Much like switching teams in an online video game, this like likely to induce rage on one side and laughs on the other.
Kevin Wilshaw has been a part of the Neo-Nazi movement for over 40 years. Even at the beginning of this year he was speaking at white nationalist events. He was a well known organizer of the hate group National Front. It’s been a lifetime of work on the radical, racist fringe for him.
That is all coming to an end for Wilshaw, however. Why? Apparently he has come out as both gay and Jewish. Plot twist!
Channel 4 News reports: “On one or two occasions in the recent past I’ve actually been the recipient of the very hatred of the people I want to belong to … if you’re gay it is acceptable in society but with these group of people it’s not acceptable, and I found on one or two occasions when I was suspected of being gay I was subjected to abuse.”
Mr Wilshaw admits that being a Nazi who is gay – but with a Jewish background – is a contradiction.
Just a little bit. It kind of sounds like the opening to a crummy joke. “A gay, Jewish Nazi walks into a bar…”
“It’s a terribly selfish thing to say but it’s true, I saw people being abused, shouted at, spat at in the street – it’s not until it’s directed at you that you suddenly realise that what you’re doing is wrong.”
Wasn’t there a poem about this? “…And then there was no one left to speak for me” or something like that? People suck, very few notice this fact until they become the target.
Wilshaw also talked about his Jewish heritage, on his mother’s side:
“She was part Jewish, maiden name was Benjamin, we have Jewish blood on that side.
“I didn’t have many friends at school, I wanted to be a member of a group of people that had an aim, and I thought getting involved in that kind of thing [Neo-Nazism] would be comradeship.”
“Even though you end up being a group of people that through their own extreme views are cut off from society, you do have a sense of comradeship in that you’re a member of a group that’s being attacked by other people.”
Heck, you could have stayed Jewish if that was the kind of comradeship you wanted!
Wilshaw expressed guilt over his past, and how he wants to reconnect with his family. You can watch the interview here.
No wonder there’s been so many white nationalist rallies lately, their movement is full of gay people! And we all know they love a parade.