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White Homeland: Part 2

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On this episode of F*** Your Racist History: “White Homeland: Part 2,” we discuss historical efforts by American white supremacists to create white ethno-states within the United States via racial separatist movements like the Northwest Territorial Imperative and Oregon’s racist founding history and their state constitution from 1859, which both forbid slavery while also prohibiting Black people from inhabiting land in the territory. Finally, we explore the broader impacts of systemic racism in our cities and suburbs, the creation of our highway infrastructure to aid in racial separatist efforts, and the often destructive effects of gentrification on American communities.

At the heart of america is a dirty and shameful reality. Every one knows each episode are available At https:// www. fyourracisthistory. com/ scripts. it exists, but the devastating impact that is left on generations of people has been glost over and even ignore, especially by those who still benefit from that to our american history is rooted in races. More obvious chapters include the decimation of native american populations, slavery, segregation, the jim prote, most americans have learned about- or at least heard of these events, but ask them about the agena movement or when home grown extremists filled madison square garden for a nazi rag or how henry ford' s hatred of jews helped inspire adolph hitler to explore these overlooked events that don' t make it into our history book and correct a record for the people harmed by them. The trace are passed to modern tragedies and learn how folks over the sentries have fought back. We need to confront our racist history so that we might have a chance to defeat it once and full. I' m christian peachey, the former whites supremacist, who became an anti racist actinise and a bringer of hard truth on each episode of ef, your racist history. You learn about america' s conveniently overlooked racist origin stores joining as we yank off the hood and expose the lives behind some of america, so called triumphs and heroes. Fear one emotion with the power to move or a mobilize millions who controls the flow of fear controls the masses. Some of the most brutal regimes of the past came to power when people were at their most desperate moments, downtrodden challenged fearing for their prosperity or fighting for mere survival. One of the most prominent examples of this use of fear mongering is that of adolph hitler and the third rice. The german people embraced adolph hitler and his nazi party' s message that the jews whom they tried to equate with communists and subhumans were supposedly to blame for their national suffering. In his rousing speeches, hitler presented the conflict between white, germans and ethnic or religious minorities as a situation of life and death for the country, non germans or more specifically, non arians or non perera. Germans were a so called existential threat quote. There are only two possibilities: hitler told a munich audience on to nine hunden twenty two, either victory of the arian or annihilation of the arian and the victory of the jew and quote in one form or another fear, and the use of manufactured fear to control. People is always at the root of a hate movement, whether it be the fear of losing power, rights or property, a fear of foreign cultures, overpowering the status quo or, as is claimed by the modern white supremacist movement, fear of a total extinction of the white race. Capitalizing on that notion, while in prison in the late e s and early s for his role in the assassination of a jewish radio host, one thousand nine hundred and eighty four white su premises, terrorist david lane drafted in a pamphlet what would become the infamous credo and montre of white power extremists world wide? The fourteen words quote...

...: we must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children and quote. This is sometimes followed by the secondary unless commonly used white power slogan, because the beauty of the white arian woman must not perish from the earth. Exhibit a david lane gave the white power movement a simple focal point, protect the future of the white race from well everything non white, implying that their white existence is fleeting. The thread of extinction or a great replacement is looming. David lane was one of the leaders of the white supremacist terrace group. The order formed on sand nine hundred and eighty three, The order served as a paramilitary arm of the arian nations organization and aim to form a white homeland in washington, oregon and idaho, via violent insurrection, will talk more about lane and his group. The order in a later episode securing the existence of a white people is a broad statement and can be interpreted in many frightening ways. in hitler' s case, securing the existence of his arian nation meant the extinction of jewish people and other non arians. If we look at the southern slave holder class of the antebellum united states securing their existence, men attempted secession from the union and the establishment of a sovereign slave owning nation to keep black people in slavery and whites in power until the end of time or, at the very least, to keep whites completely separate from those they viewed, as quote lower classes of humans. If they saw non whites as human beings at all. In the case of more modern american white supremacists, the movement has been and is idling somewhere in between dreaming of carving out an all white homeland for themselves within the land mass of the united states or taking violent action in executing non white people to hasten the result in their own locals. For example, the racist gunman who was responsible For the deaths of twenty two people in the wounding of dozens more in a walmart store in el paso texas. In two thousand, seventeen was a proponent of separate ethnic states. In his manifesto he wrote about wanting quote a confederacy of territories with at least one territory for each race: dillon roof the american neonazis terrorist. Instead, scorned efforts by white separatist groups like the north western front, which aims to create a sovereign white nation within the northwestern united states as ineffective rufe stated in his manifesto quote to me the whole idea of a north west white homeland just parallels the concept of white people running to the suburbs. The whole idea is pathetic and just another way to run from The problem without facing it and quote, he ultimately murdered nine black parishioners of an african methodist episcopal church in charleston, south carolina in two thousand and fifteen, in an attempt to further his racist endeavour to secure a white homeland. Each of these horrific acts of terrorism stemmed from the perpetrators, believing they were, making a so called positive contribution towards a broader effort to solve the quote. Unquote: problem of black and brown people encroaching on white autonomy and threatening white prosperity in america. The al...

