Fascism is a form of radical, right-wing, authoritarian ultra-nationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and strong regimentation of society and of the economy, which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe.
White nationalism is a type of nationalism or pan-nationalism which espouses the belief that white people are a race and seeks to develop and maintain a white national identity. Its proponents identify with and are attached to the concept of a white nation.
Of late, it’s been called ‘white nationalism’, and it is that, but it is so much more than that. It truly is fascism, for it is supported by authoritarian dictators and wanna-be dictators, and it is spreading. Donald Trump denies that it is a growing problem, and also that he has anything to do with it, but the truth is that he is the personification of white fascism. Even the New Zealand mosque shooter, Brenton Tarrant, cited Trump as a part of his ‘inspiration’.
Let’s take a look at just two of the many manifestations of the ever-growing white fascist movement.
Corinne Terrone was a school teacher in the Hamden, Connecticut school district. Last Friday she was shopping with her two children at a ShopRite supermarket in East Haven. There is a video recording of what transpired when she confronted an African-American couple who were also shopping for groceries. I choose not to post the video here, for it is disgustingly vulgar, however here is a brief synopsis of what happened:The video begins with Terrone screaming, “…I will. Don’t you dare talk to me like that in front of my children motherfucker.” A few words are inaudible until she’s heard saying “they’re fucking ni**ers in East Haven, that’s why.”
The man to whom she was directing her rage can be seen heading toward Terrone as people he’s with hope to calm him down, saying, “Don’t do it.” But Terrone yells, “put your hands on me. Come on. Come on,” and then points her phone close to his face as if to record. Another man attempts to get between them when the first man pushed the phone out of her hand and walks away.
But Terrone hurries after him shouting, “Oh you motherfuc*er, you motherfuc*er. That’s why there’s ni**ers in East Haven.” And when a person who appears to be a store employee comes toward her Terrone yells: “Fu*k you, ni**er.”
Terrone comes at the couple and spits at them. Twice.
Keep in mind that Ms. Terrone was a school teacher who has a role in building ideas in the minds of our nation’s young people, our future. Ms. Terrone is a white fascist. The East Haven police department is considering criminal charges, but the victims of her attack have chosen not to come forward, at least for the moment. The Hamden Superintendent of schools responded with a public statement condemning Ms. Terrone’s actions and notifying her that an investigation is pending. Ms. Terrone thereby tendered her resignation. The school superintendent also reported the incident to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, since her two children were with her and were exposed to her horrid language and behaviour. The town’s mayor also issued a public statement condemning Ms. Terrone’s behaviour.
Just one woman, you say? Just one incident? No big deal? According to the FBI, hate crime numbers jumped more than 17 percent in 2017, and that may be a low figure. Now is it a bigger deal? Consider the incident involving Jill Cronenberger who was eating at Tampico Mexican Restaurant in Parkersburg, West Virginia last month. Cronenberger happened to overhear the restaurant’s owner, Sergio Budar, speaking Spanish. Seems logical in a Mexican restaurant, owned by a Mexican-American man, yes? But, apparently Cronenberger failed to see the logic and immediately lashed out at Mr. Budar.
“I lived in California for 20 years. English is our first language, so you need to speak English. Get the fu*k out of my country.”
When Mr. Budar tried to reason with her, explained that he is a U.S. citizen, and even told her he was sorry she was upset, she came back with “Will you shut the fu*k up!” Ms. Cronenberger is a white fascist. The man who was with her merely hung his head and apologized for her behaviour, saying that she was “just a friend”.
Mr. Budar showed remarkable restraint and at the end of Cronenberger’s tirade, he simply said that he would pay for her meal and asked her to please leave. And then …
“I got raped by illegal aliens and you want me to be nice to you? You’re a rapist. You’re rapists!”
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” – Donald Trump, 16 June 2015
These are but two of hundreds of examples of this sort of behaviour in the past few months. Friends, it almost feels as if we are living in the pre-civil rights days. It almost feels as if we are living in Germany in the 1930s. Now, I have been mocked for making Trump/Hitler comparisons, but I stand by my assessment. We have a demagogic person at the helm who is a white fascist, who has denigrated quite literally people of every other ethnicity or religion in the nation. He has taken upon himself power that was never intended for the president. He has bypassed Congress and made a shamble of the system of checks and balances. He has locked Hispanic children in cages, far away from their parents. How many steps are there between a ‘detention camp’ and a ‘concentration camp’? And worst of all, he has in essence said to those who feel ethnically superior, that it is “okay” to be a racist, that it is okay to hurt anybody who doesn’t fit the WASP mold.
There seem to be a hell of a lot of people in this world today who believe they are better than others simply because they have pale skin, or because they claim to be “Christian”, or because they chose to love somebody of the opposite sex, or … you name it, there’s an ‘ism’ for it. What makes these people tick, what makes them believe that they are superior? I don’t know, but I do know that the leader of this nation is feeding them, encouraging them, and on his shoulders must lie a portion of the blame. Donald Trump is not alone in his white fascist ways … there are many around the globe, and I would call most of the evangelical leaders in the U.S. white fascists, for they send the message of hate and supremacy, rather than the message of love and peace.
Hate crime is rising, not only in the U.S., but around the globe. We simply must put a stop to it soon, else we will destroy ourselves. We must carefully choose leaders who open their arms to people of every race, colour, religion, and gender. We must choose leaders who will unite, not divide. And we must choose leaders who are capable of moderate speech, who do not incite their citizens to violent acts.
Just a few … just a small group, says Trump. Judge for yourself