American Renaissance - 3 - October 2001
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children over to the influences of oth-ers.As these parents see it, the major task of childhood is to pave the way to a re-sponsible and productive adulthood, andthey don’t hesitate to direct that process.They assert power and control. They setstandards and limits. They transmit theirfundamental values and what they con-sider to be the overall purpose of theirchildren’s lives, which is to carry for-ward the best of their heritage and race.These parents teach their children thatthey are not isolated beings, but rather acontinuous part of what their people rep-resent and have accomplished over thecourse of history, and that they are re-sponsible to their people as a whole, not just to themselves and their own happi-ness and well-being.Although they are the authorities intheir children’s lives, these parents arenot harsh or cold. They can be stern, butthey are affirming and loving. They ex-ercise firm control, but also encouragecuriosity and creativity. They encouragehardness and toughness, but also gentle-ness and compassion.These parents think the media—tele-vision, movies, popular music, videogames—promote everything they don’twant for their children: baseness, vul-garity, multi-racialism, egalitarianism,cosmopolitanism, materialism, rude-ness, passivity and vicariousness. Per-haps there is a History or DiscoveryChannel program parents and childrenwatch together, or a classic film; but noNickelodeon, no MTV, no Disney films(or at least no recent Disney films—theold ones, when Walt was still around,are OK), no mind-infecting videogames, and no Internet-surfing.The first contact I had with parentsof this sort was with a German couple,Frank and Hanna. They invited me todinner at their home with their two boys,Marius, age thirteen, and Dirk, sixteen.After dinner, we all went into the livingroom. Contrary to my expectation, theboys did not immediately head for theirrooms or out the door. Dirk sat ready totalk with the adults. Marius picked up abook and began reading. Later, after theboys excused themselves, I mentionedto Frank I had noticed that the childrendidn’t sit in front of the television or playa video game.“Oh, I forbid those things,” Frank responded. “Forbid”—that is not a wordI expect to hear these days.“But you have to offer them otherthings to do,” he quickly added. “Weread together and play chess, and wecross-country ski, and the boys and Iwork in my workshop in the basement.”Since that time, I have witnessed thesame control of the media in the UnitedStates. “Our television has a numericalcode for activating the set so the kidscan’t simply switch it on or off,” reportsKeith, a parent of three. “We put a capon television time. There are some de-cent programs, but even in those caseswe mute out the advertisements. We donot buy video games. We filter every-thing that comes in—music, radio, ev-erything. We believe it is a parent’s re-sponsibility to do this. Raised right, chil-dren will make the right—and for us,that means the racially responsible—choices.”Ken and Elizabeth live in New Hamp-shire and have four children ranging inage from five to thirteen. This NewHampshire family has, in effect, secededfrom the mass culture. There is a televi-sion set in the home, but I have neverseen it on except a few times when thefamily watched a classic film. I have notheard any popular music. I asked ten-year-old Helen whether she ever wantedto watch television, go to the movies, orbuy a popular music CD. She respondedto the effect that those things are lowand not worth her time.“It is inconceivable to us,” Ken toldme, “that people actually sit in front of the television—videos included—hourupon hour, letting this degrading mate-rial into their homes. Something eitherinspires the soul or destroys it. For mu-sic, we listen to classical music. Ourchildren read good books, play chessand backgammon, draw, paint, and sew.We take hikes as a family, go on pic-nics, cycle, and go to museums and con-certs. We do things together in order tocement our bonds as a family.”Just as significant is what the chil-dren do not do in this home: they takeno interest in the personae and careersof pop musicians; they do not press theirparents for cash for the latest videogame; they are not preoccupied with theplot of a Fox television show; they donot stew over the fate of a professionalsports team, or chatter on about a sum-mer blockbuster film.As far as I can tell, these parents havesuccessfully embargoed the mass me-dia. Before meeting people like this, Iwould have said that whatever the mer-its of getting the popular media out of the lives of children, as a practical mat-ter it was impossible. Now I think if parents are committed, Hollywood, popmusic, television, and websites can bekept out of children’s lives.
Another pattern I see in racially con-scious white parents is homeschooling.If they are not now educating their chil-dren at home, it is because of theirpresent circumstances, and they hope todo so in the future.Elizabeth, the New Hampshire par-ent, interrupted a career in investmentsto take over the education of her fourchildren. “There is nothing more impor-
As far as I can tell, theseparents have successfullyembargoed the massmedia.