Duane is an avid reader and follower of all things social, spiritual, and political, and a committed leftist.
This Is About Race
The White Nationalist Militia movement view themselves as a mixture of 19th century southern confederates and 1930s Nazi Germans. This movement is populated by unapologetic white men of few words, no feelings, and a psychological crap ton of repressed, indignant anger. They believe they're noble freedom fighters and rugged individualists. They think their vision of America is the only valid vision for the nation. Their aim is to preserve "the white way of life." This is the mind-set that Donald Trump's presidential campaign pandered to. Members of this group are attempting to impose a white way of life that is so narrow-minded and bigoted that even most whites would passionately resist it.
The Boston Globe reports:
"And if Trump doesn’t win, some are even openly talking about violent rebellion and assassination, as fantastical and unhinged as that may seem.
“If she’s in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it,” Dan Bowman, a 50-year-old contractor, said of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee. “We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed. But that’s what it’s going to take. . . . I would do whatever I can for my country.”
These angry man-boys are having their energy harvested by high ranking right-wing political/economic interests like Trump and the tea-party. They’re told to be mad, who to be mad at, and who’s going to fix it for them, Trump. They're taught that everything that they deem "wrong" can be rectified if they can just keep their guns. Their freedom, liberty, and sense of their manhood is derived from their firearms and their indignant anger. They caress their firearms as a protection against social progress because they view that progress as threatening to their White way of life. They lack the vision and the mental acuity necessary to embrace progressive change. These bigots perfectly exemplify the old saying:
“When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.”
Trump Has Emboldened Neo-Nazis
The NRA, which is simply the public relations representative of gun manufacturers, has conditioned these men with repetitive right-wing rhetoric. These guys speak in sentences that equal the length of a bumper-sticker's message. They can't effectively defend any of their ideas to a reasonable person. They exist in an information bubble. These bigots are trained, programmed and conditioned to believe the government is their dire enemy. This started right after the 1964 passing of the civil rights act, and the 1965 voting rights act. The patriot militia's pedigree is the slave patrols of the eighteenth and nineteenth century pre-civil war south, the Ku Klux Klan and the mid-twentieth century citizen councils of the post-civil war south.
Their operating emotion is fear, fear that is disguised as indignant anger, false bravado and fake 'pride'.
Slave Patrols - The Foundation of 2nd Amendment Militias
The Source of White Male Privilege
Thom Hartmann Writes -
"In the beginning, there were the militias. In the South, they were also called the "slave patrols," and they were regulated by the states."
For the nineteenth and twentieth century poor white male, authority over slaves and later Jim Crow, was his only source of social/cultural validation. What is called today, 'white privilege'. The poor white male in the south had a hard, tough life too. His resentment and possible resistance was kept in check by having black folk to look down on, his ability to do what black folk couldn't do, go where black folk couldn't go. The poor white male was one genetic expression, skin color, from being nothing in his community. His social standing was tenuous, but he embraced it, he told himself:
"At least I'm not a nigger."
For many whites that was their only source of pride, they weren't black. That is the source of their furious, deadly, defense of Jim Crow and defiant front lines resistance to the civil rights movement. They willingly offered themselves up as useful idiots to fight against racial equality. They absurdly, stupidly, viewed black equality as their own loss of dignity, losing their standing in the community. The angry, conservative white male, was forged in the events of the civil rights era. That is the basis for their irrational obsession with the 2nd amendment.
21st Century Patriot/Militia 'Movement'
Not all militia/patriot movement members are personally racist. Many today were sucked in by nefarious Alex Jones types, youtube ranters, and right-wing websites, twisted truth and flat out lies. Mesmerizing them with tales of 'One world government', FEMA camps, confiscated property and ultimate extermination by Satan worshiping 'globalists'.
They're simply blind followers beguiled by a false narrative.
The fictional, propaganda infused, apocalyptic melodrama, laced with conspiracy theory and racial fears of impending 'government tyranny', Sharia law, and the loss of "the white way of life". I'll repeat, not all patriot militia members personally are racist, or that they associate themselves with militia groups strictly for racist reasons. Not all nazi soldiers hated Jews. Their guilt is by association. Those that aren't racist are sure to hear racist rhetoric, many times couched in 'dog whistle racism' language. They're all too willing to dismiss their concerns about the racist foundation of militia groups, because they fallaciously decide other issues are more important. Issues like the abstract 'government overreach', 'globalization' or an extreme, ludicrous, re-definition of what the constitution means.
Repackaged White Rage
The Need For a White Nationalist Terror Watch List
Michael Harriot of The Root reports:
"There is no doubt that these organizations espouse violence against human life. Just before he killed Heather Heyer, James Fields marched with the neo-Nazi group Vanguard America in Charlottesville. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Dylann Roof was a regular visitor and commenter on the Daily Stormer before he committed the mass murder at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The people who beat Deandre Harris with poles and sticks in Charlottesville wore white nationalist gear.
They undoubtedly converged on Charlottesville to “intimidate a civilian population.” White nationalist Richard Spencer called it a “huge moral victory in terms of the show of force.” They also satisfied the watch list requirement that defines a terrorist activity as intending to “influence the policy of a government by intimidation ... or affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction.” They said beforehand that they wanted to stop the city government’s already cemented decision to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee."
The confluence of anger, racism, religious fervor, anti-government zeal and obsession with firearms, makes these patriots eerily similar to Islamic extremists. They're just as irrationally difficult to reason with. They're conditioned to keep their information intake restricted to a tight echo chamber bubble of paranoid delusion. They have a bunker mentality. Society needs to marginalize them right there in their bunker, so they won't be openly marching and organizing on our streets.
