If the Shoe Fits…

The recent violence in Charlottesville unfolded while I was away from my computer, preventing me from giving detailed commentary. While the rest of the world was reacting, I had to sit on the sidelines and watch. I ended up reading this abomination of an article from Raw Story. I had to suppress my rage for days until I could get back and react to this idiotic piece, which seems to highlight everything that is wrong with America today. Let’s start with the obvious:

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Got that folks? You see an angry racist, but apparently he’s not actually an angry racist. He just went to a racist rally and displayed anger. For all we know he could be a method actor learning a role.

No wait, hold on, turns out that’s not the case:

Peter Cvjetanovic, 20, told KTVN that he traveled from Reno to Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

The student said that he wanted to attend the rally to support the white nationalist movement.

So he came out to support the white nationalist movement. And he was clearly angry at some point. But he’s not an angry racist. Okay.

“I came to this march for the message that white European culture has a right to be here just like every other culture,” Cvjetanovic opined.

That’s strange because General Lee has virtually nothing to do with European culture, and nobody is trying to deny European culture’s right to exist. It almost sounds like this guy is a racist, an angry one at that. But he says he’s not, so we must not trust our lying eyes. I had also expected the interviewer to maybe challenge or criticize his claims about Lee and European culture, but strangely they didn’t, because apparently Raw Story is fine with essentially publishing white nationalist propaganda. Think I’m exaggerating? Check this out:

Cvjetanovic added: “As a white nationalist, I care for all people. We all deserve a future for our children and for our culture. White nationalists aren’t all hateful; we just want to preserve what we have.”

This is one of the biggest lies of the white nationalist movement. If you go on virtually any white nationalist forum, apart from the endless debates about “who is white” you will see mostly threads trashing other races and ethnic groups. Very few white nationalists, especially those in America, display any significant understanding of European culture (many have never been to Europe). When they’re not seething with hatred against other races, they’re attacking whites, usually women, who don’t support them, as well as each other. It’s common to see white nationalists at each other’s throats, sometimes across several forums, often with mutual accusations of Jewish ancestry. If you want to see for yourself I suggest you bring popcorn.

Once again Cvjetanovic’s claim goes unchallenged by the interviewer, but that’s not the most infuriating thing about this article. For me the maddening thing is how Americans seem to believe that you can engage in a series of deliberate actions, and then, like Mr. Cvjetanovic, insist to anybody and everybody that you are not that thing you were caught on camera doing. Could you imagine someone who mainlines heroin every day telling you they’re not a drug addict? I can now, and that person would almost certainly be American, because in America apparently what you actually do doesn’t matter compared to what you think you are in your own head.

If you think this is an isolated case, think again. A while back a couple was sentenced to prison for rolling up on a birthday party for an 8-year-old black child, bearing Confederate flags, shouting racial slurs, and pointing a loaded shotgun at the attendees. Guess what they had to say for themselves when they heard the sentence read out.

The woman keeps repeating “that’s not me.” No, honey, it is you. You did that. You didn’t plead insanity, which is the only way you could possibly claim this “wasn’t you.”

Need more examples? Here’s a guy who went on a racist rant against a comedian. But wait, when we read more of the story:

Lanham told NBC 2 that he’s not a racist. He blamed his racist behavior on alcohol.

Well shit that clears it all up! He says he’s not racist! Alcohol is to blame! Well I certainly hope he’ll become a teetotaler then, seeing as how his racist rant got him fired.

Here’s yet another example of a totally not racist guy doing seemingly racist things.

Seriously, what do you have to actually do to be racist in America?

We’ve spent so much time buying into the media-driven moral panic about “safe spaces” and “political correctness” that we apparently missed the rising tide of jackasses who do things and then don’t want to be judged for their actions. No, they insist that we judge them by what they really, truly are in their heart of hearts. I’m sorry but that just isn’t going to fly. I realize that sometimes mitigating circumstances or other outside factors can cause people to act in unusual ways. I realize sometimes we don’t perceive the contradiction between our actions and our desires or perception of ourselves. The phenomenon described above, however, is simply ridiculous. You are first and foremost what you do, not what you say you are.

