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.
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.
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.
Trump’s History of Racism
Trump’s 27 July 2019 Attack on Cummings and Baltimore
“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.
Redditor jwords wrote a very insightful comment on this post about a recent Trump atrocity. In it, he provides a concise and reasonable explanation for why Trump won and what motivates his supporters.
You can go to Reddit to see the comment/question jwords is responding to, but I’ll paste it in here to make this an easier read.
KidKilobyte: “Just saw this on his twitter feed and got a pit in my stomach. How can his base tolerate such bad timing and bad taste in what he posts? Other than fringe lunatics, what do educated Trump supporters say about his constant stream of garbage. Why does goosing the economy trump (pun intended) good taste and excuse such an unrelenting stream of garbage from his mouth? And as to the “great” economy, seems the deficit is ballooning and this train is headed for a bridge that is out.”
From the New Yorker story:
“One of the things Helen’s story really showed us is that the Trump Administration never stopped separating children from their families,” Morales Rocketto said. “In fact, they’ve doubled down, but it’s even more insidious now, because they are doing it in the cover of night.”
This is what Republicans have created, a nation that willfully destroys the lives of families with young children. The GOP stands profoundly against life.
Fire these cops. A suspension and loss of a week’s pay is nothing. They’ve proven they’re unfit for public service. Their continued employment is a statement by their superiors that they accept hatred and white supremacy in their ranks. A non-racist government would go back through their cases and look for evidence of police misconduct.
Found on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BB160/status/1041160593313595393
The American Civil War Was Fought Over Slavery. To claim otherwise is willful ignorance or malice.
Idiots like this man don’t just harm themselves by their beliefs and behavior. They perpetuate one of mankind’s greatest evils, the belief that men are unequal in kind and that a greater man may rightfully hold another lesser man in slavery and use him as he sees fit. Refusing to acknowledge the cause of the Civil War and the evil for which the Confederacy fought is refusing to acknowledge that slavery is a great evil, one that was (mostly) destroyed in the Civil War but continues to live in the minds of men like this.
This refusal to confront and accept the reality of slavery and racism and the century spanning harm it has done and continues to do to human beings the world over makes it possible for men like Hitler and Trump to rise to power. These grotesque caricatures of human beings are acceptable only to those so steeped in hatred and denial that they see the most vile examples of humanity as their saviors, simply because those men promise to grant them the power they feel owed by their race and birthplace.
The state documents of secession are available and specifically call out slavery as the reason for secession. Only South Carolina even tries to be fancy about it, but their document too eventually gets to the core issue – slavery.
If you want to read the documents of secession to see for yourself, or use them in an attempt to enlighten someone, the following is a good source: https://www.battlefields.org/learn/primary-sources/declaration-causes-seceding-states
I had to share this excellent analysis of the United States’ so-called conservatives, properly called white nationalists or fascists. I’ve made this argument in the past, but this commenter does an excellent job of summarizing the truth about the right in America, with supporting examples.
Conservatives don’t want freedom. They want power. Freedom for those at the top is power over everyone else. Freedom for those at the bottom is a threat to power at the top.
“Freedom” for the GOP means taking out the government’s ability to balance out the needs of the many against the needs of the few. Who cares if clean air regulations save literally thousands of lives? They cost shareholders money. Privatize the gains from polluting, but shove the cost onto the public.
In this case, regulation means putting the thumb on the scale to ensure that Facebook and Google become vehicles for conservative propaganda. It’s never been about freedom. It’s always been about power and control.
“States rights” = the freedom to oppress black people. It was about protecting slavery and then Jim Crow. “States rights” advocate Scalia still argued for the government’s right to regulate marijuana. “States rights” has always been about protecting the power of old white conservatives. It was never a real ideology. It was always about power over others.
“The right to bear arms” = the right for white people to bear arms. Ronald Reagan and the Republican-controlled legislature in California repealed open-carry? Why? Because the Black Panthers carried openly. “Stand your ground” often doesn’t apply to black people.
The TEA Party was created by Big Tobacco. The entire “get government off our backs” movement was funded by major corporations fighting deregulation. The TEA Party, which supposedly cared about the federal deficit, has gone entirely silent as Donald Trump blows up the deficit. It existed entirely to hamstring The Democratic Party’s ability to control federal spending. They didn’t want “freedom” from government healthcare. They wanted “freedom” for one of “their” guys to decide the budget, to work it so they get enormous subsidies in the form of unpaid tax cuts.
“Tough on crime” = “tough on poverty”. Crimes associated with having none, such as property crimes, are responded to with the full force of the police state. SWAT teams are called out 50,000 times a year, often to serve warrants. Property crime account for $14 billion in losses each year. Wage theft accounts for $50 billion. Meanwhile, the agencies in charge of enforcing wage theft, protecting consumers, and policing corporations are gutted.
It’s never been about freedom. It’s always been about power. Power to tell women what to do with their bodies. Power for Christians to tell others how to worship. Power for wealthy businesses to pollute, cheat, and steal with impunity. Power to do whatever you want to black people–structural racism allows for poor whites to still have absolute power over others, so that they can buy into a system that has no constraints on power for those with money. The modern GOP is a fucking sham. It’s about giving the powerful more power, and it spends literally billions of dollars a year to try and convince people otherwise, because it’s a fundamentally untenable moral position. It’s cancer.