Sunday, October 9, 2011

Epic Face Palm Moment: Herman Cain Says 'Racism In This Country Today' Doesn't Hold 'Anybody Back In A Big Way'



White supremacy has profoundly damaged some black people people in this country. Truly it has. Case in point: at every step of his career Herman Cain benefited from the Civil Rights Movement and programs such as affirmative action in hiring and university admissions. Now, he spits in the face of that legacy and plays the "racism doesn't exist" game.

I am still processing Herman Cain's mouth utterances and white racism apology parade from earlier today on CNN. At first, I thought that Herman Cain was running a con game and did not believe the mess he was offering to satisfy his white tea party base. Now, I am at a point where I am convinced that Herman Cain believes what he is saying; his internalization of white supremacy and disdain for black people is the real deal.

Herman Cain is a crystallization of black self-hate and a gross, almost clinical narcissism. Here for example, there is so much pain in his anecdote about being refused service at a black barbershop that I almost--notice I said almost--want to shed a tear for him:



In the black community we often talk in private about a dynamic where some who have suffered under white racism (or homophobia, sexism, and other oppressive forces) turn against their own people and seek out the alms and love and validation of Whiteness. The approval sustains them. Herman Cain and his black garbage pail kid black Conservative brethren are the negroes who would run away from a black owned story in order to buy ice from the white man because he or she imagined it to be colder.

With the end of black private spaces, the rise of the Internet, and the emergence of the Black Superpublic, all of our private shames are on display for the world to see. Herman Cain's candidacy is a spectacle. I shutter with what comes next.

[Will Herman Cain tell White America that slavery did black people a favor because it got us out of Africa and brought Christianity to a formerly savage people?]

Chime in folks as I try to collect my thoughts.

29 comments:

Thrasher said...

There is a part of me that wants to puke knowing I was willing to tolerate Cain's insanity because I know he is a victim of the pathology of white supremacy..

Yet it is still incumbent upon me to defeat his surrender to white supremacy even while I accept the premise that every man is his own man..

What we are observing is a classic example of the depth and scope of the nature of self hate and low self esteem..We are observing how a white culture even after our nation's racist legacy still wants to dominate Black people by proxy or any means necessary..

Cain is a incaration that has currency becuase we are a people at risk and in a crisis and on life support..Cain is truly a 21 century creation of how to disarm the force of Black America .

Cain emergence is a reflection of our community's loss of core sense of self determination..The perils we face now come in color from the hue of Obama to Cain..These bookends leave little space for our present status both threaten our future...

Brotha Wolf said...

Everytime I see Cain's face or hear his voice, I want to stab myself in the neck. How much more stupidity will ooze out of his butt-kissing mouth is something I dread. What's even more sad is that he's a product of white racism's conditioning and is seemingly proud of that.

*SMH*

Abstentus said...

"Now, I am at a point where I am convinced that Herman Cain believes what he is saying; his internalization of white supremacy and disdain for black people is the real deal."

That is why I have no guilt about calling him a lawn jockey.

Putting aside Cain's black on black racism, and even the poltics for a moment, Cain is a seriouly dysfunctional person. He externalizes his internal reality and projects his reality on the rest of the world. And ignores the cognitive dissonance.

Ok -- that's typical of a wing nut. But still. He seems incapable of asking the question, why are they diffrent than I am, but instead criticzes folk for not being him, or more like him. (An aptitude for math will take a person far in life, if they merely make a few good choices when young.)

Again, typical wing nut thinking. But that is the point. Even at the wider level that is the way they think. They are right in every way and anyone not exactly like them is wrong and it's all their fault.

Cain, however, has some really bizzare pathology going on there, though. I am not even going to start down the road of analyzing his black on black racism. But I will share the following that came to mind today. Cain could single handedly set back the cause of black social progress 40 years. He's the kind of black that Archie Bunker would like. And I mean the original proudly bigoted one. Not the the later Archie who mellowed out.

CNu said...

No matter how dire your criticism of Cain, he can't even begin to hold a candle to the devastation wreaked by elected and thus accountable black officials at all levels, and, by a public intelligentsia more highly motivated to pursue their own miniscule slice of the 15 minutes fame pie, than to seriously and objectively interrogate the systemic failures in economic development brought on by incompetent, corrupt, and self-dealing 2nd/3rd line inheritors of the civil rights movement.

