America is part of the West, and as both a political and
cultural order, is not "based on a creed" or "derived from a
proposition." America is neither a "universal nation" nor an
"experiment" concocted by ideologues. America is the unique and
irreplaceable product of centuries of specific racial, historical, and
cultural identities. America and its cultural and political identity
will endure only so long as the identities that created it and sustain
it endure, and when they die, America will die. We do not wish this to
happen and will work to ensure it does not.
--The Editors, The Occidental Quarterly, A Statement of Principles.
This quote in particular, and the Occidental Quarterly's Statement
of Principles in general, go a long way towards capturing the essence
of American White Nationalism. White Nationalists believe that western
civilization is a product of the peoples who created it, rather than a
product of luck or happenstance.
White Nationalism is linked in the minds of many to white
"supremacism". Many modern White Nationalists explicitly deny being
white supremacists, arguing that they merely wish for each group of
people with shared heritage, including white people, to be allowed to
promote and preserve its heritage, and do not desire to oppress or
dominate other races as racial supremacists do. Many of their critics
charge that White Nationalism is simply white "supremacism" in disguise.
There is of course an exceptionally easy litmus test for
distinguishing between White Nationalists and white supremacists: white
supremacists are by definition unable to accept at face value any data
that evince non-white superiority (e.g. relatively higher East Asian or
Ashkenazi Jewish average IQ, lower East Asian propensity for violent
crime, West African dominance in short distance running, etc.).
Critics of White Nationalism (or, more accurately, those who smear
White Nationalism - honest criticism is hard to come by in the
mainstream media) often tar all White Nationalists with the same brush,
conflating a wide range of thought and opinion with into a single
demonized "group," when in fact the lion's share of White Nationalist
thought is not currently generated by National Socialists or the likes
of the Aryan Nations, but by conservatives.
The racial left often asserts that racism is a morally bankrupt belief
system that bases identity on surface racial differences like skin
pigmentation, that "racism is based on skin color." This assertion
approaches the status of mantra in the public consciousness. In truth,
there is no basis for the idea that White Nationalists elevate surface
racial differences beyond their proper domain. Racial realists in
general see these surface differences essentially as markers for race,
not as the important substance of race. On the other hand, social
identity theory tells us that these surface differences are socially
very important in and of themselves.