s remaining colonies met in London
recently to discuss how to maintain their status. “No country that moved
to independence in the last 30 years has any success stories,” said Thomas Jefferson,
an official from the Cayman Islands. “We see no benefit in moving on.”
Millions upon millions of people would be better off if they had not
shucked European rule. South Africa has enjoyed more years of growth and
prosperity under European rule than any other part of Africa. There will
be no benefit in majority rule.
“One Bad Dude”
P.K. McCary of Houston, Texas, thinks she has found a way to get ghetto
blacks to turn to Jesus. She has translated the first five books of the
Bible into street slang. Some samples from Black Bible Chronicles:
“Now when the Almighty was first down with His program, He
made the heavens and the earth. The earth was a fashion misfit, being so
uncool and dark, but the Spirit of the Almighty came down real tough, so
that He simply said, ‘Lighten up!’ And that light was right on time.”
As it happens, Miss McCary’s Black Bible Chronicles faces competition
from something called the Original African Heritage Bible, published
by Dr. Cain Felder, Dr. Felder sticks to the King James version, but words
spoken to or by Africans (loosely defined)
are highlighted. The text is accompanied by a commentary that gives “the
African perspective,” and by illustrations and photographs of Africans
and American blacks as Bible figures. Dr. Felder scoffs at the street slang
Bible, which he calls the “Amos ‘n’ Andy Bible.”
“Now the serpent was one bad dude, one of the baddest of the animals
the Almighty had made. And the serpent spoke to the sister and asked ‘You
mean the Almighty told you not to eat of all the trees in the garden?’
And the sister told him, ‘Yeah, snake, I can eat of these trees, just not
the tree of knowledge or the Almighty said I’d be knocked off’ And the
bad of serpent told the sister, ‘Nah, sister, he’s feeding you a line of
Alas, some people do not like Dr. Felder’s Bible either. One black divine
complains that “the King James version is the most racist version there
is,” and speculates that Dr. Felder uses it because the text is off copyright
and can be reprinted without royalties. Another black colleague complains
that the accompanying commentary lacks a “womanist” [?] perspective.
Miss McCary floats serenely above the fray. “If you have a problem [with
my slang Bible]” she says, “go complain to God.”
Anthrax is a disease that people catch from sick cows. It is so contagious
and deadly that several armies stockpile anthrax spores as a biological
weapon. Anthrax is now on the loose in Haiti.
The disease can be easily eliminated in any minimally-functioning society.
There is a 100-percent effective vaccination for cows and if people get
anthrax they can be quickly cured with antibiotics. In recent decades,
only Haiti and a few African countries have let public health deteriorate
to the point that people started dying from anthrax. No one knows how many
people have died from the latest outbreak in Haiti.
Kwanzaa is an “African” festival that was invented by an American black,
Maulana Karenga, in 1966. It is a mishmash of various African harvest festivals
and runs from December 26th to January first. It competes with Christmas
for the allegiance of blacks.
Mr. Karenga claims that 18 million blacks now celebrate Kwanzaa (that
would be 60 percent of all blacks) and the idea does seem to be catching
on. For the second year running, Hallmark sells Kwanzaa cards, and Woolworth’s
promotes Kwanzaa in its stores. Last December, a Kwanzaa Holiday Expo was
held in New York City’s Javits Convention Center and attracted about 300
exhibitors. It was not just vendors of African trinkets and colored hats
who paid $900 apiece for booths. Pepsi-Cola, AnheuserBusch, Revlon, Chemical
Bank, A.T.& T., and Time-Life Books were all there helping celebrate.
The Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company – temporarily renamed Harlem
Ben & Jerry’s – was pushing Miz Jelena’s sweet potato pie ice cream,
and the four attendants who ran the booth were moved to prayer. On the
first day, they joined hands while one lifted up his voice and said: “Lord,
give everyone who comes a hungry thirst for this ice cream.”
This was a worrisome appeal for some Kwanzaa adepts, who decry commercialization,
but the festival spokesman, Cedric McClester, tried to reassure them. Commercialization
is fine, he explained, so long as it is blacks who make the profits.
In the meantime, the white mother of a mulatto child was asked to leave
a Kwanzaa celebration at the Roxbury Boys and.Girls Club in Boston. “We’ve
had a tradition of it being an all-African event for people of color,”
said Sadiki Kambon, who organized the affair.