...passo gunmen even mentioned The great replacement theory, a term coined in two thousand eleven by white nationalist, french conspiracy, theorist and writer, renaut camu and channeled by neonazis at the deadly white nationalist rally in charlottesville virginia in august. Two thousand a d. Seventeen, the basis of the great replacement theory and the fear mongering behind it. Is this white supremacists believe that through non white emigration and missages or interracial relationships that produce offspring, the white race is being driven to extinction. Kamu wrote about this in the context of moslems immigrating into france and replacing the white populace there physically and culturally. So it' s important to note that these views span the globe and discriminate equally in the last episode white homeland part one. We dissected racist efforts by the knights of the golden circle, the confederate slave colonies of brazil and abraham lincoln' s colonization, effort of lavash or cow island off the coast of hadi. These movements were attempts to carve out spaces for white dominance by annexing foreign territory. To day we explore similar efforts to create white ethno states within the united states. We dig into oregon' s racist founding history and its state constitution from eighteen. Fifty nine, which forbid slavery, while also prohibiting black people from inhabiting land in the territory, will also look at the broader impacts of systemic racism in our cities and suburbs and the creation of our highway infrastructures to purposely divide us and aid white supremacist efforts. This is episode. Eight of feu, racist history, white homeland, part, two, the american pacific northwest territory, bounded by the pacific ocean to the west and rocky mountains to the east, a land of plenty nature, untouched raw beauty, tree huggers, granola, hippy, central, that' s how most people see it anyway, and while it is all that it' s also so much more in seight hundred a d eighteen oregon country was established by international treaty between the united states and the united kingdom. It comprised modern day oregon, idaho, washington and parts of montana wyoming and even british columbia. Canada increased emigration to the new united states territory via the oregon trail prompted a revision of the treaty in eighteen, forty, six establishing the modern border between canada and the united states. However, by this point in its young history, oregon country or the oregon territory, as it would come to be known, had already established itself as a white ethno state, a racial home land and it was codified in their racial exclusion laws following a fight over a horse by a freed black man and a native american man named cockstick, which left the native american and two white men dead in march eighteen, forty four, a law banning black people from...

