If the sheet fits wear it: white supremacy is, like, so passe
WHITE supremacy is so yesterday, don’t you think?
But the skinheads are using a modern medium for their oh-so-1950s messages. And, as with so much online, it’s a rare chance to see inside a different world. A strangely amusing world.
I came across a couple of sites by accident, and before I knew it I was Googling around checking out the rantings of racists. With each new site, I was mentally preparing myself to be outraged, appalled. Filled with a towering sense of injustice.
But the white supremacist websites don’t produce that reaction. They’re a bit sad, generally amateurish, and just a bit funny.
In South Australia there’s a guy called Reverend Cailen Cambeul (he calls himself “the racist formerly known as Colin Campbell” and has a bit of a chequered history).
He runs “The Church of Creativity” down here – its catchcry is “Creativity South Australia: For a Whiter and Brighter World”.
They’re the Napisan of race relations, with a mission statement that sounds like housewifey cheese.
The Reverend is full of other gems such as:
“It is time White people awaken to reality and realise that doing what is best for the White race is best for themselves – it is a virtue. And doing what is bad for the White race is their own deathknell – it is a sin … Does that make me a racist … Does that make me a hater? If you knew me you’d find I hate most people. It’s just that I give White people a chance before I decide that I hate them… Wake Up Whitey!”
I’ll pause here just to say that I can see that this is offensive, that it would be fair to argue that I have no right to make light of these guys because I’m a pinkish blonde mongrel mix of mainly Euro descent. But I feel very strongly that these are not the guys we need to worry about.
Have a look through the forums, where there are rambling discussions of mixed marriages, immigration, multiculturalism, Jewish conspiracy theories, etc. The members are predominantly men, predominantly bad at spelling, and consistently terrible at making a logical point.
They are a hodge-podge of disillusioned youth who need to get out more, definitely need to get laid, and would probably be cured of their bizarre beliefs with a bit of time or a bit of distraction.
Maybe these guys are still scary in a gonna-gun-someone-down-one-day kind of way, and the ideas are vile and reprehensible, but drifting through their websites the image that most strongly suggests itself is a pale guy with an overbite and thinning hair. Someone who got bullied at high school.
It’s the bizarre grammar that tickles, and the sheer incoherence that reassures.
The Creativity mob has some power in the US, but down here it’s just a few loners looking for something to do with all their hate, and they form little insulated black bubbles of nastiness and wallow around in them for a bit.
These are not the guys responsible for sustaining racism.
The Ku Klux Klan, who claim to be getting about a bit in Australia, are a bit scarier. Even though they are led by people called “Imperial Wizards”, which makes me picture guys in pointy hats on Quidditch-style broomsticks. They are organised, and seem to have a core structure that could suck in recruits.
But the really, really scary buggers are the slick, sly ones trotting out well-rehearsed arguments about limiting immigration and stopping the formation of ghettoes and talking about floods of boat people coming.
In the same way that it’s no longer Creationism you have to worry about, it’s Intelligent Design with its overlay of pseudo-scientific waffle, it’s when they start to get smart that we need to take notice.
I thought One Nation was pretty funny and nothing to worry about until I started hearing people say Pauline Hanson “sort of“ had a point.
Then you started to hear John Howard’s dog whistling, and before you knew it tolerance was taking a backwards step.
That’s why Australia needs to tune its ears to the dog whistles and remember that just because savvy people in business suits seem more evolved and make a bit more sense does not mean they’re not racist. They may look like creatures of the new century but their roots are firmly in the shameful past.
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