Earlier today, the people of the new country of South Sudan officially celebrated their independence. In the wake of the South Sudanese vote in favor of secession several months ago, I wrote an article praising the vote and noting how ethnonationalism is the path towards peace for Africa (and everywhere else, for that matter). In that article, I also pointed out the double standard wherein the establishment praises the self-determination efforts of non-whites while denouncing the self-determination efforts of whites as evil, racist, and white supremacist.
I have no problem with any of this [praise for the South Sudanese secession vote] and I even agree with much of what I read, but imagine the difference in response by these services if this secession vote was about a white controlled area trying to break off and form a more ethnically-linguistically-religiously homogeneous country? We don’t have to imagine. The slander and hatred heaped upon the Confederacy, the cheering of the NATO bombings of Republika Srpska, and the labeling of groups like Vlaams Belang and Lega Nord as evil white supremacists is more than enough to show that there is a blatant double standard when it comes to most American Christians’ treatment of ethnicities pursuing their right to exist and rule their own destiny. If you’re African it’s fine and laudable, but if you’re European then it makes you an evil bigot.
I wanted to again take the opportunity to identify this by comparing articles today on CNN gushing over South Sudan to the overwhelming negative coverage of secessionist white groups like the Bosnian Serbs, the Confederacy, or the Boers. I am happy for the people of South Sudan, yet I maintain that the right to self-determination is not restricted to them or non-whites.