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David Whiting of the Orange County Register has written an article about me as part of a series on the racialist right in Orange County. All things considered, it is quite good. Readers may be interested in posting comments at the site.
By DAVID WHITING
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Third of six parts
If Kevin MacDonald is wrong, then one of the most influential civil rights organizations in the nation may be right in branding MacDonald a “neo-Nazi.”
But if MacDonald – considered by many as a leading Aryan intellectual – is correct, heaven help us all.
As the percentage of whites in the U.S. dwindles, the semiretired Cal State Long Beach professor talks of the likelihood of race wars.
With a doctorate in bio-behavioral sciences, MacDonald says he merely reports his observations and quickly dismisses the idea that he’s a neo-Nazi. He calls himself a “white advocate.”
Regardless of ideology, I’ll give MacDonald this: Against a firestorm of criticism, including much heat from his own colleagues, the Laguna Hills resident is willing to face his detractors.
MacDonald, who testified in London on behalf of a Holocaust denier, believes Jews control the media. I’m part of the media. Still, he agrees to a sit-down.
While I spend weeks delving into a recent rise in white-supremacy groups, some question why I would publicize a man who is arguably a white supremacist.
Because MacDonald and I agree on one very important thing: Knowledge is power.
So, the question remains: Is MacDonald and his American Third Position political party a hate group?
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If you haven’t heard of American Third Position, here’s part of its mission statement: “Government policy in the United States discriminates against white Americans … white Americans need their own political party to fight this discrimination.”
The party has a presidential candidate, Merlin Miller. And MacDonald is at the top of the party’s list of directors.
MacDonald also publishes a webzine, Occidental Observer. Its mission statement promises to present “themes of white identity, white interests, and the culture of the West.”
During a sometimes-jarring conversation over two hours, MacDonald elaborates: “The white working class can’t compete in Southern California.”
If Third Position is indeed a hate group, it isn’t alone. According to Southern Poverty Law Center, a watchdog for hate groups, the number of militia groups – a harbinger of extreme organizations – has increased ninefold in the past three years.
Southern Poverty Law Center considers MacDonald’s influence so strong that it publishes a biography of him three times longer than this column.
The Anti-Defamation League, another watchdog organization with offices in Orange County, has a magazine devoted solely to MacDonald. Of the Third Position political party, SPLC states, “Joining A3P marks MacDonald’s move from anti-Semitic theorizing to racist activism.”
MacDonald rejects the name-calling, saying he’s against discrimination. Interestingly, SPLC and MacDonald agree about the reasons for the spike in extreme groups.
Both attribute the increase to the recession and the fact that there’s a black president in the White House.
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MacDonald tells me he simply reports cause and effect. His webzine echoes his comments, acknowledging that his ideology “is sure to be dismissed as extremism of the worst sort in today’s intellectual climate – perhaps even as a sign of psychiatric disorder.
“A great many other identifiable groups in the multicultural West have a strong sense of identity and interest,” MacDonald writes, “but overt expressions of white identity … are rarely found among the peoples who founded these societies.”
MacDonald continues to make his point, which reminds me of the time when my then 12-year-old daughter lamented that her heritage has no culture. I mentioned corned beef and cabbage. She frowned.
The professor smiles when I share the anecdote and adds, “Thanksgiving, Christmas, the Fourth of July, baseball, country music, NASCAR.”
MacDonald says many in the Tea Party and even some in the Republican Party have similar frustrations.
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MacDonald says that Democrats have forsaken their white working class core and that, by default, the Republican Party has become the party for white people.
Yes, there are many in both parties – white and people of color – who would heatedly deny the statement.
Regardless, MacDonald forecasts doom for the GOP, saying the party can’t win in the long run. He blames what he calls the cost of multiculturalism and the loss of white values.
Statements like that have prompted Cal State Long Beach to distance itself from MacDonald while at the same time defending his academic tenure. It is a reaction similar to that of the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League.
Both organizations condemn MacDonald’s views while defending his right to free speech.
“We have to tolerate hate speech,” says Melissa Carr, ADL regional director, but she warns that organizations such as Third Position shouldn’t be taken lightly “because they have the ability to influence people who already have a white-supremacist mind frame.”
Carr says bringing in an intellectual such as MacDonald was a big move for Third Position and brings respect to the party.
I ask MacDonald why he wouldn’t just keep his mouth shut, play it safe, stop feeding the fire?
He admits his world is a “difficult environment,” but explains, “I have a sense of duty for my people and the culture I grew up in. As someone whose job is protected by tenure, I have a special obligation.”
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Born in 1944, MacDonald grew up in Oshkosh, Wis., and joined the anti-war movement in college in Madison, Wis. He claims that many of the Jewish radicals had parents who were communists in the 1930s and concedes it was during the 1960s that the seeds of his current ideology were planted.
MacDonald tells me he later concluded that Jewish people “have a historical grudge against Western culture because they see themselves as innocent victims of persecution since the Middle Ages, culminating in the Holocaust.
“Ultimately, this hostility has led to a great majority of American Jews favoring policies of multiculturalism and large-scale non-White immigration as ways of diminishing the power of European-Americans.”
He says that when he was a kid, 90 percent of the country was white and Christian. By 2040, he warns, that majority will be a minority.
MacDonald’s biggest concern isn’t illegal immigration, although he says that’s a problem. One of his biggest concerns is legal immigration.
To stem the tide, he advocates deporting those who immigrated illegally and implementing immigration policies that would restore the nation to racial percentages that existed in 1950.
I wonder if that’s a feasible plan. MacDonald says the country has no choice if it hopes to maintain law and order.
“Ethnicity remains a huge source of conflict throughout the world,” MacDonald points out. “Blacks, Jews, Mexicans have historical prejudices.
“I worry about the minority being victimized.”
Pete Simi, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, spent time in Orange County about 10 years ago and is considered an expert on hate groups.
Simi tells me that MacDonald’s ideas are consistent with neo-Nazis.
MacDonald disagrees. He deplores violence and he advocates tolerance, gays included. Still, he asks that gays be invisible and accept that heterosexual marriage is embedded in this nation’s culture.
Then there’s the IQ issue.
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There is a school of thought that IQs vary by race. Here’s MacDonald’s rundown of IQ averages: Jews, 110; Asians, 104; whites, 100; Latinos, low 90s; blacks, 85.
I mention there are studies with all sorts of conclusions, and the ones on racial IQs seem particularly absurd.
MacDonald allows he’s not an expert on IQs, but adds of the studies he’s read, “I take them pretty seriously.”
We should take MacDonald seriously as well.
David Whiting’s sources
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