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Why So Many White Supremacists Are into Veganism

de Coning, Alexis

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  23/10/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

Not many realize that numerous white nationalists are vegan and vegetarian, a dietary decision with origins from one of the movement's bedrock beliefs: the concept of "blood and soil."


The slogan -- Blut und Boden in the original German -- was popularized by Walther Darre in 1930 (although the concepts behind the phrase can be traced back to the 19th-century Völkisch movement). Darre was the German minister of agriculture from 1933 to 1942 and a staunch advocate for agricultural reform in Nazi Germany. "Blood and soil" became a mythical reimaging of German identity, emphasizing the importance of racial heritage (blood) as tied to the land (soil). White nationalists in Charlottesville chanted this phrase not only to assert that the US is a place for white people, but that white people are racially and spiritually embedded in the soil of America.

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