Let’s pick up where we left off last week. If many White Nationalists think of Lord of the Rings and Dungeons and Dragons as their ideal fantasy worlds, complete with well delineated races with defined characteristics, and thus give Middle Earth praise, love and affection, then Star Wars is their bete noire. (Appropriate phrase, really).
It’s not that White Supremacists dislike Star Wars. It’s just that they think the wrong side wins. For example, when a bunch of white supremacists takes a Star Wars personality test, they mostly come out as Emperor Palpatine, and are pretty chuffed about it, too. As one Stormfront poster says:
“I never understood why the Galactic Empire was so bad. They were mostly English (white men) and everything was so orderly and all. Aside from blowing up Aldaraan, they were pretty much the good guys and all.
Of course it makes a lot of sense when you replace the aliens with real life non-whites. Star Wars is pretty much the multi-cult against a fictional White Nationalist Empire. In the movies, everyone in the Empire was pretty much an Anglo-Saxon, even in phenotype.
One of my favourite Stormfront threads deals with just this topic. It’s called “Does loving the Galactic Empire in Star Wars have anything to do with being Pro White?“ The first post is:
“Maybe its just the uniforms.”
The whole Star Wars empire thing is pretty clear to most White nationalists. After all:
“I know they are supposed to be villains, but whenever I see a movie with pseudo-Nazis in it I always pull for them to win, including the Galactic Empire in Star Wars.”
Mind you, it’s no Schindlers List. As one Stromfronter says:
“I think cheering for the Imperial forces is a good warm up to watching Shindlers List and cheering for the Nazi’s”
As someone says in that thread, there’s one plus about the Star Wars universe. Although there’s plenty of different races, there’s pretty little inter race or species love depicted. Why?
“Perhaps since there are no Jews in the Star Wars galaxy, there is no one around to encourage race mixing and therefor it is very rare. Though, Jabba the Hutt does seem to have a thing for scantily clad humanoid women, which seems pretty bizarre.”
The trouble with this sort of stuff is that pretty soon you dissappear down the rabbithole of the Fascist mentality- which leaves you staring in disbelief at a post like this:
“My claim that the Star Wars Saga are subversive films? You mentioned the Ewoks a while back- to me they represent the struggle of nonwhites against European “colonialism” in the Third World, and it’s clear which side Lucas takes. “
Wait, So the Ewoks are evil now?
There’s loads of these strange twists in Stormfront, as pretty much every film with fascistic enemies gets turned on its head when it comes to the good guys and the bad guys.
The general justification for this is that since as we all know, the Jews control the media and films and TV, then obviously they’re going to portray Nazi’s and their stand ins as the baddies. That makes it OK for proud White nationalists to cheer for the baddies. This happens again and again in threads like “Worst movie Racewise” where posters recount watching Roots for it’s happy ending – because they watched it in reverse.
So far, so obvious. These people are deeply twisted, and that makes them ludicrous and laughable (They get really upset about “white men can’t jump”). It’s not just useful to expose the stupidity, it’s important, because otherwise you can fall into the trap of believing their own mythology about themselves. On Stormfront, you don’t find a master-race, but a bunch of not very bright race-nerds, who spend an inordinate amount of time wondering if George Lucas is a Jew.
But I want to close with something else. The most troubling thing about reading Stormfront is not that everyone who posts there is a racist. After a while, the bigotry and hatred become almost boring. When someone calls a black person a “Mud” for the thousandth time, the bigotry is unpleasant, but it stops being shocking.
No, what really affects me is when I see a glimpse of something better. Something not twisted and angry and ugly.
Take the Stormfront thread on ladies shoes. It’s just a thread on shoes. Lots of women posting pictures of attractive shoes they like or want to buy. Just normal, everyday stuff.
Then someone posts this:
“Here is an example of how creative and advanced Africans are when it comes to shoemaking.”
Bang. there’s a chorus of approval and laughter, and you remember who and what you’re reading.
But then someone posts this in response.
“Maybe PMS is affecting me strangely tonight but I actually find that really sad. “
I want to scream at the poor woman. I want to say to her, again and again:
“That’s not Pre Menstrual Syndrome. It’s your compassion, your humanity, desperately trying to be heard. It’s battering against your prejudice, trying to communicate to you that maybe the best reaction to someone else’s poverty and misfortune isn’t laughter and bigotry.
“That sadness you’re feeling, that is the best part of you, the thing that makes you truly human. And you think it’s PMS.”
You find these slips of the mask everywhere on Stormfront.
Take the oddly affecting way the guilty pleasures thread has some guy raving about Black harmonica players, and he apologises for loving the music because he discovered it well before becoming a white nationalist.
“Well, I hate to admit it, but forty years ago I discovered what negroes could do with the Hohner Marine Band Harmonica… In 1971, I heard “Magic Dick” of the J. Geils Band play WHAMMER JAMMER, and it changed my life forever. By the way, I think Magic Dick and most of the other members of the J. Geils Band were Jews. Oh well!
…My main influences on the harmonica in the early days were the negroes Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Junior Wells, and Sonny Terry…
Guilty pleasure? Well, my musical career began decades before I became a White Nationalist. Before many on this board were even born.
If you don’t mind, I think I’ll just hold onto my old negro harmonica licks, since there doesn’t seem to be anything more exciting coming up these days. I plead guilty!”
I defy you not to feel for the man that guy used to be.
Which takes us back to the start, because when I read posts like that,
I can’t help but think of another Star Wars story - the character who gave into hatred and anger and loathing, and our hope that they find a way to be redeemed.
They’re the baddies alright.
But even they can be saved.