the Ways Of My Ancestors
By Jared Taylor
The Washington Post, Saturday, February 6, 1999, page A19
© Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company
King has written no fewer than four columns attacking the racial
views of the Council of Conservative Citizens, of which I am a
member [op-ed, Dec. 19, Dec. 26, Jan. 16, Jan. 23]. He has also
attacked me personally, calling me a bigot. Just what are my bigoted
views, some of which may even be shared by some members of the
of all, race is a significant biological characteristic of our
species, and it is foolish to pretend that it can be made not
to matter. Despite 40 years of integrationist exhortation from
every major American institution, in those areas still free from
government compulsion, American life is almost as segregated as
it was in the 1950s. When Americans buy a house, choose a school
for their children, marry, go to church or have a dinner party,
they sort themselves out by race. America shows none of the rainbow
harmony so confidently predicted during the civil rights era.
I believe that racial identification is an inevitable part of
human nature and that we should recognize this rather than deny
natural and moral for people to prefer the society and way of
life of people like themselves. Non-whites take this for granted.
Blacks do not apologize for forming black caucuses, celebrating
the openly racial holiday of Kwanzaa, electing black candidates,
wanting black police officers, taking pride in their race and
preferring the culture and company of blacks. Many blacks make
race the centerpiece of their identities, as do many Hispanics.
Blacks want America to be more "black" and Hispanics
want it to be more "Hispanic." It is only whites who
are forbidden to have an explicitly racial identity, and when
they express loyalties non-whites take for granted they are accused,
as Colbert King accuses me, of "bigotry."
is central to any debate about race. Every year we accept approximately
800,000 legal immigrants and uncounted numbers of illegals into
this country. Ninety percent are non-white. Why should we add
yet more racial fault lines to a country whose greatest tragedies
have been bound up with race? And why should whites hand over
the country to people unlike themselves? If millions of whites
were pouring across the border into Mexico, celebrating July 4th
rather than Cinco de Mayo, demanding school instruction in English
rather than Spanish and pushing the ethnic demands of an organization
called the National Council of the Race (La Raza), could Mexicans
be tricked into thinking this was "cultural enrichment"?
are cheerfully exhorted to "celebrate diversity," but
this is only asking them to celebrate their dwindling numbers
and influence. Only a people bent on suicide would do this. Non-white
organizations and the populations of non-white countries could
never be browbeaten into welcoming their own displacement.
denies that as Miami has become overwhelmingly Hispanic it has
lost its Euro-American character. No one denies that those parts
of our cities that have become black are alien to most whites.
Why should I celebrate this? Miami and Detroit have lost the things
I love most: the culture and way of life of my people. That is
why whites leave. Although they may mouth praise for "diversity,"
they don't want it next door. And they are not running away; they
are going back to the America they grew up in and in which they
hope to rear their own children.
Clinton looks forward to the day when whites become a minority
-- but can he name a single majority non-white neighborhood he
would like to live in when he leaves the White House? The joys
of having Haitian or Guatemalan neighbors are so sublime that
Mr. Clinton will nobly forgo them so they can be enjoyed by humbler
Americans who cannot send their children to Sidwell Friends School
or live in Hyannis Port. He will then join in the shocked condemnation
of those humbler Americans when they vote for someone like David
ridicules me for saying that only whites will carry the civilization
of Europe forward in a meaningful way. What would he say if whites
were displacing Nigerians, with soothing assurances that the Nigerian
way of life was only being "enriched"?
is destiny. As those parts of the country with non-white majorities
demonstrate, when population changes, everything else changes.
Whites have the right -- they have the duty -- to resist unwanted
change and to preserve for their children the culture and way
of life of their ancestors.
writer is editor of American Renaissance and a member
of the Board of Directors of the Council of Conservative Citizens.)