A friend of mine, a white man the same age as me, was telling me how he was considering converting to Judaism. I asked him why he would do a crazy thing like that. After some prodding and probing questions, it turned out that he simply wanted to belong to a tribe.
As it stands now, that man will not allow himself to identify as a proud member of the American white nation; for most of his life, it was pounded into his head that people who think that way are “racists” and “haters.” How sad.
I’ve written about this in the past, but I’ll repeat it here: White Americans are a people in the making. When my friend and I were growing up, the US was still some 90% white. Back then, white Americans were an implicit nation. The default American was white, not that there weren’t other nations within America, such as native tribes, blacks and Jews, but when you heard about somebody identifying as “American,” you could assume that person was white, and you’d probably be right.
These days, white Americans, if they wish to survive, must be more explicitly white. I told my friend that he needs to man up and take what is his: His own nationhood. It’s a copout to try to gain an identity by joining another tribe. I’m fairly certain that it’s this same lack of inner strength that leads so many to convert to Islam as well – or to identify as “Native American” when only 25% or less of that person’s ancestry is Native American.
The right thing to do, if you’ve got the balls to do it, is to take what’s yours. Take your own white identity, wear it proudly and know that you already have a tribe. Leave my tribe for real Jews.
Of course a Jew can belong both to the Jewish tribe and to the white tribe, just as an Italian American can belong to both the Italian tribe and the white tribe. As for loyalties, that’s for each individual to decide.