Wild power
The aftershocks of decolonization and Black Power
in Global white nationalism
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Bill Schwarz argues that the revolutionary potential of racial equality raised as a possibility by decolonization and, in the US, Black Power has been largely forgotten; yet its significance at the time led to a new politics of white ethnic populism. Political leaders in the 1960s such as Enoch Powell and George Wallace helped whites come to imagine themselves as a defeated people in states they believed were at risk of moral collapse. Schwarz also considers Mary Whitehouse’s television censorship campaign. Whitehouse felt that the BBC no longer maintained “clean” standards, and she compelled conservative white women into activism to compensate for what they believed was an enervated British government. These new forms of ethnic populism that dwelled on lost national greatness and the failures of government to maintain order influenced today’s politics of white nationalism.

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