Secession Can Start Small
The 2,500 people of Hemingway township in South Carolina want to cut
their ties with down-at-heel Williamsburg County and attach themselves
to up-scale Florence County. The township is 80 percent white while Williamsburg
county is 65 percent black and this has all the usual consequences: Hemingway
is snug and prosperous while the rest of the county is a pot-holed slough
of tin-roof shacks. Florence County, which Hemingway would like to join
is, like the township, well-run and predominantly white. A vote on the
move was scheduled for January but has been postponed because of law suits
and cries of racism. Residents of Hemingway insist that it is the lack
of county services, not blacks, that they wish to leave behind.
Late last year,
two teen-aged blacks were sitting in a Milwaukee fast-food restaurant wondering
whom to rob. They decided on Christine Schweiger because she was white,
and they figured that a white woman was less likely to carry a gun than
a black. They accosted Miss Schweiger and her ten year-old daughter on
the way to their car and ordered Miss Schweiger onto her knees. She complied,
but explained that she had no money. In reply, the blacks blew her brains
out with a sawed-off shotgun. As Samuel Francis has pointed out in a recent
column in The Washington Times, Milwaukee’s reaction to the killing
has been 100 percent wrong: The city is screaming for hand gun control.
Miss Schweiger was killed with a shotgun, but never mind. If Milwaukee
succeeds in disarming all its law-abiding citizens, cut throats can be
that potential victims will be unarmed.
The Human Wave
The United Nation’s Fund for Population Activities reports that 100
million people, or nearly two percent of the world’s population, are immigrants.
During the 1980s, about 7.4 million immigrants entered the United States
legally, and perhaps another 10 million may have entered illegally. The
U.N. estimates that ten percent of Mexico’s labor force now lives in the
United States. During the same decade, about 15 million people migrated
to Western Europe, mainly from North Africa, Turkey, and Eastern Europe.
Immigrants send about $66 billion a year back to their homelands, making
their remittances second in value only to oil in world trade.
Lunatics Run Asylum
The city of Chicago manages 1,100 rent-subsidized buildings for poor
people and spends nearly $70 million a year on guards and security. It
appears to be $70 million largely wasted. In many buildings, drug gangs
control the buildings, ignoring guards and sometimes relieving them of
their weapons. A spokesman for one of the companies hired by the city,
T-Force Security, concedes that gangs control many of the buildings. “They’re
not going to allow two security officers in the lobby of a building to
. . . stop the[drug] money that’s coming in there,” he says.
Darcus Howe is a black television talk-show host in Britain. Mr. Howe,
who has fathered five children by three different women, recently caused
a stir when he explained, “I am a West Indian. That means I make children
all the time:” Statistics bear out his low regard for marriage. Forty-three
percent of black families are headed by a single parent – three times the
figure for whites.
Ken Hamblin, a black radio talk show host in Denver, shows more grit
than any white in standing up to the black establishment. When the National
Black Caucus of State Legislators held its 17th annual convention in his
city, Mr. Hamblin called them “spooks” and “do-nothings.”
When asked to apologize, Mr. Hamblin refused, calling the state legislators
“consummate losers.” “Spare me your pain,” he added, “I’m bored with it.”
Is there a single white public figure who would have stuck to his guns
In the meantime, the Denver police have compiled a list of 6,500 gang
members and potential gang members whom they plan to monitor. Blacks are
five percent of the population but account for more than half the names
on the list. Hispanics are 12 percent of the population and are about a
of the list. The usual busybodies are outraged by the disproportions, but
the police are unruffled. They explain that the list simply reflects reality.
A Fat Settlement
A Boston court has ruled that the 1992 Americans With Disabilities Act
prohibits discrimination because of obesity. It upheld a jury award of
$100,000 to Bonnie Cook, a woman who was denied a job because she is fat.
The defendant, which is the state of Rhode Island, pointed out that obese
people are more likely to get sick and need expensive workers’ compensation. The
state also argued that obesity can be controlled and therefore should not
be treated like disabling conditions that cannot be cured. The judge thought
Mrs. Cook is 5 feet, two inches tall, and weighs 320 pounds. She was
urged to file the suit by her husband, who is blind.
In 1980, the French welfare system was ordered to respect the polygamy
of African immigrants. Payments rise with every wife and child, so a man
with two wives and 10 babies collects about $23,000 a year from the state.
Washington Times (Dec. 1, 1993) reports that this has created a huge
demand for mail-order African brides for immigrants who want higher incomes.
