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White privilege,” despite its supposedly awesome benefits, doesn’t seem to be worth much. Rachel Dolezal, Elizabeth Warren, and many others have claimed to be non-white. Some, like the deluded Miss Dolezal, may really believe it. Others have simpler motivations. In the caste system developing in the West, non-whites enjoy legal, social, and economic privileges. These are things we can easily define, such as affirmative action; they aren’t the mysterious, unknowable ghosts found in an “invisible knapsack” of benefits whites are supposed to be carrying around. Furthermore, even though we are to believe race is a “social construct,” DNA tests get the last word. Elizabeth Warren took a DNA test after President Trump mocked her, and found she was at most 1/32 Indian.

Recently, a group of “Indigenous” Canadians complained that Gwen Benaway, a transgender poet who claimed membership in several tribes, could be faking his/her identity. This “Two-Spirit” poet’s biography changed over the years. Only later in life did she begin to claim, “I walk inside the violence of being an Indigenous trans woman every day.” There have been compensations for the “violence,” such as the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award for English poetry.

Another Canadian author, Joseph Boyden, also claimed to be Indigenous, which helped his career. However, his accounts about which tribe he belonged to changed over time. Mr. Boyden’s uncle reportedly went by the nickname “Injun Joe,” despite being Irish and English, and sold “Indian” trinkets. Maybe Mr. Boyden was honoring a family tradition. The controversy over his ethnicity takes up most of his Wikipedia page.

Last week, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, who is Anishaabe, wrote an article called “Claims of Indigenous identity often fraudulent.” “Barely a week goes by without an email asking me to expose a person who is ‘lying’ about their Indigenous identity,” he said. And yet in an earlier column called “Indigenous identity more than DNA,” he wrote that identity had “a little to do with blood and ancestry” but “far more to do with the relationships one builds and embodies.” If that’s true, why bother with ancestry at all? He complains that people lie to get jobs, and suggests the solution is to let “Indigenous governments control who gets status, membership, and proof of identity.”

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair (Credit Image: University of Wisconsin)
Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair (Credit Image: University of Wisconsin)

But who determines which “Indigenous governments” are legitimate? If blood and ancestry matter only “a little,” we’re falling back on stereotypes about Indian culture. Why couldn’t any “Indian Joe” claim to be an Indian if he sells enough Indian trinkets? Which cultural expressions are authentic and which aren’t? However the question is decided, “Indigenous” status isn’t a burden but a privilege that people want. It’s a privilege.

Dr. Sinclair teaches “Indigenous literatures, cultures, histories and politics” at the University of Manitoba, so presumably he knows the real thing from the fakes. It’s convenient that his proposed solution – letting Indians decide – could give him more power. It’s also suspicious that Dr. Sinclair has said people shouldn’t be allowed to write anonymous comments on stories about “Indigenous people.” Incidentally, he could attend an American Renaissance conference without anyone raising an eyebrow.

The whole Anglosphere has the same problem. “An interesting phenomenon in Australia is that a large fraction of the professional Aboriginal Media Personalities are close to phenotypically indistinguishable, more or less (and more than less), from the average bogan [lower-class Australian],” wrote Steve Sailer. Try watching this video without laughing.

Australia’s first Indigenous neurologist Angela Dos Santos” recently spoke about Australia’s own racial protests. She says “systemic racism” keeps Aboriginals out of science. She says that because she looks white, she hears slurs people would not use if they knew she was Aboriginal. Of course, being Aboriginal (something she reportedly discovered “at university”) no doubt gives her the authority to lecture on race relations.

Angela Dos Santos (Credit Image: Research Gate)
Angela Dos Santos (Credit Image: Research Gate)

In another recent case, Aboriginal Australian senator Lidia Thorpe almost couldn’t enter Parliament because there were doubts she could swear allegiance to the Queen. “I don’t identify as Australian,” she said. “It’s a concept that’s been imposed on our people since we’re invaded.” She also wants to rename the state of Victoria.

Lidia Thorpe (Credit Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Lidia Thorpe (Credit Image: Wikimedia Commons)

These women do not look like Abos. DNA tests would be interesting, but isn’t it enough that they “identify” as Aboriginal?

Not in America. Professor Jessica Krug of George Washington University admitted she “eschewed my lived experience as a white Jewish child. . . under various assumed identities within a Blackness that I had no right to claim.” (Note which words are capitalized and which aren’t.) She had a long career as an activist and academic, but that’s over, at least at GWU. The university sent a message to “hurting” students through the “Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and Counseling and Psychological Services” to say, “We are taking the situation seriously.”

