White nationalists storm Washington DC book launch

A group of self-proclaimed white nationalists have stormed a bookstore in Washington D.C. chanting ‘this is our land’ to protest the launch of a book on politics of racial resentment.

About 10 white male protesters marched into the Politics and Prose bookstore on Saturday with a megaphone as author Jonathan M. Metzl was discussing his new book.

Metzl’s book – ‘Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland’ – touches on how racial politics impacts lower and middle class white Americans.

The group, who identified themselves as nationalists and identitarians, marched in shortly after Metzl began speaking about his book. About 10 white male protesters marched into the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington D.C. on Saturday with a megaphone as author Jonathan M. Metzl was discussing his new book

‘You would have the white working class trade their homeland for handouts,’ the man with the megaphone shouted.

‘But we, as nationalists and identitarians, can offer the workers of this country a homeland, their birthright, in addition to health care, good jobs and so forth.’

Many who were there to listen to Metzl speak started booing loudly in response to the protesters.

The group started chanting ‘this is our land’ before they marched back out of the bookstore.

The interaction lasted about five minutes.

Metzl, who is a psychiatrist and director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University, told the Washington Post that the group were well-organized and had a videographer.

‘It was pretty intense. I think everyone was really surprised. I get lots of threats on voice mail, but this was the first time in person,’ Metzl said after the event. The group, who identified themselves as nationalists and identitarians, marched in shortly after Metzl began speaking about his book.The group started chanting ‘this is our land’ before they marched back out of the bookstore. The interaction lasted about five minutes

He said he had just recognized a man in the audience who had helped his father and grandparents escape the Nazis in Austria when the protesters walked into the store.

‘I was saying how much stronger America is when we think about our responsibility to people in need. At that point, the Nazis walked into the talk,’ he said.

‘It was very symbolic for me. In case anybody’s wondering what’s happening right now, they’re illustrating my point.’

Metzl’s new book talks about how middle class white Americans can be drawn to politicians who promise to improve their lives but also support policies that place them at greater risk of illness and death.The protest happened on the same day a gunman opened fire inside a California synagogue.

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted shortly after: ‘Today’s senseless attack on worshipers at the Chabad of Poway synagogue was a cowardly attack on the religious fabric that holds many of our communities together. I pray for an end to these acts of hatred and to the many senseless acts of gun violence plaguing our country.

‘Between the horrific act of hate and antisemitism at Chabad of Poway and the ignorance and hate from the white nationalists who interrupted a book talk today in DC, my heart is broken.

‘Let’s continue fighting hate with love. Hate will not win because we will always fight back, united in love. Today, on the final day of Passover, we pray for the victims and their families.’The group, who identified themselves as nationalists and identitarians, marched in shortly after Metzl began speaking about his book

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