In honor of the second anniversary of my post “The True Global Minority,” I have decided to take a break from political economy and go back to writing about race and immigration. The catalyst for this post was Steve Sailer over at The Unz Review, who linked to an article about a “crisis of white identity.” The author, former Voxplainer and Good White Person Amanda Taub, thinks that today’s white people – feeling threatened by demographic and cultural changes – are suffering from too much aggrieved entitlement. Her solution? Whites must learn to “accept” their place in today’s new, multicultural utopias.
Putting aside the usual nonsense about immigrants being a necessity, the article does make a good insight that white resentment is most acute in places that have experienced rapid demographic changes. Taub writes:
Social scientists, after crunching data from both sides of the Atlantic, have discovered something surprising: It’s not the amount of racial or ethnic diversity in a community that predicts white resentment and support of anti-immigrant policies, but the pace of change.
Denmark, for instance, is 88 percent white Danish today — hardly a majority in jeopardy. But a generation ago, in 1980, it was 97 percent white. The anti-immigrant Danish People’s Party is now the second-largest party in the Danish Parliament. In Germany, where the foreign-born population shot up by approximately 75 percent between 2011 and 2015, the anti-immigrant, populist Alternative for Germany party is now drawing record support.
Britain saw a 66 percent increase in its foreign-born population between 2004 and 2014. Voters who chose “leave” in the recent referendum overwhelmingly cited immigration as their main concern.
Professor Kaufmann and a colleague, Gareth Harris, found that white Britons who lived in areas that are rapidly diversifying became more likely to vote for the right-wing British National Party. Daniel Hopkins, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, found a similar pattern of ethnic change leading to anti-immigrant politics in the United States.
Immigrant populations in Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee have more than tripled since 1990, noted Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, in an analysis for Vox. Anxiety over those changes may explain why the Republican Party became so much more focused on limiting immigration over that period — and why white voters in those states overwhelmingly support Mr. Trump.
The difference between me and a smug white liberal is that I’m not shocked or appalled in the slightest. If anything, I’m amazed at how tolerant and restrained white people have been throughout all of this – and that the backlash didn’t emerge sooner. After all, we know how every non-white majority group around the world would react if their majority status was imperiled.
Now that the backlash against neoliberal multiculturalism is in full throttle, white elites – who want to preserve the status quo that’s made them so comfortable – are panicking. Unfortunately, since they’re unable or unwilling to give white peons a stake in the current system, their presstitutes such as Amanda Taub can only lecture whites about the need to adjust their attitudes (ie. become deracinated minorities).
But lecture as they may, they cannot put the genie back in the bottle. Like it or not, white identity politics is here to stay. How this “crisis” is resolved will determine whether or not the West survives.