Intellectually, the white race’s case is easy to defend. It comes down to the very modest claim that whites are just like everybody else. We’re not uniquely sinful, at least not qualitatively. Our history is driven by the same forces and motivations that have shaped other peoples. We should be allowed to positively relate to our predecessors, inherited customs, and ethnically homogeneous neighborhoods just like any other people.
But while the case is intellectually strong, belief in it, even by its advocates, is weak. As C. S. Lewis explains in Screwtape Proposes a Toast
No man who says I’m as good as you believes it. He would not say it if he did. The St. Bernard never says it to the toy dog, nor the scholar to the dunce, nor the employable to the bum, nor the pretty woman to the plain. The claim to equality, outside the strictly political field, is made only by those who feel themselves to be in some way inferior. What it expresses is precisely the itching, smarting, writhing awareness of an inferiority which the patient refuses to accept.
This is certainly true of my fellow racially-conservative whites. The history we grew up with was of our people as at best morally problematic and everyone else as innocent victims. Our big discoveries are that whites aren’t uniquely oppressive and that in any case order does require some degree of force (“oppression”) to maintain. We can never have the confidence of the negro or the Jew or the Muslim, all of whom see the moral superiority of their people as entirely self-evident. Thus we invent “particularism” and “identitarianism”, which begin with abstract principles that every people should be allowed to value and preserve itself. The plausibility of the principle comes from its seemingly obvious truth for peoples like the Native Americans, blacks, Jews, and Muslims. Then, once the principle is admitted, demand that–as a matter of logical consistency–one is forced to apply it even to white Europeans. Not that we intrinsically deserve such protection, but the principle must be maintained for other groups, and it is only securely maintained if consistency is insisted upon. Now, if this were just a rhetorical trick to make anti-white liberals think, that would be one thing. But particularism is in fact my real belief, and the belief of many like me. This is the best we can do for our own people.
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