The Political Divide Part One: White Evangelicalism is White Nationalism

I’m uncomfortable with this title, but I trust the white evangelical who wrote it and the ensuing article explaining it.  Fred Clark, also known as the Slacktivist, writes from a perspective who cares deeply about his religion and its role in politics.   He is also from Southwest Pennsylvania which flipped from blue to red so he should know and understand something about our country’s political divide.

He is also one of my favorite bloggers and I visited his site as soon as I heard about the importance of the white evangelical vote to Donald Trump’s election as America’s 45th President.

I start with his post when contemplating the political divide in this country because the evangelical vote was on of the determining factors in this election. 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump.  That was an increase of 8% from 2012 when Mitt Romney was running for President against Barack Obama.

This is Mr. Clark’s conclusion and I highly recommend reading the entire post for fascinating historical context to the white evangelical vote in the 2016 election.

Yesterday, white evangelicals again voted for white nationalism. They supported a candidate who explicitly and unambiguously made white nationalism the centerpiece and driving passion of his campaign. The fig-leaf for this support was abortion. And once again we are asked to believe — after centuries defending slavery, segregation and Jim Crow — that it was only about abortion, and that the 100-percent correlation between this anti-abortion politics and white nationalist politics is just an unfortunate and unforeseen coincidence.

That’s not believable.

White evangelicalism is white nationalism. That’s how it came to be. That’s what it’s for. If you can’t see that after yesterday, you’re choosing not to see it.

Fred’s point is that white evangelicals voted for white nationalism.  Their vote serves the greater goal, not that these people are necessarily nationalists themselves.  I think that has to be said explicitly.

But when we elect a President-to-be who calls an Indiana born judge a Mexican (just the first example that pops into my mind) and we have overwhelming historic context, our conversations have to be clear, even if we have to step on some toes to figure out what just happened.  Fred Clark can help us understand the context of Trump’s election despite the right’s cheap and ahistorical attempts to muddy the waters.




2 thoughts on “The Political Divide Part One: White Evangelicalism is White Nationalism

  1. Henchman Of Justice says:

    Both Clinton and Trump are White Nationalists, apparently.

    Maybe Clinton is more of a white nationalist since over 5 million Democrats were too repulsed to vote.

  2. brian says:

    Well wow, your post sent me to the dictionary, or rather to the internet, for some hard definitions of the terms you have used to be sure I was understanding what you posted on your blog. Mostly I was able to find definitions by Merriam Webster Dictionary below.

    I also had to check out Fred Clarks site. I had to look up ‘slacktivist’ also and laughed. “Test everything, hold fast to what is good.” That fits me pretty good I think, but it does take a lot of work. 🙂 It does not exclude my oath when I joined the military.

    I can certainly see the “unforeseen coincidence” as the unhealthy alliance between anti-abortion evangelicals and white nationalists. By extension, I believe the latter white nationalists include white supremacists and white separatists and that includes the racist. Unless someone can prove other wise, I see these groups that formed the base for this electoral college majority, independently or in concert, all wish to impose their beliefs upon me. I reject them personally and philosophically. I consider it an unholy union.

    What they would impose on me flies in the face of our Declaration of Independence. “The second paragraph in the Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

    I consider the Declaration of Independence to be the spirit of our union, the basis for righting the wrongs of imperialist oppression (what a throw off phrase, how about just dictatorial oppression) of the human spirit and freedom by rule of a king, a talisman to hold onto forever.

    Definitions that helped me
    white supremacist?: person who believes that the white race is better than all other races and should have control over all other races

    white separatist?: White separatism is a separatist political movement that seeks separate economic and cultural development for white people. White separatism is a form of White nationalism and can be a form of White supremacy.

    white nationalist group?: The idea that Whites may need to create a separate nation as a means of defending themselves. (I will leave it at that, why feel this way are never clearly described, obfuscated. It appears that each group has its own reasons.)

    White nationalism?: White nationalism is an ideology that advocates a racial definition of national identity. Proponents of the ideology identify with and are attached to the concept of a white nation.

    evangelical?: : of or relating to a Christian sect or group that stresses the authority of the Bible, the importance of believing that Jesus Christ saved you personally from sin or hell, and the preaching of these beliefs to other people

    : an object (such as a ring or stone) that is believed to have magic powers and to cause good things to happen to the person who has it

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