The preferred age for new brides is about 14. Young women are traditionally
offered to whoever proposes the highest bride price, and $70 to $100 has
been the going rate. Now, in some markets, agents for emigres have bid
up the price for an unspoiled adolescent to an unprecedented $7,000-a sum
that can be recouped easily if the woman produces babies. Locals are furious,
and the multiple wives are not happy either. They are reportedly illiterate,
do not speak French, hate their co-wives, and frequently try to poison
each other with magic philters.
Ernesto Mota was recently arrested for drunken driving in the Oak Forest
suburb of Chicago. After police took him to the station they found that
he had a lot of cocaine in his pocket. Mr. Mota tried to destroy the evidence
by eating it and managed to consume a fair amount before police
could stop him. He later went into convulsions and the police called the
town’s medics, who barely saved his life.
Mr. Mota is an illegal alien from Mexico, who has been arrested for
armed robbery, kidnapping, drunken driving, and drug peddling. Ever since
his cocaine lunch, he says, he has not been quite right. He claims that
his vision is poor and that his brain has been damaged. A lawyer has agreed
to represent him in a $7 million claim against the town for not calling
the medics quickly enough.
Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?
The job of the U.S. Merit System Protection Board is to ensure that
federal employment follows a strict merit system. According to a new policy,
any manager will henceforth be evaluated according to whether he “Promotes,
values and demonstrates respect for diversity in the workplace
The guidelines do not explain how promotion of diversity is to be squared
with the merit system.
Mexico constantly complains about any attempt to restrict free immigration
to the United States, but how does it treat Americans? To stay in Mexico
for more than 72 hours, an American requires a “visitor renter’s permit,”
which requires a formal letter written in Spanish, six passport photos,
and a valid passport. All communications with the government must -be in
A single person who wants to live in Mexico must prove he has an income
of $1,000 a month; married couples must make $1,500 a month. Applicants
must also have a Mexican bank account with about $1,500 in it and the account
is checked every year. On top of this, Americans must pay the government
$71 every year to keep their residency privileges, which do not include
the right to work, attend university, or own property. A work permit requires
yet more application procedures – all in Spanish, of course – and permission
is usually granted only if no Mexican national can be found who can do
No More All-American
The ABC television network has hired Mary Lyn Henry to cast more non-whites
for its four soap operas, “All My Children,” “General Hospital,” “Loving,”
and “One Life to Live.” “We’re looking to fill a lot of roles with Armenians,
Israelis, Hawaiians, Jamaicans,” she explains. “You can’t think ‘all-American’
anymore. I love exotic-looking people. I love to see their origins. I love
Conundrums of our Era
When is a non-white not a minority? Is an immigrant from Nigeria or
the Dominican Republic entitled to the race-based privileges of affirmative
action? Stanford University has cleared its throat uncomfortably and decided
that they are not. Henceforth, foreign-born nonwhite faculty members will
not be counted when the university hands out financial rewards for affirmative
According to the old policy, any time a department hired a black, American
Indian, Puerto Rican, or Mexican, it got a bounty of $35,000 or so (Asian
scalps were worth nothing because Stanford has no trouble finding smart
Asians). It did not matter if the protected minorities were immigrants,
and slightly more than half of the school’s minority teachers were born
outside the United States.
Now Stanford has decided that foreigners aren’t quite the role models
they had in mind. Kathryn Gillam, assistant provost for faculty affairs,
explains that “we do value diversity . . . [but] having somebody who’s
born in Zaire doesn’t help them [students] if they were brought up in Chicago.”
Now, only if a department hires an American-born protected minority
will it get the swag. “Outrageous,” “nativist,” and “blatantly unlawful,”
say the immigrant advocates. As usual, there has not been a peep out of
the whites (and Asians) who suffer under the policy.
Frank Morris, president of the Council for Historically Black Graduate
Schools, should be pleased with Stanford. He has been yelling for the opposite
reason: Private employers can report immigrant non-whites to the EEOC as
affirmative action successes. “I think it’s an outrage,” he says; “In many
cases, our foreign visitors . . . are not disadvantaged.” The poor bloody
white man simply can’t get it right.
China is likely to approve a new eugenics law to reduce the number of
“abnormal births.” The draft law would make marriage illegal for anyone
with diseases like hepatitis, mental illness, or venereal disease that
can be passed on to children. Pregnant women who have been diagnosed with
certain hereditary diseases or whose fetuses have been found to be abnormal
will be advised to have abortions. The government says that there are ten
million “disabled” Chinese living today whose births could have been avoided.
Every year Walker High School in Jasper, Alabama holds a beauty contest.
Competition is keen and feelings run high, so the school chooses judges
from outside the community.
