“The Internet is a good filter. It’s a good way to find men who share some of your values. However, your friends on message boards and on social networking sites, scattered all over the world, are not going to be there for you when the proverbial shit hits the fan.” ~ Jack Donovan
Here’s my view of the Felicity Sharpe controversy, because, well, like all North Carolinians this summer, I’m not afraid to wade into shark-infested waters:
Last week sometime, I read an article on Trad Youth by an Australian named Felicity Sharpe. It laid out her journey from Judaism into Christianity, then into an identitarian philosophy. Matt Parrott, seemingly eager to establish an international presence for Trad Youth, allowed Felicity to start a local chapter in Australia. Then, out of the blue (at least, it seemed that way to me) disgruntled Australian nationalists began venting on Trad Youth’s Facebook page, Trad Youth made a post that Sharpe was officially out, and Parrott disappeared from social media.
…the heck happened?
I texted with a distraught Matt Parrott the next morning. Whatever his fault in this (and I respect all parties involved enough to admit I don’t have enough information to judge one way or the other), the guy is hurting and told me he plans to take a break from activism for awhile.
A ridiculously beautiful nationalist in Australia assured me that she and other local nationalists warned Parrott against associating with Sharpe, who, as it turns out, may have had ulterior motives. The evidence seems to indicate that she planned on gaining status in Trad Youth to subvert the organization somehow. Plus, she’s plain crazy, and who needs that?
I don’t know why Parrott chose not to listen to our Australian friends. Knowing Parrott, I’m confident he didn’t have anything evil in mind and didn’t set out to offend anyone. Nevertheless, feelings were hurt and honors were slighted. I realize that Eric Striker’s article, published soon after the drama started, accusing the Australian nationalists of ineptitude in their activism and hypocrisy in their criticism of Parrott, poured gas on the fire.
Look mates (that’s Australian lingo for “friends”): I don’t agree with Eric’s article. God knows I’ve attended plenty of events sponsored by jews, neo-cons, and Rainbow Confederates. What place is it of mine to judge the strategies of activists in Australia? I’ve got enough on my hands here in the American South. I don’t need to worry about what’s happening on another continent (even though I wish you all the best and would help you if I’m ever able).
In the end, this is kind of what Trad Youth is all about.
Modernity is an evil religion and local affinity groups, with their own identities and group dignity, will grow up around it like vines and choke it out until, like all bricks that meet vines, it crumbles around us. And this vision is far larger than Matt Parrott. This vision is larger than Trad Youth. And most importantly: this vision will continue, even if the organizations, logos, and personalities involved change.
Maybe it was too ambitious of Trad Youth to try and influence Australian activism? Maybe it’s best for us to focus on our own localities first, before attaining international success?
Still, no matter what, tribal vines grow anywhere in the world and they wont be stopped by anyone or anything.
Trad Youth will march on our merry way then, doing our activist thing and spitting in the eye of modernity.
See you all at the next rally…