Jessica Krug’s self-flagellating, jargon-laden confession claiming that she “canceled herself” was reportedly prompted by fear of discovery. Suspicious black students began poking into her background. No crisis of conscience for her. She’d just been “found out,” says a former friend.

Jessica Krug (Credit Image: George Washington University)
Jessica Krug (Credit Image: George Washington University)

Especially intriguing are reports that she was “uber-militant” about political activism, “questioning anyone who she thought was not as militant as her.” This may have just been her own neurosis, but I think not. Many whites feel, justifiably, that they are under attack. If they can’t plausibly claim to be non-white, overcompensating by claiming to be more militant than others is a form of self-protection.

Anthony Beevor wrote in The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 that rightists or leftists behaved this way if they found themselves behind enemy lines. Leftists would join the Falange; rightists would join the Communists. Committing ruthless acts would prove to their new comrades that they were comrades and shouldn’t be killed. I think many whites are reacting this way under our new Cultural Revolution. Professor Krug was Jewish, but most blacks and Hispanics see Jews as another type of white.

However, the simplest explanation is probably best: Professor Krug used programs that are supposed to help non-whites. The Guardian wrote that she “took financial support from cultural institutions such as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture” to write a book. Resources are finite, so blacks and Hispanics have a financial interest in rooting out fakes like her and Rachel Dolezal.

Still, egalitarians have a problem. If race is just a “social construct,” why can’t people “identify” as any race? Professor Krug admitted she was a fraud, but I think Rachel Dolezal really thinks she’s black. If there are dozens of genders and everyone’s “lived experience” is valid, why can’t anyone take a non-white identity?

Furthermore, if there is “white privilege,” why are people so eager to be part of the “oppressed” class? Some could conceivably do this out of masochism, but Professor Krug, Rachel Dolezal, and the others benefited. Their fraud helped their careers. Should this be a crime? If so, should blood tests be required to prove who is black, Hispanic, or Indigenous? If it is just a question of “lived experience,” how do you tell if someone really believes he’s black or if he is just a good liar? If transgenders are real, why not transracials?

The truth is that this entire absurd system stumbles along because whites have no collective power. If white privilege were real, the no one would dare talk about it. The groups that have privilege are the groups we can’t criticize.

Three things can be done about this. The first would be to eliminate race preferences, but that won’t happen because so many people benefit from the system. The second is to admit race is a social and biological reality. That won’t happen without a cultural revolution. The third is the most likely: The Western world will continue this ridiculous exercise in which people claim theoretical oppression to get actual privilege. There will be more Rachel Dolezals, Jessica Krugs, and Gwen Benaways. The really clever ones won’t be found out.

If any bureaucrats asks, I’m a “white Hispanic.” I have 0.1 percent Hispanic DNA to prove it. I know enough Spanish to get through a telenovela. Don’t question my identity, bigot.

(Republished from American Renaissance by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. I have 0.1 percent Hispanic DNA to prove it.

    You literally don’t, because no DNA testing company uses the word ‘Hispanic’ (or ‘Mexican’, or ‘Guatemalan’ etc.) – if you’re, however, 0.1% Amerindian (!), then that’s different; or 0.1% Spaniard (23andMe uses the word ‘Iberian’ – it seems, genetically, they can’t tell the differences between Castilians and the Catalans and the Portuguese etc.).

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
    , @Rich
  2. Go for it, con mucho gusto ! Here’s a little inspiration in the form of Juan Luis Pedro Felipo de Huevos Epstein, Puerto Rican Jew, who, IRL, was a nice boy from Metuchen, NJ with a Hungarian-American father and an Italian-American mother.

  3. Ay Caramba! I knew I was being led down this white nationalism path by non-whites in an attempt to radicalize me but I never knew Mr. Hood aggressively identifies as Hispanic.

    It would really confuse the ADL/SPLC people if you could just start writing your columns in Spanish too.

    Since we are all coming clean here: I am a proud Black woman.

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  4. @Vergissmeinnicht

    So he’s lying?

    Oh, OK, he’s just joking. I get it.

    • Replies: @J
    , @Vergissmeinnicht
  5. TG says:

    Um, yes.

    But you see: people like Bill Gates, or Mark Zuckerberg, or Larry Ellison, or Michael Bloomberg, or Charles Koch – they don’t have to apologize for their “white privilege” at all.

    And when regular working class whites are fired to make room for ‘people of color,’ somehow people like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg etc. never have to make any sacrifices at all. No, they just get to float above it all while the proles tear each other apart.

