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The Mark Salvas Affair

Mark Salvas

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How does it feel to be left behind? How does it feel to be cast aside even though you did nothing wrong?

We on the Right know how this feels very well. It comes with the territory when you choose to be a dissident in any society. Some on the Left, however, are beginning to experience the same kind of abandonment, despite not being dissidents at all. Or, really, they are dissidents, and they just don’t realize it yet.

I’m talking, of course, about whites on the Left.

A white person can espouse all the orthodox Left-wing opinions and behave impeccably even as these opinions change practically by the month, and yet will be held to standards that are much higher and more rigid than those to which non-whites on the Left are held. And if a white person runs afoul of any of these standards, then he becomes unpersoned without possibility of redemption. When the people you have truck with do not respect your rights, then it should come as no surprise that sooner or later they take those rights away from you.

This happened recently to Mark Salvas, the former executive director of the Allegheny County Democratic Party. Weeks after he’d been hired back in September, party bosses threw him to the curb over two innocuous social media posts, both of which had been written before he’d been hired. In the first one, a photo of himself and his wife appeared with the words “I stand for the flag, I kneel at the cross.” Salvas posted that one over a year ago. And in the second, his wife solicited support for Salvas’ friend, Officer Michael Rosfeld, and his family. In June 2018, Rosfeld was charged with homicide for shooting one Antwon Rose, Jr., a seventeen year-old black man. Rose was fleeing a vehicle that had recently been involved in a drive-by shooting when he was shot in the back. When they found him, he had an empty nine-millimeter pistol magazine in his pocket which matched the gun they found in the car. So this isn’t exactly a choir boy we’re talking about. And because Rosfeld was such a close friend, Salvas figured he should do what he could for him.

Mark Salvas has the right to do both of these things. His actions fell well within the range of what should be considered acceptable behavior for a citizen of this country. One may or may not be a Christian or patriot like him, and Officer Rosfeld may or may not be guilty of homicide (he’s still awaiting trial), but if freedom still means anything in America, then clearly, Salvas has been wronged.

So far, Democratic Party officials in Pennsylvania have declined to comment on the issue, but two black Pennsylvania state representatives, Ed Gainey and Jake Wheatley, have stepped up to explain where Salvas blew it.


To put that up on Facebook was, to me, insensitive, also to African Americans, who, as you know, have backed the Democratic Party for quite a long time, and everybody knows that it was insensitive. If you’re going to be executive director of the Democratic Party, you have to be sensitive to things like that.


As an official, he has to be very careful and sensitive that his words and his posts are not necessarily just his. They are reflective of the party in its entirety.

So basically, black people found Salvas’ posts to be “insensitive” and convinced the party bosses that Salvas would be more trouble than he’s worth if they kept him on. Most commentary on the incident on the Right stops there, lamenting the fallen state of the Democratic Party. Right-wing critics have used it to score cheap political points by tut-tutting the Democrats for punishing patriotism and failing to support law and order. Of course, this is all true. But it is also the weakest and least interesting tack one can take in the culture wars. It’s weak because the Left knows the charges are true and doesn’t care. (The Democrat Party really is the anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-law and order party, after all.) Further, such a tactic is hardly interesting because, of all the actors here, the behavior of the Democrat Party is the most easily explained. Their constituents and donors are their customers, and the customer is always right – even when he’s not. The party bosses were only bowing to pressures that would have ultimately destroyed them if they hadn’t given in. So, in this sense, they did the right thing by firing Salvas.

As a thought experiment, imagine what would have happened if they hadn’t fired him. There would have been protests and indignation among the black population of Pennsylvania and their SJW allies. There would have been ugly confrontations with party officials, and possibly law enforcement as well. As a result, Democrat voter enthusiasm going into the upcoming midterms would have diminished. Further, this would have morphed into a national story which likely would have caused any embarrassing or incriminating stories currently stewing in the Allegheny County swamp to bubble to the surface.

Of course, all these outcomes would have been great for the Republicans. But Democrats shouldn’t care about that, should they? There’s a reason why you should not take advice from your enemies. It will lead you to ruin – and it goes both ways. This is why I find the “Democrats are the real racists” argument so dishonest. Such a strategy is tantamount to telling some Democrats to start acting like color-blind Republicans, and thereby carve a bloody gash down the middle of their own party. How stupid would the Democrats be if they were to fall for that?

