Race is one of the most controversial topics for Americans to discuss. One must walk a rather fine line when discussing race as to not make or be accused of making any offensive comments. The theory that is generally accepted in society is that in regards to intellect, race means nothing. This statement may or may not be true, but regardless it is a good theory to live by. However, sociologists, philosophers, and genetic scientists have been popping up across the Western world to challenge this recent status quo. When are their points valid, and when do they cross the line into the territory of white supremacy?
The first thing that must be understood is that many prominent white supremacists aren’t stupid. One may disagree with their ideology, but dismissing them as idiots is a mistake.
Richard B. Spencer
Richard B. Spencer attended the University of Virginia, where he received his Bachelor’s in english and music. Spencer then received his Master’s in humanities from the University of Chicago, and was a candidate for a PhD at Duke University in philosophy before dropping out of the program. Spencer’s views on race mirror Mussolini’s in the sense that he too would like to see a white empire. To be clear, Richard Spencer is usually not put under the category of ‘race realist,’ and is a legitimate white supremacist. In all honesty, Spencer’s views are impossible to pin down. Spencer generally does not do a thorough job of articulating his points. This may be because his audience does not necessarily want evidence, and only needs inciteful (not to be confused with insightful) and broad clichés about race to rally themselves up. The clearest way of understanding Richard Spencer’s ideas is through the book that he co authored, The Great Erasure. Spencer and others make the point that the nations of Europe are no longer what they used to be (obvious). What is interesting, however, is that Spencer claims that the new colonizers of the 21st century are black and brown people. Spencer claims that these people of color are doing away with European culture and heritage. Although not Spencer himself, his ally, Andrew Anglin, called for the supporters of Spencer who were unable to attend his event in Florida to target Jewish and African-American institutions.
So if that is white supremacy, how does that differ (assuming it does) from race realism?
Jared Taylor and Doctor James Watson
Jared Taylor received his Bachelor’s in philosophy from Yale University, and went on to earn a Master’s in international economics from the Paris Institute of Political Studies. Taylor refuses to be classified as a racist, and stresses that he is a race realist. What make Jared Taylor different from Richard Spencer? The difference is honesty. Much of the theory of scientific racism comes from the differences in IQ by race. While the reasons behind the disparity are heavily debated, so debated that some even pretend they don’t exist, but they are definitely is there.
It is likely that Taylor believes James Watson, one of the founders of DNA’s theory on it. It is that the disparity is more due to genetics than environment. Many also site the Human Genome Project as proof of the superiority of some races over others. But that isn’t what is being discussed in this essay. Jared Taylor, unlike many other people who are called white supremacists, believes that Asians are superior to whites and Jews are about equal. That distinction is large enough that, in my opinion, Jared Taylor is not a white supremacist. He does not have as big of an agenda as Spencer. Taylor tries to take an objective look at the statistics and make an objective analysis. Whether or not the analysis of “nature being more important than nurture” is correct, I don’t know. If anybody knows for certain, they haven’t publicly said so. However, people like Taylor and Watson who are legitimately interested in the study should not be shunned and banned from the discussion. The world, especially the scientific community, should allow for the free flow of ideas, no matter how controversial.