The largest mob lynching in the South was of Italians.
The 1891 lynching of 11 Italians in New Orleans, after a roundup of over 1,000 Italians, grew out of an internal conflict among Louisiana Democrats and was praised by progressives of the era.
“These sneaking and cowardly Sicilians, the descendants of bandits and assassins,” the New York Times editorial board railed. “Lynch law was the only course open to the people of New Orleans.”
Future Louisiana Gov. John M. Parker, who helped organize the lynchings, described Italians as “just a little worse than the Negro, being if anything filthier in habits, lawless, and treacherous.”
Columbus Day was created as a quasi-apology to Italian-Americans for the lynchings which held only until Democrat identity politics began tearing down statues of the Italian explorer.
The myth of white supremacy is a story retroactively invented during the civil rights movement.
The KKK targeted Catholics and Jews. It hailed the “anglo-saxon white man” rather than viewing skin color as the only thing that mattered. The black-and-white view of history in which bigotry was as binary as 1950s drinking fountains in Alabama reflected only a very brief reality during a decade or two in which the Irish, Italians and Jews had come to be accepted. An era of growing tolerance for minorities was ironically the prerequisite for both the widespread acceptance of the civil rights movement and the distortions of civil rights history that we are dealing with today.
White supremacy was a myth born out of a more tolerant era in which prejudice toward black people briefly became the most defining form of bigotry. One that most people quickly rejected.
Baby Boomers, the most influential generation in history, mistook their youthful experiences for absolute reality. Knowing nothing of history and caring even less, they used their vast cultural powers to make the 60s into the ‘ground zero’ of American history. Generations have grown up with their ahistorical view of “white supremacy” encoded in education and entertainment.
The myth of white supremacy has divided Americans into an artificial racial binary created by the aftermath of the civil rights movement. The descendants of Italians, Irish and Jews who faced persecution and lynchings are denounced for their “white privilege”. Historical revisionism has become even more grandiose with attempts like the 1619 Project to define all of American history around the racial binary. Critical race theory insists that the racial binary is inescapable.
The racial binary denies the oppression of anyone who can be seen as white. In an extreme example, Whoopi Goldberg sneered that the Holocaust was “white people doing it to white people. Y’all go fight amongst yourselves.” When the racial binary is the only measure of prejudice, thousands of years of Jewish, Irish, Slavic, Catholic, Protestant and other histories of persecution, oppression and martyrdom are irrelevant because the participants are “white”.
Outside the racial binary, no one else’s oppression matters and so no one else’s history matters.
The myth of white supremacy doesn’t just grotesquely twist American history around the racial binary, it usurps and eliminates the histories of Europe and even the Middle East. Jesus, a Jewish man, is depicted as black. Cleopatra, a Greek queen, also becomes black. The decade of distortion of the civil rights movement reaches thousands of years back to racialize the past.
And in the process it eliminates the histories and struggles of much of the world.
White supremacy is a myth. The KKK was not upholding a racial binary, but the supremacy of its particular group, Southern Anglo-Saxons with a certain pedigree, against all comers, French, Irish, Italians, Jews, blacks and anyone else who wasn’t a member of its narrow demographic. But that’s what inner city gangs also do with Latino and black gangs clashing over turf. It’s also reflected in the early 20th century urban clashes between Germans, Irish, Jewish, and Italians.
The KKK was not a unique phenomenon. Similar identity politics battles go back to the founding of America with nativists fighting off the Irish in New York City even in the early 1800s.
The Nazis, another group that tends to be used to represent a simplistic racial binary, weren’t white supremacists either. National Socialist ideology believed that Germans were descended from the Aryan peoples who had migrated out of India. That was why they adopted the ‘swastika’, a Buddhist symbol, as their emblem. The Nazis conducted extensive outreach to Arab and African Muslims, to Asian and Latin America, and recruited black soldiers into the Wehrmacht. Hitler’s closest ally outside of Europe was Imperial Japan. The Japanese and Chinese were declared to be honorary aryans.