Michael Harriot concludes:
"Because of federal law enforcement’s apathy toward the lives of American citizens. Because no one is willing to call the purveyors of hate a threat to our nation. Because of the unwillingness of people like Donald Trump to condemn the fires of extremism they helped kindle. Because the purveyors of hate know that they can terrorize, threaten and kill without worrying that they will be painted with the broad brush of “terrorist.
But mostly because they are white."
Resisting Right Wing Hate and Exposing Terrorists
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) monitors right wing hate groups in the United States.
The SPLC reports -
"The drop in the number of extremist groups doesn’t tell the entire story,” said Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC and editor of the Intelligence Report. “It appears that extremists are leaving these groups for the anonymity of the Internet, which allows their message to reach a huge audience. Domestic terrorists and other extremists with criminal intentions also are increasingly acting alone, choosing to commit lethal attacks without the help of an organized group.”
Extremist violence, in fact, is continuing at levels comparable to the 1990s, at the height of that decade’s militia movement. But rather than coming from organized groups, fully 90 percent of domestic terrorist attacks in recent years have been carried out by “lone wolves” or pairs of extremists who don’t belong to any organization.
These groups are being increasingly marginalized. They peaked in the weeks after President Obama's first election in '08. Their vile rhetoric and hate is becoming more distasteful to even their onetime sympathizers. But like a wounded animal, they are more dangerous as their vulnerability increases. This latest escapade in Oregon, the public's mockery and ridicule of it, demonstrates their social isolation.
The Trump campaign is harvesting the desperation, the cultural panic, these white men are experiencing. They don't know that Donald Trump is simply spitefully using them for his own interests.
Bigots are blind like that.
Thank you for reading...One Love, Duane Townsend
© 2016 Duane Townsend
Cedric Turner on January 10, 2020:
Duane, at one point I thought I was reading my own words. As a writer I have posted on FB or written about for stage plays; in my book of poetry, prose, spoken words, and song lyrics; and my first novel of historical fiction that I sent to a publisher just the other day all of what you have written about. I’m so proud of you being on the front lines of this apocalyptic racial divide. It plans to get worse long before it gets better. As with all racial hatred waste that eventually reaches the seas and oceans of our humanity it doesn’t just float to the bottom In is gone. But rather rises to the surface to float on top as violent 2nd amendments sludge to do away with our merciful eco system of civil rights, equality, and justice for all. Twitler knows this, vaguely, and plays up to it. In truth, he despises these morons and he died his own followers. He considers himself white privileged to be followed by “white trash” and anyone else that will further his corrupt agenda of dictatorship. Which simply boils to a bad seed, with limited intellect, spoiled by the silver spoon of laziness in his mouth that he was born with.
Superb job to you for articulating the very paroxysm Black and White America. I will be following whatever you pen from here on out.
Jack on January 05, 2020:
If you are a problem with my skin color or yours, talk to God your Creator. Psalm 139:13For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Chris Gould on January 04, 2020:
You do know that the Democrats And Republicans switched platforms right ? The Dems WERE the Klan but that platform changed . Google is free
Eddie Bryan from Gainesville, Florida on January 03, 2020:
Well, you had George Wallace and then the Southern strategy that led to this.
Pat Sterling on December 30, 2019:
45 must be removed
Robert Smith on October 24, 2019:
Left-Wing American on October 23, 2019:
I see some comments that say they can't do it and yet they were all part of getting theRump elected. we also should prepare for battle and get out and vote blue 2020.
Alex Paylor from Abbotsford, British Columbia. on October 12, 2019:
When Trump ramps up the racism, the hatred for Democrats and the hatred for anyone who opposes him on any position these nutcases are going to erupt with violence. He's already enabled racism and politically partisan violence and it will get worse the more desperate he becomes.
Dan Bowman is quoted as saying,
"We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed. But that’s what it’s going to take.I would do whatever I can for my country.”
When he says "my country" what does he mean? The dirt beneath his feet? The buildings? It certainly isn't all of his fellow Americans. Just the white ones.
Twisted patriotism isn't t it.
JC Scull on September 01, 2019:
Good job, Duane.
Donna Griffith on September 01, 2019:
They can't stop anything or anyone. If they feel they are becoming a minority...it is because they are and their is absolutely nothing they can do about it. I can't wait for All races to mix up so much it just won't matter anymore
Chris Marsh on July 06, 2016:
Just what I thought. White racists who often have nothing else to be proud of
Duane Townsend (author) from Detroit on January 17, 2016:
Much obliged Larry...
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on January 17, 2016:
Wonderful analysis of a disturbing development.
Duane Townsend (author) from Detroit on January 17, 2016:
Thank you Mary....anyone not concerned about these extremists, and their overt threats of violence is being willfully ignorant.
Mary Ulrich-Ross on January 17, 2016:
Absolutely excellent article, Duane. I couldn't have said it better myself, as a wannabe writer who actually gets published! I have a morbid interest in these maggot-brained morons and the dead, monotone nonsensical gibberish and the guns and their entire identity in how many guns, how powerful and manly they are, the more the better, and more and more and then more guns and ammo to start WWIII.
I don't think most Americans really realize how far these boy-men will go, humans become quite extreme in their reactions when their very existence is at stake. Scary future for this country as the white-man's monopoly finally fades into history where it belongs.