Ever since Obama’s election, I’ve amused myself by occasionally lurking at white supremacist forums and watching the posters go gaga with furious fear over the coming “Obamanation.” (Note to white readers with equally white fiancées: hurry up and get married before inauguration day, when Obama will make miscegenation mandatory as part of his master plan to pollute and destroy America’s remaining European bloodlines.)
I’ve always thought of racism as an evolutionary hangover, first cousin to the monster-under-the-bed fears
that plague small children; for most of humanity’s hundred thousand years on earth, a toddler’s world really did
contain hungry predators looking to eat him. And people who looked noticeably different from you really were
to be feared (along with anyone else not in your tribe).
So if the racism found on sites like Stormfront boiled down to a mere “My
race is better than your
race” or “I’d rather not hang out with those people,
” I wouldn’t be surprised. But what they’ve got isn’t just a vestigial dislike of the Different; there’s also a paranoid certainty that everything bad that ever happens in the world is due to a secret conspiracy of Jews. With less than one-half of one percent of the world population, they’ve managed to secretly control all the military, monetary and media power in the world for an indeterminate number of centuries.
The forums are vague on the details of just how this works; a secret Jewish emperor hidden in a bunker at the center of the earth? Special radios that broadcast world-domination plans on a secret Jews-only frequency? (However they do it, it must’ve been a lot harder before the advent of modern technology.) And the sad thing is, I’m not even exaggerating all that much.
The Stormfronters’ unyielding belief in Jewish James Bond-Supervillain Powers pretty much blows out of the water my “modern American racism is just another evolutionary hangover” theory. “I dislike them because they’re The Other” would be simple reversion to humanity’s historical norm, but not “I dislike them because they’re part of the secret all-powerful conspiracy responsible for everything bad in my life.”
So I wonder: are there any modern American racist groups that stick to the simple evolutionary dislike of The Other? Such racism can certainly be found elsewhere in the world; the Japanese are notorious in their dislike of foreigners, but don’t dress us up in conspiratorial Illuminati trimmings. Are there any – for lack of a better term – “straightforward evolutionary racist” groups in the United States? And if evolutionary racism still lies at the heart of Protocols of the Elders of Zion variety, why is it, in America at least, so irreversibly intertwined with paranoid conspiracy rants?