Cain makes invidious comparison necessary, and as soon as the comparison goes any deeper than accusations of coonery, corrupt and incompetent 2nd/3rd line inheritors got a WHOLE LOTTA splainin to do...,

Anonymous said...

It seems he [Cain] does believe what he professes and it's depressing. Not tragic though. Who's he fooling? The T-party circus.

He sure embodies the anti Obama movement! I think in the end he will prove to be Obama's greatest asset in this race. The Foil. Leaving the T-burglers out of this conversation, he only shows people how greedy bookdealing pirates have saturated the highest seat of political power in the USA.

Headline: "Pizza Barron Hates Own People, Wishes He Were White".

I have to agree with Chauncey, the man embodies shame.

I'm not afraid to rail against him in public though. No fear of sounding like a racist there. I wouldn't vote for Herman sooner than I'd vote for Palin.

2016 my vote will be for Jesse Jackson.Jr. or Elizabeth Warren! Crossing my fingers already in hopes of either of them running.

Two Cents.

OC

CNu said...

The results obtained by status quo 2nd/3rd line inheritors are objectively shameful.

There's no getting around that and it's an 800lb gorilla that you durst not touch for fear of being shamed.

Better go in loud, hard, and in unison on Cain's "race-traitor" bona fides - cause the status quo has no accomplishments of its own to hold up in comparison...,

CNu said...

Personally, I loved the bit about him cutting his own hair.

I shave my own head because I disdain paying $13.00 plus tip to wait and wait and wait and wait for some CP-time unprofessional antics instead of efficient, professional, customer oriented service at the barbar shops in my hood.

Cain's Jim Crow no-service haircut story is by far richer than anything I might recount about piss poor service hood barbar standards...,

cjr2221 said...

What is wrong with you all. Relax and look at what he said objectively because he was right.

He said "Racism TODAY doesn't hold anyone back in a big way."
It doesn't, we can go to school, get an education, start a career, buy a house, make money, etc.

I am a young African American male and can attest to the fact that racism doesn't, for the most part, hold us back in a major way.

Especially not even close to the way that it held him back when he was coming up.

sabrinabee said...

I agree with CNU, our elected officials have nothing to stand on against the assault on blacks by this coon. As to the young man who is in agreement with Cain, I'd say that any way that racism can hold us back be it a "major" way or a "minor" way still causes damaged to a group of people who had to come into the game already on an unlevel playing field. Sure, we can attend school, and we used to be able to start a career and make money ( I case you hadn't noticed, America is having problems in that area for whites and even moreso for blacks ), but only a few slip through. What Mr. Cain and yourself seem to be unaware of is the many who are not even considered based on color or in the case of resumes sent, "Afrocentric" sounding names. These are not actions racists come out and say aloud, these are actions that are done covertly, with impunity because there is no way to prove that this is the case. A significant amount if racism is in denying opportunity to gain knowledge or experience in a certain field. Peruse the want ads and the word "experience" pops up quite often. Racism is bred into the system. Take a look at applications for employment, questions on social activities, sports, awards, many things that many urban kids are unable to participate in, unless they happen to have a particular talent, because of fees and equipment costs and possibly because the are needed at home.

I often wonder how those that came after us appear to surpass us economically and socially. I see the people Jews, Italians, Chinese, even Irish come together as a community, they frequent their own stores, celebrate their own traditions and do not under any circumstances publicly throw their own race under the bus. They seem to weed out any leaders who are not answering to them as a community. What happened to us? We used to be this way. We emphasized education, took care of our communities and each other. I am leaning towards the introduction of drugs into our communities as a means of destruction but also, of being able to make money to buy things in an increasingly consumer driven society. I know it is deeper than that but, I can't help but think the notion that we were now on a level playing field because we had faces to put to some success, and that what happens from there is every man for himself, caused us to drop our guard. That splintered us. I just wish that we can realize at this point that we need to do something show Cain and those who think that we are irrelevant, that we just as relevant as he believes Isreal to be.

CNu said...

Sure, we can attend school, and we used to be able to start a career and make money

start a career...,

Last sunday, I was chatting with my 12 year old son about making money. He's peddled his services to two families in our neighborhood to provide weekend dog-walking and bi-weekly grass cutting for $60.00.month each.

More than adequate to his video game, airsoft, tennis, powerade, movie and modest savings needs.