This year two whites and one black woman judged 33 white and seven black
contestants. When the judges chose ten whites as semifinalists, black members
of the audience raised a protest and walked out.
Later, Dwight Ingram, who represents 21 local black ministers, complained
about the results: “If there had been a bunch of ugly women up there, I’d
say OK, but these were the best our black community had to offer. At least
two were as qualified as the ones picked to be finalists.” Rev. Ingram’s
daughter was one of the contestants.
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Sir – I received my January AR and have two comments: (1) You
could be America’s greatest patriot since Thomas Jefferson. (2) If I had
one wish it would be that you could be elected the next president of our
(once) great nation.
Edward Schaefer, Arlington, Va.
Sir – I have received the November and December 1993, and January 1994
issues of American Renaissance and have perhaps two preferred articles:
the well done commentary about the book Race, by John Baker, and your enjoyable
answer to Mr. Meldahl in its first part – but only in its first part.
Considered as a whole I accept almost completely your racial ideas.
But, Mr. Taylor, I cannot accept it when you speak about Mexicans as “non-whites.”
The concept of Mexican is historical and cultural; it is not a racial concept.
There is almost a 10 percent white Mexican population, the other 90 percent
mainly composed of American aborigines and Mestizos. My mother was one
of these 10 percent white Mexicans and she was proud of her Mexican fatherland.
My father was a Confederate from Tennessee, and I was born in Memphis,
living in Mexico since my seven years old, and in Spain since my twenty
You can compare my pride of being partially Mexican, and white, with
the pride of a white South African (English or Boer). There are ten percent
whites in Mexico, 10 percent whites in South Africa. I pray you: do not
speak against “Mexico” and “the Mexicans,” but against the illegal
Mexican migrants and against the process of miscegenation in Mexico, as
in any other nation. To insult Mexico is like to insult South Africa.
Let us work together – Canadians, Yankees, Confederates, Mexicans of
white race, all of whom are Americans – against the invasion.
Peter Stoneman, Madrid, Spain
Sir – In the January issue you note that Jesse Jackson has backed away
from his former blame-whitey-for-everything position and is now encouraging
young blacks to behave responsibly. As your readers may well know, he has
now been quoted as saying, “there is nothing more painful to me . . . than
to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery
– then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.” I am glad
to see that this recent remark has been much more widely quoted than his
confession that when he worked as a waiter he spat in the food he served
Tony Collins, Mobile, Ala.
Sir – I was pleased to see your Nov., 1993 article about the rise of
Islam in America. I have been following the Nation of Islam for some time
and would like to pass along some recent news. On November 29 of last year,
a spokesman for Louis Farrakhan named Khalid Abdul Muhammad received $2,650
for a speech at Kean College in Union, New Jersey. He said that when blacks
gain political control in South Africa, they should give whites 24 hours
to clear out and then kill any who stay behind:
“We kill the women. We kill the babies. We kill the blind.
We kill the cripples. We kill them all .... When you get through killing
them all, go to the goddamn graveyard and dig up the grave and kill them
a-goddamn-gain because they didn’t die hard enough.”
Please note that although this killing is supposed to be going on in South
Africa, the subjects of these sentences are “we” and “you.” The crowd laughed
and applauded at these exhortations.
On December 18, Louis Farrakhan himself addressed a crowd of nearly
25,000 in New York City. When he mentioned Colin Ferguson, the black man
who killed six people and wounded many more on the Long Island Rail Road,
the crowd erupted in whistles and cheers.
I also note in passing that on Dec. 3 the U.S. Army acquired its first
muslim chaplain, Captain Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad. Captain Muhammad was born
Myron Maxwell, the loth of 11 children. He says that at one time he was
a black separatist but he is now a follower of the more moderate W. Deen
M. Landrum, Brooklyn, New York
Sir – Your exchange with Mr. Meldahl raises the fundamental question:
How is one to defend one’s group interests without malice? When I read
that children of European descent are a minority in the California school
system may I at least wonder out loud what effect that will have on my
grand daughter? I am an airline pilot and have learned that a large airline
uses the following employment criteria: 3,700 flight hours for white men
versus 800 hours for women and minorities. How am I to voice my views without
expressing “hatred or malice”? Would it make any difference how I put my
I have been assigned a Nigerian copilot one month and a Caribbean black
the following month. The same month I met a young white pilot with a family
of attractive children, working for peanuts for a small feeder airline
out of Nebraska. My company won’t even look at him. This kind of thing
is going on all over the country. How am I to express myself without “malice”?
Harvey Taylor, East Nicolaus, Cal.
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