What is white nationalism?

White nationalism is the belief that white people – usually of a European origin – are superior to any other race. This is a racist belief that has no psychological or scientific basis.

White nationalists often deny their belief in racial superiority. However on examination they argue that there is a need for a separate state for white people in order to be able to ‘defend themselves’. They believe they are entitled to rule a nation free of Jews  and people of colour.

There is a spectrum of opinion among white nationalists and the people they feel racially superior to. Hate may be directed at individuals or groups based on race, religion, sexual orientation, and white Aryan people who they see as traitors because of their association with these groups.

They often refer to these beliefs as white power.

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Description of White Nationalist