I told him that with as much personality, charisma, and math skill as he possesses, that he should slowly expand out of the direct personal services line, because there's only so much time he can allocate any given week to doing these jobs - and instead - he should line up a roster of "consultants" and offer a full-line of dog-walking, baby-sitting, and lawn care services.

In the five days subsequent to our talk, lil'man lined up 5 such consultants, and 6 more families who've retained the services of his "firm".

We didn't know anything about all this activity, and the only telltale, was that he'd been doing a little printing (flyers/agreements) on his mother's color laserjet.

When he sat down to dinner, on friday, he was grinning from ear to ear. Dude pulled $300.00 neatly folded from out his right front hip pocket and told us what he'd been up to.

From my lips to God's ear, and it only took 5 working days for a 12 year old boy to line up grown man type money. (these were the 25% administrative fees he pocketed from his "consultants" - up front - for services not yet even delivered)

If a 12 year old boy, with two months self-directed experience, and one brief chat about growing the business and leveraging his real talents, (personality plus and persuasion) can convert that into grown man level returns, then.I'm.genuinely.not.try'na.hear.nobodies.cryin.about.somebody.else.holding.them.back!

Truth is, it's a lot of weak, lazy, shiftless, entitled-feeling busters crying about no longer being paid to be part of the food-powered make-work hierarchy.

In America at this moment, there are ~75million folks in the surplus labor value pool. If those folks don't figure out how to hustle hard, and a 12 year old boy CAN (with a little guidance and a WHOLE LOT of self-motivation) then those ~75million are just lost souls who will be devoured in the greatest depression.

Thrasher said...

CNu,

Please spare us the homespun tales about you kid..I and others are not interested in them..

More importantly your deflection and need to demonize post civil rights generations reveals your own self hate and impotency..

The issue right now is Cain's buck dancing Black apologist suck up posturing for white folks at rthe expense of Black people in America..

Ddeal with this reality not the chump change your son is making..

that Negra said...

Alright, so he sings with confidence, that black folk are afforded the same rights as whites, and I'm paraphrasing here,

Ryght.

Guess I didn't get that equality memo with my TP report, and the comment about the barbershop. Wow! He is a bit dark-skinned to be racist.

Cain appears to me, body language and all, a man with a hand up his you-know-what. I'm not racist, but rather aware.

His self-loathing reminds me of a group of black women I once sat next to, derogating natural hair, as if it were the black plague--

I looked up with my negro, then full fro, to see each self-loathing weavy wonder with a commonality--no hairline and unconvincing, unrealistic do’s.

Humph… Cain will soon lose his political rhetoric hairline in time from the pulling and tugging of a white dream.

CNu said...

Please spare us the homespun tales about you kid..I and others are not interested in them.

rotflmbao...,

how's that living in your mama's basement thing working out for you free jiggaboo?

More importantly your deflection and need to demonize post civil rights generations reveals your own self hate and impotency..

few things satisfy more deeply than hearing that meaty thud when rock hits snivelling cur and elicits the shocked yelp of fear and pain...,

The issue right now is Cain's buck dancing Black apologist suck up posturing for white folks at rthe expense of Black people in America..

no free jiggaboo, even 12 year old boys know youze a punkass with no hustle and no game..,

Ddeal with this reality not the chump change your son is making..

gregory, you don't want me to pick up the phone, call y'mama, and suggest she put your cheese booty back out on the street cause you running up her phone bill dialed into AOL posting embarrassing nonsense online now, do you?

parvenu said...

Know this! We (African Americans)are a PEOPLE! We are not a monolith, therefore just as there are those among us who still recoil under the brutality of white racism, there are also those among us who have surrendered their personal identity to their white masters. During the Holocaust, there were also some (albeit very few) European Jews that identified with their Nazi jailers in the midst of the foul smell of death and destruction that marked the Nazi concentration camps. There is a psych term for this aberrant form of human behavior, and it escapes me at this time.

The white billionaire oligarchy in recent times have modified their racist perspective of American Negroes just enough to recognize that such idividuals exist within the African American population. It is the recent recognition of the existence of these voluntary "black conservatives" that has caused a tactical shift in the game plan of the white right wing oligarchy. The hard right wing performance of Justice "Uncle Thomas" on the Supreme Court over the years has opened the door of trust of "conservative black" men by the rich white right wing oligarchy.

