Dear Matt Parrott,
I have decided, in light of your recent “Tribe vs. Tradition” article to express my views on race in America. This article is not being written for the purpose of defaming, or even debating you brother Matthew. I consider it a privilege and honor to know you in person and consider you a friend. I should warn that the majority of those who read the TradYouth Blog may not appreciate my views on race, but quite frankly, that does not matter. You and I both know that Traditionalists do not concern themselves with agreeing with the mob; they look for the Truth with a capital T, wherever it may be found.
I appreciate that you elaborate, quite superbly, the difference between “Tribe” and “Tradition.” One could say I might be one of the Radical Traditionalists whom you refer to who may have issues with the “tribal” mission of Tradyouth. However, I am not, like so many subscribers to Guenon, Schuon, Evola, Lings, Burchkhardt, Smith, Eliade, Valsan, and the like, an armchair metaphysicist. I also stand for “tribe” together with “Tradition.” I do not however, tribally identify with the so-called “European.” As I will explain, my “tribe” is of two traditions, first as a Shiite Muslim, second as an unapologetic American. This note will mostly be explaining my position regarding my identity as an American, not as a European.
Inshiallah, at a later date I will write more from the perspective of my spiritual tradition.
I would like to start off by telling you a story that helped shape my perception of race in America. Once, I was engaged in a discussion with a very near and dear friend of mine. My friend is an African-American who is the opposite, in every way shape and form, of the stereotypes perpetuated by either Black Entertainment Television or Stormfront. He is intelligent, well-mannered, holds down a job and is well-educated, having an accomplished degree in computer science, he is also completely drug-free of both legal and illegal poisons. I also never once heard him use any profanity or take the Lord’s name in vain.
Once we were having a discussion about the destructive role of Hollywood in the contemporary black community, after telling me how much he detested black entertainment television he said, “there are two kinds of Black people, there are black people who are ordinary black people, who represents the majority of African Americans, then there are those who BET creates.” He then hesitated and said, “The kind who are the word I don’t want to say around you!”
When I heard this, I was not offended, I was not outraged, and I did not feel “discriminated against” or anything of that nature. I did not say, “How dare you! Don’t you know the scientists have proven that we are all the same, we share the same DNA!?” I simply acknowledged and respected that, despite our friendship, there was a cultural barrier between us, and that I, for whatever reason, would not understand the implications of the infamous “N” word. The African-American, just like the Native American, has gone through a different struggle then the European American, struggles which carved out distinct identities within this great land.
What do I make of this? It would be easy to simply leave this here and say that what I learned was that communities function the best when they are separated. Black communities and White communities looking after their own, which is what a lot of subscribers to our blog seem to believe. I know that this is not what you are saying in your article, but you have on other occasions, such at the protest against Tim Wise at Indiana State University stated that there should be the option for those who desire it, to opt out of integration, with no animosity for those who wish to integrate.
Quite simply, why should I, as an American, identify only with so-called “white” people? My ancestors have been here since the 1600’s when they fled seeking asylum during the English restoration, having previously served in Cromwell’s army. Their descendents: my American ancestors, fought tooth and nail in the continental army to free their land from the British Empire. These early Americans were not “white nationalists,” they were Americans. While they were far from believers in racial equality, they had an identity distinct from those across the Atlantic Ocean, which drove them to assert the “Monroe doctrine” which stated that Europe did not have a right to interfere in the affairs of our greater American world, which include both North and South America.
More importantly, if in case, you or anyone else would appeal to the founding fathers’ prejudice, it is very likely my ancestors had anti-Catholic sympathies, given that they were descendents of the men who assisted Cromwell in massacring the Catholics both in Britain and Ireland. From the 1830’s till the 1920’s, Catholic immigrants coming here were despised, seen as outsiders, and trampled upon. They were seen as non-white, non-American, non-Christian, nothing more than drunks, scum, and vagabonds here to serve a foreign emperor. While I of course, repudiate this view, as I have many friends who are Catholic and as a Traditionalist, I hold a higher opinion of Catholicism over most forms of Protestantism.
If I were to take your reasoning to it’s logical conclusions, It would be a betrayal of my roots to identify with “white” people who were descendents of Irish and Germans, or Catholics of any stripe for that matter. If what you say is true when you say,
“[T]he preservation of Tradition categorically entails loyalty to one’s forefathers and a sublimation of one’s will to the interests of future generations. Without this, the Golden Thread of ancient wisdom can’t be sustained against the undertow of decadence.”
