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email.From: Wolfgang Zernik
Sam Francis` article about "European American
was generally well written and I agree with just about everything
he said. However, he does miss this one vital point. It is perfectly true as
Governor Gilmore said that his proclamation was made (apparently inadvertently)
at the initiative of a David Duke organization - specifically the National
Organization for European American Rights (N.O.F.E.A.R).
There is nothing at all wrong with having a
celebration of European American Heritage - in fact it is badly needed - but no state
in America should appear to endorse a David Duke organization no matter how
well reasoned its program. That was the problem, the unacceptable sponsorship of
the proclamation not the content of it.
I took a look at the N.O.F.E.A.R. website
There is not a thing wrong with it, in fact I could agree with every word.
Unfortunately, I remember who David Duke was not so long ago and so should you. He
was a fanatical NAZI, an admirer of ADOLF HITLER who strutted around in a NAZI
uniform with a SWASTIKA armband. A vicious, genocidal anti-Semitism was of
course a major part of his program in those days. There is no indication that
Duke has changed this or any other part of his program. However, he has
obviously decided to change the emphasis in order to improve his political
prospects in the present climate of opinion. Thus there is no hint of
anti-Semitism on his website, the word "Jew" does not even appear.
However, those of us who are of Jewish descent have long memories. My mother and half my
family were gassed in Auschwitz and if any American politician were to
appear to endorse even if indirectly any organization lead by David Duke I and
many others who are not Jewish would just go ballistic. That is why the
proclamation was rescinded obviously - the Governor had no choice.
That leaves us with a very important dilemma which I
would hope that your website and the many intelligent people who
contribute to it should at some point address.
Yes, we do desperately need to encourage a sense of
pride and a feeling of solidarity in the much maligned European
this country. A European American Heritage Month would be a splendid
idea and not just in Virginia. So I ask myself this question - WHY is it
that the LEADERSHIP of a racially conscious European American movement is
being left BY DEFAULT to scum like David Duke?
Why are there no decent respectable people who
are not Nazis, neo-Nazis, or miscellaneous fanatics who will
step up and take leadership positions?
That is the question you should address. It is in
my view the central question of our times, and not just
in this country but also in England and in Europe generally. We must have an
answer and soon, there is not much time left.VDARE comments.
Hmmm. As Sam Francis pointed
out, a similar proclamation in California instigated by Lou
Calabro`s quite unexceptionable European-American Issues
Forum met an equally
reaction last year.We asked Mr.
Zernik  is there anything David Duke could have done
to prove that he had really changed his spots;  did
he consider Patrick J. Buchanan an acceptable
leader of "European-Americans" (we prefer
plain old Americans)?He replied:
I do not consider Buchanan beyond the pale at all. He
is certainly not in the same class as Duke, not even close despite the fact
that he has irritated a lot of people. All the same, when I called for decent
respectable people to lead a European American movement Buchanan is not
whom I had in mind. He simply carries too much baggage. As far as Duke
changing his spots, no I do not think that is possible. Anyway, I don`t believe
he has ever claimed to have done so.
May 23, 2001