Carol M. Swain is a Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University who writes frequently about American race relations. I’ve always enjoyed Swain’s thoughtful writing and independence of mind. While I am not afraid to touch on the subject of race, I do not subscribe to “white nationalism.” Yet, I do find interesting Swain’s ongoing contention that the possibility of a more self-conscious, white identity politics is constantly given justification by the excesses of multiculturalism and anti-white, societal double standards.
In Thursday’s edition of the Huffington Post, for which she is a contributing political blogger, Ms. Swain put my recent Taki’s Magazine commentary “Whites Are People Too” into her own, larger context:
“Whites are people too” is the title of a YouTube video making the rounds on the Internet. A lot of stuff is happening in the world of race relations and little of it points towards a post-racial society.
Jack Hunter, a conservative commentator from South Carolina, calls himself the Southern Avenger. Through Taki Magazine, Hunter has recently produced the video; Whites are People Too , which condemns racial double-standards by members of the media. The impetus for Hunter’s video was a Maureen Dowd column, “Toilet-paper Barricades,” which took a swing at the Town Hall protesters. With her usual wit, Dowd noted that “Instead of a multicultural tableau of beaming young idealists on screen, we see ugly scenes of mostly older and white malcontents, disrupting forums where others have come to actually learn something.” Hunt also cites a Paul Krugman column, “The Town Hall Mob” which suggested that the protesters are really protesting a black president.
As I have warned repeatedly, I believe America is headed for unprecedented levels of racial turmoil. The election of President Barack Obama has not been the healing balm anticipated. If anything President Obama’s stances have heighten rather than ameliorated existing racial and ethnic tensions. If we are to make progress, we need a no-holds-barred racial dialogue during which minorities must listen as much as they speak out. We desperately need leaders willing to stand up and defend rather than subvert our Constitutional rights.”