“GLOBALISM IS IMPERIALISM” her sign read, right next to a large red flag bearing something called a “Crosstar.” Her name is Rebecca and she was the representative of an “America-first” group calling themselves part of “The Nationalist Movement.”
You may be wondering if this is for real. So let’s break this down. According to Rebecca, who was present at an anti-war protest that was held in Portland, Oregon on September 9th, documented by citizen journalist and videographer DaylightDisinfectant, the Crosstar represents a movement “from the north to the south, from the east to the west; hook line and sinker. Our people.” She repeatedly states to several people that “it’s America first!” DaylightDis asks if she believes in American exceptionalism. She says no, she believes that all of Europe and America are “God’s chosen people.”
On the Crosstar website (which, oddly enough, was pulled down within a day of the protest, so here’s a screenshot) it states that Rebecca is a “child of God called an Israelite, not to be confused with a modern day Jew,” nevermind that Israel is neither in Europe or America. DaylightDis then asks if Rebecca thinks Europe and America are better than all the other countries. Again, she replies no, and states that white people founded all the other countries – something that sounds strangely Imperialistic, despite her sign reading “Globalism is Imperialism.”
Although come to think of it, she never states that she thinks those things are bad.
DaylightDis asks what she says when people call her racist. She says she doesn’t care and racism is a made up word. He then asks if she thinks white people are better than black people. Rebecca begins to answer, but then looks at DaylightDis’ face, seemingly frightened (also not noticing the clearly evident video camera he is holding at waist level) and nods sheepishly before turning back towards the protest.
“It’s got interesting overtones,” says one of the protest coordinators, who later called for the “white supremacist” to leave the protest, asking why a white supremacist “would give a damn about what’s happening in Syria?”
She also seemed to get quite upset when an influential member of the Occupy Movement, Tequilla, pointed out to her that Jesus was, in fact, a Jew and celebrated Passover. He tells her that Passover is a Jewish thing, while another man advises her to read the Bible. “No, she says, Passover is not a Jewish thing, read your Bible” and then states that Jesus was an Israelite, which apparently means that he was not a Jew. Rebecca seems to have a problem with being identified as anything close to a Jew. She also went around asking people if they were Jewish. However, as she says, correcting DaylightDis, she’s not a Nazi, it’s “about America first.” But she doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism. And she’s not a Nazi.
Here, have some more pictures of Rebecca.
Note the small child doing the Nazi Salute here.
Wow! There’s someone who looks a lot like Rebecca, doing the Nazi salute next to a burning cross.
“Hello, I am a 23 year old biology/chemistry student that has a burning passion for Christ and his ways written of in the King James bible.”
Rebecca here is doing the widely-recognized gesture of worshiping God. She seems intent on following Christ.
However, I’ll just leave this piece of scripture here.
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
This doesn’t look like the Ku Klux Klan at all.
These pictures are from the Crosstar website, collected through a Google image search.
So here’s the takeaway.
- Rebecca has completely misinterpreted the Gospel and the entire Bible. She believes that America and Europe are God’s chosen people. In reality, anyone who accepts Christ as their personal savior is “chosen” and a child of God, and this path is open to everyone. Check out John 3:16 and 1:12 on that one. She also doesn’t know that Jesus was a Jew, that Passover is a Jewish holiday, and that the Old Testament is Jewish scripture. She is misinformed, and her beliefs are based on lies.
- Her reaction to being asked if she thought white people are better than black people was strange. She just got finished saying that she didn’t care if people thought she was racist, and then she’s afraid to say that she believes white people are better.
- The website was taken down. She’s bold enough to go to a protest to spread this idea, and these people seem passionate about their cause, so why pull the website down when they start getting publicity. Fear of the government, maybe?
I think Rebecca and the Nationalist movement are legit, but also trolls seeking publicity, but they’re also afraid of publicity. They want justification and for their beliefs to be accepted. Why else would they burn a cross in a dark field where nobody can see, but take pictures of it and post it on their community website? Why wouldn’t she boldly speak about how she believes white people are better than black people? Why take your website down once other people start looking at it? Wouldn’t they be proud that they’re getting attention?
This is a dangerous and strange turn that I wasn’t expecting to see, especially in Oregon. Rebelliously clinging to the skinhead movement is one thing, but this weird amalgam of manifest destiny and the Ku Klux Klan is disturbing. Hopefully this “Nationalist Movement” dies out now that they’re being looked at for what they are.
John 3:20 “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.”
Rebecca should probably read her Bible again.