I’m still trying to recover from a nasty hangover.
I must have drank a six pack of bottled water over the past three hours. Undoubtedly, thousands of Alabamians, especially those in East Alabama, are waking up this afternoon with the same regrets about all the partying we did last night.
Yesterday, I made the trek from Birmingham over to Atlanta to watch the Auburn Tigers play the South Carolina Gamecocks for the SEC championship. It will suffice to say that Auburn had a lot riding on this game: the SEC title, the Heisman Trophy, a shot at the BCS national championship in Arizona.
Never before has Auburn run the table in college football.
This is a year that AU alumni will never forget. If you have ever lived in this state, you know how seriously its people take their traditional pastime, especially the rivalry (reputed to be the biggest in the country) between its two major public universities.
In Iraq, you are born a Sunni or a Shi’ite. In Alabama, you are born an Auburn fan or an Alabama fan. That’s just the way things are down here.
Cam Newton Comes To Town
I don’t know of anyone in Alabama without an opinion on Auburn’s star quarterback, Cam Newton.
If your tribal colors are crimson and white, your views are probably negative. If your tribal colors are orange and blue, they are likely to be positive. This debate has been rehashed a million times over in Alabama and across the South.
Newton is remarkable for two things: his incredible athletic talent on the field and the endless scandals that have plagued him off the field. Both share a common denominator.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Cam Newton story, it goes something like this: a few years ago, Newton was a backup quarterback at Florida, but choose to leave the school after being overshadowed by Tim Tebow who returned to play for the Gators in his senior year.
Newton was arrested for purchasing a stolen laptop at Florida. It has also come out that he attempted to pass off another student’s paper as his own. Eventually, Newton left Florida under a cloud of suspicion and relocated to Blinn College in Brenham, Texas.
As a quarterback at Blinn, Newton led the Buccaneers to a junior college championship. He was heavily recruited by other SEC schools and eventually wound up at Auburn under Gene Chizik. Newton has since led Auburn through an undefeated season that has shattered all sorts of records in college football.
Throughout the second half of Auburn’s season, a scandal has plagued Newton that has been the talk of the college football world. The NCAA ruled earlier this week that Newton’s father, Cecil Newton, had conspired with a Mississippi State booster in a pay-for-play scheme.
No money seems to have exchanged hands, but it put a question mark over Newton’s eligibility to play for several games. The embattled Auburn team shrugged off the accusations and continued to chalk up new victories.
The Iron Bowl
That was the status quo heading into the Iron Bowl: the annual rivalry game between Auburn and Alabama.
Everyone in Alabama knew heading into the game that this Iron Bowl was going to be something special. Alabama was playing at home in Tuscaloosa as the defending national champions.
Cam Newton was leading an undefeated Auburn team into enemy territory with a shot at the Heisman Trophy, SEC title, and the BCS national championship. In order for Auburn to advance, Newton would have to take it all away from Alabama before the most hostile crowd anywhere in the country.
When Newton hit the field in Tuscaloosa, Alabama fans dumped a shower of monopoly money on him. The DJ broke a signed agreement between the two schools and played songs like “Take the Money and Run” and “Son of a Preacher Man.”
Alabama had won over 20 straight games at home. The Crimson Tide dominated Auburn in the 1st half and rolled over the Tigers to take a 24-0 lead. Bama QB Greg McElroy was playing the game of his life.
Alabama fans were ecstatic. Text messages were flying across the state.
Then Auburn mounted the greatest comeback in school history to outscore Alabama 3 to 28 and win the Iron Bowl 28-27. Alabama fans had left the game at halftime to celebrate only to learn after the fact that Auburn had won.
It was not a pleasant night in Tuscaloosa.
The SEC Championship
After defeating Alabama, Auburn had one major obstacle left in its way on the road to the national title: Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks in the SEC Championship.
South Carolina was playing in the biggest game in school history. The Gamecocks were also coming to Atlanta to avenge their season crippling loss to Auburn earlier this year.
Everyone in Auburn expected a close game. The Tigers had only narrowly squeaked out a 4th quarter victory over the Gamecocks in September. Almost every game Auburn has played year has been a nail bitter.
It wasn’t even close.
Auburn destroyed South Carolina, 56-17. The highlight of the game was a 51 yard hail mary pass from Newton with seconds left before halftime. The ball was tipped but was caught by an Auburn receiver in the endzone for a touchdown.
From that point forward, Cam Newton and the Auburn offense ran away with the game. Having seen Auburn play so many times before, I had a hard time believing they could win so decisively, but this season has been full of surprises.
The Auburn Tigers are going to the national championship. They have been on a collision course with the Oregon Ducks for weeks now.
Now it is official: Auburn and Oregon are going to Glendale, Arizona on January 10 to play for the national title.
