Andrew Allison, Imagined Community and ThunderDragon have been discussing racism in the BNP, on the BNP supporter blog Central News in the post "In support of Freedom".
I'm sorry to say that by now some of them may have realised that they are wasting their time talking to the BNP supporters.
The main problem being, that no one wants to be seen or think themselves to be a racist.
The BNP supporters have a lot of personal credibility invested in their decision to support a party that is seen by many as being racist.
They will have told colleagues and friends that the BNP's policies are worthwhile and that it is not a racist party.
The deeper they get into the party they start to realise that it is indeed racist (see the post entitled "this why I'm a racist") and Anti-Semitic (the last paragraph says it all), but what can they do? I think I would find it difficult to admit that I'd been a fool and that indeed I was supporting a racist party.
All someone in their position can do is to try and justify their decision. This usually takes the form of continually rolling out stories and statistics of ethnic crimes. They by this time are so entrenched in the BNP mentality that they do not realise, that by continually focusing on ethnic crime their actions could be seen by some as being racist.
The people I've described above are the ones who fell into the BNP net of disillusionment.
Angered by the Government's inability to control immigration, they have turned to the BNP, who with an outwardly respectable face are promising to address their concerns.
The problem is that if you convince yourself that what you are saying is the truth, then you can convince yourself that you are not a racist. Nobody wants to look in the mirror and see a racist looking back at them.
This is my last post on this subject (good some will say no doubt) as the whole experience has got me down.