While white supremacists defend racist rhetoric or attacks out of fear and hate of being outnumbered in a diverse society, while discriminatory and even cruel policies are established evidencing protectionism outweighs humanistic principles, and while white terrorism rampages in the United States -- it is crucial to reexamine nationalism and discern its implications for the world. Nationalism could relate to the feel of patriotism and pride about one’s own country, culture, ethnicity, values, or achievements. It could lead to superiority complex or to an extreme degree, justification of supremacy. Nationalism advocates development of national infrastructure and economy, provides motivations for hard work, strength and success. On the other hand, nationalism induces alienation from the global community due to isolationism and self-interest. It also evokes further separation of individuals based on finance, ethnicity, religion, or social status. In its severe form, nationalism leads to warring cliques, race groups, sub-nations and countries.
Without careful deliberation and discussion to balance nationalist outlooks, unity in diversity will break as in modern-today America, where white nationalism grows and intolerance increases. The extent of resistance, prejudice or bigotry could lead to hate and instigate treacherous catastrophes. Albert Einstein determined in his lifetime: "Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." He also declared: "I am against any nationalism, even in the guise of mere patriotism. Privileges based on position and property have always seemed to me unjust and pernicious, as did any exaggerated personality cult." History is full of examples to verify Einstein’s remark. German leaders, such as Hitler, instituted anti-Jew laws, brainwashed citizens, and was able to rationalize one of the worst genocides in the history of mankind.
One imminent task of every responsible citizen is to detect the fallacy of nationalism, condemn dangerous nationalist movements or trends, and to avert new hate by learning from America’s entrenched old hate. 600 extremists around the country attended the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 11-12, 2017. Its deadly violent end did not “save” the white race, but incited crime and unspeakable animosity. According to ADL’s report, “White supremacists have killed more people in recent years than any other type of domestic extremist (54% of all domestic extremist-related murders in the past 10 years). They are also a troubling source of domestic terror incidents (including 13 plots or attacks within the past five years).” Incidents of white terroristic mass shootings, for example in El Passo, TX in August 2019, are signaling alarming social trends. If this is not the time to review the lessons of history, when would it be?
White nationalism may be different from “white supremacy,” but the unrealistic desire to live among and with only their own race, in a so-called white “ethnostate,” can be just as misleading and fallacious. While one acknowledges this type of ideology, one needs to recognize that ethnic dominance must not lead to vicious exclusion of others. As a matter of fact, racially homogenous societies simply do not exist and need not die or kill for. The enterprise of our time should be one that seeks to dissolve and resolve conflicts and disagreements derived from diversity, or any such disparity existing in any community, be it homogeneous or heterogeneous. Boundaries of races or nations need not and could not be built only to deny its essence and existence; they are better to be bridged with gumption, integrity, and soul.