Thursday, March 17, 2005


Have I no sense of decency?

A commenter on Oliver Willis' site takes exception to my echoing Malkin's description of Peter Brimelow as her "friend", accusing me of "Left-Wing McCarthyism" for engaging in "guilt by association" "because of a casual reference to Brimelow as a friend."

Oliver rightly attempts to correct him - the issue is Malkin's syndication by VDare, not her specific relationship with any of the people I mentioned - but the point does bear a little more exploration: Am I simply complaining about the excesses of the people she works with, or is VDare itself as bad as the sum of its parts?

Well, the Southern Poverty Law Center - upon whom Malkin has relied for information in the past - thinks it's the latter. VDare is on its list of hate sites, along with VDare's parent group, the Center for American Unity. One of the reasons it made the list, joining such organizations as La Voz de Aztlan, the Council of Conservative Citizens, and Christian Identity, is as follows:
In April, VDARE took one more step toward the racist right, publishing an essay on its Web site by white supremacist Jared Taylor that dismisses "the fantasy of racial equality," claims the Civil Rights Act of 1964 "stripped Americans of the right to make free decisions," and says that "[b]lacks, in particular, riot with little provocation," unlike the far more peaceable white race.
Or am I engaged in McCarthyism again by pointing out that Jared Taylor, founder of the New Century Foundation, publishes a "journal" called "American Renaissance", which once had this to say about the New Testament's Great Commission:
[It] instructs believers to preach the Gospel to all nations -- not to invite them to settle in your neighborhood and marry your daughter. There was a time in the not too distant past when white people understood this.
Well, if that's still not enough to convince you that Malkin should be embarrassed to have her columns published on, let's look at the site itself, shall we? Following a link entitled "Why White Doe?", we happen upon, well, this, written by Peter Brimelow himself (no link, they got enough from me last time):
I have always been fascinated by the story of Virginia Dare. She was the first English child to be born in the New World, in August 1587, shortly after the founding of what was to become known as "The Lost Colony" on Roanoke Island off the North Carolina coast...

Perhaps you have to have a daughter yourself to appreciate what [Virginia Dare's grandfather John] White must have felt three years later, when he finally returned from a supply trip to England...The settlement stood abandoned. Over a hundred settlers, his daughter and granddaughter among them, had vanished. He would never see them again...

But multiculturalists will be happy to know that there is always the possibility that the colonists survived, merging with the local Indians. There are fables that Virginia Dare as a young woman got involved in a love triangle with a warrior and an angry medicine man, who transformed her into a white doe.
And here the story peters out, as even Brimelow seems unwilling to define where he's actually headed in his story: This is the very first the-colored-savages-are-coming-for-your-women tale. And, as it's meant to, it just sets the tone.

But the fact is, it's the nature of the "new media": You can't separate the site from the people that write for it. While the Center for American Unity (presumably) is an actual physical entity, exists only insofar as it's made up of people who write for it. And if Malkin is comfortable having her byline appear next to people like Jared Taylor's and Sam Francis', then she and her fans should feel comfortable with us pointing this out.

But in all fairness, just because you're a colleague doesn't mean Malkin won't go after you. Just look at her fellow contributor Jack Kemp.

Let's see. Steve Sailer, Jared Taylor, and Sam Francis all get a free pass, but Jack Kemp? Take the sucker down.