...the area was enacted. Although an original copy of the law does not exist to day pieces of, it have survived from later reprints somewhat. To its credit, it stated that slavery and involuntary servitude quote shall forever be prohibited in oregon, but showed its true intent when it also said that freed slaves had to leave the state within three years. The law also stipulated that any one found to be in breach would be arrested, tried and sentenced to quote no less than twenty, nor more than thirty nine stripes to be inflicted by the constable. You can brush up on the racist history of constables and slave patrols. An episode to the punishment of whipping was later replaced with hard labor, but the law still remained in eighteen, forty, nine, the oregon legislature passed yet another exclusion law quote it shall not be lawful for any negro or mulatto to enter into or reside within the limits of this territory, providing that nothing in this act. Shell applied to any negro or mulatto now resident in this territory, nor shall it apply to the offspring of any such as our residents and quote. Basically, if you are a person of color and were already in the oregon territory, you' d be allowed to stay with major restrictions, of course, but they weren' t letting any one else in unless they were white. Their reason within the new oregon territories preamble, the law stated that it would be quote highly dangerous to allow free, negroes and mulattoes to reside in the territory or to intermix, with indians and stilling into their minds. Feelings of hostility toward the white race and quote elements of this law were baked into oregon state constitution over a decade later. At the time, the oregon territory had less than one hundred black residents. In total, three separate sections of oregon' s constitution sought to limit the rights of people of color, the bill of rights, restricted all new people of color from residing in the territory, and it removed the right of existing black and multiracial individuals from owning real estate and released any existing employment contracts. It also forbid them from holding public office. Another section entitled rights of aliens which remained in the state constitution until nineteen seventy stated that only new white residents may enjoy the same rights as so called native born citizens. Oregonn was admitted as a state to the union in eighteen, fifty nine with no revisions to its constitution. It was the first state constitution that allowed racist, exclusionary text during the american civil war. Organ adopted even more laws intended to keep the state as white as possible. For example, it adopted anti message: ation laws which banned white people from marrying any one who is a quarter or more black native american, asian or hawaiian, how exactly they calculated that and who they assemble to make. Those determinations is lost to history. In addition, the state legislature adopted a new law requiring all indigenous peoples and people of color residing in oregon to pay an additional annual tax of five dollars about a hundred and thirty dollars to day. Why? Simply because they weren' t white and they had...

...to pay for the so called privilege of living among or burdening whites. If any one was unable to pay, they were forced to perform hard labour, such as maintaining public roads and railroads following the end of the civil war and the ratification of the fourteenth amendment, which granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the united states, including former enslaved people, and guaranteed all citizens equal protection of the laws. Conservatives with the time were democrats took control of the state legislature after the eighteen sixty eight elections. They immediately rescinded the state ' s ratification of the amendment and were supported at the time by near universal, please from oregonians to leave the union. This rallying cry for secession would echo throughout the state' s history into the modern day. The newly elected oregon legislature also refused to ratify the fifteenth amendment, which said no state could deny a citizen the right to vote on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude and continued to fight that right until nineteen fifty nine, although only symbolic as it was obliged to comply under federal law, it made oregon ' s position on the suffrage of people of color, clear. Neither blacks nor their voting rites were welcome in the state with the resurgence of the ku klux klan in nineteen teens and nine. Is it' s no surprise that k k k membership climb in the state of oregon, given its racist history, yon nineteen? Twenty three oregon' s? Fifty clan chapters were over thirty five thousand members strong. It was the state with the most significant amount of support west of the mississippi river. In comparison, texas k, k, came membership at the time was only around twenty five hundred and the state with the most supporters indiana claimed around two hundred and forty thousand members in nineteen twenty two, the k k k even succeeded in putting one of their own in the oregon governor' s mansion walter m pierce. A frequent guest at clan rallies pierce would later be elected to congress in one to nine hundred thirty, two after years of endorsing the white terrorist group and their slogan, one hundred per cent american oregon' s neighbour washington state equally embraced the ku klux clan in their racist views, their membership numbers rivalled, oregons and washington state became known for their k. k k. Super rallies following a convention spelled on brand, with a kay of course, in july of nineteen twenty three that drew over fifty thousand attendees over the next few years. Clan conventions continued to host many thousands of spectators, members and non members alike joined in on the racist pageantry. These gatherings often included fireworks. Twenty one gun salutes patriotic and factually misrepresented reenactments of american history cross, burnings and fiery pseudo religious, racist sermons. These events were designed to entice white americans specifically non members who they could mesmerize and frighten with their rousing whites only propaganda and fear mongering of a black takeover. Although turn out at these racist rallies was high, general public acceptance of the ku klux clan remained relatively lukewarm in the pacific northwest. During this time, clan members often criticized oregon newspapers for not publishing their anti...

