The following piece is a guest column written by @bunkerwsmith for Mike Cernovich’s Danger and Play site.
You can learn a lot about a society based on what’s taboo. In our society, it is taboo to talk about race and demographics. When I say talk about it, I mean honestly.
A hundred years ago homosexuality was the “love that dare not speak its name.” Today, demographics is the issue that dare not speak its name. You either walk the party line or get smacked upside the head.
Consider Mike’s experience being called a “white nationalist” by David Bradley’s blogger James Fallows. It had no basis in reality and was intended as a form of denigration, a way to discredit and “otherize” Mike. Did Fallows engage with anything Mike actually said? Not at all. He just called him “bad” names.
We’ve witnessed the media do this to Trump throughout this election. Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself, you racist, xenophobic, uneducated Trump supporter! Name-calling is a mode of social control: It’s how they shut down conversation.
So how do you fight back? You do it by not letting them silence you, by speaking your truth openly and honestly where possible. I’m gradually learning how to do this. Here are several guidelines that help:
Don’t accept the Left’s framing. The Left wants to create a frame in which you either agree with them or you’re a “white nationalist.” There’s a lot of common-sense space in between. Don’t buy into their framing.
Lead with good intentions. Intentions matter a great deal. For example, I can tolerate a BLM supporter who says: I want to make sure people are treated fairly under the law. But I can’t tolerate one who chants: Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon! When you talk about issues as sensitive as demographics, make sure it’s coming from a place of noble intentions, not hate or anger.
Establish a baseline of facts. It’s a fact that the US is becoming more non-white. It’s a fact that the founders of this country were white men. Global demographic trends are facts. There are facts about history, academic studies, the sources of terrorism, cognitive abilities, etc. People can “agree to disagree” about the implications of these facts, and that’s fine. But don’t let the Left deny any discussion of facts. When they do this, tell them that they are anti-science and the equivalent of creationists and climate change deniers.
Stay intellectually curious. Demographic issues are messy and complicated. I don’t have all the answers. But I’m curious about them, and I refuse to let anyone tell me “I’m not allowed” to explore questions and draw conclusions for myself. People who do that are book burners. Don’t let them impede your ability to think for yourself.
Know when not to engage. Speaking freely about demographic issues can get you into trouble if you’re not careful. Cross the wrong line or speak openly with the wrong person, and you can put your livelihood and reputation in jeopardy. Be realistic about the risks of being too open. Not everybody can handle an honest discussion. Engage carefully and conservatively.
Speak anonymously if you can’t do it openly. There’s a great tradition of historical figures who used pen names. Thomas Paine anonymously wrote Common Sense, which played a role in the American Revolution. Going anonymous is an excellent way to explore and share ideas on sensitive topics like race and demographics. Do it earnestly, not hatefully.
Demographics is the “elephant in the room” in our society right now, and we all know what happens when elephants in the room aren’t dealt with: They explode. I don’t want that. I hope we can elevate the dialogue on these issues.
If you speak about race, you’ll be attacked. Sometimes, you’ll feel bad about yourself if you “lose” the debate or the crowd gangs up on you to make you feel bad about yourself. Don’t worry about it.
As for the advice in the article, it seems rather weak. I see nothing wrong with righteous anger and righteous hatred. I also see nothing wrong with claiming the mantle of White Nationalist when you’re not at risk of being fired.
As we always say here: Go Stealth! But also don’t be ashamed to feel anger toward those responsible for injustice.