Saturday, October 30, 2010

Projected Autobiography in Covington's "Brief History"

Some of the fictional elements in Harold Covington's A Brief History of the White Nationalist Movement seem to be modeled on Covington's own experience. This is from the section titled "The Self-Promotion of David Duke":

He was also desperately seeking to find a Russian or Eastern European woman willing to marry him.... [...] Duke complained to his followers back home that while young and beautiful candidates for matrimony abounded, none of them wanted to remain in Mother Russia with him. Hard-headed and practical and every bit as mercenary as he was, those Russian beauties were all looking for a green card to come to America, not shelter a fugitive American back home in Bum****sk with no solid source of income.

Covington gave the following anecdote from his own past in his Radio Free Northwest podcast of 15 July 2010 (Click here to listen):

When I lived in Ireland back in the eighties when there was 20% unemployment, before I got married I used to have all these fine young Irish girls coming on to me all the time, in pubs and at work and in my theater group, which puzzled me, because even at 29 I wasn't exactly Brad Pitt. Then I realized that these girls thought I was a rich Yank, since any American in Ireland has to have money, right? They thought I was going back to America and they were looking for a green card. When they found out I wanted to stay in Ireland, which I did at that time, they dropped me like a hot potato.

It's rather obvious that Covington filled in his story about Duke's life in Russia by adapting this episode from his own life in Ireland. It's fiction, and it's Covington's fiction, based on his own experience. The less flattering details -- e.g. "no solid source of income" -- that Covington includes only in the passage about Duke seem to be also from his own life. According to younger brother Ben Covington, Harold Covington's father was supporting him when he lived in Ireland.

This raises the question, What else that Covington says about others is foremost true of himself?

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