Correspondence

Race Against Reason

We are living in a racially charged climate.  Problems associated with the relations between the races seem endemic to all areas of our sad and beleaguered culture.  Discussions of law enforcement are dominated by the alleged racism of police officers and whether “black lives matter.”  The ongoing debate on immigration seems centered on the alleged racism of those who consider the porous nature of the border to be a problem.  Discussions of the dangers of radical Islam are overshadowed by the suggestion that criticism of Islamic militancy is a new form of racism known as “Islamophobia.”  Movements in higher education are calling for the Great Books of Western civilization to be burned, or at least removed from the curriculum, on the grounds that anything written by dead white men must be racist (and sexist).  In such a climate, it is imperative that we understand what racism is and isn’t, and who is guilty of it.

On one level, admittedly a subjective one, I am more qualified than most to discuss these issues.  As a young man, I was one of the leaders of a white-supremacist party in my native England.  Joining the National Front at the age of only 15, I rose through the ranks to become the youngest member ever of the NF’s Executive Council and chairman of its youth movement, the Young National Front.  As editor of the magazine Bulldog, I was sentenced...

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