We shouldn’t blame the Democratic Party bosses for canning Salvas any more than a boxer should blame his opponent for punching him in the face.

But if we remove the usual type of criticisms from the table, what’s left? How should the Right retaliate in such a way that will hurt the Left regardless of how it responds? The answer is to put the one piece back on the playing board that the Right is not allowed to use these days: the race piece. Fighting the culture wars from the perspective of the Right without being able to speak openly about race is a little like spotting your opponent your queen in a game of chess. Putting the queen back on the board would not only drastically increase the Right’s chances of success, it would also allow for a more complete understanding of all the forces at work in the Salvas affair and beyond.

The queen should strike where the enemy is most vulnerable and point to the twin characteristics of any black population that make blacks problematic for a civilized country: ethnocentrism and criminality. Of course, not all blacks are ethnocentric criminals. But as a whole, blacks have high criminal tendencies and a profound sense of racial identity; a truly toxic mix. They will not shy away from identifying with other blacks as part of a broader group, and they frequently use this identity to acquire whatever advantages they can – especially if it is at the expense of non-blacks. Further, to make themselves look good among out groups (as well as foster high opinions of themselves), they will downplay or ignore their own very high rates of criminality. In a democracy like the United States, this translates into black leaders and the overwhelming majority of their constituents seeking to minimize the punishment of black criminality and maximize the punishment of non-black criminality, especially when blacks are involved in the latter case. The O. J. Simpson and Bernard Goetz cases illustrate this perfectly.

But it doesn’t end there. Blacks also seek to criminalize non-criminal acts which they claim to be motivated by racism against them, and seem to lack all perspective when it comes to making the necessary distinctions. The George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson cases are great examples. If a white person kills or harms a black in self-defense or in the line of duty, then blacks as a group will overreact in the interests of their ethnic group, circumstances be damned. Given their low average IQ and poor impulse control, they cannot help but do so. Thus, blacks by their very nature become a counter-civilizational presence in any civilized society.

As a result, the Right should have accused the Democrat Party itself of being counter-civilizational, since it caters to counter-civilizational elements in our society. This would be a successful tack, since it puts white Democrats in a lose-lose position: either remain loyal to blacks and admit to being counter-civilizational, or split with blacks and drop a good chunk of their constituency. This is the first thing the Right should have done in response to the Salvas firing. The blacks who expressed their displeasure with Salvas don’t seem to respect the fact that Antwon Rose was a budding thug and that Michael Rosfeld is innocent until proven guilty, and has every right to be supported by Salvas in any event. So why is half of the American political establishment taking them seriously to begin with?

The second thing should have been to reveal what oblivious cucks white Leftists really are. In the ever-browning multi-racial world of Democratic politics, they truly are second-class citizens. The non-whites to whom they express such fealty do not hold them in the same high regard. For Democrats, whites are useful until they are not. And then they can be jettisoned. In the meantime, they can be hectored and insulted without consequence. Notice how the black state representatives above warned that Salvas needed to be sensitive or careful. Is the situation among Democrats ever reversed? Have white state reps ever warned black Democrats to be sensitive or careful? Further, have black Democrats ever been careful or sensitive to white interests?

To be a cuck is to be aware of this blatant double standard and simply not care. You give all your love to a political party that not only gives none back, but will pander to people not like you and then turn on you the moment you tick them off. And, tragically, it seems Mark Salvas himself doesn’t get this. Despite his firing, he still believes there is a place for him and people like him in the Democrat Party.

If the Right really wanted to get a leg up in the culture wars – that is, if it really wants to win – it would ruthlessly shame white Democrats like Mark Salvas as cucks. Anyone who stands for such an unfair situation deserves ridicule. What better way to prevent such unfairness in the future?

Of course, Salvas has some excellent qualities. He hasn’t apologized for his posts, and he stuck by his friends despite the political and professional prices he had to pay for it. He seems to be a true moderate and an open-minded guy to boot. Sadly, however, he has a mixed-race child and has blacks in his family, according to the news stories about him. As such, I’m afraid he is too far gone to view his circumstances from a wider viewpoint.

Regardless, this affair perfectly illustrates how the Right these days is spotting its most powerful pieces to the Left. The Left is vulnerable to race-realism and white ethnocentrism, and therefore insists that these things be verboten in polite society. All of the conservative commentary I have read on the Salvas affair neglected to include these important factors in their analysis. As a result, the Left loses another moderate, and becomes a stronger, more determined enemy in the culture wars.

It’s time to put the queen back on the board.

Spencer J. Quinn is a frequent contributor to Counter-Currents and the author of the novel White Like You.


  1. Teutonick
    Posted October 23, 2018 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    White Democrats are not dissidents. They are traitors.

    • Wanred
      Posted October 24, 2018 at 1:38 am | Permalink

      Until there’s a full blown war, you should consider the option that some of them might switch over when they’re fed up with the ever growing anti-whiteness and political correctness. It really depends on how much programming needs to be undone and for that, you need a constant presence of pro-white propaganda (or should I say ‘facts’?) in society to counter all the egalitarian dogma. People like Mark Salvas will become disillusioned and might drag some of their supporters along with them if they find the other side to make more sense and welcome them. Calling them traitors seems counter-productive.

    • Spencer J. Quinn
      Posted October 24, 2018 at 6:12 am | Permalink


      By ‘dissident’ in this instance, I meant how white leftists are considered dissidents vis-a-vis the orthodoxy of the Left. You are correct however in calling them traitors in a general sense. Thanks.

  2. Spencer Reesh
    Posted October 23, 2018 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    “Rose was fleeing a vehicle that had recently been involved in a drive-by shooting when he was shot in the back.”

    May want to edit this. I’m sure it meant to say “was fleeing IN a vehicle”…

    As is, the entire context is thrown off and makes it sound like Rose was the victim of a crime rather than a suspect of one.

    • A. Yell
      Posted October 23, 2018 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

      No. The vehicle in question had been stopped and Rose had jumped out of it and started to run away from the cops. So he was fleeing the vehicle.

      • Spencer Reesh
        Posted October 24, 2018 at 7:43 am | Permalink

        Oh ok. I see.

        Still could be worded a little differently to remove any ambiguity or confusion. “Fleeing a vehicle that had been involved in a drive by shooting” could be better stated “fleeing *on foot* from an abandoned vehicle etc”.

        I’m not trying to be critical in a negative way. Anything to make the meaning more clear.

  3. Gauleiter
    Posted October 23, 2018 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    For some time now, I have chosen to look at these politically-motivated incidents through the lens of imaginary binoculars, as if viewing a battlefield. But the one thing that isn’t imaginary is the fact that we are at war in this country. Both racially and ideologically, we have reached a fracture point and there is no going back to any sort of Left/Right peaceful coexistence. In acknowledging that, I try to understand the enemy’s point of view, and their reasons for the actions they take.

    In the case of Mark Salvas, they took the appropriate action. In his capacity as a leader within an ever-hardening Leftist party (think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) there can be no slip-ups and no mistakes. All your actions must, by necessity, be made as if you were not only white, but also a negro, a mestizo, a lesbian, a transgender, and, of course, a Jew. Fail on any of these (and many others) and you have failed The Party. In short, conduct your political activism like it’s 1917 all over again, at the dawn of the Soviet Empire – because, for you as a Democrat – it is. And Mark Salvas, in a momentary lapse of judgment, failed to recognize for whom he worked and for whom their political agenda served. So, in that context, his firing was perfectly justified and transparent.

    Likewise, we must learn to be as ruthless. One case in point is the sleazy incident involving one of our own: Matt Heimbach. Like Mark Salvas, but for different reasons, he violated our (albeit loosely defined) code of conduct. The result ended up stripping him of influence, of nullifying his mainstream media appearances on our behalf, and of all his attendant power. But the danger we are prone, judging from past experiences (David Duke) is allowing flawed leaders like Heimbach back into the fold. We must never permit that because we must send an indelible message that once you commit a major error in judgment – then you are gone. Period.