A political unknown Herman Cain was brought to a very secretive high level "conservatives" meeting sponsored by the Koch Brothers last year as a special guest of billionaire Ken Langone (Home Depot). Since Gov. Chris Cristie dropped out of the race, Langone may just be throwing his support behind Cain.

I have just one word of warning for those African American folks who think that a Herman Cain presidency migh not be all that bad for black folks. Black folks would experience the greatest disenfranchisement under the Cain Presidency than they have ever experienced in the entire history of the United States. Far worse than if either Perry or Romney were to become president.

sabrinabee said...

CNu, that is a cute story, kudos to your son. I bet he is every bit of cute as a mini entrpenuer. Yes, personality, and charm are very big assets to have in order to make a success in life. Charm obviously serves some more than others. But what I am talking about is Raheem. Raheem is possibly 18- 27, and he doesn't have a lot of charm and not much of a personality. All he wants to do work, earn a decent living, so that he can survive. Tell me, how many people do you think would be willing to let Raheem baby-sit their children or walk their dog over a 12 y.o.? My son is one of the lucky few to have a talent for drawing. He is now earning money doing tattoos, if not for this he would still be waiting for call backs on the applications that he fills out. But though I am grateful that my son has a way to feed himself, I am also away of so many others who have no marketable talents, no gifts for gabs, no hustle, the ones who simply want to work and cannot do so because they (black males) are at the bottom of the pool when it comes to hiring. I think it is incredibly sad when we can lose sight of just how bad the man beside us may have it simply because we were given a shot. For as many of us that were given a chance there are about ten who weren't.

CNu said...

just as there are those among us who still recoil under the brutality of white racism, there are also those among us who have surrendered their personal identity to their white masters.

and there are plenty who stopped crying like little bishes, pulled their pants up, studied their maths, loaded up their clips, faced all their anxieties and handled their binnis....,

It is the recent recognition of the existence of these voluntary "black conservatives" that has caused a tactical shift in the game plan of the white right wing oligarchy.

lol,

"parvenu" is a most apropos handle...,

The Koch Bros. been knowing Herman for decades, since his Godfathers Pizza days when he used to spend plenty time in the Wichititty, (Wichita KS) where their evil empire is headquartered. Been recruiting responsible negroe bible buddies and authoritarian conservatives all this time, as well.

1. To assert that the Koch/Birch cabal is anything approaching an "oligarchy" is ridiculous on the face of it. (The Birch society was cast from the conservative mainstream in the mid-60's - it was fringe then, it is fringe now - anti-establishment and hardly oligarchic)
2. To assert that there has been a "recent recognition" of voluntary black conservatives is both ridiculous and patently ignorant of history and literature - or don't they teach newcomers about the great George Schuyler and his no-nonsense crushing of jiggabooalogical blather waaaaaaay back in the day?

Cain is not a first. Cain is not the greatest, and Cain as Romney's VP won't do anything more profound that that mouthy twit Joe Biden does under the thumb of the shockingly corporatist and impotent Obamamandius.

Black folks would experience the greatest disenfranchisement under the Cain Presidency than they have ever experienced in the entire history of the United States.

SLAP!!!!

Stop clutching your pearls and catching the vapors henny penny!

VP Cain is not going to reinstitute Jim Crow.

The continuing decline of net available oil energy is going to have everybody screwed, glued, and tattooed and there's scant little that any narrator in chief is actually empowered to do about it.

That's why Double-O's hands have been tied and he's out-Bushed G-Dub, why Romney-Cain will do more of the same, and anybody else occupying the narrator-in-chief position right up until WW-III erupts in earnest.

Only then will the Greatest Depression begin to come to a close.

CNu said...

Raheem is possibly 18- 27, and he doesn't have a lot of charm and not much of a personality. All he wants to do work, earn a decent living, so that he can survive. Tell me, how many people do you think would be willing to let Raheem baby-sit their children or walk their dog over a 12 y.o.?

Raheem is SOL.

His mama should've named him Robert and increased his chances 40% right out the box.

Raheem is not my problem.

Heaven forbid he should ever look like he was becoming my problem, his time would be Rio/Sao Paolo short.

I've seen ninis all over the world, closest to home all up and down the border, all up and down the west bottoms, Prospect, the notorious 64130 and doubtless milling around somewhere in a hood or barrio near you.

Cain't do a dayyum thing for'em, and I've tried and I continue to try - because for every 100 Raheems, there's a Robert struggling to do what he's supposed to do and making best efforts.