  6. According to Tempe, Arizona, pastor Steven Anderson (who is considered “anti-semitic” but has Ashkenazim DNA doncha know) did a video referring back to the diaspora in 70 AD when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and diaspora’d the Jews there, and showed mathematically that over the course of almost 2000 years it is extremely likely that nearly everyone on Earth (with a few exceptions, like, say, the Bushmen) has Jewish DNA in them…and I don’t mean Khazar DNA either–real Jewish DNA. Since I am part German on father’s side, then it is very likely I have Jewish DNA….oh, and I am a woman, soooooooooooo……”privilege me”….Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    • Replies: @Kali
  7. J says:
    @obwandiyag

    If you are accepted as Hispanic, you ARE Hispanic. That is the only criterion. I for one accept your claim and wish you success in your desired identity. In many prisons, it may come helpful. Practice your accent.

  8. “The second is to admit race is a social and biological reality. That won’t happen without a cultural revolution.” There — it reallyshould be that simple.
    But, of course, it isn’t. Why ? — as Mike Whitney points out today, the whole “Race” charade has wealthy powerful people pushing it. (Democrats, Soros, a large part of the “professional” class, academics, celebraties, public servants & so on….)

  9. @obwandiyag

    Biologically, genetically the term ‘Hispanic’ is useless – ‘Latino’ is even more. But Mr Gregory Hood could very well be ≈5% to ≈0.1% non-White (Black and/or Amerindian¹, those being the most common), that’s rather normal for White Americans.

    1. Of course, both ‘Black’ and ‘Amerindian’ have – in their own right – many, many somewhat different tribes.

  10. “Of course, being Aboriginal (something she reportedly discovered “at university”)”

    Is that like “lesbian until graduation”?

  11. “She says that because she looks white, she hears slurs people would not use if they knew she was Aboriginal.”

    None of these ladies is a prize, but could anyone possibly think they were Aboriginals? Even albino abos?

    • Replies: @more pancakes please
  12. @James O'Meara

    Incredibly well adapted for life in interior Australia, too bad about the rates of alcoholism. Alcohol has been used to genocide many people.

    • Replies: @Wyatt
  13. @American Citizen 2.0

    Katherine Ryan does some good bits of standup about her lifelong desire to be a ‘strong, powerful, beautiful black woman – like Beyoncé

  14. I am all for the ‘lived experience’ trope – which is why I am comfortable with my identity as an Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate: the most downtrodden of GMFs in the history of the world.

  15. Anon[295] • Disclaimer says:

    Liberal think:

    Sex and race are both social constructs that don’t have biological basis. You can change your sex and anyone who disagrees is a bigot. You can’t change your race though.

  16. Wyatt says:
    @more pancakes please

    Shame it didn’t work on the Irish.

  17. Kali says:
    @omegabooks

    and showed mathematically that over the course of almost 2000 years it is extremely likely that nearly everyone on Earth (with a few exceptions, like, say, the Bushmen) has Jewish DNA in them…

    Not me.
    I’m 100%, undiluted Pict (or Celt… hard to remember?) from the Isle of Albany. – I pre-date the Romans, that’s how indigenous I am!

    And so oppressed have my people been by invaders and conquers throughout centuries (true story!) I’ve only just now summoned up the courage to admit my ancestry. –

    They say that because my skin is white, I am not indigenous. I beg to differ!(also a true story!). :p

    Love,
    Kali.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  18. Rich says:
    @Vergissmeinnicht

    I grew up with a guy who was a blonde-haired, blue-eyed half German, half-Italian, whose parents went to Argentina from Europe, then on to America where he was born. He received several scholarships as a “Hispanic student” and laughed about it all the time. Plenty of Irish, Germans, Italians, Portuguese, Spanish and other Euros emigrated to South America, all are “Hispanic”. I know several Whites of Dutch (remember them) and English ancestry whose families have been here for over 500 years who claim an American Indian ancestor. Aren’t they “native” enough? I don’t see why some “chief” should get to decide who’s an Indian.

    • Replies: @Vergissmeinnicht
  19. The Krug woman certainly looks like the owner of a freshly punched nose. May this one day turn out to be more than an appearance.

  20. @Kali

    I thought the Scots offed most of the Picts on the Big Island, and the Vikings took care of the rest in the archipelago.
    Either way, glad you survived.

    • Replies: @Kali
  21. @Rich

    I don’t see why some “chief” should get to decide who’s an Indian.

    Not sure exactly how it’s done, but as far as I know one is Indian¹ – legally! – if he passes a ‘Blood Quantum Law’ test, or what-not.

    1. Meaning the autochthonous peoples of the USA, minus Hawaii and Alaska.

  22. Kali says:
    @Curmudgeon

    They tried, Curmudgeon, but they failed. 😀

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