While the Nazis were chasing people like my father, a blonde blue-eyed teenager who was valuable to the partisans because he looked a lot more like the Aryan ideal than Hitler, black entertainers were working in Berlin and Paris, and black soldiers were fighting for Germany. The Nazis despised black people and criminalized any relationship with German women, but they viewed Jews and gypsies as an urgent racial threat to be exterminated at all costs.
Black nationalists like Marcus Garvey admired Hitler. And the Nazis tried to influence African-Americans. “There have never been lynchings of colored men in Germany. They have always been treated decently,” Nazi propaganda aimed at African-American GIs claimed. “So you don’t have to be afraid to be with Germans.”
Liberal Jews struggle to tell the story of the Holocaust in the face of a dishonest mythical racial binary that groups Jews and Nazis together. And there is no way to tell that story or any other, those of lynched Italian immigrants, the Swedish immigrants on the plains, the Irish fighting for their rights, and the manifold conflicts that shaped Europe and modern civilization, not to mention the entire history of the Middle East, without demolishing the big lie of the racial binary.
America was not defined by “white supremacy” and nor was any other place. The KKK and the Nazis were not “white supremacists”, they were upholding power for their own group while persecuting and killing a broad spectrum of people from other groups. Having light colored skin did not mean getting a free pass from the KKK, let alone the Nazis who killed millions of people, the vast majority of whom would be considered white by today’s woke cultural establishment.
What we think of as “white supremacy” is a racist movement that arose largely in response to the civil rights movement. It quickly became marginalized and while its proponents hate black people, they also hate Jews. Recent domestic terrorist attacks carried out by self-identified white supremacists have been evenly divided between targeting Jews and black people.
A growing number of white supremacists are Latino making the racial binary even more senseless. But the idea of Latinos as a non-white race is an absurd addendum to the racial binary which is entirely detached from European and Latin American history and can be traced back to a liberal search for new minorities to recruit in the wake of the civil rights movement. Having decided that Latinos are non-white, liberals are confused when some Latinos decide that they are not only white, but members of a white master race. But the entire concept of La Raza or ‘The Race’ came from a Mexican intellectual who was an enthusiast of Nazi Germany.
Marcus Garvey, the founding father of black nationalism, and Jose Vasconcelos, the founding father of La Raza’s Latino racial nationalism, were both admirers of Hitler’s racialism. Contrary to the myth of white supremacy, in which white racialism is evil and those of other races is good, white supremacy, black nationalism and Latino racial nationalism derive from the same sources.
Racists of all races admire other racists. The greatest woke lie may be that the alternative to racism is anti-racism. Liberals used to know that the alternative to racism is not hating others.
But rather than admit that white supremacy and the racial binary are a myth and that the country is dealing with intergroup conflicts, as it always has, and that the boundaries between those groups are often artificial, Democrats and the media are doubling down on the racial narrative that lies at the heart of their power base that the civil rights movement still defines our history.
When we stop treating people as heroes or villains based on their skin color and actually look at what they believe, we will actually be able to address real bigotry, instead of convoluted exercises in racial power politics like redefining black racism as reverse racism or anti-racism.
Bigotry is inherent in human nature. No one of any race, ethnicity or creed is immune from it, but that doesn’t mean that we need to be bound by it. The impact of different bigotries can be defined by power, but power comes in different forms, and it has been a very long time since any large racial group in America was powerless: either politically or physically.
America doesn’t face a problem of white supremacy, but a multitude of quarreling groups who distrust each other and who have come to believe that success is a zero sum game. Democrat identity politics is so busy creating new groups from sexual fetishes and immigration that it never gets around to noticing that none of the existing groups get along with each other.
Diversity has ceased to unify, as it briefly did during the high points in American history, and has become a politically convenient source of division. The emphasis on a racial binary only makes all of that worse by turning Italians, the Irish, the Jews and, these days even Asians and Latinos who can be accused of “internalized whiteness” into scapegoats for Democrat social disasters.
White supremacy isn’t the issue, identity supremacy is. Generations have been told by the Democrats, by their educational systems and entertainment that they are defined by identity politics and that positive change will come when they narrowly fight for the interests of their group, while suspecting the worst of members of other groups, especially white people.
