Governor Alabama George Corley Wallace Jr. is remembered as one of the most polarizing politicians of the 20th century. His strong populist economic views, his views on State’s Rights, but more controversially, his views on upholding racial segregation are his legacy.
When inaugurated in 1963, Governor Wallace famously stood on the same spot when Confederate President Jefferson Davis swore his oath of allegiance to our race. Governor Wallace announced his undying devotion to the Southern people and white supremacy in Dixie. His speech spoke of the heroism of our ancestors and the fact that miscegenation and integration would be the death of the Southland. Poetic words were crafted together to announce defiance to the Federal government and the egalitarian agenda of the elites. Governor Wallace stood tall when announcing “In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever”
Governor Wallace is most famously remembered for his famous stand at the steps, in front of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama. Governor Wallace stood in an attempt to block the integration of the University of Alabama by the combined forces of the United States government and the Federalized Alabama National Guard.
Governor Wallace stood in front of these steps in order to discuss the issue of State’s Rights, Southern Identity, and the righteousness of our cause. In the end however, Governor Wallace stepped aside from the schoolhouse steps on June 11st 1963. With that simple motion of bowing down to the Federal authorities, Governor Wallace lost not only the South, but also the moral high ground.
Four simple steps away from a podium become the defining moment of a man’s life and the death of our people.The answer is simple, compromise with the enemy. While I do not agree with segregation, I am inspired by Mississippi Senator Theodore Bilbo on the concept that even racial segregation eventually leads to the mixing of races. Wallace declared he was staunch defender of the institution of segregation in the South and through moving from those schoolhouse steps he invalidated his previous and even future work.
Negotiation with the true enemy of our folk can only be a losing proposition. Even though Governor Wallace ran for President several times, until the assassination attempt against his life in 1972 (where he still won my home State’s primary), he still faced losing the initiative that comes from being an undying advocate for a Cause. While I honor the memory of Governor George Wallace and his racial and populist stances, I think we all can learn from his example. When staring down the barrel of the enemies guns, we cannot allow ourselves to blink.
In the modern era white advocates are put into situations similar to Governor Wallace on a regular basis. When questioned by a hostile media, upset friends and family, or even our enemies, it is easy to desire to find a compromise and stave off the brunt of the attacks.
Just starting out in the white advocate world, there were very few mentors. The elites of our movement are busy leading our people forward, so young people who are awakened to the call of our people and tradition, have few actively involved mentors. This is no criticism of anyone or any group, we are all intensely busy with our personal lives and with fighting to keep our movement on the right path.
One of the initiatives I propose however, is that we focus upon not only outreach to the youth, but a focused effort on nurturing and guiding young folks intellectual journey into our movement. All too often those who have our views do not take the next step into being active participants in the movement due to either having no idea how to get involved, or lacking a full understanding of the movement. Teenage kids who are googling white nationalist or traditionalist topics need to feel like they are joining a family, and fighting for our cause.
Young people need to feel comfortable in signing up for a group, and then we need to get them directly into the fight. Without these support measures being put in place, we will continue to hemorrhage potential recruits and have a continual process of those stepping aside while standing in the metaphorical schoolhouse steps. If Governor Wallace instead of standing alone had thousands of young men and women standing beside him, the bullets and bayonets of the tyrannical regime hoping to destroy our traditions would have had to back down. Standing alone it is too easy to be defeated or get discouraged, united we are strong. Much like the fasces of Ancient Rome, bundled together and united for a common cause, our people can triumph, divided and alone like individual sticks it is easy to break us.
As white advocates it is often that we feel totally alone and isolated from the very people we are trying to stand up for. Like rearguard troopers, we attempt to hold off the enemy to allow the rest of our comrades the ability to escape and fight another day. Unlike in a regular army however, most of those whom we stand defending do not appreciate us or even are antagonistic against us. Given a rabidly hostile media, a culture that attempts to stamp out any degree of traditionalist thought, and often confused circle of friends, fledgling advocates often attempt to find ways to appease our enemies.
In my activist career I have attacked some of those on the Right, toned down my rhetoric unnecessarily, and even caved to our enemies. In the hope for being able to find a middle ground, I instead gave up all the ground I was trying to fight for. I call all white advocates to learn from my mistakes and to never give up an inch of ground, whether literally or metaphorically. I will never again compromise, and our entire movement should do the same.
Our enemies are patient, they are relentless, and you cannot appease them. Every compromise is simply one back-step towards the cliff of destruction instead of two. Compromising and appeasing our foes simply draws out the process of our eventual destruction, this is why conservatism is a flawed ideology. A death of a thousand small cuts still ends up in death regardless of how small each flick of the razor was. Through attempting to be conservatives, we simply sign up for this slow and painful death.
The only way for our culture and our people to even have a chance is through going beyond reactionary politics, we must become revolutionary. Although I have a huge amount of respect for Governor Wallace and his many programs that helped the people of Alabama, I must critique those fateful steps away from the door of that schoolhouse. Our people must realize that the enemy is generational in thought, and always watching for an avenue to attack and destroy us. Governor Wallace may have thought that political expediency called for him to step aside from the steps and live to fight another day, but what might appear to be insignificant had monumental implications.
In the modern era we must learn from Governor Wallace and the many men who have come before us. The enemy seeks our total subjugation and destruction, nothing less. We must declare as Governor Wallace did, that in the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, we draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny. No more compromising, no more appeasement, no more surrender, our people cannot afford it. So when the times get tough and the outcome looks grim just remember, never move off of those schoolhouse steps.