When United Kingdom-based far-right activist Tommy Robinson posted a video on Twitter of a white nationalist demonstration he was attending in Warsaw, one exasperated user chimed in, stating: “One minute we’re being [asked] to support Poland the next minute their [sic] taking our jobs, I’m confused.” Indeed, anyone who recalls the anti-Polish sentiment that British white nationalists espoused in the run-up to Brexit (crystallized in the myth of the “job-stealing” Eastern-European migrant) will feel perplexed by the dueling narratives about Polish racial identity that are now playing out in Europe. While there are many nationalities thought of today as “white” that were at one point racialized as non-white (Italians, the Irish, etc.), today’s Poles are pulling off an exceptional feat. They have the distinction of being white in Warsaw, but not white if they fly just 2.5 hours west to London. As sociologists József Böröcz and Mahua Sarkar have explained...
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Research Article| March 01 2018
White Flight: Nationalists take on the shifting grounds of Polish racial identity
World Policy Journal (2018) 35 (1): 26–29.
Jennifer Wilson; White Flight: Nationalists take on the shifting grounds of Polish racial identity. World Policy Journal 1 March 2018; 35 (1): 26–29. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07402775-6894732
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