I think it is incredibly sad when we can lose sight of just how bad the man beside us may have it simply because we were given a shot. For as many of us that were given a chance there are about ten who weren't.

because we were given a shot?!?!?!

It's incumbent upon every.single.one.of.us to take the shots we're given. Failure to do so yields consequences.

I think it is incredibly sad that 10-12 Million southern mexicans and Guatamalans trekked thousands of miles, risked life and limb, to put in work that young black men wouldn't put in or do.

I think it is incredibly sad that during the entirety of my life since the age of 6 - there has been no legally sanctioned discrimination and no lack of access to all the knowledge, skill, ability, and hustle that any man wants to put forth.

I think it is saddest of all that generations of infantilized and feminized black males haven't reached up and taken what was freely available to them for the taking - and have instead settled for hazardous low-hanging fruit - setting back their communities to damn near Haitian levels of dis-ease and dependency.

And now like Agent Smith said....,

chaunceydevega said...

@Thrasher. I told you not to trust that clown. He is no victim.

@Brotha. I think we should start a betting pool on that one.

@Abstentus. May have to bump up your comment.

@Cjr. Kidding? Or serious? Of course racism has changed and evolved, that is the whole point. Cain is caught up in the Right wing binary magical thinking that nothing short of a lynching could possibly constitute white racism.

@Cnu. You are reading my mind on G. Schuyler. Got something from him later in the week.

@sabrina. White ethnics did better because they were white and ethnic which equals uplift. plus the u.s. government gave away money after world war 2 to assimilate them fully into whiteness. good deal no? black folks got zip and doo doo in the same deal even though we paid in blood at home and abroad. White Americans, for the most part, don't know their own history.

@Parvenu. Thanks for the Koch stuff. I wonder how Cain is going to walk back his support of Affirmative Action and also the fact that his entire professional trajectory is ironic proof that Cain is an affirmative action baby, and proof that those modest policies worked. Ain't fate funny?

CNu said...

The Hermanator keeping it 100% in 1968.

Thrasher said...

CNu

Chump change boring home spun empty nothingness tale ..lol lol lol

sabrinabee said...

CNu, I share your frustration. You are talking to someone who had to trek to an urban area in the middle of the night to retrieve her son, who had been giving tattoos and didn't heed the advice to leave earlier, and take him to repair a broken nose and crushed eye socket, after having had a gun pulled on him and he was jumped and beaten just for walking down the street. He got the message after that and doesn't travel to that city, unless to visit family. And I am grateful that it wasn't as bad as it could have been but for the fact that a bullet didn't leave the chamber after him having played dead. But, I can't help but feel that "Raheem" is all of our problems because any one of our family members can BE "Raheem". Okay, granted many of them have chosen the wrong direction in life, many have felt that this is the best they are going to get so they try to intergrate into whatever cards they were dealt. Not everyone is a scholar, not everyone has the ability to resist peer pressure. You have a bunch of people with generational pain lashing out at each other. I don't want to give up on them. But, I know that I alone can only do so much, which is very little. I also know that what we have been doing so far, is not working. I look to our elected leaders for answers because they are supposed to have the ability to seek solutions and apply them to the collective. Pandering to the churchgoers or knocking the constituents does not address the problems. So, what do we do? Leave them to kill each other off?

sabrinabee said...

"plus the u.s. government gave away money after world war 2 to assimilate them fully into whiteness. good deal no?"

@CDV, absolutely a good deal, excuse my ignorance but I did not know that. I'd like to know where I can find that information for when I am confronted with the rationalizing sect comes at me with the 'well, the Irish and Italians had it bad when they came to this country, we got over it' meme.

chaunceydevega said...

@Sabrina. Race the power of illusion which is available online talks about this. katznelson's book "when affirmative action was white" is spot on here. the book "a history of affirmative action" is very good. of course all of roediger's books and also black wealth/white wealth would give you much to process.

Sort of white ethnics became white. Part of that deal was getting money from the gov't. That is never talked about because of course the white middle class "earned" everything they go. No mention of how black and brown folks were denied those opportunities. And we wonder why blacks and latinos (and god knows what is happening with native americans) have less than 10 cents on the dollar for every 1 dollar white Americans have in wealth.

CNu said...

