One reason Donald Trump won last year’s election was that he was widely perceived as the white candidate. This marked something more important than his election: the rise of white political consciousness. As other racial and ethnic groups have done for some time (“La Raza” means “The Race”), whites are increasingly defining themselves by race rather than class. Like other groups, they perceive they have group interests as whites and they are willing to work and vote for those interests. This is entirely legitimate.
But why are whites seeing their interests best served by the right rather than the left? Because the left is now dominated by cultural Marxists, and cultural Marxism defines all whites as evil “oppressors.” Just as classical economic Marxism labelled all capitalists and landlords as evil, regardless of what individuals did (many cared about and for their employees), so cultural Marxism considers all whites bad to the bone (unless, maybe, they are gay). Whites are supposed to do nothing but grovel endlessly in the dirt before “people of color”, apologizing for being white.
Not surprisingly, a growing number of whites aren’t buying it. It is not conservatives but cultural Marxists who have created the rise of white political consciousness. If you keep kicking a dog for being a dog, eventually it does what dogs do and bites you. Cultural Marxists would do well to remember that when whites get mad enough to bite, the bite is often fatal.
That brings us to recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Lost in all the howling and weeping about “hate” (in cultural Marxism’s lexicon, “hate” is any defiance of cultural Marxism) is what sparked white outrage in the first place: an ideologically-driven, ahistorical decision by the town government to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee from the city park.
It is understandable why many white Southerners were angered. Lee was no fire-eating pro-slavery agitator. He opposed Virginia’s secession. Lincoln offered him command of the Union armies. But when Virginia did secede, Lee felt he had no choice but to go with his state. Like many people of his time, his primary identification was with his state, not the United States.
Lee contributed greatly to the nation’s healing after the Civil War by refusing to endorse plans to continue the fight with guerrilla warfare. That could have given the country another decade or more of war. After the conflict was over, Lee was respected in the North as well as the South. Who do the cultural Marxists on the Charlottesville city council think they are to attempt now to turn Lee into “another Hitler”?
In this and other instances of assaults on statues and markers commemorating the Confederacy, Southern whites are right to organize, protest, and demonstrate. However, unlike in Charlottesville, they should never initiate or escalate violence. Doing so will almost always work against them and their cause.
Understanding why this is so requires knowing how Marxism (both versions) works. Marxism takes certain Christian virtues, such as concern for the poor, carries them to extremes and then turns them back on traditional society as weapons. Until there is no poverty, no misery, no unhappiness even, the fight for “social justice” must go on. Since perfection is impossible, the assault must continue forever. In cultural Marxism, these attacks fall under the label “critical theory”.
One outgrowth of “critical theory” is that there can be no higher moral category than “victim”. When whites initiate or escalate violence, they give “victim” status to anyone on the other side that gets hurt. Since many Americans have been psychologically conditioned by cultural Marxism, they identify with these “victims” — and cultural Marxism wins another round at whites’ expense. This is why, as one of the founders of cultural Marxism, Antonio Gramsci, said, it cannot be defeated by violence.
Whites who rally against cultural Marxism, in defense of Confederate history or anything else from America’s past, must be prepared for violence. As we have seen on too many campuses, elements of the left will physically attack conservatives if they think they won’t get their backsides kicked. If the left starts the violence, it forfeits “victim” status and we can win (unless we escalate). If Southern whites want to win our second civil war, the war against cultural Marxism, they have to know their enemy and fight smart. The South cannot afford a second defeat.