“… If I were religious, I would say Hitler was the second coming of Christ. … [I]n terms of Christianity, I’m the St. Paul to Hitler’s Christ.”
“Why, you are dealing with nothing but a deceitful blue-eyed devil walking around here on this Earth, who will lead you to nowhere but Hell as long as you follow him.”
I am endlessly fascinated by the architecture of the racist mind. It’s part of my overall interest in deviance, be it spiritual (dark-path occultists), carnal (lifestyle fetishists) or intellectual.
I don’t place myself above any of it. It’s all part of the human story… prismatic reflections of our nature. Everybody’s weird some kind of way.
George Lincoln Rockwell would make a good subject for an HBO film. (Vincent D’Onofrio, ring me up, we’ll talk.) As founder of the American Nazi Party, he stirred up a lot of publicity in the ’60s, though I don’t think he ever “commanded” more than, like, 20 disciples at a time. And one of them wound up assassinating him.
(What you mean, “assassinate”? That cracka got SHOT!)
Somewhere online I found an mp3 file of Rockwell’s 1965 TV interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. It’s a 10-minute interrogation, and the money’s at the end when Rockwell is asked about rumors of “strong homosexual tendencies” in the American Nazi Party.
Rockwell didn’t take offense. Matter fact, he said this:
“In my organization, I have men who were homosexuals. They were sucked into that filth, just like drunkards or dope fiends. And I have been able to rescue them. And I’m not a bit ashamed of that.”
There’s more to learn here, and I’m not being snarky. If anybody knows where I can read up on the intersection of homosexuality and fascism, please leave a comment.
My juxtaposition of Rockwell’s interview with a 4-minute slice of a Malcolm X speech isn’t just irony. As Rockwell told his Canadian inquisitors, “I spoke before 9,000 Black Muslims in Chicago and I was cheered.” Rockwell dug Elijah Muhammad because they both wanted the same thing – separation of the races.
Click here to hear Rockwell; click here to hear Malcolm.
The Malcolm X track (“Crime in Harlem”) is from a CD, “The Wisdom of Malcolm X,” which can be downloaded via eMusic and iTunes.