In the aftermath of Trump’s Klan-lite rally in South Carolina, it’s become clear that the decades-old Republican project of dog-whistle racism as a political strategy has metastasized into an overt and blatant racism. The days of Willie Horton and welfare queens are over, replaced by “Mexicans are rapists” and “send her back.”
Since Trump’s election there’s been much speculation about his ties to white supremacy but now there can be little doubt. His actions, tweets, and statements offer concrete confirmation. And his administration seems to be cut from the same cloth. From white supremacist advisers like Bannon and Miller to the “deterrent” policy on our southern border, it seems that the leadership of Trump’s cabinet is also pushing a supremacist agenda. Want more proof? Here’s an excerpt from a fascinating article about the core of the Trump regime’s ideology by Paul Musgrave in Foreign Policy:
U.S. competition with China would be especially bitter, she argued, because “it’s the first time that we will have a great-power competitor that is not Caucasian.” It would be tempting, but wrong, to dismiss this as just another racially charged comment from the administration. This was not a gaffe but a profound disclosure about how the Trump administration sees the world.
Here’s the full link:
Trump and his team assess the world through the framework of ethnicity. Their heroes and villains are color coded. And this is a disgusting and tragic development. Trump is not a Republican in any traditional sense, at least not since George Wallace. He’s really a right-wing nationalist in the European mold. Trump more closely resembles those crazy white nationalist parties that occasionally reach for power in Germany or Scandanavia. And the rest of the GOP seems to be dropping their moderate masks and revealing their kinship to his racist appeal.
Here’s another great article, this by Professor Carol Anderson of Emory University, arguing that the Republican agenda is to perpetuate a White Republic:
In their effort to restore a white America, the GOP had to wound the kind of multiracial democracy that not only elected Barack Obama to the presidency but enhanced America’s global reputation. Republicans, therefore, set out to create an electorate that was disproportionately white and conservative. In Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Alabama, North Carolina and more than 20 additional states GOP policies targeted African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Native Americans, the young and the poor to keep them away from the ballot box. Republican governors and GOP-majority state legislatures deployed an array of voter-suppression tactics, including closing hundreds of polling stations in minority and low-income precincts, slashing early voting hours, reinstating poll taxes, mandating discriminatory voter ID laws and purging millions from the voter rolls.
Here’s the link:
The 2020 election is a clear referendum on the future of our country. Will it be a diverse and inclusive nation that continues to welcome immigrants “yearning to breathe free” or will it move backwards toward a white-privileged and exclusive hegemony that bans new citizens–especially those of color?
Keep resisting and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”