...catholic conspiracy theories. Washington officials concerned about optics band clan masks and robes at political rallies and sometimes withheld permission for planned conventions almost as quickly as the ku klux plan rose in the north western states. Their numbers soon began to diminish. Nevertheless, racist sentiments have remained in nineteen twenty three: the state of oregon passed laws that prevented japanese people from owning property and allowed cities to deny them and other people of color business licenses during world war. Two four thousand oregonians of japanese descent were placed in internment camps and anything of value was stripped from them, we' ll discuss asian and termen camps in detail in a later episode. During this time, the oregon legislature also urged congress quote to deport immediately after the war, all alien, japanese and all japan knees of american citizenship, who have indicated dual citizenship and quote the north west territorial imperative, a movement also known as the north west front and mentioned by whites of premises, killer, dillon roof and his manifesto started in then s as a white separatist initiative seeking to establish a mono racial country, meaning a white' s only homeland. The initial primary supporters of this effort were the late richard butler leader of the violent idaho, based arian nations organization and robert miles, a white supremacist pseudo christian pastor from khata michigan when they were still alive. Both butler and myles urged white americans to flock to the pacific northwest where they could maintain a white racial majority. Richard butler originally referred to his vision of a white ethno state as the forty nine states and the rice of ida in one thousand nine hundred and eighty six at the aria nation' s conference in hayden lake, idaho, where the theme was north west territorial and parade opinions on the venture were initially split among white supremacists. Some chapters of the k, k, k and many neonazis approved of the plan to carve out ten per cent of the united states for a white homeland, while others, especially the southern chapters, argued that they should fight for the home they had. they believed the south could rise again. White supremacist, harold covington, led the north west front initiative until his death in two thousand and eighteen. He joined the neonazis national socialist white people' s party, previously known as the american nazi party the same year. He joined the us army on a nineteen seventy one. Two years later, covington was discharged and decided to roam the african continent. He became inspired by south africa' s a partite government, an oppressive racial segregation system and force there until the early nines in nineteen. Seventy six covington was expelled from rhodesia, modern days zimbabwe, after sending threatening letters to a jewish congregation there upon his return to the united states, he advocated for his new paramilitary group, the north west front, clearly stating its intentions quote, of course, its racism. What' s wrong with racism, it' s the purest form of patriotism and quote it' s unclear whose leading covington' s separatist movement to day or even how many people might...

...be involved. However, it is still active with continued and growing support from known white supremacist and neonazis groups. World wide and the desire to establish a white home land in the pacific northwest continues to be a driving force. The racist separatis doctrines held by richard butler robert miles and harold covington certainly didn' t die with them. They continue to inspire new generations of white supremist activity at the expense of innocent lives. We have just learned the suspect. Twenty one year old dillon roof has been caught in north carolina, believe a roof walked into the historic mother, emanual aami church in charleston last night sat down for nearly an hour at a bible study there and then open fire killing nine people, six women and a three men, including the church' s pastor, clemente pinkney, who is also a prominent state senator we want to bring an ameto june. Seventeenth, two thousand fifteen, a young neonazis named dill. An roof walked into the historic emmanual african methodist episcopal, church, locally endeared as mother emmanuel in charleston south carolina, an open fire on a bible study, grew praying inside the victims. Six women and three men were all african american members of the church and the horrific act of deadly terrorism devastated the entire community, its believe the church was targeted by rufe because of its historic association with the civil rights movement following the murders dillon rofe' s manifesto was uncovered on line in it. He claimed to take inspiration for the killings directly from harold cubing ton, even paying tribute to him in the title, the last rodesia in his manifesto, which roof published on a public website. He blames black people for america' s problems and claimed that segregation is quote a defensive measure, echoing harold covington' s racist white homeland views covington himself later said before his own death, that the mass murder committed by dylan roof was just a quote preview of coming attractions. Sadly, in this regard, he wasn' t wrong. The crime took place here on south east thirty. First, early sunday morning, three black men all from ethiopia were sitting in this car talking when one left ted for his apartment. Another car pulled up. Three young white men jumped out and began beating him. The long history of white supremacy and restrictive racist laws in oregon in the pacific northwest of america is also given rise to other violent events in recent decades. in on thousand nine hundred and eighty eight an event. I remember very well for my own youth, ethiopian, emigrant mallegeta, sarah was murdered by neo nazi skin heads in south east portland, the twenty eight year old man had been saying his good byes to friends. When the group of so called white pride skin heads approached and started shouting racial slurs and obscenities quickly, things turned violent. Sarah was brutally murdered with a baseball bat and kicks from the steel toed boots of the racist skin. Heads in a city' s image is a place of peace and tolerance. As shattered the crime seemed to shock the city of portland, but it shouldn' t have racist skin heads, let alone racism in general had noticeably been prevalent for years by the time of sir ras murder.

