White nationalists and black nationalists

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White nationalists and black nationalists

By John Ruberry

Around this time yes­ter­day dur­ing a white suprema­cist rally in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia one woman was killed and 19 oth­ers were injured when they were rammed and run over by a per­son dri­ving a Dodge Challenger.

James Alex Fields Jr, 20, was allegedly the behind the wheel of that mus­cle car. He’s been arrested on numer­ous charges and pre­sum­ably the case against him is very strong. Accord­ing to mul­ti­ple media reports Fields is a white suprema­cist and an admirer of Adolf Hitler. He was also pre­scribed anti-​psychotic drugs. But that doesn’t mean Fields doesn’t know the dif­fer­ence between right and wrong.

In my opin­ion Fields is the arche­typal con­tem­po­rary mem­ber of the Ku Klux Klan or the Amer­i­can Nazi Party – a dis­turbed, and yes, dan­ger­ous per­son who has, as the British say, “toys in the attic.”

Mul­ti­ple media sources are call­ing the racist rally, for­mally known as Unite the Right, a white nation­al­ist event.

Every year, how­ever, the Nation of Islam, which espouses black sep­a­ratism, holds a Saviour’s Day event, usu­ally in Chicago, to cel­e­brate the birth­day of the NOI’s founder, Wal­lace Fard Muham­mad, who claimed that black peo­ple are divine and whites are wicked. Accord­ing to Muham­mad, whites were cre­ated by an evil sci­en­tist named Yakub. But because blacks are part of the vic­tim class, accord­ing to estab­lish­ment media mores, Saviour’s Day can never be a black nation­al­ist rally. You can laugh off the Nation of Islam, which has about 50,000 fol­low­ers, but one of its mem­bers, the since-​executed John Allen Muham­mad, was one of the Belt­way Snipers who mur­dered 17 peo­ple – whites and blacks – in 2002. The other killer was John Lee Malvo, a teenaged ille­gal immi­grant from Jamaica. One of the duo’s motives for the mur­ders was to extort money in order to open a com­mu­nity for home­less black youths to be trained as ter­ror­ists in Canada.

Many Mus­lim groups con­demn the National of Islam as a heretic sect.

Despite his sur­name, John Muhammad’s NOI mem­ber­ship was down­played, even ignored by the main­stream media in its cov­er­age of the attacks and the sub­se­quent tri­als. He was not labeled a black nation­al­ist. In 1995 Muham­mad was part of the secu­rity of the Nation of Islam’s Mil­lion Man March, although the NOI leader, Louis Far­rakhan, denies it.

None of us is all good – the poten­tial to com­mit evil exists in all of us in dif­fer­ent degrees. And of course no race or eth­nic group is all good or all evil.

Yet here we are, well within the 21st cen­tury, and I have to point that out. Sad.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

By John Ruberry

Around this time yesterday during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia one woman was killed and 19 others were injured when they were rammed and run over by a person driving a Dodge Challenger.

James Alex Fields Jr, 20, was allegedly the behind the wheel of that muscle car. He’s been arrested on numerous charges and presumably the case against him is very strong. According to multiple media reports Fields is a white supremacist and an admirer of Adolf Hitler. He was also prescribed anti-psychotic drugs. But that doesn’t mean Fields doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong.

In my opinion Fields is the archetypal contemporary member of the Ku Klux Klan or the American Nazi Party–a disturbed, and yes, dangerous person who has, as the British say, “toys in the attic.”

Multiple media sources are calling the racist rally, formally known as Unite the Right, a white nationalist event.

Every year, however, the Nation of Islam, which espouses black separatism, holds a Saviour’s Day event, usually in Chicago, to celebrate the birthday of the NOI’s founder, Wallace Fard Muhammad, who claimed that black people are divine and whites are wicked. According to Muhammad, whites were created by an evil scientist named Yakub. But because blacks are part of the victim class, according to establishment media mores, Saviour’s Day can never be a black nationalist rally. You can laugh off the Nation of Islam, which has about 50,000 followers, but one of its members, the since-executed John Allen Muhammad, was one of the Beltway Snipers who murdered 17 people–whites and blacks–in 2002. The other killer was John Lee Malvo, a teenaged illegal immigrant from Jamaica. One of the duo’s motives for the murders was to extort money in order to open a community for homeless black youths to be trained as terrorists in Canada.

Many Muslim groups condemn the National of Islam as a heretic sect.

Despite his surname, John Muhammad’s NOI membership was downplayed, even ignored by the mainstream media in its coverage of the attacks and the subsequent trials. He was not labeled a black nationalist. In 1995 Muhammad was part of the security of the Nation of Islam’s Million Man March, although the NOI leader, Louis Farrakhan, denies it.

None of us is all good–the potential to commit evil exists in all of us in different degrees. And of course no race or ethnic group is all good or all evil.

Yet here we are, well within the 21st century, and I have to point that out. Sad.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.