'Proud'? 'Unapologetic' white nationalists prefer pseudonym - Psuvanguard.com



A brand new "alt-right" group is recruiting on campuses. Alex-Jon Earl/PSU Vanguard

Final weekend, a flyer posted on a bulletin board outdoors Smith Memorial Scholar Union stood out among the many numerous advertisements for occasions and exhibits. In capital letters it learn, “White. Proud. Unapologetic.” As a public establishment, most bulletin boards at Portland State are open for basic public use.

The flyer’s accompanying illustration featured a blonde male sporting a tank prime with the phrases “white delight.” The picture is a modified model of an illustration from The Saturday Night Submit by J.C. Leyendecker, a well-liked American painter within the early 20th century whose work typically featured a homoerotic aesthetic. His biographers speculate that he was a homosexual man. A few of Leyendecker’s work have been appropriated for modern neo-Nazi and white nationalist propaganda.

The flyer discovered outdoors Smith Memorial is an commercial for Cascadia, a comparatively new and obscure self-described “alt-right” motion based mostly within the Pacific Northwest. It has no relationship to the Cascadia bioregional social motion.

The alt-right

The choice proper is a disparate motion of right-wing and far-right ideologues who reject conventional conservatism in favor of chauvinistic nationalism. The motion is especially lively on social media and makes use of memes to unfold its message. Some within the motion are white supremacists and white nationalists though others reject this as an figuring out trait.

On its web site, Cascadia says its mission is to advertise a “white ethnic consciousness.” The mission assertion goes on to record grievances about perceived discriminatory insurance policies towards whites, the decline of conventional household values and the lack of nationwide sovereignty by way of overseas affect and mass migration.

PSU President Wim Wiewel stated he was unaware of the flyer or group in query however talked about that there was an analogous incident in 2015 during which an anonymously-run and now defunct Fb web page referred to as “PSU White Scholar Union” attracted controversy. On the time, PSU issued official denunciation of the web page and had its Common Counsel file a stop and desist declare with Fb for the web page’s unauthorized use of the PSU model.

Christopher Broderick, affiliate vice chairman of College Communications, knowledgeable the Vanguard that Cascadia is just not a acknowledged scholar group. “There are 200 campus golf equipment which might be registered and that’s not one in every of them,” Broderick stated.


Cascadia refused to talk with the Vanguard besides by way of e-mail correspondence utilizing a moniker. Herrenvolk is a coordinator for the Oregon chapter of Cascadia who recognized himself as a 26-year-old male. He categorically denied any accusation that Cascadia is a white supremacist or neo-Nazi group. As an alternative, Herrenvolk recognized the group as white nationalist in nature.

“Individuals are becoming a member of our motion as a result of, like each different race, they need to advocate for themselves,” Herrenvolk stated. “Trendy academia is ripe for the choosing given the present politically-correct and brazenly white-hating agenda that's pushed.”

The group’s potential sympathies with neo-Nazi ideology can also be hinted at by way of the alias chosen by its consultant. The time period “Herrenvolk” was popularized in Nazi-era Germany and interprets roughly as “grasp individuals” or “grasp race.”

Herrenvolk stated Cascadia has “a couple of dozen members” at every of the massive universities within the Pacific Northwest and “a number of hundred” members general. He didn't present any proof for the claims.

Nationalism vs. supremacism

Dr. Eric Kaufmann, a professor on the College of London, research ethnicity-based political actions

Dr. Eric Kaufmann, a professor of politics in Birkbeck School on the College of London, research ethnicity-based id politics, notably of majority teams. Kaufmann defined that the distinction between white supremacism and white nationalism shouldn't be merely a follow in semantics though the ideologies can intertwine.

“White supremacy is a few perception in innate white superiority over different races,” Kaufmann stated. “The litmus check for racism is irrationality, not racial self-interest.”

Kaufmann defined that nationalists are involved with territorial group and political aspiration. White nationalism frames these objectives inside a white racial context.

