David Duke wrote “My Awakening” and this book has made a huge difference in the lives of many people – a positive difference. He also publicly promotes the group rights of whites and this is commendable. Furthermore, at least one of his daughters follows in his racialist footsteps and honors him greatly. I think this is a beautiful thing.
On the flip side, Duke is alleged to have engaged in questionable behavior and I am in no position to judge whether he did these deeds or not. Some of my friends, themselves race-realists, think the man is an abomination. Perhaps – and perhaps the white nationalist movements, varied as they are, should pick their spokesmen more carefully.
The white nationalist movements are, unfortunately, plagued by men of dubious character: Nick Griffin, David Lane, Robert Matthews and Harold Covington for example. But to those who are quick to judge white nationalism on this basis, I would ask: are “mainstream” politicians any better? If anything, I would say they are far worse. Also, in a sense, white nationalism is de facto illegal. This makes it much like alcohol during prohibition; just as it was mainly criminal types who were attracted to commerce in illegal alcohol, so too it is mainly criminal types who are attracted to leadership in white nationalism. Once white nationalism becomes permissible for public discourse, its leaders will tend to be more savory. Furthermore, black nationalist leaders and Jewish nationalist leaders are far from perfect and yet the media is quite forgiving toward them.
I think mature people need to get in the habit of separating the man from the message. Not that we should lower ourselves to the level of other races, who have no moral standards for their leaders. But if we demand that our leaders be flawless, who then shall we look up to? As much as I admire Jared Taylor, I am certain that he is not without sin.
In conclusion, if I felt that the book “My Awakening” could help somebody reach the truth and awaken him from his slumber, I would not hesitate to lend the book to him. At the same time, I might include a disclaimer about its author. We need every effective tool we can get our hands on for our intellectual arsenal. “My Awakening” might be an effective tool. I’ve read that John Browne gives away free copies of it. That is a great deal. As a Jew, I find it difficult to pass up a good deal so I might just take him up on it.