I am an outspoken supporter of multiculturalism and have no problem saying I’m a white separatist, but that doesn’t mean I have to take sides in the current political debate about the use of the term “white nationalist”.
That’s the message that’s being pushed by several elected representatives from both parties, including Rep. Tim Holden (D-TX) and Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS).
They’re calling on the US House to condemn “hate speech” as “dangerous and destructive”.
Yoder, who is Jewish, and Holden, who has a mixed race son, are the first representatives to endorse the call.
They’ve been joined by representatives from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
“We must condemn this hate speech, and we must call out the perpetrators,” Holden said in a statement.
“I do not agree with this hateful rhetoric.
I also cannot accept this divisive politics of hate.”
While it’s not the first time Yoder and Holden have called for an end to the “fear, division and divisionism” that they say is fueling the rise of the alt-right, they’re the first to publicly take a stance on the term.
“In the past year, there has been an explosion in the proliferation of hateful and racist and anti-Semitic ideologies, and it’s become clear that the term ‘white nationalist’ is not enough to describe this hateful movement,” Yoder said in the statement.
The term was coined in response to the 2015 killing of a white, homeless man, James Alex Fields, by a group of white nationalists, and as part of a broader push by right-wing leaders to define white identity as a “diversity-centric, identity-neutral” and “patriarchal” concept.
White nationalism has become a central part of right-leaning politics and has come under fire from liberals, including from former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who criticized the movement as “a neo-Nazi, a white supremacist, a misogynist and a xenophobe”.
“No, this isn’t a white supremacy movement,” he said during a March interview with Fox News.
“This is a white nationalism movement that I believe is not just about white supremacy, but it’s a movement for all of humanity.
We are not one people.
We’re not a monolith.”
“White nationalism” is also used by rightists to describe the ideology that is often associated with the alt right, and a 2016 survey found that 88 percent of white Americans believe the term is a “bad word” to use.
But Yoder says the term doesn’t really exist anymore, and he’s calling on his colleagues to condemn it, arguing that it’s just a tool used by “anti-Semites” to divide and oppress people.
“I think what we have to understand about white nationalism is that we don’t have the word anymore.
We don’t know how to label it, or what to call it,” Yoders statement said.
“There are no ‘white nationalists’, there are no white supremacists, there are just white people who have a shared set of values and beliefs.
It is not acceptable to use the term as a label.
It’s not acceptable for any of us to label anybody as white.
We can all have a lot of different ideologies and ideologies.
I believe that it is in the best interest of our country and our people to be unified.”
Read more about the white nationalist movement from the BBC’s Newsbeat blog: