The Preppy Purge

The Brooks Brothers Brigade turns on one its own:

The headmaster of St. Mark's School of Dallas broke with the prep school's policy of not commenting on its students after one of it's alumni, alt-right leader Richard Spencer, led a Nazi-style salute last weekend.

“This has been deeply troubling and terribly upsetting to our whole school community," headmaster David Dini wrote in a statement released Saturday, according to the Dallas Morning News. Though he did not mention Spencer by name, he did refer to the white nationalist's "hateful, divisive, racist and anti-Semitic views."

“At St. Mark's, we reject racism and bigotry in all its forms and expressions," Dini added.

The incident happened when Spencer gave a toast in Washington, D.C., last Saturday that drew approving Nazi-style salutes from several conferencegoers. "Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!" boomed Spencer, popularizer of the term "alt-right" to describe white nationalists, at a National Policy Institute gathering in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Spencer then extended his right arm with a glass to toast that victory. Most members of the audience cheered. Some can be seen in a video excerpt of a forthcoming documentary extending their right arms and palms instead in unmistakable Nazi-style salutes.

Spencer is a 1997 graduate of St. Marks. After a Mother Jones story linked Spencer to the prep school, members of the class of 1997 began an online fundraising effort "against" Spencer, which is raising money for the International Rescue Committee, an agency in Dallas committed to resettling refugees. As of press time, $40,000 have been raised.

The most revealing part of this story is that my classmates’ response to viewpoints they don’t like is to commit civilizational suicide even harder than before. They are raising money for resettling refugees in their city, damaging the lives of White people who lack their privilege.

When I attended St. Mark's in the '90s, the school was overwhlemingly Anglo-Protestant. (Not surprisingly, Jews were overrepresetned as a proportion of the population of Dallas.) Today, St. Mark's official website boasts that the school is 45 percent "of color."

If this episode doesn’t express the end stage of WASP decline, I don’t know what does.