The Pen is Mightier than White Supremacy
by Alex Schumacher
Following a weekend rife with the cowardice and ignorance of the American Nazis attempting to rebrand themselves as the “Alt-right”, there will be considerable latitude taken in the ambit of this week’s Bread Crumbs from the Void. As the senseless violence and moronic chicanery perpetrated by the aforementioned Nazis unfolded, I was balls deep in the completion of several creative projects. Thusly, I did not have the opportunity to respond to the reprehensible actions of these despicable individuals and the abhorrent lack of response and abjuration from this country’s current – albeit inept and morally bankrupt – president.
A president who, in every manner, is complicit with the domestic terrorism which unfolded. Yes, I am aware his handlers forced him to make a perfunctory statement denouncing White Supremacists as of Monday. This is the issue: Had said Nazi scumbags displayed a darker shade of skin and chanted about ‘Jihad’ you bet your ass 45 would have been on the shitter tweeting his condemnation post haste.
Donald Trump has made his stance on White Supremacy crystal clear: He condones Nazis.
The argument that the term “Nazi” is used far too liberally is laughable in this specific scenario. I do agree that there have been instances where the terms “Nazi” or “Hitler” have been played fast and loose simply for effect, applied to individuals on both the right and the left. However, when you align yourself with a contingent of Abercrombie & Fitch torch-bearers who carry Nazi flags, chant Nazi slogans, and give Nazi salutes, you are a god-damn Nazi. Furthermore, you deserve a lobotomy performed with a broadsword.
In all seriousness, I would be hard pressed to accurately predict the course of action I may take when encountered by those who may only speak the language of physical confrontation. Staring into the soulless eyes of a pathetic fucking White Supremacist chanting, “Jews will not replace us”, I may in fact succumb to an atavistic need to ‘punch a Nazi’. I may find an undeniable urge to, in some small way, court vengeance for my progenitors who were starved and gassed in the concentration camps. I may fail to repress the desire to draw blood from a flaccid, gutless Aryan espousing the beliefs and principles of a failed tyrannical sociopath calling for the rise of a “Master Race”. But I digress…
Rejecting my baser analytical instincts and resorting to brutishness would merely be accepting the invitation to play the knuckle-dragging opposition’s game. I am an avid believer that violence begets violence. For the time being, I have the advantage of remaining in a position where my missives may serve as the choke-hold of which these Alt-Reich ass-clowns are in dire need. The pen (or keyboard, as the case may be) can indeed prove mightier than some bigot with an Elektra complex plowing his shit-mobile into a crowd of peaceful protesters. Words endure. Art can be the machine which kills fascism and hate.
It remains an inconvenient truth that White Supremacists never vanished. Under far more competent leadership, this country saw the Aryan brotherhood’s numbers dwindle and activities by and large confined to spewing their vile rhetoric via websites and chat rooms where they found camaraderie with others who creamed their jeans using deplorable racial epithets. These pathetic creatures were accordingly shamed and forced underground – or at least to the deep internet. However, and I repeat, the Nazis never vanished.
Now they are emboldened by a President (as well as several members of his cabinet) who not only embodies their fatuousness, but ran his entire campaign on their shared ideals of segregation, bigotry, misogyny, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, etc. Holocaust Memorials and Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated. Mosques have been viciously attacked. People of color and members of the LGBT community have been targeted in public establishments. And now, there’s Charlottesville.
These homicidal expressions of Nazi’s “free speech” are becoming far too commonplace. Another in an unfortunate series of events carried out by vapid, milquetoast half-wits who only find favor and courage in the company of their vitriolic ilk. To friends and family of those like Heather D. Heyer in Charlottesville, who have given their lives to push back against such hatemongers, this is not simply another occurrence. This is the inevitable and personally affecting byproduct of empowering a group comprised of feeble-minded, twisted individuals hell bent on racial cleansing and wielding intolerance as the lone machination for the preservation of their race.
“You will not replace us!” goes the battle cry of the poor, marginalized White Supremacist.
I pose this query to the readers of Bread Crumbs from the Void: Replace them with what? Intelligence? Compassion? Tolerance? Culture? Diversity?
These Nazis revel in calling out the groups they deem to be the “legitimate” terrorists. They revile these groups who they claim are attempting to denigrate their way of life. Organizations such as Black Lives Matter, Anti-Fascists, and Muslims (as a whole, not simply the extremists) are not surprisingly on their shit list. I cannot imagine that any regular reader of Five 2 One magazine would necessitate such edification, however there are innumerable important differences to keep in mind between the Nazis and the parties they choose to demonize.
One of the key differences is that Nazis not only wish, but attempt to incite death (or at the very least the ostracizing) to those who differ in opinion. They hate for the mere sake of hatred. Perhaps it is the only cure for their erectile dysfunction. Perhaps they have not been exposed to the wonder that is other cultures (though in this day and age that is hardly an excuse). The fact remains that Nazis continue to be the only consortium listed who hate based simply on one superficial aspect or another. One of the more preposterous aspects that set Nazis apart from the associations they defame is that they have never been oppressed. I repeat: White people have NEVER BEEN FUCKING OPPRESSED.
In fact, as many on the interwebs have hypothesized, it is rather frightening to imagine the tactics and measures this hate group would impose had they actually been the victims of oppression. To such theorizing I would offer this counterpoint: They would do absolutely nothing. They are spineless. They are trembling cretins. The only reason the Fourth Reich acts at all during this juncture is comfort in and steadfast knowledge of their own privilege, which ironically is precisely what discredits the entire foundation of their recent mobilization. Their privilege is also on abundant display in the individual reactions to having their hoods removed.
Take Peter Cvjetanovic, for instance. Outed as a student at the University of Nevada, Peter immediately contacted a local media source upon hearing of his newfound fame to put a sniveling, mealy-mouthed back pedal on record.
Cole White whined about fairness after being promptly terminated from his current employer, Top Dog, LLC.
Pete Tefft was disowned and disavowed by his family.
I applaud these measures taken. If these individuals find hateful rhetoric tenable and adopt lifestyles imparting those beliefs, they must too be resolute in accepting responsibility for the negative views such conduct may attract. As a writer and graphic novelist I will eternally defend the freedom of speech tooth and nail. I will also champion the fact that no one is exempt from the consequences of said speech.
There is far more to say on this topic and, judging by the devolution seemingly occurring in America, I can almost guarantee there will be subsequent installments in the upcoming months and years should this trajectory continue. In the interim I will leave you with an adage which has developed in my mind recently. I would never make such a bloated claim as to have any sort of solution, however I believe the following is essential to bear in mind going forward.
Let us never forget that altruism, respect, and consideration are neither luxuries granted by the doctrine of a nation nor rights allocated by divine religious text, but inherent traits bestowed upon us as humans meant to be applied to all living creatures in liberal doses. Darkness that may descend, and the evil it inevitably heralds, does not yield the power capable of superseding the aggregate potential of unmitigated compassion.
It is only when we allow our collective duty and responsibility to love to completely vanish that we are truly lost.
Now, get out there and write as though the future depended upon it! It just may…
As always, if you would like to hear me elaborate a bit more on my own process, you can find links to a couple of interviews conducted recently with me on my website at: https://alexschumacherart.com/about/. Drop me a line from the contact page if you have any other questions, complaints, insults, or declarations of lust.
Bread Crumbs from the Void will return in two weeks with another thrilling edition of hard-nosed reality for you big-talkers and wannabes. Until next time, keep scribbling you freaks.
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