Since its founding in 2003 American Thinker has become a reliable online source of climate change denial, Obama-as-Marxist conspiracy mongering, Muslim-bashing hysteria and other mainstays of right wing talk radio.
No surprise, then, that Rush Limbaugh regularly cites American Thinker articles on the air and has called it “one of my most favorite and thoughtful blogs.” But Limbaugh has yet to sound off on the topic that has been the subject of a flurry of recent American Thinker pieces: white nationalism (that is, that only white Americans are true Americans). Most recently, American Thinker gave a forum to prominent white nationalist leader Jared Taylor, who said in 2005:
Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization -- any kind of civilization -- disappears.
Taylor is the founder of the New Century Foundation, which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as:
[A] self-styled think tank that promotes pseudo-scientific studies and research that purport to show the inferiority of blacks to whites -- although in hifalutin language that avoids open racial slurs and attempts to portray itself as serious scholarship.
Taylor doubles as the editor-in-chief of his foundation's American Renaissance magazine and hosts a conference every other year where racist intellectuals socialize with Klansmen and neo-Nazis. The occasion of Taylor's Aug. 1 front page American Thinker column was a response to a July 10 column slamming white nationalism in the same publication. It was written by Dean Malik, an Iraq war veteran, conservative Republican politician and former prosecutor in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Malik is hardly a liberal multiculturalist. In his column he called into question the legacy of the civil rights movement:
“The civil rights movement, initially focused upon eliminating arbitrary, non-merit based discrimination ... shifted to the goal of promoting 'diversity.'
This change created a politically hardened left-wing no longer committed to incremental change, but instead dedicated to the deconstruction of traditional America and the narrativethat goes along with it.”
“The Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana de Aztlan (MEChA) exemplifies the revolutionary, anti-American version of this phenomenon,” according to Malik.
But then he went on to compare white nationalist groups like Taylor's New Century Foundation to MEChA as equally unpatriotic. Aggressive and militant minority identity politics breathes new life into white supremacy, emerging over the past generation re-cast as “White Nationalism” :
It would be a mistake, however, to believe that white nationalism champions the cause of American exceptionalism. To the contrary, the movement simply inverts the argument for minority race consciousness and sets forth a minimalistic vision of American identity in which race is the one and only prerequisite for cultural identification.
That got Taylor's undiluted European blood roiling--so much so that he let slip his typical courtly demeanor in favor of racially charged language:
Mr.Malik promotes a multi-racial version of 'American exceptionalism,' which leads him to denounce what he calls 'white nationalism.' I believe he misunderstands both terms.
Until just a few decades ago, white Americans generally believed race was a fundamental aspect of individual and group identity. They believed people of different races had different temperaments and abilities and built different kinds of societies. They thought that only people of European stock would maintain the civilization they cherished. They therefore opposed non-white immigration, and many considered the presence of non-whites -- blacks, especially -- to be a burden. They strongly opposed miscegenation. For several hundred years, American social policy reflected a consensus on race that is the very opposite of today's orthodoxy.
Taylor's new American Thinker essay jibes with his immediate, emotional reaction to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He was less than sympathetic toward non-white New Orleans residents:
Our rulers and media executives will try to turn the story of Hurricane Katrina into yet another morality tale of downtrodden blacks and heartless whites... [But m]any whites will realize -- some for the first time -- that we have Africa in our midst, that utterly alien Africa of road-side corpses, cruelty, and anarchy that they thought could never wash up on our shores.