White People Aren’t Scared Enough of White Nationalism

And as a white person, it freaks me the f*ck out

Amber Fraley
4 min readMay 8


Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

There is a lesson we all should have learned when we were taught about the Holocaust: Nationalism is deadly. Not just for citizens with dark skin and foreigners, but for everyone.

Somehow, millions of us missed this message.

If you’re a white person who thinks your life will go on just fine under a white nationalist regime, you have a serious blind spot. Yes, the U.S. is racist. Yes, it’s possible to ignore this as a white person, especially when we’re operating under our “normal” racist levels.

But that’s not what’s happening right now. Anybody who’s politically in the center right now, needs to move left, at least for the time being.

No, I am not trying to turn you into a Democrat. But for the next few election cycles, you need to vote Democrat so that the Republican party will maybe, finally, force the extremists out of their party.

In fact, I do not understand how anyone can still be in the “center” of American politics right now. I’ve heard a few of these “centrists” cite the extremism of trans issues as their objection to the left.

But please consider: The left is not the side that’s driving trans issues in the news cycle 24/7. That’s the right. They have to keep that issue in the news because they don’t have a platform. They have no other way to get your vote than fear and division. Trans folks represent 2% or less of the population. They are not the threat to this country.

The threat to this country is the radical right that’s been willing to hijack the Supreme Court and stack it with religious extremists, who, as it turns out, are also corrupt as hell. The threat to this country is more public violence and death and utility attacks from radical conservative terrorists. The threat to this country is Civil War, not votes, to determine a presidential election.



Amber Fraley

Writing about abortion rights, mental illness, trauma, narcissistic abuse & survival, politics. Journalist, novelist, wife, mom, Kansan, repro rights activist.