Tag Archives: politics

America’s Long History of Anti-Immigrant Racism

‘The High Tide of Immigration—A National Menace’; cartoon by Louis Dalrymple from Judge magazine, August 1903

In her review of The Guarded Gate, Sarah Churchwell illustrates the long history of American racists fighting to exclude people of other races. The “undesirable” races have changed repeatedly over time, but the arguments for excluding them have been essentially the same.

Eddie Glaude Speaks the Truth on American White Supremacy

After a white supremacist terrorist inspired by Trump murdered 22 and injured 26 in El Paso, TX, Professor Eddie Glaude speaks the truth on American white supremacy.

I found this brilliant discourse in a post by Patton Oswalt, who shared a post by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Limbaugh, Carlson et al. are not conservatives. They’re far right propagandists, whose goal is to inflame fear and hatred in their audience and get/keep that audience addicted to their propaganda. It’s journalistic malpractice to call them conservative.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/11/business/media/el-paso-killer-conservative-media.html

Victor Blackwell on Trump’s Racist Attacks

Racist Donald Trump has been a racist his entire life and he used that racism to help him win the 2016 election. A cowardly press has avoided calling Trump racist directly, but hopefully that will change given how openly Trump is now attacking non-whites.

When Trump attacked Elijah Cummings and his district in Baltimore, MD, characterizing Cummings and his district the same way Nazis characterized Jews to dehumanize them, Victor Blackwell spoke brilliantly in response. Here’s that video.

Sources

Trump’s History of Racism

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/donald-trump-racist-meme/

https://www.vox.com/2016/7/25/12270880/donald-trump-racist-racism-history

Trump’s 27 July 2019 Attack on Cummings and Baltimore

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/27/trump-lashes-out-rep-elijah-cummings-baltimore-district/1845890001/

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-elijah-cummings-tweets-dangerous-filthy-baltimore-2019-7

Video

https://twitter.com/yashar/status/1155128232322187265/video/1

Thoughtful Essay on Collapse of the World into Two Classes

Daniel Miessler has written a thought provoking essay on the disappearance of the middle class and the collapse of society into a small wealthy class and a very large and poor underclass. There’s a link on the page to listen to this on audio.

Why Jews Are Getting Themselves Arrested at ICE Centers Around the Country

 

“Never Again isn’t just about remembering how the Holocaust ended. It’s also about how it started, with a gradual process of legal exclusion and state-sponsored dehumanization that led eventually to the deaths of my grandpa’s family and so many millions of others,” Rugenberg, whose relatives were murdered in the Holocaust, said at the protests in Providence last week.

The Woman Who Uncovered the Truth Behind the GOP’s Citizenship Question

Stephanie Hofeller with her father, Thomas, the man behind the GOP’s citizenship question.

The New Yorker’s Charles Bethea brilliantly tells the story of a woman who discovered evidence that her father was deeply involved in suppressing non-white votes and was behind the citizenship census question. Her multifaceted story lays bare the evil of the modern GOP.

Source: A Father, a Daughter, and the Attempt to Change the Census

Hatred Should Be an Automatic Ban from Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is difficult work, even for those free of hatred and committed to treating people equally under the law. People afflicted with racism and other hatred cannot serve effectively in law enforcement and should be excluded from the field.

This expose of widespread racism and other hatred among law enforcement officers is worth a quick read. Our nation was founded on racism and has always been deeply afflicted with hatred. I’m not sure we’ll ever create a nation where hatred of others is a rare disorder, but we can at least keep those afflicted with it from having power over those they hate.

 

Source: https://www.revealnews.org/article/inside-hate-groups-on-facebook-police-officers-trade-racist-memes-conspiracy-theories-and-islamophobia

Crank Magnetism

If you’re interested in critical thinking and the remarkable ability of many people to delude themselves and others, it’s worth reading this short reference on crank magnetism, which may remind you of several people you know. We certainly have some people among our relatives and my kids’ friends who are walking demonstrations of crank magnetism.

RationalWiki is a good resource for critical thinking and research on ideas and people you encounter. I’ve found it well written and have not found any obvious false or misleading statements in my occasional visits to the site.

 

Source: https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Crank_magnetism