During the past few years, the political climate of the United States and the West as a whole has been rapidly shifting. This is partially linked to a major demographic shift that has taken place, and the resulting pushback from native Westerners. According to the US Census, the United States was 87.7% non-Hispanic white in 1960, yet is now estimated to be around 62% non-Hispanic white. In Europe, the trend is similar. Some praise this shift while others regard it as irrelevant. Universally, however, the issues that this shift may present are largely ignored by the mainstream.
Thusly, support for the fringes on both sides of the aisle, which do address these issues has grown. On the far left, groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa (Anti-Fascists) have grown. These groups tend to blame White people for the struggles of minorities in traditionally white majority countries. On the far right, groups such as the National Policy Institute seek to reinstate a sense of national identity in Europeans globally. The conflict between these two sides as they compete for the support of the more moderate masses has to lead to events such as the Charlottesville protests, and many other clashes in cities, and on college campuses throughout the west.
While most of these group’s leaders fail to win the hearts of the moderate masses, Paul Nehlen of Wisconsin is doing just that. Nehlen has appeared on the right wing Podcast, “Fash the Nation”, as well as recommended the book “Culture of Critique”, by Kevin MacDonald, which discusses the Jewish influence in Western Society in a critical fashion. While Nehlen is right wing, he is certainly different than most right-wing conservatives. Nehlen currently seeks to unseat Speaker Paul Ryan from his first congressional district in Wisconsin. His latest stunt, which has produced much controversy has been to include the phrase “It’s Okay to be White”, in one of his tweets.
On Halloween on 2017, the anonymous internet forum 4chan launched a campaign using the poster below, which uses that same phrase. College campuses nationwide and even one high school saw copies of this poster being distributed. Some even launched full-scale investigations in order to catch the “perps”. Many have referred to the phrase as “racist” or “hateful”. This, however, appears to be part of the plan of the 4chan users, whose campaign was designed to show that even a simple phrase such as, “It’s okay to be white”, would set off many people who secretly harbor aversion towards people of European origin.
Nehlen also plans to introduce his “Shall not Censor”, bill, which would prevent companies such as Facebook and Twitter from blocking speech from Americans which is protected under the first amendment.
Nehlen’s growing success is in no small part related to the growing tensions within the West, and his future will foretell the politics of Europe and her former colonies for years to come.