I wrote a history of the concept of white people facing "genocide" through immigration: A century ago it was the bipartisan consensus of the American elite, and the driving force behind the adoption of racist immigration laws that influenced the Nazis.
I wrote about the history of the “white genocide” conspiracy theory, which treats the presence and immigration of those deemed non-white as an existential threat. That hatred appears to have been the motive for a terrorist attack on Muslims in New Zealand.
Tragically, this piece could not be better timed. By ⁦
The first time I came across this quote, my jaw dropped. (If you’re a Times subscriber, you can find this profile and read it yourself.)
I wrote this about “white genocide” rhetoric before the terrorist attack in New Zealand, and I think it holds up.
Has *any* essayist during the past two-odd years had a run of insight comparable to 's? His latest: an exhumation of American immigration panic driven by white fear of lost supremacy – which is what they mean by "genocide."
“What is judged extremist today was once the consensus of a powerful cadre of the American elite, well-connected men who eagerly seized on a false doctrine of ‘race suicide’ during the immigration scare of the early 20th century.” New
Adam Serwer: White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots - “What is judged extremist today was once the consensus of a powerful cadre of the American elite...during the immigration scare of the early 20th century.” ⁦⁩ ⁦
"The concept of 'white genocide' may indeed seem like a fringe conspiracy theory...but the seed of Nazism’s ultimate objective was sown with striking success in the United States." Read 's latest
The immigration debate we’re having is largely not about policy. It’s about who has a legitimate claim to being American.
A telling anecdote from the last great immigration scare is what happened when an Indian immigrant argued they were “Caucasian” in the “race science” sense. So the Supreme Court just threw out the race science, and said, basically, “you’re brown go away.”
There’s a myth that American racism is a southern phenomenon. But the “white genocide” conspiracy theory emerged from the patricians of the Northeast, and was championed by anti-labor forces in the Pacific Northwest
I’ll be on Chris Hayes show around 8ish talking about the attack in New Zealand. In the meantime, you should read my piece on the history of the “white genocide” conspiracy theory espoused by the shooter.
Must-read ---------- “The seed of Nazism’s ultimate objective—the preservation of a pure white race, uncontaminated by foreign blood—was in fact sown with striking success in the United States.” on white nationalism’s deep American roots
“When Americans abandon their commitment to pluralism, the world notices, and catastrophe follows.” continues to be one of the most essential interpreters of the moment. Read his latest, and then read it again.
The fight over immigration is an old fight, and most of the time it’s not primarily about policy. It’s about what America is, and what it is going to be.
These paragraphs by perfectly match my own conception of American nationalism, history, and the present political moment.
on “The Passing of the Great Race” is a must-read.
Today is a good day to read this piece.
Joe Biden: “This is not who we are, folks. We’re better than this.”
America needs to know about Madison Grant! “The seed of Nazism’s ultimate objective—the preservation of a pure white race, uncontaminated by foreign blood—was sown in the United States.” on white nationalism’s deep American roots
This Atlantic article on white nationalism is interesting.... but it reads as much like conspiracy theory as history. "Hitler said a nice thing about an American book, therefore the roots of Nazism are American."
"A popular myth of American history is that racism is the exclusive province of the South. The truth is that much of the nativist energy in the US came from old-money elites in the Northeast, and was also fueled by labor struggles in the Pacific Northwest"
"[White genocide] may indeed seem like a fringe conspiracy theory with an alien lineage … In popular memory, it’s a vestige of a racist ideology that the Greatest Generation did its best to scour from the Earth. History, though, tells a different story."
Dennis West and I have a great chapter on white nationalism in the forthcoming book "Building Walls: Excluding Latin People in the United States"
all of ’s piece on the intellectual origins of white nationalism is great bur what i especially love is how he deploys beliefs about america’s exceptional status against restrictionists in an unexpected way
This story, of how the spiritual father of America's restrictive 1924 immigration reform inspired Adolf Hitler to draw up his racial laws, should send a chill down your spine. Masterful work (as always) by .
This account of the dualism — white nationalism vs pluralism — of American identity from is tremendous.
White supremacism has always been an international, cross-border ideology. Hitler was inspired by his contemporary, the American racist writer Madison Grant, who also influenced the 1924 immigration law that Trump fans love so much.
Here is a terrific piece by , strongly overlapping with the themes of How Fascism Works (I also quote the same passage from Mein Kampf), but Serwer does a deep dive into eugenics (which I should have explored more in detail).
This is great, great work from
Great piece by that outlines how Nazism and Trumpism have the same roots.
Thank you for this ⁦⁩, especially on this very sad day. White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots
This is an important piece from and I encourage you to read it carefully.
. is like the Platonic ideal of what an Atlantic writer should be.
“The seed of Nazism’s ultimate objective—the preservation of a pure white race, uncontaminated by foreign blood—was in fact sown with striking success in the United States.” on white nationalism’s deep American roots
“The seed of Nazism’s ultimate objective—the preservation of a pure white race, uncontaminated by foreign blood—was in fact sown with striking success in the United States.” via
Long form read on how white nationalism has long been a part of American history, its temporary eclipse as a reaction to the horror of its true expression in WWII, and its current resurgence.
So much work to be done to understand and combat the ideology of white supremacy and its global spread.
“The seed of Nazism’s ultimate objective—the preservation of a pure white race, uncontaminated by foreign blood—was in fact sown with striking success in the United States.” on white nationalism’s deep American roots
“The seed of Nazism’s ultimate objective—the preservation of a pure white race, uncontaminated by foreign blood—was in fact sown with striking success in the United States.” on white nationalism’s deep American roots
Look, , we know that white nationalism has deep American roots. But what are we going to do about it? Looks like calling out the #deplorables has only led to MORE Deplorables, and more violence
White Nationalism's Deep American Roots - The Atlantic via thanks