Donald Trump has been tapping into popular anti-illegal immigrant sentiment. Ann Coulter and Katie McHugh (Breitbart front page editor) have jumped on his bandwagon. This dovetails with the "cuckservative" meme. Ex-Marine David French, a lawyer who takes on religious liberty cases for the ACLJ, did a couple of posts:
As he stated on Facebook, that generated quite a backlash,
…and all others who've been following our social media and online battle with white nationalists these past couple days. Well, things got a little . . . how shall I put this . . . murdery last night. The comment board of Nancy's blog got flooded with gifts of murders, executions, and suicides. People posted photographs of mutilated bodies and photos of the most grotesque porn you can imagine. In short, things went from vile social media trolling to next-level disturbing.
Let's quote a few tweets by Katie McHugh, to get a flavor of the opposition:
Indian tribes never bothered to build any kind of civilization. They killed each other and chased bison. Yawn
British settlers and their descendants built civilization. Indians never bothered to build more than a few teepees.
As if Indians could ever build the highly-advanced welfare system that sustains their existence… lol
Dear “native people,” Where is your space program? Discovery of the wheel? Civilization?
Primitives who were chasing the rear end of a buffalo (& scalping Americans) before Englishmen built America.
I don't know what percentage of Trump supporters are white supremacists, but I think we should discuss the ideology (such as it is). Americans have legitimate grievances on the issue of illegal immigration. This is currently exacerbated by Obama's plan to unilaterally relocate Syrian "refugees" to the US.
Because both parties have snubbed those grievances, that fuels nativism, xenophobia, and outright white supremacy. It begins to radicalize the issue, as the political vacuum is being filled by the Stormfront demographic. It's important to sort out valid concerns from fringe groups that use that as a pretext to give cover to their virulent ideology.
i) There's certainly a sense in which a country belongs to the people who made it what it is, and not to invaders. However, nations have been invading other nations for millennia, and that includes "white invaders."
ii) It's true that British settlers had a disproportionate role in founding the country. But even in that limited respect, McHugh's assertions are overbroad. Did the Brits build St. Augustine, Florida? Did the Brits build Louisiana? Didn't Jews and Huguenots help build Charleston? Didn't Chinese help build the Bay Area and the transcontinental railroad? And so on and so forth.
iii) A country is built over a period of decades, centuries, in some cases millennia. Various immigrant groups have been building the US. There's a difference between who founded a city or state, and how it developed over time.
iv) Evidently, McHugh has never heard of pre-Columbian civilizations like the Inca, Aztec, Toltec, Zapotec, Maya, and Pueblo. Or African civilizations like Abyssinia. Or Asian civilizations like China, India, and Japan. Not to mention the contributions of modern-day Indians, Chinese, Japanese et al. to contemporary math, science, and technology.
v) It's not a "race" that makes great contributions to math, science, art, architecture, music, drama, philosophy, and literature, but gifted individuals who comprise an infinitesimal faction of the "race" to which they belong.
Likewise, you have cultural diffusion. The Greeks and Etruscans kick-started Roman civilization, which, in turn, kick-started French and Northern European civilization. Likewise, the Sumerians kick-started Assyrian and Babylonian civilization.
vi) "Civilization" depends in part on natural resources. Some people-groups have more to work with than others.
vii) There's also a lot of chronological cherry-picking in the comparison. A particular region may not produce a great civilization or high culture for centuries or millennia. And if it does achieve a period of cultural florescence, that may stall for centuries thereafter. Long periods of stasis without further "progress."
viii) Then there's the question of how to define progress. Would a tropical island be better if it resembled Manhattan island?
Monumental architecture is impressive, but monumentally silly. Likewise, just having the newest gadget doesn't necessarily improve the quality of life. Indeed, we can become slaves to innovation for its own sake.
Some people prefer a simpler life. Some people prefer farming, ranching, hunting, fishing, gardening, chopping wood, riding a horse, &c.
ix) Not to mention the question of how to define groups by race. What is "white"? Are Latinos white? What about Jews? The definition varies arbitrarily depending on who the xenophobe wishes to exclude.