The Notorious Book that Ties the Right to the Far Right - 2018-02-02
The Camp of the Saints has long been influential in organized white supremacy. "In 2011, the book started to get really popular in white nationalist circles," Ryan Lenz, a senior investigative reporter for the Southern Poverty Law Center, told me. He compared its influence to that of the infamous The Turner Diaries, which imagines a race war that obliterates all non-whites and Jews. "And the reason for this," Lenz explained, "is that in the early teens—in 2010, 2011, 2012—the idea of white genocide became very popular in the white nationalist news."
Raspail's fear—that a weak West will be easy prey for the ravenous East and South—fits neatly into white nationalist rhetoric. "The premise of Camp of the Saints plays directly into that idea of white genocide," Lenz continued. "It is the idea that through immigration, if it's left unchecked, the racial character and content of a culture can be undermined to the point of oblivion."
These sentiments are old and deeply rooted. When immigration is in the news, the extent to which these fears grip white Americans becomes clear. "Some argue that immigrants will take jobs," said Alan Kraut, a professor of U.S. history at American University. "But throughout our history, there are those who argue that the experience and culture of immigrants will dilute American culture and politics."