Duke, former Klansman and consummate racist and
anti-Semite, who is attempting to enter mainstream
politics, is currently promoting his new book. In
My Awakening, he relates how he came to his
views on Blacks, Jews, and American society. ADL
National Director Abraham H. Foxman calls Dukes
self-published polemic, "a minor league Mein
Mr. Foxmans review of the book follows. It
may be reproduced in its entirety or excerpted with
appropriate attribution. Interviews with Mr. Foxman
can be arranged with ADLs Media Relations
Looking and listening to David Duke one might think
he is just another politician promoting a book. He is
attractive, articulate and media savvy. But on closer
examination, the real David Duke, a white supremacist,
anti-Semitic former Ku Klux Klan leader emerges.
If anyone has doubts, just peruse a copy of My Awakening,
his self-published, 700-page autobiographical and disjointed
polemic with over 1,000 footnotes,in
which Duke reaffirms his notoriously racist, anti-Semitic,
sexist and homophobic roots. Intended to read as the magnum
opus of Dukes career as an extremist political organizer,
My Awakening reads more like a minor league Mein
reaffirms his notoriously racist, anti-Semitic,
sexist and homophobic roots."
Duke attempts to construct a facade of legitimacy around
his "ideas," yet his positions are no different
from those of other, less savvy racists and anti-Semites
who still wear robes and speak the crude language of
hate and racial violence. Portraying himself as a truth-seeker
in the tradition of Voltaire and Socrates, Duke wants
us to believe that he and all heterosexual men of European
descent are victims of a vast historical conspiracy
to cover up the "truth" about peoples of African
descent, Jews, homosexuals, immigrants and women.
As a boy in Louisiana, Duke says he was a tabula
rasa, an innocent youth who believed what was told
to him by his parents, his teachers and the media. Hunting
in the swamps of Louisiana, he "learned" that
animals have different genetic codes, which dictate
their behavior and disposition and how it stands to
reason that, just as breeds of animals differ, human
races must also.
Through a slow process of uncovering "painful
truths," he comes to learn that Black people really
are inferior, homosexuality is unnatural and that it
is wrong for women to aspire to the same types of careers
aspired to by men. Worst of all are the Jews who, he
claims, control the majority of international governments,
are responsible for most of the major destructive political
movements the world has known, and have systematically
focused the worlds attention on their suffering
through gross exaggeration of the Holocaust and control
of the institutions which disseminate information.
Duke says he has a "moral obligation" to
speak the truth about race and the Jews, a truth he
has come to through prolific reading and research. As
a teenager he came into contact with his local White
Citizens Council, where he learned "the truth"
about Blacks and Jews. He read Race and Reason: A
Yankee View, by Carlton Putnam (1961), the text
he credits with beginning his "enlightenment."
The David Duke who founded the White Youth Alliance,
affiliated with the Neo-Nazi Socialist White peoples
Party at LSU, who founded the Louisiana-based Knights
of the Ku Klux Klan (KKKK) and appointed himself Grand
Wizard Duke invites the reader to embark on a journey
of "racial awakening" to reach the "racial
understanding" that he has achieved.
In a section entitled "Race and Reality"
Duke sets out to prove his claim that Blacks genetically
inferior to whites. He sites an assortment of discredited
racist scientific theories from the 1950s-70s,
from which he provides an array of charts and graphs,
about IQ distribution, brain size of different races,
inherent racial traits, and climates of different prehistoric
Duke argues that none of the framers of the U.S. Constitution
ever thought that the races were in any way equal. Taking
out of context the words of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham
Lincoln, he interprets them in a manner contrary to
widely accepted historical scholarship and in support
of his racist ideology. For David Duke, all of the contemporary
debate about the Framers intent is yet another part
of the multicultural conspiracy against White America.
isnt much evil in the world for which the
Jews do not bear responsibility, he claims."
When it comes to Jews, Duke has a lot to say, devoting
247 pages to "The Jewish Question." There
isnt much evil in the world for which the Jews
do not bear responsibility, he claims. They are to blame
for the Russian revolution, the murder of the Czar and
millions of innocent victims during Soviet rule, and
the entire Communist "blot on humanity." He
blames Jews for convincing the world that the Holocaust
happened. Like many anti-Semites, most notably Louis
Farrakhan, he lays the responsibility for the ancient
slave trade on the Jews. One of the more outrageous
"historical facts" he presents is that Zionists
"sought out common ground" with Hitler and
in their attempt to create a racist Jewish state.
plays to many of the classical anti-Semitic themes,
providing a laundry list of Jewish stereotypes."
He plays to many of the classical anti-Semitic themes,
providing a laundry list of Jewish stereotypes. He repeatedly
emphasizes the superiority of Christianity over Judaism
quoting out of context from The Old and New Testaments.
He cites the Talmud as a text meant to assert Jewish
superiority in the ancient, medieval and modern worlds.
Jewish holidays, according to Duke, celebrate hate and
Relying on classic strategies invoked by the Holocaust
deniers, Duke attempts to deconstruct the Holocaust
"tale" piece by piece, in an attempt to discredit
the "Jewish" version of the story.
In David Dukes world Jews "thoroughly dominate
the news and entertainment media in almost every civilized
nation; they control the international markets and stock
exchanges; and no government can resist doing their
bidding on any issue of importance." He warns that
"the Jewish people
propose to extend their
totalitarian denial of free speech from Europe and Canada
to the nation that was once the most free in the world:
the United States." To Duke, "Jewish power
is ubiquitous." He charges that Jews "seek
control" over Gentiles "as naturally as the
blue jay appropriates another birds nest
is in their programming to do so." According to
Duke, Jews and Gentiles are "in a state of ethnic
war" and he predicts that "the ultimate clash
between these two diametrically opposed genotypes and
cultures fast approaches with the new millennium."
This final section is meant as a sort of polemical
exhortation. After presenting 500 pages of "facts,"
facts that he learned along the way to his racial "awakening,"
Duke explains to the reader how he then became an activist.
Duke hopes to inspire heterosexual white supremacists
who feel ineffective in this age of "Jewish, multicultural
control" over the lives of white European men.
Duke has spent his entire career attempting to obfuscate,
hide, repackage, intellectualize, and dress up ideas,
which, at their core, represent the crudest and
most destructive form of hatred of other races."
Dukes final chapter, "What We Must do Now,"
is a clarion call to Aryans to join the battle, urging
the same strategies he used in his attempt to camouflage
the Klan as a "respectable," non-violent political
organization. "Every Aryan must come to realize,"
he says, "that truly hateful rhetoric or terrorism
only fulfills the false, Jewish-created, media image
of what we are and what we stand for." He calls
for solidarity between white supremacists, and stresses
the importance of education, non-violence, organization,
and familiarity with the Internet. While "a physical
revolution may be required someday to free our people
and secure our survival," Duke says the "first
task" is to win "the hearts and minds of the
David Duke has spent his entire career attempting to
obfuscate, hide, repackage, intellectualize, and dress
up ideas, which, at their core, represent the crudest
and most destructive form of hatred of other races.
It makes little difference whether he is donning the
robes of the KKK or appearing in a suit and tie on television
talk shows. His own words show that he is what he is,
an unabashed racist and anti-Semitic hatemonger.