    So it makes perfect sense for Mark Salvas to be fired. For in the context of how the Stalinist Democrat Party now operates, it was indeed a proper form of “justice”. What we in the alt-right/WN movement must also learn from it is that we too need to ruthlessly excise our leaders when they go astray. For too long we have given them “free passes” when, by their own ill-thought actions, they have brought harm (UTR 1) and ridicule (Heimbach) upon the greater body of our movement.

    In short, we must act like it’s 1933 all over again…

    • Gauleiter
      Posted October 23, 2018 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

      “Am I to understand that David duke once committed some breech of trust? I am not familiar with this history. Please expound.”

      You might say he did: though accounts vary, various news reports claim he ripped off anywhere from one hundred to a quarter of a million dollars in donations from his followers, falsely claiming he was “facing financial ruin”. In truth, he was blowing the donors’ money on gambling in casinos from Las Vegas to the Bahamas. This kind of deceit is despicable, and exactly what we condemn our Washington DC politicians over all the time. Anyway, Duke ended up serving a year inside a negro rape cage at some prison or another, then got out and started scamming donations again almost from the moment his feet hit the pavement. And as we speak he’s still at it.

      Like Matthew Heimbach, David Duke crossed the line, and should be permanently ostracized from the WN movement. That he isn’t doesn’t speak well for those who still support him (or Kevin Alfred Strom) but that’s the sorry state of affairs in the WN/alt-right movement.

  4. A. Yell
    Posted October 23, 2018 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    “As a result, the Right should have accused the Democrat Party itself of being counter-civilizational”

    Counter-civilizational? Shit dude 3/4 of America wouldn’t even know what the hell you’re talking about! Just SAY it! These punks are being ANTI-WHITE! Vote like your life DEPENDS on it White people! Vote like your job DEPENDS on it White people! Vote like your kids future DEPENDS on it White people! You want your kids treated like Brett Kavanaugh? Or Riginald Denny? Or Kate Steinle? They’re being ANTI-WHITE! How do you get diversity without reducing the White percentage of the population??? Diversity is ANTI-WHITE!

    Now THAT would be something that redneck yahoos like me could sink our teeth into! And there are a helluva lot more redneck yahoos like ME than there are literary intellectual brainiacs like YOU in this country. Hell I’m almost certain that if you used the term “counter-civilizational”
    in a conversation with the literary intellectual brainiacs of the left on CNN or MSNBC that they would laugh you off the set. You’d look foolish even to people who support you.

    I understand that you’re advocating that the leaders on “our side” fight back but I think we have to be careful not to be too damned piss-elegant.

    • Spencer J. Quinn
      Posted October 24, 2018 at 6:09 am | Permalink

      Hi A. Yell,

      This is the first time I’ve been called “piss-elegant.” Thank you (I think).

      Anyway, yes, they are anti-white. They know it and don’t care. The biggest benefit of calling them anti-white is to help galvanize other whites and point out the Left’s hypocrisy, not to force them on the defensive. (A good thing, still). However, calling the Left anti-white would be tantamount to one of them calling us race-realists. They’ll just respond, “So what?”

      Accusing them of bringing down civilization by indulging the criminal tendencies of savages, however, will cause them to howl. That will force them to be defensive and tempt them talk about reality, where we have the edge.

      If you can think of a better term than “counter-civilizational” I will certainly use it. Thanks.

  5. Petronius
    Posted October 23, 2018 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    “The answer is to put the one piece back on the playing board that the Right is not allowed to use these days: the race piece.”

    I noticed this in the recent Cenk Uygur – Tucker Carlson debate. Tucker is doing his very best to beat Cenk at the left’s own social consciousness, anti-corporation and economic argument, and successfully so on a mere argumentative level. But it doesn’t work on them, because deep down what they are actually motivated by is – race. The very same thing they accuse the Right of: whatever Reps say, it is always being framed as a white racist supremacist issue.

    As always the left is projecting, because they’re the ones who are actually about race while talking about economics or social justice all the time. Uygur is a perfect example. He is merely pursueing his own ethnic, anti-white interests, that’s why he is blatantly ignoring Tucker’s valid economic arguments (f.e. about migrants pressing wages).

