Sunday, February 14, 2010

UBM presents: Racist Audio Theatre

A longtime hobby of mine is collecting racist literature. Fascinating stuff... especially when it comes from the mind of a well-educated man.

There was no better-educated racist writer active in my lifetime than Revilo P. Oliver. Dude was super-intelligent... a philologist and professor of classics at the University of Illinois for decades. He was a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar.

As a right-wing anti-Communist, Prof. Oliver was an early writer for National Review and a founding member of the John Birch Society.

In the 1960s, he became stridently anti-black and anti-Semitic until he was no longer welcome at National Review. He even broke with the Birchers.

Revilo Oliver’s style of political rhetoric involved casual disdain for his racial enemies (referring to blacks as “the savages”) and lots of smirking sarcasm (the “civil riots movement”... “snivel rights”), all presented with high-toned eloquence.

I find him quite entertaining to listen to.

Yes, some of the professor’s speeches are available on the internets. I’m streaming a couple of pops on my Vox blog.

Click here for a 4-minute excerpt from “Can Liberals Be Educated?,” a 1965 address to the John Birch Society.

Click here for a 5-minute piece of Oliver’s 1968 lecture “Race and Revolution,” presented to the Canadian League of Rights.

By the 1980s, Revilo Oliver felt the white race was doomed to extinction, weakened by its attachment to Christianity. (“... hoping [for] a pat on the head from the ferocious old Jew-God’s son...”)

He committed suicide in 1994.


BigmacInPittsburgh said...

I guess when you are so full of hate he went out the best way!

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Fascinating, if not disturbing stuff, I'm loving the audio you're throwing our way at the mo.

bklyn6 said...

I love race stuff too, but I've been experiencing a bit of race fatigue lately. :-/ But it sounds interesting.

Never heard of Oliver before. Actually thought he was black when I saw his photo. Ha.

junebug said...

bklyn6, @ first, I thought that was a picture of Thurgood Marshall! LOL

D W JazzLover said...

Most likley he was Black and passing! With his self hatred finally catching up with him, he killed himself rather than face himself!! Stranger things have happened!! Being from Louisiana and knowing how many of my own family members have crossed the color line gave me pause for thought! I too thought he was black when I looked at the photo.
Just my thoughts.

Kellybelle said...

is that his real name? it's the same backwards and forwards. what's that, a palindrome? I bet he changed it to show nothing was gonna change his mind.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Hey Kellybelle. The "Revilo" palindrome thing is supposedly a family tradition that goes back generations.

As for the professor's racially ambiguous looks... yeah, he definitely got a Bob Barr thing going on...

lawegohard said...

^Bob Barr is pressing his hair.

Happy Valentine's day!

ernie1241 said...

After leaving the Birch Society, Oliver wrote for many years for an explicitly pro-nazi publication, Liberty Bell, published by George Dietz in Reedy WV.

The complete works of Oliver may be seen here on a website maintained by neo-nazi Kevin Strom:

eeaster said...

I too, am convinced after seeing that picture that this is another one of those self-hating passers overcompensating to throw people off the scent.