The powers that be had simply ignored The warnings, something that continues to this day. More recently in two thousand and seventeen, a white man named jeremy christian, boarded a full max commuter train in portland. He began screaming at two young women and directed anti missle slurs at them, claiming that people of color were quote ruining the city to night the every eye looking into whether hate crime charges will be filed against an alleged white supremacist accused of stabbing two good samaritans to death on a commuter train. In portland, icelanders tried to intervene and physically moved the aggressor away from the young women, but he only became more agitated. A man named talise mirdan namkeen was trying to record the disturbance when jeremy christians swiped the phone out of his hand and plunged a knife into his neck. He also attacked two trained passengers named rick best and mica david col, fletcher, namkhamm and best died as a result of their wounds and fletcher was seriously wounded. The racist attacker was charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. An oregon jury found him guilty in february two thousand and twenty, and eventually sentenced him the two life sentences in prison without parole over the last year. Since the outbreak of the covin nineteen pandemic, eight crimes in the state of oregon have increased over three hundred per cent. The asian american and pacific islander or a api communities reported forty two per cent of all the occurrences highlighting a nationwide search in antiates and attacks. A recent two thousand and twenty one survey by the salem statesman journal also found that almost forty per cent of oregon residents believe that white people are unfairly discriminated against and that america get. This should do more to preserve its white european heritage. Despite the fact that oregon is already an overwhelming eighty six percent white to day and only two point, two percent black. The survey also showed that about eleven per cent of oregonians support outright white nationalist principles, an anti establishment militia groups, it doesn' t sound much like peace and love coming from a state that is mostly known for its hippi culture. So what' s the moral of this wannabe secessionist story? It' s not that there are groups of radical whites supremacist that would rather slice off whole sections of the country for arian, safe spaces. Then cohabitation non white people, of course, not that' s nothing new instead, where americans may often go wrong here, is believing that these are fringe movements that don' t have any connection to their own daily lives. That is a huge mistake. We can point to movements like northwest territorial imperative and call them fringe all right, white nationalist, extremist movements even still the reality. Is there our elements baked into our larger systems that breed an equity right in our own backyards, and there are still, unfortunately, plenty of us would rather turn a blind eye to it than face the truth about our past and present. Just ask yourself how millions of germans were able to ignore the rise of adolf, hitler' s diabolical right. Then look around and ask yourself if we might be experiencing something similar...

...right now. Many americans live in the suburbs, a trend which can be traced back to the end of world war, two with something called leaved towns. Five years ago this was a vast checker board of potato bombs on new york long island to day a community of sixty thousand persons living in fifteen thousand homes, a built by one firm. This is a i one of the most remarkable housing developers. Evocant loved towns were named for the original construction company that developed them, love it and sons. They built eight suburban housing complexes in pennsylvania, new york, new jersey, maryland virginia and porto rico. In the early nineteen s and s, these were modern communities at the time, chock full of amenities like bowling alleys, grocery stores and affordable, two bedroom homes perfect for gis returning from war and for their growing families. This type of suburban housing development became hugely popular and community subdivisions. Much like leaved towns still dominate the american real estate sounds sort of idylic right. What' s not so well known about leave towns is that their creator, william j levet, refused to sell his homes to people of color per juli laski from the new york times quote early leveed town leases barred home owners from renting or selling to those who weren' t caucasians, although they stipulated that people of color could work as domestics. Rather than calling this out as a united states constitutional violation, the federal housing administration instead made segregation a requirement for housing developers to qualify for subsidies through the program effectively. Leve towns were legal government sanction whites only communities and they want the only ones of their kind, often called racial covenants. Racist language codified in official real estate documents was rampant across the country until he n s this language, such as the owner being prohibited from reselling, the property to a black family, was often required by banks in order to be approved for alone. The argument at The time was that families of color moving into white neighborhoods would allegedly lower property values and increase crime rates. Some of that racist language is still present in home and real estate covenant documents to day university of washington. Researchers, for example, recently uncovered racial covenant, language affecting about twenty thousand properties in washington states o king county, which includes the city of seattle. We typically like to think of the jim crow era, a separate drinking fountains and segregated buses in the south, but the effects of white separatism within the housing market throughout the united states can still be felt to day. This is the origin story of many modern american suburbs and communities, and it was followed up with mortgage discrimination, predatory lending practices and red line that still stubbornly persists to this day, despite the illegality and inhumanity of it. All we' ll go much more in depth into things like racist lending practices and red lining. In a later episode, still, even when communities of color did manage to carve out prosperous neighborhoods for themselves, us infrastructure, of course, american racists, at a habit of running right through the per the department of transportation, the federal aid highway act of a...