Oregon has its own share of scandals and character issues. Their star player, RB LaMichael James, was arrested earlier this year for domestic violence after he attempted to strangle his girlfriend. Like Cam Newton, LaMichael James’s obvious character defects hasn’t impeded his running ability on the field.
The White Right and College Football
Should racially conscious Whites follow integrated college football or other spectator sports like baseball and basketball? There are some strong opinions about the issue.
The most familiar and tenaciously clung to view is that integrated sports are degenerate spectacles of negro hero worship that are marketed to dimwitted Joe Six Packs. For that reason alone, pro-Whites should reject following sports like college football and spend their time cultivating, say, an interest in esoteric fascism or historical revisionism.
An alternative view is that White Americans are going to follow their favorite teams anyway and that self imposed isolation from the mainstream is counterproductive and leads to a failure to communicate. White Americans watch popular Hollywood movies every year. Writing movie reviews is one of the few ways that White Nationalists have been successful in reaching out to a wider audience.
Is there really a difference between writing a review of a movie like Avatar and writing a review of the BCS national championship game? I don’t think so.
In Alabama and Oregon, far more people are talking about college football right now than popular Hollywood movies. It is also easier to approach non-racialists about the Tigers and the Ducks and steer the conversation in a racial direction than it is with movie reviews.
Race Realism and College Football
White Advocates have failed to appreciate that college football is an excellent way to introduce their peers to race realism. Unlike Hollywood movies where Morgan Freeman plays the president, god, or a top scientist, college football is real and its players suffer from real flaws.
Here in Alabama, I often like to throw a football around with my friends and discuss the latest games. As recently as a year ago, I didn’t realize all the opportunities I had been missing or how my own alienation was hampering my ability to spread my racialist views.
Now I have learned how to exploit the team principle to my advantage. Instead of dismissing college football as an arena for boobs and morons, which is futile, I use my knowledge of the subject to make racial points in a way that connects with the experience of my audience.
The Team Principle and Effective Communication
As an Alabamian, a Southerner, and an Auburn alumni, I belong to various communities which consist of millions of White people. As a college football fan, I can talk to millions of ordinary White people about a subject in which they have an encyclopedic level of knowledge.
I try to put all these identities to good use now.
As an Auburn alumni, I am on the side of other Auburn fans. I can throw around a football and say things like: Cam Newton is a great football player, undoubtedly one of the best of all time, but he is like all these other blacks who play the game. They are good at throwing around a football, but not so great at the ACT or staying out of trouble with the law.
With the Alabama fans, I will say things like: Scam Newton is a great quarterback, he can run the ball, but he isn’t a student athlete like Greg McElroy. Bo Jackson was another great Auburn player with a lot of heart, but he couldn’t read until he got to college.
With Georgia fans, I will say that Aaron Murray is a great quarterback who shows a lot of promise. Georgia would have had a better season if A.J. Green (the Bulldogs’ star wide receiver) hadn’t been suspended for four games for selling a jersey. The Auburn players also embarrassed their school in the Georgia game by acting like a bunch of hoodlums.
With Florida fans, it is easy to appeal to the memory of Tim Tebow and draw unfavorable comparisons with Cam Newton, who left the Gators to shine in the national spotlight at a rival team. Tebow is well known for his character and the role of faith in his life. This is not an area where Cam Newton has earned much respect or acclaim in either state.
How can I talk to White Alabamians about René Guénon?
Shut Up, Blend In
To my surprise, I have found that “shutting up” and “blending in” has only made me far more effective as a White Advocate. I can put on an Auburn Athletics t-shirt, hit the gym, and come across as a normal, well adjusted White Southerner with commonsense racial observations about professional sports.
I can make a few points about race and football and have a room full of people nodding with me in agreement.
Alternatively, if I were to parade around Toomer’s Corner in a Neo-Nazi uniform passing out fliers about the evils of Cam Netwon (as an outspoken alienated outcast) and the impending collapse of the United States, I would undoubtedly find myself facing a much more hostile reception. I would be written off and ridiculed as a kook.
I would fail to communicate. I would fail to sway anyone to a more racially aware point of view. Having nothing in common in my audience, I would be on the outside staring in through the glass instead of on the inside making progress with my peers.
Your alma mater is too valuable of an asset to let it go to waste. As an Auburn Tiger, Tennessee Volunteer, Oregon Duck, or Michigan Wolverine, you already have one foot in the door with your target audience.
If you exploit the team principle and partisanship effectively, you will enjoy more success in reaching out to and communicating with your friends and neighbors. In the long run, winning over more Whites to a racial point of view is all that matters, not who wins a football game. If football helps us communicate White America, we should take full advantage of our opportunities in this area.