Derek Black is very explicit about why he left White Nationalism. He caved in to social pressure.
Several years ago, I began attending a liberal college where my presence prompted huge controversy. Through many talks with devoted and diverse people there — people who chose to invite me into their dorms and conversations rather than ostracize me — I began to realize the damage I had done. Ever since, I have been trying to make up for it.
He has not, despite having repeatedly written about his conversion in depth, divulged what was said by those peers who convinced him that Whites don’t deserve self-determination. Did they explain to him what makes it so that Whites and only Whites have no natural right to advance their own interests? If so, he could share that explanation and save me a lot of time. Did they reveal to him some exciting benefits of globalism and multiculturalism? Did they explain to him that advancements in gene therapy will empower everybody to be White within a few years, so there’s no point in bothering?
We’ll never know. He’ll never say. We’re supposed to just take his word that these hip, fresh, diverse, open-minded undergraduate coeds initiated him with some sort of revelation that apparently can’t be expressed in prose.
It’s painfully obvious that Derek is gunning for a career in academia and he blames his family backstory for his failure to achieve any seats. If he only cucked even harder, he imagines, his peers will accept and respect him, and give him a fair shot at the seat. Perhaps he can make lemonade from his lemons and triangulate his family’s legacy into a prominent “anti-racist” platform. What he refuses to accept is that, since he’s neither wealthy, nor homosexual, nor a feminist woman, nor a minority, he would be at the bottom of the list even if his google rap sheet weren’t almost as bad as mine.
His conversion is a lie, and it’s obviously a lie because a man of his intellect and research on the subject would have a more nuanced position than “Globalism and multiculturalism are super great!” Even if he did reject White Nationalism, it would necessarily be from a thoughtful perspective which acknowledges some of its premises while rejecting the conclusions. It’s as if I, a lifelong Linux hobbyist, woke up tomorrow and declared that I prefer Microsoft Windows, explaining that, “The start menu is way less confusing than all that nerd stuff.”
It’s possible that I could change my mind. People can and do change their minds. But the directness and simplicity of his conversion is more akin to a POW reading from a script than a genuine change of heart. To have him tell it in his New York Times piece, all problems that White people have are rooted in “hate,” none of them are valid, and any White person speaking up in his own defense as a White person must categorically be fueled by “hate.” Even the ADL and SPLC make more of an effort than Derek does to conceal how overtly anti-White the framing is.
As a favor and service to Derek, I’ve attempted to indirectly decipher from between the lines what his reason is for leaving White Nationalism.
I think the “Hamilton” cast modeled well one way to make that same connection when they appealed to Vice President-elect Mike Pence from the stage: “We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us.” Afterward, the actor Brandon Victor Dixon explained, “I hope he thinks of us every time he has to deal with an issue or talk about a bill or present anything.” I’m sure Mr. Pence believes his policies are just. But now he has heard from individuals who are worried about those policies. That might open him to new conversations.
What he appears to be explaining is that we must humanize and sympathize with others. This is a fair point, as far as it goes. I fully agree that we all benefit from trying to understand the world through the looking glass of other peoples’ perceptions and realities. I get it. I do. Developing this habit does limit how genocidal, supremacist, or hateful one can be. But what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and the same empathy extended to the other must necessarily be extended to our own.
Where are the attempts to empathize with and understand White American children who are raised with school textbooks that vilify their entire race and their ancestors? Where are the attempts to empathize with the tens of millions of working class mothers who are pinned in declining neighborhoods and underwater on their mortgages, unable to rescue their kids from the violence and degradation that “diversity” typically brings? Where are the attempts to empathize with the future generations of Whites who will be a deeply despised, marginalized, and disenfranchised minority in the land their ancestors once claimed?
It’s easy to reject White Nationalism if you do as Derek Black has done, reject and forsake your extended family. It’s easy to reject White Nationalism if you do as Derek Black has done, refuse to look at things from our perspective, looking only from the perspective of the other. I could look the entire Hamilton cast square in the eye, get to know them, even make friends with them, and still proudly stand for my family and folk, because I’m not dead to the aspirations and fears of my own.
In fact, I have a rather diverse array of friends and acquaintances from my personal and professional life, many of whom I cherish and respect greatly. I certainly respect the common humanity in other races and identities. I feel that our political project, the Traditionalist Worker Party, sets the standard for outreach to other nationalist communities, including Black Nationalists and Latin American Nationalists whom most would perceive as enemies. I respect them as authentic equals and see their own struggle for dignity and self-determination as if it were my own. It is.
Derek’s smart enough to understand that, to realize how transparently trite his arguments are for not only rejecting nationalism but publicly staking out an explicitly anti-White position. But we’re not the side with the money, the sinecures, or the “respectability” yet. We must accept that a certain subset of men and women will find some excuse for rejecting our position no matter how truthful it is, as a certain subset of men and women put other things before the truth.
Derek Black puts himself and his personal advancement before his family, before his folk, and before the truth. The silver lining in all this is that he’s aboard a sinking ship, one where nobody’s really taking his bullshit conversion seriously because it’s so contrived. He is, after all, still a straight white male, no matter how forcefully he cucks. The winds of history are blowing our direction now. And he, like Ephialtes of Trachis, will receive no other reward for his treachery to his nation than eternal fame.