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Category: Racism (Page 1 of 20)

Death Squads

Sweetie-pie Ann Coulter says that “death squads” are the way to go, now that not even Pumpkin supports the most extreme and oppressive immigration restrictions her racist and nativist listeners can conceive.  She says that anyone who doesn’t support less immigration is ruining the country, and so all we can do is <sigh> go to the death squads.

St. Louis area Pi Pizzeria was subjected to intense harassment after objecting to police randomly shooting up the place.  Photo: HuffPo

There is, of course, no question who would staff the death squads.  They have already been recruited to support a fascist, racist regime.  They are already armed.  They already have their team spirit!

As American As Baseball

So Wednesday night, at Fenway park, this happened:

That’s over the edge of the iconic high left-field wall known as the Green Monster.

The truth of the message did not prevent the folks who unfurled it from being kicked out of the ball park.  If anything, it hastened the process.

The racism of this country is strong.  Fifty years of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts only served to make it fester.  Now the greed and resentment of the moneyed elite, who fund the Rethuglican party that feeds on it, have unleashed it to another level.  Enter Pumpkin.

I know that sometimes I sound like a foaming-at-the-mouth lunatic about this issue, so don’t just take my word for it.  Go read the most important thing you will read this year.

Fort Sumter, VA

No, wait, Fort Sumter is in South Carolina.  What’s in Virginia?

Charlottesville.

With the Pumpkin supporting the bigots (there’s no other way to take the full week’s worth of his blather about it), well… I saw this map of how the US will look after the second Civil War.

After the WHAT??  You read it right.  By some definitions (click through the map… also see here) it has already started: last Saturday.

So… is this horrible?  That I looked at that map and thought, Hmm… could be worse…?

 

Charlottesville Leaves No Doubt

The Charlottesville “Unite the Right” marchers? Republican racist Nazis.

Friday night they chanted “You will not replace us!”  Also, “Jew will not replace us!”  “Lügenpresse!” And my favorite, “One Nation, One People!” Hmm. What is it about “One Nation! One People!” that sounds wrong? Oh, I know!  It’s better in the original German.

And their Fuehrer is clearly the Pumpkin in the White House.  After one of the Nazis murdered a counter-protester and maimed 19 more, he knew he could no longer get away with just happily watching the proceedings on Faux News while squeezing pimples on his butt.  So he came out to make a statement in which he actually managed to stay on the script for one whole sentence… HAH!  No he didn’t!  He had to poison the already way-too-gentle condemnation by making it all about everyone who was there, not just the Nazis

We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time. [Emphasis his — he thought that part so nice, he said it twice.]

On many sides?  What did he do, roll a D20?  What does that mean?  It means that opponents of fascism are (at least!) equally responsible.

When three Muslims carried out a vehicular attack in June on London Bridge, he was not so ecumenical with the blame.  He called for a revival of a ban on Muslims traveling to the US, and he called out the Mayor of London.  Who just happens to be Muslim.

He’s being widely condemned for this, so here’s how it will play out.  His staff will “explain” it.  Then in a day or two, he’ll tweet something outrageous about, oh, I don’t know, Chile, maybe?  And we’ll be off chasing our tails about the next stupidity.  While his Cabinet secretaries continue diligently destroying the departments they each head.

As for the alt-right fascist Nazi racists… you know, the Republicans… they loved Pumpkin’s remarks.  Yes, the dogs can hear the whistles, loud and clear!

Here’s a posting yesterday on The Daily Stormer  (link to Wikipedia, not to Nazis).  The Daily Stormer is an explicitly Nazi, explicitly Republican website.  Its slogan is “Preparing for the race war since 2013.”  Its namesake is Der Stürmer.

To be as clear as we can be about this: by not condemning Nazi racists, the Pumpkin supports Nazi racists.  

The Pumpkin supports Nazi racists.

(There: I said it twice.)

 

Democrats! No, Republicans!

Back before the 1960’s, the Democrats were the party of White Supremacy in the South.  They called themselves the Dixiecrats, to be distinguishable from the northern sort who were definitely more liberal and somewhat less racist.  Lester Maddox, George Wallace, Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms were all Democrats until the mid-1960s.

With a Democratic administration in the White House (JFK, then LBJ) and with support for the Civil Rights movement gaining traction, the Republicans crafted the Southern Strategy.  Taking the opportunity offered by Johnson signing the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts, they painted the Democrats as a party of “n***er-lovers.”  Unsurprisingly, they reaped huge electoral rewards among scared and hateful whites.  That’s when the rogues’ gallery mentioned above and hundreds more Southern politicians switched party affiliation from D to R.

Some argue the Southern Strategy should be called the Suburban Strategy.  Either way, the GOP flipped the script and picked up support across the old Confederacy, and in lily-white suburbs everywhere, by taking over the mantle of that most reliable vote getter in those areas: fear- and hatred-driven racism.

Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com

Photo by Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com

So shall we expect any better of Republicans than to foment racism with both hands while denying it to the public when caught at it?  I think not.  A masterwork of denial is documented in this Charlotte News & Observer article last week about someone with the breathtakingly beautiful name of Dallas Woodhouse.  Dallas is, by the destiny assured when his parents named him, a North Carolina Republican party official.  He tweeted on August 6 blaming “@NCDemParty” for a Wilmington race riot, a massacre of blacks, and for publishing the “White Declaration of Independence.”  These events took place in 1898, when the party called Democrat was indeed the unified voice of Southern racism.  They also, apparently, had the first Twitter handle, decades before @Jack was even born.  Who knew? 

OK, I don’t think the NC Democratic party in 1898 really had a Twitter handle.  Still, it’s not hard to figure out which political party in 2017 would endorse a “White Declaration of Independence.”  But the Democrats of 1898 were the same lineage that gave rise to Democrats Maddox, Wallace, Thurmond and Helms… all of whom in the 1960s magically switched to Republican.  Their philosophical brethren and descendants have now put a Pumpkin in the White House, and Nazis on the streets of Charlottesville, VA.

So I will say this without fear of contradiction: in 1898, Dallas Woodhouse would have been a Democrat.

 

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