I wish I could think of a possible source for this phenomenon. Maybe it’s in our pop culture, where protagonists are often portrayed as having this inner, true self that other characters don’t know about initially. Maybe it’s a side-effect of liberal capitalism’s cult of the individual. This almost seems like it’s such a problem that we need to start teaching the concept of “you are what you do” in kindergarten or something. We’ve got to do something before morons like Cvjetanovic bring our society to ruin.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “If the Shoe Fits…

  1. AndyT

    Personally speaking, I wonder how many among those people knew what they were doing – especially among the younger and/or less politcally experienced ones.

    Don’t get me wrong – the inherent evil of harassing, threatening and injuring people should be ingrained into each individual’s mind as soon as possible: what I contend is their knowledge of what they say they stand for.

    Do they really know what “white supremacism” means? Do they know what “fascism” produced?

    I’ve been getting the feeling many people are just jumping onto whatever “disruptive” bandwagon they can, in a sort of generalised “fuck the system”, regardless of their understanding of its underlying ideology – and since neonazis and alt-right groups have been the most vocal ones, lately, they’ve managed to attract more people.

    It’s almost like a craze – an extremely dangerous craze.

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  2. gunlord500

    When they’re not seething with hatred against other races, they’re attacking whites, usually women, who don’t support them, as well as each other. It’s common to see white nationalists at each other’s throats, sometimes across several forums, often with mutual accusations of Jewish ancestry. If you want to see for yourself I suggest you bring popcorn.

    This is, funny enough, the same behavior we see from MGTOW types, as you’ve probably noted before. They claim they don’t hate women and just want to do fun bachelor things, but the vast majority of their forum threads are about A: How terrible women are, and B: how men who don’t hate women are “manginas” and “whiteknights” or whatever. No wonder there’s so much overlap between these groups.

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  3. Shalcker

    Judgement is pretty much always external thing. People who can reliably judge themselves are rare. Log in thy eye and all. Especially if we’re talking about 20y old guys.

    Obviously everyone has some “theory of mind” on how others will perceive their actions, but it gets trained by examples. And there aren’t enough examples of white nationalism counter-actions – some of their minor points even get occasional support. Those in white nationalist circles feel that what they do is fine and justified – as do many in jihadi circles. There are no “unusual ways” here – it is all “basic human”.

    And to many of them facing backlash what Charlottesville guy did seems more like exception – mentally disturbed people seem common in US, and any large enough movement will get some – then the rule. …and if they do not face backlash from their in-group then they post stuff like that “and she deserved it!” on Daily Stormer.

    Most of harm white nationalists could do is already covered by laws (anti-discrimination or criminal). Their movement is already fragmented and weak – that meeting was called “Unite the Right” for a reason – they are not united at all, and many of their differences are not reconcilable. Do they have to be hunted in same ways as they would against opposition if they were in power?

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    1. Jim Kovpak Post author

      First of all I don’t buy the mentally disturbed excuse. I’m all for understanding the context and conditions which lead to people getting into this kind of thing (I have firsthand experience), but at some point you’ve got to take responsibility too.

      As for harm that they can do, it may be covered by laws but then again what the terrorists on 9/11 did was also covered by laws. It doesn’t help after the fact.

      As for how fragmented and weak they are I’d have to disagree. Yes, the neo-Nazi movement is often fragmented because in hard times it’s basically run by egomaniacs fighting over mailing lists. But ever since the Tea Party they’ve been able to blend in with larger groups. American conservatives don’t really think much about having a coherent ideology. As long as you’re attacking Obama or Hillary you can march with them. Only recently have some groups started to react negatively to the open neo-Nazism that many among the alt-right have started displaying. The latter were emboldened by what they thought was success.

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    1. Jim Kovpak Post author

      Or these days it’s become: “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, has feathers like a duck, has a bill like a duck, THAT STILL DOESN’T MEAN IT’S A DUCK!!! YOU’RE THE REAL DUCK!!!”

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      1. Jim Kovpak Post author

        It ties in with the theme of this article. These days you call out people waving Nazi flags and giving Nazi salutes and some moron will come along and say something like “You just call everyone who disagrees with you a Nazi.”

        The only people who literally do that are Russian state media propagandists.

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