...nineteen. Fifty seven this placed over four hundred and seventy five thousand households and one million people from one thousand nine hundred fifty seven nineteen. Seventy seven most of these households, displaced by our national interstate system, belong to communities of color. Just one example of many is the new orleans neighborhood of treme, the historically black on clay founded in seventeen. Eighty three tremain was one of the few places in new orleans, where free people of color could buy property prior to the civil war, and it became a vibrant cultural center for the black community. Even during the jim crow er, then the national highways came. The clay born expressway cleaved, The neighborhood into fragments leading to business closures and displaced residents. Now, eighty years later, president joe biden is attempting to write some of these wrongs and has proposed removing the clay born. Expressway current residents of treme have major concerns. However, to day in cities across america, real estate developers are going into lower income, neighborhoods and redeveloping them a process known as gentrification. It drives property values, up, attracts new businesses and draws wealth, but it often has the effect of displacing existing lower income residents. Residents of treme and other similar neighbourhoods worry. These efforts to remove expressways and reroute highways could lead to further displacement and gentrification of in their communities. While one could argue that this is progress, why must it always come at the expense of the port and predominantly people of color? Isn' t there a better, more equitable way to achieve progress? Writer douglas perry put all of this into context in his june two thousand and twenty piece for the oregonian he said. Progressive white americans might reject racism and insist, there ' s no place for it in today' s society, but that doesn ' t mean they want to give up the advantages. It' s provided them institutionalized racism created intergenerational wealth for some and not others. It shaped the geography of the cities and towns. We traverse every day and quote, and it' s true inner generational wealth spell security and prosperity for the future. Much of that comes from owning land, property and tangible wealth accumulated from one generation to the next. If parents or grandparents were systematically excluded from building that wealth because of the color of their skin until recently, it almost certainly impacts the financial security of current and future generations. Think about that. So here we are to day there' s a lot of controversy right now over attempts to critically examine america' s history, especially its racist history, and how it still impacts us as a nation places like idaho and tennessee, have even passed laws banning the teaching of a legal and academic concept called critical race theory in public schools and universities. Basically, this ensure students and teachers will be allowed fewer opportunities for thoughtful and informed conversations about how racism may have impacted our development as a nation and a united people, even when some of these very people are still dealing with the generational after shocks caused by practices like segregation and discrimination. That means no discussions about race relations, at least not truthful,...

...and fully informed examinations of how our past effects are present. In effect, this ensures more whitewashing of our history to make it seem more mild and patriotic than it was, and of the free home of the brave, no exceptions. But the truth is there are exceptions, and this podcast hopes to shine a light on just some of the more hidden flaws that have led us to the divisions and inequities of to day. If we can' t face the truth of who we are, how can we ever hope to be more addressing these issues and staring down the truth? Doesn' t diminish america. It makes us a more honorable people able to make informed decisions and changes for a better future for the whole of our nation. It makes us stronger. The truth will set us free. We just have to be brave enough to see it as always: f eur racist history i' ll see you next time. That' s all for today join me next time, as we shine a light on another shameful chapter of our country' s racist path. We can' t beat the problem if we can' t see it. You ' ve been listening to four racist history. If you like what you' ve heard? Do us a favor and rate us on whichever platform you listen, it helps you can get more information on this and other episodes at f. U racist history com or on your favorite podcast app. Four racist history is produced by gold note and distributed by sounder. This episode was researched, fact, checked and written by maggie come and jasmine brand links to source material and references are included in the show notes. Our editor is ken pendo music is courtesy, a flat foot. Fifty six jamie moler is our producer and i' m the executive producer and your host christian pea children. Thank you for joining, see you next time and is always f. Your racist history t.

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