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White Nationalist Richard Spencer Gets His Money From Louisiana Cotton Fields—and the US Government
Two weeks after the presidential election, white nationalist Richard Spencer held forth on a cable news show about how white people built America. "White people ultimately don't need other races in order to succeed," he told the audience of the black-oriented program, NewsOne Now.
The exchange grew heated as host Roland Martin questioned Spencer's rhetoric: Didn't slaves help build America? Wasn't the nation's 19th-century economic boom propelled by the slave labor that produced the world's cotton on Southern plantations?
America's rise was "not through black people" and "has nothing to do with slavery," Spencer retorted. "White people could have figured out another way to pick cotton," he said. "We do it now."
He is in a position to know. Spencer, along with his mother and sister, are absentee landlords of 5,200 acres of cotton and corn fields in an impoverished, largely African American region of Louisiana, according to records examined by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. The farms, controlled by multiple family-owned businesses, are worth millions: A 1,600-acre parcel sold for $4.3 million in 2012.
The Spencer family's farms are also subsidized by the federal government. From 2008 through 2015, the Spencers received $2 million in US farm subsidy payments, according to federal data.
"I'm going to navigate the world as it is," says Spencer, "and I'm not going to be a pauper."
Although Spencer has attracted extensive media attention as a leader of the so-called alt-right movement—particularly after he drew Nazi salutes at an event celebrating Donald Trump's election—he has never explained publicly how he supports himself while actively promoting his agenda via conferences and media appearances. The finances of his nonprofit think tank, the National Policy Institute, are a mystery; the organization hasn't filed a public report since 2013. On Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported that the IRS revoked the institute's tax-exempt status.
Spencer, 38, is a dropout from a Duke University Ph.D. history program who emerged during the Trump campaign as one of the nation's most visible white separatist agitators. In his writing, speeches, and interviews, he has given an intellectualized explanation for how he came to advocate creating a whites-only "ethno state" in North America. While in graduate school, he has said, he was compelled by critiques of multiculturalism and political correctness and by demographic data indicating that whites are en route to minority status in the United States.
But the Spencer family's business interests and geographic history suggest a different possible lineage for Richard Spencer's racist politics. The family's farm holdings are a legacy of its ties to the Jim Crow South, passed down by Spencer's grandfather, who built the business during the turbulent civil rights era.
Spencer declined in an interview this week to discuss how much money he personally receives from cotton farming and government subsidies, and whether that income funds his political activities.
"I'm not involved in any direct day-to-day running of the business," he said, later adding, "I'm going to navigate the world as it is, and I'm not going to be a pauper."
One Spencer family farming company, which holds title to 400 acres of land, is called the Poor Richard Partnership.
Matt Forney Says Gamergate and the Trump Campaign Were Signs of a White Revolt
At the recent Identitarian Ideas IX conference in Sweden, one of the more unorthodox speaker choices was Matt Forney. After all, Forney, the racist pickup artist, domestic abuser, and Michelin Man doppelgänger , has spent years boasting about sleeping with Filipino women — though I suppose that hasn’t stopped fellow skinhead Andrew Anglin from being accepted in white nationalist circles either.
Forney gave a speech on Donald Trump and white identity politics in the United States, telling the audience, “I don’t think I need to remind anyone that the election of President Donald Trump was a turning point in American and European history.” The ruling class, he said, has spent decades telling conservative whites that “we were on the losing side of history,” and that the future of their civilization was to consist of “fruits Frenching their boyfriends in front of empty churches,” mosques in the cities their “forefathers labored to build,” and “swarthy foreigners” who eye “our sisters, wives, and girlfriends the way lions stare at gazelles.”
...Forney complained that being white means being “the world’s whipping boy,” since white people are “blamed for everything” including pollution, poverty in Africa, and manspreading. What’s even worse, he claimed, is being a straight, white male, “because you’re told that your natural masculine instincts…make you an oppressive misogynist.”
He then attacked transgender children who “become a funhouse mirror version of the opposite sex” and affirmative consent laws which can, apparently, get a man accused of rape for kissing one’s wife. And according to Forney, poor, underprivileged white men have been “pursued” by the Left and given “no place to call their own.” Except, of course, bars, most college campuses, businesses, the military, and the halls of Congress.
Nevertheless, Forney believes that white men have nothing, not even video games which has “long the province of virginal nerds.” He referred to 2014’s Gamergate movement as “he first successful backlash against cultural Marxism in most of our lifetimes” and the moment the “white man of gaming” saw Leftists and feminists trying to take away their precious hobby.
The Anger of White Men
As white men, anger and betrayal might be the unfinished business of our ancestors. Ours are the ancestors who learned to blame themselves for their suffering, to individualize their anger and see their neighbors as competitors rather than allies. Ours are the ancestors who sacrificed their unique cultures for the unsatisfying pseudo-culture of whiteness. Our ancestors allowed racism, sexism, and hatred of the other to divide themselves from those with whom they had common cause. All for the promise that if they simply worked hard enough, they would have wealth, ease, and love. A promise that has been broken over and over, a promise that increases the wealth and power of the elite while we cling even harder to the lie.
We have been given a shitty deal. Theodore W. Allen talked about white privilege as a “baited hook,” something that traps us even as it seems to give us a treat. Deep down, we know the wealth we desire comes from the oppression of others. We know our anger keeps us from the solidarity we desperately crave. The system that exploits our dreams and desires wants us to be hateful and wary of women, people of color, and queer folk. It wins when we see ourselves as competitors fighting over scraps rather than comrades who demand more.
Our ancestors oppressed and colonized, but that’s not all they did. We have ancestors who joined with Black people in the fight against slavery and segregation. We have ancestors who fought for freedom, social equality, better wages, the right for people of all classes, races, and genders to vote. We do not have to bear our burdens alone. All we need to do is be willing to share the burden of others. We can join them in the forest.
Let’s turn our anger to the people who benefit from keeping our wages depressed, not the people who take whatever they can get to support their families. Let’s turn our anger to the banks who foreclosed on our houses and the government that paid for their mistakes. Let’s turn our anger to those who would rather pay us to endanger our lives doing violence in foreign countries than spend that money investing in our healthcare, schools, roads, and bridges—all of which would create jobs. Let’s turn our anger to the corporate practices that dump waste in our water, that eviscerate our forests, that poison our health.
Our anger is fire. With it we can bring warmth to the world. This is necessary.
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