A black professor at Vanderbilt University said that white nationalism got its start long before President Donald Trump took office. Attorney and political scientist Dr. Carol Swain said that the movement began at least 15 years ago, a development which she predicted in her 2002 book “The New White Nationalism in America.”

Swain told Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro recently: “The rise of the new white nationalism occurred long before the election of President Donald Trump.” She distinguished two different movements that the leftists and media tend to conflate. Referring to white nationalism, Swain said: “I distinguish it from white supremacy because the people who were involved [in the white nationalism movement] were more intellectual.” A graduate of Yale Law School, Swain said, “They were not espousing racial violence or using epithets, but they had grievances. They felt that white people’s rights were being trampled on and no one was speaking up or listening to their grievances.”

White nationalism, Swain said, had its genesis among whites who felt disenfranchised and marginalized in the face of decades of affirmative action schemes and other government efforts intended to benefit minorities and offer redress for past wrongs. Browbeating by academics and the media, which tend to label all whites as racists who benefit from so-called “white privilege”, she noted that there remain a large number of poor and underprivileged whites. 

Swain first noticed the growth of white nationalism in 2000. “At the time, when [whites] were stressing about the racial double standards, I saw the potential for the argument to resonate among young people,” she said. “The white community has its own problems. I knew the movement would grow unless we started addressing the issues.” She called for toning down racial identity politics and racist rhetoric. “We need honest conversations, dialogue where people are listening to one another,” she said.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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