Remember when Obama wouldn’t say the words “radical Islamic terrorism” and so many people had a fit? Now the words “white supremacist terrorism” are proving difficult for many to say. By my figuring, the killings at the Poway and Pittsburgh synagogues, the Charleston church, Gilroy and El Paso, as well as the Charlottesville murder of Heather Heyer by a neo-nazi are among the incidents that can be laid at the feet of the ideology of white supremacy/nationalism. At least the FBI has declared the latests act at El Paso as an act of domestic terrorism. In Texas today, George P’ Bush linked the El Paso shooter to “white terrorism.” Ted Cruz called it a “heinous act of terrorism and white supremacy.” Tomorrow morning, we’ll see what President Trump has to say. His rhetoric has encouraged and heartened white nationalists for three years, but I doubt he believes that trash any more than he believes anything else. He may surprise us tomorrow.
So, what are going to do about all this? Thoughts and prayers? That wasn’t our answer to radical Islamic terrorism. Of course there isn’t an al Qaeda-like hierarchical group to target, but there is a white supremacist internet presence just like there is a jihadist internet presence. 8chan is the go to place for these shitheads. This place is full of far more virulent hatred and calls for violence that even 4chan. The shitheads who perpetrated the Christchurch, Poway and El Paso murders were avid participants of 8chan. Its own creator has called for it to be shut down. Cloudfare has stopped hosting it today. The FBI is monitoring it just like it monitors jihadist sites. No matter where these white nationalists go on the internet, they should be hounded and disrupted. Even if Antifa and others want to dox the living shit out of them, I’m all for it.
This won’t eliminate white nationalism. The idea will always be with us. We all have tribalist and racist thoughts to varying degrees, but not the 8chan variety of white nationalism. Busting up their online gathering places is a good start. Perhaps enacting laws to establish white terrorist watch lists similar to potential jihadi terrorist watch lists would be prudent. The goal is to treat these extreme white nationalists with the same disgust as we treat jihadists, child predators and rapists. They should feel enough shame and, if necessary, fear to have the good sense to keep such thoughts to themselves and never act on those thoughts.
I expressed my thoughts on this matter three years ago when the worst we had to worry about was a black football player kneeling for the pledge of allegiance. God, those were simple days.
What I do take vigorous exception to is the notion that I must cling to some all white version of Western civilization in a desperate attempt to save my white tribe from cultural oblivion. I’m proud of the many glorious social, cultural, military, scientific and technological achievements of Western civilization. They are magnificent. But I am not blind to its mistakes and shortcomings. There is no tribe out there with a monopoly on virtue, creativity, cruelty or stupidity.
On a more personal note, I resent the notion that my tribe cannot include all those black and Hispanic (mostly Mexican) soldiers I served with in the 35th Infantry. My rifle platoon was one third each black, Hispanic and white. The mortar section in my weapons platoon was almost exclusively Mexican and black. Surprisingly, tensions and fights were always between companies and battalions, not races. Yes, we were all members of our own respective ethnic tribes, but we were all willing to fight and die for our common tribe. I loved them as much as I loved my all white Special Forces Detachment and my extraordinarily multicultural SMU team.
To anyone who thinks I should fall in behind the banner of white nationalism or follow the hopping green hitler frog or whatever to save Western civilization, I offer the phrase taught to me by my first platoon sergeant, SSG Livingston, a black man, “Kiss me where it stinks, mutha fukka.”