The currency of mainstream media is now, unfortunately, a combination of hysteria and catastrophising. As competition mounts, and interest in print media declines, journalists are forced to increasingly distance themselves from the standards and integrity of yesteryear, becoming mercenary in the ‘news’ and content they generate. One of the most shocking examples I’ve ever seen (I studied journalism) has recently emerged in The Times. Entitled ‘Extremists linked to mosque killer prey on homeless.’ This relatively brief article was in response to the Scottish branch of Generation Identity distributing food to the homeless last Saturday in Glasgow.

Since our inception in the UK, we’ve conducted what we call ‘Homeless Actions’ on a regular basis. During the summer, we distribute food and, in the winter, we distribute warm clothing. This is self-funded through the activists themselves, who are often young students without a significant source of income. The purpose of these actions is multifaceted. First of all, it’s something we’re passionate about and enjoy. Identitarians are deeply concerned about their local communities, plain and simple. Secondly, it highlights homelessness as a political issue (how could it be anything else?) and the sheer number of people from our own cultural and ethnic backgrounds who have been abandoned by the state and successive governments.

The article’s main sources of contention are that we’re 1) discriminating against non-Europeans and 2) that we’re somehow radicalising the homeless. During our Homeless Actions, we help anyone we come across that might benefit from the modest items we usually distribute; regardless of their background. However, we emphasise those who belong to our own unique ethno-cultures via our social platforms. Why? Because our entire raison d’être is to assert that the English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish are peoples; with a right to organise themselves as peoples politically, economically, culturally, and socially… and that to do so, far from being an act of aggression or chauvinism, is something natural, healthy, and good. As for the notion of radicalising or exploiting homeless persons, we make no mention of politics or our background unless they inquire. They certainly do not receive political literature. Quite how The Times expects we’d benefit from a legion of homeless “recruits” was not made clear in the article.

Finally, the headline itself refers to a ‘mosque killer.’ This is Brenton Tarrant, the perpetrator of the Christchurch killings. Tarrant was an Old Right extremist who deliberately attempted to radicalise the political spectrum and incite violence. Over a year before his attack, he made a donation to Martin Sellner, Co-Leader of the Identitarian Movement in Austria when Tarrant was a completely unknown entity. The standard courtesy ‘thank you’ emails were exchanged, and the correspondence ended. This is the supposed ‘link’ the media has become so fascinated with.

Either way, we’ve become accustomed to this standard of coverage; and the media’s tendency to ask for a response mere moments before they go live with their coverage! We will continue to help the homeless throughout the UK and, naturally, Glasgow. Well done to our Activists throughout the city!

Benjamin Jones
Leader of Generation Identity UK