Among the racial and homophobic epithets hurled at the White Nationalist rallies this past weekend was: “Blood and Soil.” This phrase first appeared within a 19th century European agrarian movement determined to take certain countries “back” from what was perceived as a growing, decadent, urban elite. It was later adopted into the Fascist lexicon of Hitler’s Third Reich. “Blood and Soil” would come to promote the control of certain territory (soil) by a certain race (blood.)
We see “blood and soil” ideology popping up in today’s political discourse, not only when privileged, young men chant it in the street, but when a White House spokesperson accuses a journalist of being “too “cosmopolitan,” or when an elected official rants that our “heritage and culture” are under siege.
We no longer have to wonder whether there is a White Nationalist agenda underfoot in American society. It is staring us in the face. Rarely does our nation face such moments of moral clarity. There is no room for equivocation. As Americans, but more importantly as Christians, this “Blood and Soil” agenda must be denounced and repudiated.