Groan. The concept of “whites committing suicide” or “WASP ethnomasochism” pops up every once in a while among people who should know better, usually at VDare and here specifically again from John Derbyshire. I procrastinate about writing about things I want to and should write about, but sometimes I am compelled to write about something, even at an inconvenient time.
“Whites” aren’t self-destructing. “Whites” aren’t committing suicide. “Whites” aren’t inviting dangerous foreigners into their territory. “Whites” aren’t doing this because whites are not a unified group. Seeing whites as a generally unified group is a serious category error and buys into a basic rhetorical trick of the elite, the meaning of the words “we” and “you”.
The trouble is that the words “we” and “us” in all the languages I am familiar with can mean either the speaker and people with him, but not those addressed, or it can include those addressed. If it includes those addressed, the topic may not apply equally to all the members of the group. If the topic applies only slightly to all members, the use of “we” may still be appropriate, although disingenuous, but if it does not apply to all members the use of “we” is false.
When the elite uses the word “we” in a policy statement, they typically mean “you”. When they say “We must integrate our neighborhoods and schools, to eliminate racism and help minorities” they mean you must integrate your schools and neighborhoods. Their schools and neighborhoods will remain blissfully and entirely elite white. When they say “We must welcome immigrants into our nation” they mean you must welcome immigrants into your nation. Elite whites will have little contact with immigrants except as servants of one sort or another, will derive all the benefits of immigration while you bear all the costs. “We” when a statement is made about a cost, burden or obligation always means you.
When the elite uses “we”, “us” or “our” in a statement describing some kind of benefit, it still means “we” but in the sense of the speaker and the people with him, not including those addressed, although this is falsely implied. When the elite says “Integration will make our society more just”, “Diversity will bring us many benefits” or “Immigration makes our society more vibrant” they are not lying. The words “we”, “us” and “our” are true when they apply to the elite, who do derive benefit from these things. They are a clever untruth in the implication that they apply to society as a whole.
Whites are a racial category of people originating in Europe and living in Europe and other parts of the world, and having a common intellectual, social and cultural heritage largely based in Christianity. They are divided, often tragically, in further ethnic and religious subsets. These conflicts are generally portrayed by English liberal Protestants as the journey of man from ignorance to enlightenment.
The old-school Americanism you find at VDare and other places does no question this narrative. It sees an English commercial society as a good thing, one to which non-English Europeans are lucky to have been able to be able to join, and who should be grateful for it. The only problem is that this has been subverted, by blacks and Jews and sometimes by Catholics. This society never existed. Even the people who felt like they were always Americans were never Americans. There is no such place as America, and no such things as an American.