I think so, Brain … but aren’t white courtesy phones inherently racists?
Donald Trump is running for reelection, and it seems that he’d rather run against the sort of Progressive Democrat whose politics are strongly different from his own—”a choice not an echo” to borrow an old campaign slogan. While AOC won’t be the 2020 nominee, she’s the face of the Democrat’s for now, and that seems to suit Trump just fine.
Nancy Pelosi’s goals aren’t much different from She Guevara’s, but the two differ radically on how to achieve those goals. After six months as a congresscritter, AOC has shown that she is unwilling and/or unable to work within the established congressional order. She wants revolution now. Pelosi’s decades of practical politics have taught her that a recurring first step toward her goals is winning elections. She’s also seen what happens when her side’s politics moves too fast for the voters. See, eg., the elections of 1994 and 2010.
Pelosi isn’t all that popular with voters outside the costal blue zones, but recent poling shows that AOC and her squad of newbies are unpopular even in many Democrat strongholds. Thus, Trump would much rather have She Guevara as the face of the Democratic Party. As the coming primaries settle on the Democrat’s presidential nominee, that candidate will push AOC aside, but her effect on the party’s branding will linger, and Trump sees that as to his advantage.
So Trump is likely to continue baiting AOC and her squad. And given their mix of arrogance and inexperience, I suspect they’ll keep taking the bait.
Oh, one more thing … I’ve seen Trump’s tweets from last weekend labeled as “racist.” He suggested that a foreign-born congresswoman return to her homeland, straighten it out, and then come back to show us how it was done. How is that challenge racist?
A Mahatma Gandhi statue has been removed from the campus of the University of Ghana after protests from students and faculty who argue the Indian independence leader considered Africans “inferior”.
The statue was unveiled at the university in the Ghanian capital Accra two years ago but has been the subject of controversy and was removed in the middle of the night on Tuesday, leaving just an empty plinth.
Scholars have highlighted evidence in past years showing the revered freedom-fighter, whose theories of civil resistance helped India throw off British colonialism and inspired generations of activists including Martin Luther King Jr, held derogatory views towards native communities in South Africa.
Perhaps all of humanity’s ancestors were racists, and we should simply dispose of all of our memorials to them and their past achievements.
Jonah Goldberg’s current G-File deals with the racism being directed at white people by some on the Left. He starts by recounting a story of an incident of an older white woman going off on an bank teller of Asian heritage, saying, “You damn gooks killed my husband and my son!”
It seems to me that the old lady at the bank had more “reason” to hate Asians than Jeong has to hate white people. But the simple fact remains that the individual American of Asian descent that the old lady at the bank attacked didn’t do anything wrong.
What the old woman did was not really different from what Sarah Jeong has done, but no one would expect media outlets such as the WaPo to publish opinion pieces supporting such behavior.
It goes without saying, or should in a rational conversation, that Left’s racism directed at white is inconsistent with their criticisms of anyone else’s racism, sexism, ableism, etc. As Goldberg notes, it’s also counterproductive.
Liberals despise any argument that claims that they are part of the reason we “got Trump.” But for decades now, numerous liberals have acted like members of a cult awaiting the fulfillment of a demographic prophecy that, one day soon, whites will be a minority in this country. When that happens, various versions of this prophecy foretell, white power and culture will be wiped away. This analysis has always been deeply flawed on a number of fronts, but that’s a topic for another day. My point here is that the rhetoric associated with this hope is profoundly dangerous because it flips the switch on whites to suddenly see themselves as white. As I discuss in my book, economic issues had far less to do with Trump’s success than feelings of cultural displacement. And Trump’s margin of victory stemmed in large part from triggering or activating many voters who invest large parts of their identity in being white.
You can come up with as many polysyllabic explanations as you like for why it’s okay for you to mock, demonize, or ridicule white people. You can prattle on to your Ph.D. adviser’s content about how whiteness is a social construct that needs to be dismantled. But maybe you should have the simple decency and common sense to understand that many people won’t see it that way, because the net effect of your “counter-trolling” is that it leads to the opposite of your stated goal: You are making white people feel threatened, and, as a result, you’re making at least some of them more racist. You are making whiteness a thing. And you are blaming today’s white people for things they never did. Just as the old lady at the bank did to that poor bank teller.
Read the whole thing.
Simple decency and common sense? Good luck with that.
Someone should tell Politico that George Wallace was a Democrat when he stood in the schoolhouse door. He was never a member of the Republican Party.
I think so, Brain … but if Creepy Ass Crackas move uptown, are they putting on the Ritz?
Fifty years ago, great men with real moral authority were leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, men the likes of Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, the nation has changed, and one change is the growth and development of what can be described as the Racism Industrial Complex. Its members are a group of “community leaders” and left-wing pundits who use the echoes of past legitimate grievances to paint current events to their political advantage. It may not be well grounded in reality, but it’s a way to make a living.
Smitty appears to have had enough of these people, and he expresses his frustration today with a partial fisking of a piece by Jamelle Bouie. Mr. Bouie’s essay at The American Prospect asserts race is a principal driver in Republican opposition to Barack Obama. Smitty points out that the opposition to the President is principled and that it is very unlikely conservatives such as Allen West and Thomas Sowell … oh, go read Smitty’s post.