Whereas opponents of all white-identity actions might disregard the semantic and ontological variations of those ideas, Kaufmann careworn that it might result in a political and social misdiagnosis. “If an ethnic group feels discriminated towards, powerless, or if it feels it's dropping some facet of its id, these can gasoline demand for ethnic politics,” Kauffmann stated.

Herrenvolk exploited the nuances in these phrases by talking in a rational, mental and even egalitarian method. “We would like if all races might rule themselves,” Herrenvolk stated. “Pressured variety solely results in battle and mistrust, not just for whites, however for all different races as properly.”

Dr. Winston Grady-Willis is a professor within the Black Research division at Portland State.

Dr. Winston Grady-Willis, director of the Faculty of Gender, Race and Nations at PSU, contends that black nationalism shouldn't be akin to white nationalism. “Usually talking, black nationalism right here within the U.S. has involved itself with establishing unbiased black cultural, political, social and financial establishments,” he stated. “It asserts the proper of self-determination.”

Grady-Willis defined that whereas some black nationalists have referred to as for racial separatism vis-a-vis a black nation-state, the motion isn't monolithic and at its core is against institutional racism.

Herrenvolk stated Cascadia’s advocacy of self-determination is identical. “Why would any race need to be a minority?” he requested. “What can be most advantageous is for all racial teams to have their very own respective nations the place they will rule themselves in no matter method they see match.”

Organic race?

Regardless of expressing sentiment for equal self-rule, Herrenvolk later dove into darker pseudoscientific claims about racial hierarchies. “Evolution didn't cease when people left Africa,” Herrenvolk stated. “To imagine that totally different breeds of canine can have totally different temperaments and intelligence, however totally different races of people can't is ignorant at greatest, and mendacity at worst.”

Whereas corporations resembling Ancestry and 23andme promote DNA testing that aids in figuring out one’s ethnic heritage, the genetic markers they search for merely point out which populations share associated DNA, slightly than establishing goal standards as to which populations ought to be counted as distinct races.

In line with a 2004 Nature Genetics evaluation of scientific literature on human genetics spanning many years of analysis, roughly 85–90 % of genetic variation is discovered inside people belonging to a specific continental group, whereas lower than 15 % of variation is discovered distinguishing these teams as separate populations. In different phrases, the genetic variations spanning our personal so-called racial group are higher than the genetic variations that adjust from one race to a different.

To Herrenvolk, the organic proof which deconstructs race appeared largely irrelevant. He pointed to pick social science analysis which present disparities in IQ scores throughout quite a lot of racial classes in large-N research. Most students attribute these variations to environmental elements akin to improvement and schooling entry whereas others contest the idea of measurable intelligence itself.

Herrenvolk claimed that East Asians and Jews have “advanced” to have larger IQs, however the white race is uniquely chargeable for the fruits of Western civilization, corresponding to enlightenment considering.

A cultural revolution

Because the politics of division is utilized by leaders and activists throughout the political spectrum, Cascadia is strategically seizing the second to recruit disaffected whites via social media and clandestine outreach campaigns. 

The left has overplayed their hand,” Herrenvolk stated. “Selling ‘variety’ to the Nth diploma, forcing down the throats of our youth that whites are evil and may do no good, and pushing degeneracy of each type.”

Herrenvolk issued an ominous warning towards the top of the e-mail trade: “There might be a cultural revolution, and it'll not be the one which the left has dreamt of, a-la Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein, however a resurgence of rightist politics.”

In the long run, Cascadia’s picture of a robust, unapologetic and proud white man within the flyer is contrasted with the truth of the group’s nameless on-line correspondence.

Editor’s notice: We initially included a word concerning the illustration’s “stylistic overtones of Nazi-era propaganda.” The article is now up to date to incorporate additional contextual info.

The Vanguard is dedicated to in search of fact and reporting it. When you have any details about this group or motion, contact the Vanguard. For many who really feel alarmed and unsafe by studying of such a presence within the PSU group, we encourage you to make the most of the assets on campus. Many of those assets might be discovered right here: PSU Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion.