When your premise dismantles your entire article, maybe you should reconsider your article.
But, nope. The Daily Beast decided to publish, “Why Young Men of Color Are Joining White-Supremacist Groups” anyway. Its examples involve Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer, neither of which are white supremacist groups.
But forget checking facts. That’s for conservatives.
Tarrio, who identifies as Afro-Cuban, is president of the Miami chapter of the Proud Boys, who call themselves “Western chauvinists,” and “regularly spout white-nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center
That would be the same SPLC which recently had to pay out over $3 million for accusing a Muslim of being anti-Muslim.
Tarrio and other people of color at the far-right rallies claim institutional racism no longer exists in America. In their view, blacks are to blame for any lingering inequality because they are dependent on welfare, lack strong leadership, and believe Democrats who tell them “You’re always going to be broke. You’re not going to make it in society because of institutional racism,” as one mixed-race man put it.
The Beast article’s premise seems to be that anyone who doesn’t subscribe to black victimhood is a white supremacist. At no point in time does he ask any of the minorities he’s accusing of white supremacy whether they believe that white people are a master race.
Because that would wreck his premise.
They are among nearly a dozen black, Latino, and Asian participants at far-right rallies on the West Coast interviewed by The Daily Beast recently. They represent the new face of the far right that some scholars term “multiracial white supremacy.”
Again, that’s a self-nullifying premise.
The Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer, which overlap, embrace an America-first nationalism that is less pro-white than it is anti-Muslim, anti-illegal immigrant, and anti-Black Lives Matter.
Which would mean that it’s not… white supremacism.
Indeed, Patriot Prayer’s leader is Joey Gibson, who is half-Japanese and claims Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as a hero. But his agenda is the opposite of King’s. Gibson’s rallies have attracted neo-Confederates and neo-Nazis.
His right-hand man is Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, a 345-pound Samoan American who calls himself “a brown brother for Donald Trump” and is notorious for brawling.
Black Lives Matter rallies attracted a mass shooter, yet that never gets held against them.
“A lot of these young guys,” Neiwert says, “especially from the software world, who are being sucked into white nationalism, start out being worked up about Ayn Rand in high school.”
Rand was Jewish and not remotely a white nationalist.
Daniel Martinez HoSang, associate professor at Yale University, co-author of the forthcoming Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity, says “Multiculturalism has become a norm in society” and has spread from corporations and consumer culture to conservatism and the far-right.
Which would mean that the premise here is nonsense.