Last week, Milo Yiannopoulos, in a rare moment of complete candor on the subject of White identity, told a crowd at the University of Colorado not to “fight identity politics with identity politics” and most importantly that “White Nationalism. . .isn’t the way to go.” In the past Milo has spoken a great deal about his hatred for identity politics in general, but has alluded to his disapproval of White identity politics almost exclusively via this broader disapproval. A good example is from his Alt-Right speech in Houston last September:
“Decide if you want identity politics for everyone or for no one. There is an Anti-Defamation League and an SPLC but there are no equivalents for other groups. No more anti-white racism in universities, in the media, and politics. If racism is unacceptable it has to be unacceptable for everyone. If you allow groups by virtue of their skin color, or their sexuality, or their gender, to operate by different rules to other people, that’s identity politics, you are going to divide society, people are going to end up hating each other, and that is where the left is taking us. My preference is that we have identity politics for no one. My preference is that we do something that somebody once said which is judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.”
Thus he has spent most of his time attacking non-White identity politics by name, and has not attacked White identity by name before. In this statement, he linked his general rejection of all identity politics explicitly to White identity for the first time that I have heard. This rejection of White identity should not be a surprise, since he has repeatedly indicated that he rejects ALL identity politics, but it does warrant a response I think, not because it is a persuasive argument, but because I think it is a useful exercise on how to meet arguments like his, which are sure to crop up again.
“The reality is, if you force everyone to play identity politics, if you insist in pitting whites against blacks, women against men, straights against gays, the reality is you guys are gonna win and the left isn’t going to like it very much,”
By “you guys” here I am supposing he means White Nationalists/White advocates? Or maybe just White people broadly?
I actually think this was quite an important admission. Milo believes that White identity not just can, but will beat the anti-White left if it tries. He is admitting here that our position is the strongest one.
Milo, as a White advocate I want my people to win. If you care about White men the way you have intimated, you should too. And if you like ticking off leftists the way you always say, again, you should too.
But here’s the thing Milo: you don’t have to “force” people to “play” identity politics. It comes naturally. Our brains are designed for it. It is the Natural foundation for social life and all politics eventually circles back to it.
Those of us who believe identity should be the basis of society and politics are not the ones whose positions are forced: those who, like yourself, insist we should be blind to Natural identities are the ones whose positions are forced.
“But there’s a better way. Don’t fight identity politics with identity politics.”
What you seem to have never understood here, is that we were never fighting identity politics to begin with. We actually respect the fact that other races are solid with their own identities, and we are simply doing that ourselves.
Our conflict with the identity politics of the left is not due to a disagreement with identity politics, but rather to the fact that the left has built identity politics in an unnatural and unhealthy way that denies us our rights to identity politics. Some is also due to inherent competition between the interests of our respective identities.
You have fundamentally misunderstood us: we are not fighting against non-White identity politics. We are fighting for White identity politics. And that’s an important difference.
“White pride, white nationalism, white supremacy isn’t the way to go,”
White pride and White Nationalism are not the same thing as White supremacy. These terms are not interchangeable, and using them that way is an example of the same name-calling tactics you have so often decried being used against yourself.
Additionally, White pride and White Nationalism is the way to go. It would give White people the voice you admit we are lacking. It would give White people advocates to stop the shaming you have so often decried. And it would free up White people to protect the Western culture of which you are so fond.
But more importantly, it is the way to go for reasons you refuse to acknowledge: that White Europeans, along with all races, have a right to exist. That we have a right to be proud of, defend, prioritize, and propagate our own racial identity. And that racial identity is inestimably important in personal life and wider society. For all of these reasons and more, White identity politics is the answer.
“The way to go is reminding them and yourselves that you should be aspiring to values and to ideas.”
Values and ideals are lost ships, hopelessly adrift in an angry sea if they are not moored to the dock of identity. Without knowing what and who you are, you have no use for values and ideas. These are valuable only after you have affirmed your identity. Trying to find the right values and ideas without affirming your identity first is like trying to build a house without a foundation.
“You should be focusing on what unites people and not what drives them apart,”
The mere fact of difference drives apart. It is the fact that it drives apart that leads us to focus on it in the first place. You have the sequence backwards, and it effects your entire diagnosis of what is wrong in society, for once the order is reversed it becomes painfully obvious how futile any attempt to not focus on identity becomes.
No matter how much you wish, it will not go away. These are the facts Milo, don’t let your feelings get too hurt.
“You shouldn’t give a shit about skin color, a shit about sexuality… You shouldn’t give a shit about gender, and you should be deeply suspicious of the people who do.”
While everything in Nature, and science and history screams out that we should notice these things, I would like to point out something else too:
It does not matter whether you think we should or not. We do, and we must, for they will always be real. Race is not a social construct. It is real, and you are the facts guy, right? Reality should not be ignored, it should be accepted.
The only people of whom you should be “deeply suspicious” are those who tell you to ignore reality.