Then joining a white nationalist ethno-state and seeing some random tailor in Sweden, wine maker in Italy, factory worker in Germany, or a secretary in the United Kingdom as my “folk” or my “people” as opposed to the Americans I have known and grown up with and are non-white seems to me, as a betrayal of my lineage. My ancestors shed blood in every single war this country has engaged in from the American Revolution through at least the Korean War. My great-grandfather would show me pictures of his Uncles and Cousins who were gassed by the Germans in the Great War; they fought against so-called “white Europeans” alongside African-Americans and Native Americans.
This latter point is also something I would like to emphasize. Our culture is every bit as much African and Amerindian as it is “European.” You note that this is the case in Mexico, and in many Latin American countries, but rather one would like to admit it or not, our culture in the Northern countries are also intersections of America, Europe, and Africa. In the United States of America at least, African Americans were part of this civilization from the very beginning, one of the intellectual framers of the revolution was the son of a former slave and a free African American, Benjamin Banneker.
Brother Parrott, you also acknowledge that so-called “multiculturalism” will not erase one culture.
“Lands like the Middle East, India, and North Africa have experienced racial admixture for thousands and thousands of years, and yet a colorful patchwork of distinct identities remains there, falsifying the Modern delusion to interracial pairings will ‘solve’ humanity’s racial ‘problem’.”
I could not have said this myself Mr. Parrott. The Middle East and Central Asia are multiethnic and multicultural salad bowls. This is not to pretend, not by any means, that there exists centuries of unity between these groups, but there is not necessarily conflict, simply because there are differences either, just like America, the history is one laced with conflict and cooperation. If the examples of cultures existing side-by-side and not witnessing the death of one group or the other refutes the cosmopolitans who want to see the differences of humanity bred out of existence, it is every bit as much of a refutation to the racialist position that diversity necessarily equals genocide. There are many profound examples of, what we would call a “Multi-cultural” society existing. Take for example, our neighbors across the Pacific Ocean, the great nation of Russia. Aleksandr Dugin has within his notion, promoted the cooperation of Russian Muslims and Buddhists under the united goal of a broader Russian civilization.
I can already expect an objection from either yourself or someone else who subscribes to a white nationalist mindset, my “American” identity is something new and constructed, when considering the previous 10,000 years of human, specifically “white” history. You may say that I need to look beyond my ancestors who settled this land and look deeper in my folksoul. Don’t narrowly think of the last 400 years, think of the contributions made by my European heritage, swell with pride at the Sistine Chapel, Dante’s inferno, Galileo Galilee, Charles Martel, Alexander the Great, and Socrates.
I am not saying that this is what you specifically will argue, but it is along the lines of a lot of white nationalist who stress Europe as “the ancestral homeland” for every European man, women, and child. To anyone who may argue this, all I have to say is, A “white” American identity is every bit as an artificial construct as an “American identity.” When has Europe ever had a united people? When have “our” people ever stood as one nation? Was it when the Visigoths destroyed the Roman Empire? Was it when the Romans committed genocide against my British ancestors; was it during the 100 years war? Or was it during the long and bloody two world wars? I do not begrudge European nationalists for wanting to keep Europe for Europeans, but that is a destiny for Europe to decide, not which I, as a non-European, have a stake in. When one considers the generations of hate that endured between Britain and Germany, I can only smile with the knowledge that I have blood from both cultures in my veins, representing what it means to be an American, to stand as a point of unity.
Now, let me be clear at to what I am not saying, I am not saying that Euro-Americans need to lie down and “die” like the joker Tim Wise advocates. My criticisms of white nationalism, and embrace of a non-white identity does not mean that I reject my European heritage, or am ashamed of it, as so many of associates are, if I have not made this clear before, I will make this clear now. As an American, I am proud of all the cultures which have contributed to our grand civilization, and I acknowledge and am proud of my particular place as a European-American, even as an European American, I acknowledge that my struggle is fundamentally different from the African-American and the Native American, as exemplified by the story I told at the beginning of this letter.
Also, I need to stress that I am not trying to dictate to others how they should live their lives, just as you respect my right to integrate, I don’t begrudge others who seek freedom of association. If people want to live in colonies belonging to strictly of one ethnic and/or religious group then I cannot stop them anymore then any other group who opt out of modern society, rather these colonies are based on race, sexual orientation, or lifestyle choices, for I would not try to take action against colonies of lesbians or nudists anymore then a private colony of white people. However, I personally would have no interest in a self-segregated colony. In the wake of an all out separation of the United States, as some have been predicting, and that you seem to hint at in your most recent article “America will Stand Alone.” I as a Shiite Muslim first and foremost, would want to live in either Dearborn Michigan or Los Angeles, California, for these are the two most populate Shiite Muslim sections of Northern America, the former being inhabited by Lebanese-Americans while the latter inhabited by Iranian-Americans. For what concerns me, before anything else, is the salvation of my immortal soul, and achieving the knowledge of Irfan, or Gnosis.