One of America's best-known racists, David Duke, says he would probably vote for Ralph Nader for president this fall. The former Klansman's admission he would back a candidate who embraces affirmative action shows just how confusing it's gotten for white supremacists this election, said Leonard Zeskind, author of the upcoming book, "Blood and Politics: History of the White Nationalist Movement From the Margins to the Mainstream" (expected release date April 2009).
In the past, they've traditionally backed Pat Buchanan, first as a Republican presidential candidate and later as a third-party candidate. Without him, they feel they have no campaign voice, Zeskind said. "To compound the confusion, you have a Republican Party campaign that is pro-war while they're anti-war, and the Democratic Party is putting forward their worst nightmare."
While Barack Obama remains a target of hate for racists, a number of white supremacist leaders are quietly pulling for Obama to win, believing his victory would send whites back into their fold.
White supremacists' support for an Obama win has been reported by both Esquire magazine [June 13th] and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has noted hundreds of postings on Web sites by Klansmen, neo-Nazis and other white supremacists on the subject. In a recent "informal survey" by Esquire, three of four white supremacists preferred Obama, while McCain was the clear favorite among black nationalists. The magazine lists five responses but doesn't say how many were interviewed.
White supremacists "think a black man in the Oval Office would drive millions of whites into their movement and possibly even set off the race war they have dreamed of for so many years," said Mark Potok, editor of the center's Hatewatch blog.
In a telephone interview from Italy, Duke called Obama a "black racist" endorsed by communists and predicted if Obama wins "it will absolutely change politics forever. European Americans will realize we've lost the foundation of our country". The former Klansman said he'd been told by others that if Obama becomes president it "paves the way for David Duke as president". Asked if he'll vote for McCain, Duke replied, "No way. I'm not going to vote for somebody I consider a traitor to our American heritage."
Duke cited McCain's support for the war and immigration as reasons he opposes him. "If I were going to vote, it would probably be third party," he said. "I would probably vote for Ralph Nader."
August Kreis of Lexington, S.C., national director for the Aryan Nations, supports Obama. "I'm not a stereotypical race hater," he said. Aryan Nations went bankrupt in 2000 after being linked to violence, which in 1984 included the $3.6 million heist of an armored car and the assassination of Denver radio talk-show host Alan Berg. Kreis insists the organization is different now. Those of African, Asian and Hispanic descent have visited his home, he said. "They know my beliefs, but I treat everybody like I want to be treated."
He called Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, who authorized the extermination of 6 million Jews and others, "a man before his time, a great white man". Kreis plans to vote for Obama over McCain because "I don't want some old guy starting a war with Iran". He described Obama as a half-white, half-black "wild card. You don't know what he's going to do. He either fixes things, or they stay the same. If they get worse, he'll racially polarize the nation, which will bring more people to our side."
White supremacist Richard Barrett, who heads the Nationalist Movement in Mississippi, is keeping his own presidential preference close to his vest. He did vote in Mississippi's Democratic primary last March, but all he would say afterward was he was against Hillary Clinton. Barrett is predicting Obama will win, saying it will spawn "the greatest wake-up call in a generation".
Update: Since this post, Dr. David Duke has posted his response to this article on his website. His response also includes an audio of the interview.
Commentary: Overall, the article is reasonably fair in its description of the movement, although they seem to subconsciously regurgitate stereotypes. First, they use the term "white supremacist"; we are white nationalists. Second, they persistently refer to Dr. Duke as a "former Klansman", although he parted ways with the Klan nearly 30 years ago. And finally, they regurgitate the stock standard claim that Hitler "authorized the extermination of six million Jews", although there's no direct evidence that Hitler personally ordered the "Final Solution" nor is there any evidence supporting the "six million" figure.
This question is frequently thrashed out on the Vanguard News Network Forum, such as this particular thread. Many regulars support the idea of Barack Obama being elected under the premise that "worse is better". Indeed, some who disagree are automatically accused of supporting John McCain. There is virtually no support for John McCain on VNN Forum, except for maybe one or two regulars.
The problem with white nationalists voting for Obama is that it is horribly inconsistent with a cardinal principle of white nationalism - miscegenation is strictly verboten. In other words, if you would not sleep with a Negro, why would you vote for one? I have never slept with a Negro nor voted for one myself, and I'm not about to start doing either now. At least Dr. Duke understands the problem and chooses to support Ralph Nader instead. But others not so thoughtful want to jump on the Obama bandwagon simply because "worse is better".
In addressing this issue, the Clarion-Ledger commits the same grievous oversight as much of the white nationalist movement - they both tend to ignore Pat Buchanan-like alternatives to John McCain. White nationalists have at times discussed Liberatarian Bob Barr, Constitutionalist Chuck Baldwin, and National Socialist Brian Holland. Barr cut himself off from us earlier with some very ill-advised remarks, but Chuck Baldwin and, to a lesser degree, Brian Holland are still factors.
The "worse is better" alternative would be viable if the White population was better mobilized. The numbers indicate this is not yet the case. Too many Whites content themselves with bitching on the Web, writing letters to editors and public officials. We have not yet reached the civil disobedience stage. The Joe Horns are still the exception rather than the rule. Whites need to start learning and mastering passive resistance as a precursor to active resistance. Look what happened on a Canadian bus last week. A guy gets up and starts stabbing a passenger. Three dozen passengers were aboard; six or eight of them could have disarmed the guy, although with a few cuts and bruises. What happened? All of them ran like rabbits.
This is not a people ready for revolutionary action at this time. "Worse" will NOT be better for us. Whites will have to be forced away from the TVs and the computers and their normal routines for an indefinite period before taking mass action.
Racially-conscious Whites have no business voting for Barack Obama. If you would not sleep with a Negro, you do NOT vote for one.