    Because Tucker is forbidden to use this card, he can’t be really honest about what he means when he says “demographics matter” (the nation will crumble and dissolve if whites don’t stay the majority). Even he is becoming defensive at one point.

  6. ia
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    “Given their low average IQ and poor impulse control”

    Wrong. Blacks are very smart. They shake down whites constantly. They know whites worship something they call human rights and exploit it. I’d do it too if I were black.

    Tell me white people, have you ever seen a “right.” I’ve seen rainbows but I’ve never spotted a “right.” They also know that whites tend to sentimentalize them as noble savages who through things like “poor impulse control” are somehow more innocent than evil corrupt whites. LOL. They shuck and jive whites so easily it’s like Cortez with the Aztecs.

    • sterplaz
      Posted November 3, 2018 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

      ia: Remove the never-ending jew brainwashing via the news/entertainment media plus education institutions, and Whites would not be falling for the negro hambone shuck-n-jive.

      Most Whites fall for the “negro is a he-man Mandingo warrior who fights like a real man” because of media brainwashing portraying it without any serious challenge. In real life, negroes are the worst cowards. They invariably attack those weaker such as female, pregnant female, elderly, disabled, elderly disabled. When that is not available they always sucker punch and when that fails they gang attack a lone individual. Just look at YouTube; one video after another of what I just said and not a one showing the mythical Mandingo warrior stud named Tyrone/Anquan/etc. Even YouTube videos showing NBA (the biggest negro males) fights show just this. Always sucker punching some player they are fighting. Then one of the (typically over 6’6″ and 250lb) NBA negroes will go into the stands and fight some well under 6 ft White. Usually sucker punching there as well. All racial groups have what are referred to as bad azzes. But the negro race has a plethora of cowards.

      Same for sports such as football and basketball. Many Whites think that negroes are always better at those two and probably many more sports. Not in real life. The negro may be better at one aspect of physicality in those two sports (100 yd sprinting speed in football and jumping in basketball). But those two, courtesy of being invented by Whites, involve much more and most negroes are no better at those facets than Whites are. jews who run the media make sure those two professional leagues and the colleges that supply them give disproportionate opportunities to negroes; so that Whites are relegated to cheering on negro players.

      Same goes for negroes outwitting Whites. Whites are conditioned (brainwashed) to fall for it.

      • ia
        Posted November 4, 2018 at 5:44 am | Permalink

        Thanks for your comment. But it begs the question, Why on earth do whites allow Jews to manipulate them? To be honest, even if true I would be ashamed to admit it.

        • sterplaz
          Posted November 4, 2018 at 11:16 am | Permalink

          ia: I agree that is mystifying as to why Whites let jews do this to them. I am of the opinion that Christianity (a jew creation, that sets up jews as an exalted group) has spiritually poisoned the Whites and set them up for this racial mixing Mulligan Stew that we see currently happening in western nations, to their detriment.

          Plus, many jews over the last two centuries have interbred with Whites and now look fairly close to a White. But the jew DNA still makes them “apart” from Whites.

          I have heard some say that Whites, more than any other racial group, have a greater supply of conscience and thus sympathy toward other (races) people. Meanwhile, non-Whites seemingly take the side of their racial group against all others no matter what the situation. jews come along and take advantage of it and get Whites to have sympathy for them (that Christianity already having poisoned the western/White mind) and let them (jews) into White countries and then the jews get down to (jew) business (financially bleed white and lower moral tone).

          I recommend the book The Biological Jew by Eustace Mullins. An outstanding observation of the parallels between parasitism in the plant/animal kingdoms versus what jews do to Whites. The similarities are uncanny.

          • ia
            Posted November 4, 2018 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

            That’s odd. The West has been Christian for 1500 years or so. Jews have been around the whole time yet I don’t recall reading about Jews controlling or manipulating whites until fairly recently. If anything, Jews were looked upon with suspicion and distrust. If they got out of hand and too much trouble they were deported en masse.

            As I originally wrote, I think it’s more to do with “human rights” (which whites invented/discovered) and which Jews, along with blacks, feminists, queers and what have you, learned to exploit. Also, whites became too rich and powerful.

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