But, I can't help but feel that "Raheem" is all of our problems because any one of our family members can BE "Raheem". Okay, granted many of them have chosen the wrong direction in life, many have felt that this is the best they are going to get so they try to intergrate into whatever cards they were dealt. Not everyone is a scholar, not everyone has the ability to resist peer pressure. You have a bunch of people with generational pain lashing out at each other. I don't want to give up on them....So, what do we do? Leave them to kill each other off?

Sabrinabee, what is going to happen not only to Raheem an'em, but to a whole lot of simply homeless, and thus publicly conspicuous economic collapse casualties, is the Rio/Sao Paolo solution.

The human is the supreme killer-ape. When faced with resource scarcity, the killer-ape has a very predicatable and very stereotypical behavioral response pattern.

America will be undergoing paroxysms of killer-ape collective psychology over the months and years to come.

Seriously sis, while the history is interesting and quaint, it doesn't hold a candle to the urgent necessity of current and pending situational awareness.

nomad said...

Want to see the die-off program in action? Look up.

sabrinabee said...

@CDV thank you for the list. Roediger sounds like what I have been looking for.

@CNu, I was able to click on to the Rio link. Am wondering which part of the death squad solution you Gree with, the gunning down of human beings or the part where they turn into organized criminals themselves? I don't think need to say that I don't agree with that as a solution.

Concerning the impending nuclear wars for remaining energy resources, (if that is what I am taking from your second link), I have faith that we will come around and begin to develop alternative forms of energy before we press the red button.

Your third link has a flash video which is incompatible with the device that I am using but I will dig out the old laptop and get back to you on that. Besides, I am curious about this haircut story.

CNu said...

The death squad solution to the problem of surplus labor value doesn't require my aceptance or agreement to stand as a widely emulated, contemporary, human ethological fact.

There are of course far more draconian and far more encompassing resource scarcity responses, up to and including genocide. That genocide thing typically doesn't work out very well for thbe target ethnic minority.

As for nuclear war,given the deep investments made in that capability, it is not possible that the nuke-having humans will forego its use. I predict that Turkey and Iran will be hit by an increasingly beseiged Israel, and where things go from there is anybody's guess. Pakistan and then India and china as the thing rols across the asian continent, posibly as far as the far eastern reaches of the former Soviet Union, but I digress.

With the shit inevitably heading for the fan, and critical decisions in the hands of military consensus, I'm not so sure a substantive distinction can be made between Double-O/Biden and Romney/Cain.

sabrinabee said...

CNu, apologies, I misread your post concerning the death squads and took it to mean that you were advocating this as a solution, when you were simply saying that this is where things may be headed. I think we are already there. It is astounding how many young urban men, who in most cases are unable to obtain gun permits and generally don't do much traveling are able to get their hands on military type weaponry. I think of how we as a country handle foreign conflicts by arming either side or both in some cases and wonder if that might on some level not be happening here.

I viewed the slide show, I am not certain who Hubbert is, nor the type of economic solution he is offering, but I am not above a restructuring. I think all natural resources should be nationalized. It was what saved Chile when our economic system was imposed on them.

I think you are saying that it is an inevitability that there will be nuclear war, at least in Europe. While I hope not, I have to agree that the situation between Israel and the Muslim countries has me a bit leery, though I am not sure that energy resources will be the ultimate cause.

And, yes, I agree, the MIC has entirely too much influence on our policy and politicians, including President Obama. In which case, when it comes to military action there is very little if any distinction between either party.

CNu said...

It is astounding how many young urban men, who in most cases are unable to obtain gun permits and generally don't do much traveling are able to get their hands on military type weaponry. I think of how we as a country handle foreign conflicts by arming either side or both in some cases and wonder if that might on some level not be happening here.

So also with the flow of assault weapons into Mexico and the situation there gradually approaching "failed state" and into which the U.S. has now introduced military and intelligence assets with the consent of the Mexican government.

I think you are saying that it is an inevitability that there will be nuclear war, at least in Europe.

Europeans are not going to destroy themselves again. However, as demonstrated in Libya, they will cooperate with one another to bring about the destruction of non-European others who have something they want, and, whose population densities are too high. Nuclear arsenals aren't that different from assault weapons, especially if you restrict access to the means to deliver those nuclear weapons extra-regionally. Non-whites have nuclear arsenals, non-whites have no ICBM's and no long-range advanced bombers, and no missile capable submarines.

though I am not sure that energy resources will be the ultimate cause.

Resources are nearly the exclusive cause of war for the past 200 years across the Trans-European Protectorate.