Non-white people are taught to believe that white people are hoarding power. In San Francisco, black people are being urged to demand slave reparations from the Asian population. Women are encouraged to resent men. Transgenders are told to hate women. Within the LGBTQ movement, gay men have become scapegoats. California just passed a ban on “caste discrimination” among Indians. This is what the utopia of the perpetually aggrieved looks like.
This isn’t white supremacy: it’s identity supremacy. And if we don’t move beyond it, there will be no nation, only one long endless civil war across the fractured territories of what was America.
Algorithmic Analyst says
The first I ever heard of it was in a book by Houston Stewart Chamberlain, called ‘The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century”, I think. First published 1899 in German. The way I remember it was that he was promoting it as a myth, not fact, and it struck me as a disastrous thing to do. It had a big influence in Germany.
I often look for signs of it in earlier history but haven’t seen such yet.
Jan VI says
Very interesting article. BTW, I have read that it was the monetary settlement for the New Orleans lynching of Italians, which led to the establishment of the Mafia in the USA.
Re “racism” in the USA, I think that all ethnicities prefer themselves, and think they are superior. Western whites are the only ethnicity who are “racist” against themselves.
We are a multi-racial country, and need to get along with each other. However, diversity breeds adversity. We should have a moratorium on all immigration, and any potential future immigration should be predominantly white and Christian, in line with the founders and builders of our republic. I also believe that Muslims should not be admitted, as their belief system is incompatible with our Constitution and laws.
The fetishes of immigration and diversity have destroyed our nation; now it’s just a location.
So you’re eliminating Jews and Hindus from America? Maybe eliminate those pesky Italians too? .
I think Mr Greenfield’s point point is quite the opposite of your suggestion.
And there are other websites for you to frequent. Sadly, multitudes of them.
David Ray says
When Jug-eared Barry shipped in 10,000s of Syrian “refugees”, he made sure Christian Syrians need not apply.
Yet it was Christian Syrians, chronically in danger from islamists, that actually did have an asylum claim.
It wasn’t surprising that B. Hussein actively denied Christian Syrians, as he had previously labored to deport the Romeike family that had sought asylum from Germany.
He deported them because of character traights he found repulsive. Such as, the Romeike family was in tact, hard working, well educated, spoke English, protestant Christian, employed, homeschooled their children, took no welfare, and worst of all, were white.
So of course the Jug-eared prick spent enormous taxpayer funds to get rid of them.
Dana F Harbaugh says
How much choice did/does ANYONE have on what color skin they came out of their mother’s womb with?
And on this topic of racial harmony, can I get reparations for one of my grandfathers, a Union Army Private, who was killed by a Confederate sniper at Buzzards Roost, GA in 1864? (I found an after-action report that was filed by an Army Captain if I need documentation)
Ugly Sid says
Grandfather? The father of your father?
I knew my grandfather and he died in 1959. It was his father, my great grandfather, that fought under McClellan in the Grand Army of the Patomic.
I suspect you’ve dropped a syllable and a generation.
Mo de Profit says
Nobody is actually white, nobody is actually black, skin colour is being used by evil people in the UNITED NATIONS to create division deliberately.
Without division the UNITED NATIONS bureaucracy has nothing to do.
I forgot to say that for many DECADES, in parts of the US,
MARRIAGE between whites and non-whites,
was legally forbidden,against the law.
Like we dumb rubes didn’t know that. Historical presentism much?
Baby Boomers, the most influential generation in history, mistook their youthful experiences for absolute reality. Knowing nothing of history and caring even less, they used their vast cultural powers to make the 60s into the ‘ground zero’ of American history.
That’s not true; it gets the dates wrong. The very oldest Boomers were 14 when the decade started. I hold no brief for my generation, who are selfish and ignorant. But we just didn’t have “vast cultural power” at that time. All we could determine is the Top 40 songs.
And not rebellious, either. All our lives we’d been sucked up to by the preceding generation, who taught us. The “nonconformists” were really just the teachers’ pets.
Daniel Greenfield says
My point wasn’t that the Boomers had vast cultural power in the 60s, but that they would later use that power.
