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Whitewashing “Thor:” Why the Council of Conservative Citizens Is Anything But

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Posted on December 22 2010 10:00 am
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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“Racism” is among the most abused words in the English language, bandied about with reckless abandon, applied inappropriately to disparage and denigrate when intelligible argument fails.  As Stanley Kurtz points out in his outstanding exposé Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, the Left has inflamed racial tensions as one would stoke the fires of an engine, channeling its energy toward their radical cause.

Be that as it may, conservatives must acknowledge that genuine racism remains an ugly reality. Unfortunately, some of it is espoused by professed conservatives. The combination of conservative political identification with racist assertions presents an effective threat to the right’s credibility in the political discourse. That threat must be answered.

One of the organizations imputing its racist views upon the whole of conservatism is the so-called Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) which rose out of the segregationist Citizen Councils among the Southern states during the Civil Rights era. The CCC is in the news this week, making hey over the casting of a black man in Marvel Studio’s forthcoming theatrical release Thor.

“It seems that Marvel Studios believes that white people should have nothing that is unique to themselves,” a post on the CCC’s website reads. “An upcoming movie, based on the comic book Thor, will give Norse mythology an insulting multi-cultural make-over. One of the Gods will be played by Hip Hop DJ Idris Elba.”

Elba is probably better known as the award-winning actor who starred in The Wire, American Gangster and a brief stint on The Office.

A story like this presents a commentator like yours truly with a rhetorical knot to untangle. There is an argument to be made that casting a black actor as a Norse god is rather silly, though no more so than the countless examples of white actors portraying minority characters throughout film history. Unfortunately, the motivation to make that argument is dwarfed by the necessity to renounce CCC as a horrific organization whose ideology is anything but conservative.

In this task, rather than reinvent the wheel, I defer to David Horowitz. In 2002, he addressed the subject of white nationalism in an argument with Jared Taylor, founder of the Euro-racialist group American Renaissance. Like most white nationalists, Taylor claimed that America’s heritage is uniquely European and threatened by the introduction of non-European ethnicities. Horowitz neatly dispensed with this notion.

Even insofar as Americans were European in origin, “European” is not an ethnicity, and the history of Europe is the history of wars between its ethnicities and its racial groups(…)

The fundamental mistake of the Euro-racialists is to confuse ethnicity and culture. How is race or ethnicity integral to the American idea or the American culture? Are not Francis Fukuyama, Dinesh D’Souza and Thomas Sowell quintessential Americans despite their Japanese, Indian and African lineage? The Jews have remained a people united by culture and — until recently — a language for 2,000 years; but as a people they embrace a world of ethnicities and races.

It is a culture that is crucial in shaping the American identity, not an ethnicity or race.

That is why conservatism is not a race-based ideology. What is to be conserved is a set of ideas, not an ethnic or racial identity.

My brand of conservatism is based on a belief in the fundamental truth in the idea of individualism; in the idea of rights that are derived from “Nature’s God” and therefore inalienable; in the conservative view of human nature and the philosophy of limited government that flows therefrom; and in the recognition that property rights are the proven foundation of all human liberties.

Next: The unholy alliance between Euro-racialists and the radical left…

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