23 Agosto 2017 07:57
'Cyanide isn’t water, and YOU are not White’
For years, white nationalism in the United States has been a residual movement. A movement that, fuelled by Trump’s mandate, seems to have found fresh impetus of late. Today the Polynesian Tiki torches are burning brightly once again, Twitter is seething and white supremacists are returning to the streets to fight for a cause that is as absurd as it is anachronistic.
They are basing their arguments on an erroneous interpretation of identity politics, which coincides with a time when it is cheap and easy to access genetic ancestry testing to verify your identity. Sociologists Aaron Panofsky and Joan Donovan, from the University of California, decided to research the trend among supremacists to use this kind of testing to reaffirm their alleged racial purity. The conclusions of their research may well disappoint racists, making an already angry group even angrier.
On 14 August, the sociologists presented their work, ‘When Genetics Challenges a Racist’s Identity: Genetic Ancestry Testing Among White Nationalists’, a document in which they analysed how 600 people from the Stormfront forum - a supremacist and neo-Nazi website set up by a former KKK leader - reacted to the results of the genetic tests.
As Panofsky explains in an article for Cultural Anthropology, the researchers found that some forum users were pleasantly surprised by the results. One said: ‘I was surprised there wasn’t more German. Evidently, the Y DNA said “Nordic” and traces back to the Cimbri tribe, which settled in Denmark.’
Other reactions, however, were not quite so cerebral: ‘THIS is why I don’t recommend these tests to people. Did they bother to tell you that there were Whites in what is now Senegal all that time ago? No? So they led you to believe that you’re mixed even though in all probability, you are simply related to some white fool who left some of his DNA with the locals in what is now Senegal.’
And, of course, faced with such revelations, many of the racists reacted according to the script, lashing out at those whose genetic mapping was less than clear. After one forum user revealed he was 61% European, another responded with: ‘I've prepared you a drink. It's 61% pure water. The rest is potassium cyanide. Cyanide isn’t water, and YOU are not White.’
In many cases where the genetic results were not satisfactory, the racists questioned the legitimacy of the testing, suggesting it was nothing but a Judeo-masonic-communist conspiracy.
The sociologists point out that the racists’ belief that insatisfactory results are the product of a scientific conspiracy, and not a simple error, is often proof of the ignorance of many white supremacists and neo-Nazis.