Yet, the head of DOJ’s Office of Civil Rights under Biden is Kristen Clarke, a black supremacist who wrote, “Melanin endows Blacks with greater mental, physical and spiritual abilities—something which cannot be measured based on Eurocentric standards.” If we were a white supremacist society, let alone a sane one, would this person be anywhere new the Office of Civil Rights, DOJ, or the federal government?
Steven Brizel says
White supremacy is iindeed a myth and we need more exposing the connections between Nazis and leaders such as Garvey,etc
White is not a race. Black is not a race, nor is yellow or red.
Those are skin colors.
How true! Roses are red, white, pink, yellow, and whatever color, they are all roses. There is one race, the human race.
Right on- race is identified by bone structure and other physical attributes – skin color was never a factor
Spurwing Plover says
This whole CRT and this revionists History just more ways they Brainwash the youth with their leftist’s lies and the Indoctrination of the kids by the leftists NEA
St. Paul, the Apostle stated that ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, their is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female’, critically ‘for ye are all one in Christ Jesus’ (Gal. 3:28).
For the true child of God, all distinctions, such as the nation of birth, became irrelevant when consecrating their all to the Lord.
Nominal Christendom does not reflect true Christianity, and there are forms of nationalism to be found in the various groups claiming to be Christian.
The true Christian looks to the City having real foundations – the Jerusalem above (she is their Mother).
The Jews today belonging to mount Sinai in Arabia, the Jerusalem below, these are still in bondage – labouring under the Law covenant (until their blindness is turned aside) — when Christ will stand up on behalf of natural Israel (a holy remnant of Jews that will be saved) during the Time of Jacob’s Trouble yet to come.
Many sincere Christians are trapped in various systems and sects held captive by creeds and traditions of men (some heeding the call to come out of her – Babylon). Fortunately, many will escape, as though through fire in the judgment of the coming Great Day of Jehovah. Come out from among them, and be ye seperate! (2 Cor. 6:17).
Algorithmic Analyst says
White domination of black Africans during the Colonial Period was based on the power of the gun, not racial superiority.
Justin Swingle says
SHOULDN’T WE BE MORE WORRIED ABOUT LA RAZA / UNIDOus SUPREMACY AND BLACK LIVES MATTER FASCISM?
“white supremacy’ is nothing more than a handful of moron ‘good ol’ boys who drink too much beer and have sex with their pickup trucks.
Justin Swingle says
“The watchdogs at Judicial Watch discovered documents that reveal how the Obama administration’s close coordination with the Mexican government entices Mexicans to hop over the fence and on to the American dole.” Washington Times
“This is country belongs to Mexico” is said by the Mexican Militant. This is a common teaching that the U.S. is really AZTLAN, belonging to Mexicans, which is taught to Mexican kids in Arizona and California through a LA Raza educational program funded by American Tax Payers via President Obama, when he gave LA RAZA $800,000.00 in March of 2009!
“This is country belongs to Mexico” – That would have been news to the Indian tribes living in what became our southwestern states. The Apache raided southern tribes, and later Mexico, mercilessly.
Tex the Mockingbird says
Sharptons irresponsible bragging the Ego of a fool
Andrew Blackadder says
If you want to enjoy yourself then just start watching some wee soy ”boy” or ”girl” snowflake melt down in front of you when you ask them which Race and Gender created the modern World they live in today.
If these ignorant snowflakes continue to call a Celt like myself as a white supremacist then I am going to start believing that they really do think I am superior to them as they keep telling me so.
I have lived with every Race of people around the World and the one thing I have discovered that we ALL have in common is that we are ALL messed up as a Species.
Im 75 a Baby Boomer 100% and when we were coming up I don’t think many of us knew what the hell we were doing but we knew what we didn’t want but not what we did want.
Now it appears that Conservatism is the new Counter Culture…
Common sense just aint too common these days.
věra schmidová čeporánová says
CARGO The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America – DON JORDAN and MICHAEL WALSH – now I read this book, first people, who were sold to Amerika, were white people from Great Britain, Ireland and Scotland. Who survived 10 years, became free.only later thex were buying black people from Africa as slaves forever. Interesting book.