Tag Archives: Racism

Verbatim

New NRA President Is a Racist

“It is wrong to say like McBath said, that the reason she won was because of her anti-gun stance. That didn’t have anything to do with it — it had to do with being a minority female.”

— National Rifle Association president Carolyn Meadows, telling the Marietta Daily Journal that Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA) only won her seat in 2018 because she’s black. McBath unseated Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA) on an anti-gun violence platform based on her backstory: Her son was shot and killed in 2012 after a loudness complaint.

Verbatim

Harris Won’t Be ‘Played’ with Racist Rhetoric

“So I was born in Oakland, and raised in the United States except for the years that I was in high school in Montreal, Canada. And look, this is the same thing they did to Barack. This is not new to us and so I think that we know what they are trying to do. … They are trying to do what has been happening over the last two years, which is powerful voices trying to sow hate and division, and so we need to recognize when we’re being played.”

— Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) directly confronting “critics Monday who have questioned her black heritage, her record incarcerating minorities as a prosecutor and her decision to marry a white man,” CNN reports.

Enumerati

A Third of Americans Say Blackface Is Acceptable

34%

A new Pew Research poll finds 53% of Americans think it is generally unacceptable for a white person to use makeup to darken their skin to appear to be a different race as part of a Halloween costume, including 37% who say this is never acceptable. Meanwhile, 34% say this is always or sometimes acceptable.

Verbatim

David Duke Endorses Tulsi Gabbard

“Finally a candidate who will actually put America First rather than Israel First!”

— David Duke, quoted by NBC News, seemingly endorsing Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) for president.

Enumerati

More Middle School Bullying Found in Areas that Voted for Trump

18%

A new University of Virginia study found higher rates of bullying and certain types of teasing in areas where voters favored Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. “Seventh- and eighth-graders in areas that favored President Trump reported bullying rates in spring 2017 that were 18% higher than students living in areas that went for Clinton. They were also 9% more likely to report that kids at their schools were teased because of their race or ethnicity.”

News & Comment

FOX Favorite DeSantis Waits Mere Hours to Launch Racist Display

The news as it’s being reported out of the Florida primaries is that the Trump-backed candidate won the Republican race for governor and the Bernie Sanders-backed candidate won the Democratic one.

But the next morning, the real news is that Rep. Ron DeSantis (Rep – FL6) is a racist.

DeSantis called his opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is African-American, “articulate” just before cautioning that Florida shouldn’t “monkey this up” by electing him governor. Watch the video, painful though it is, and note DeSantis emphasizing the word “monkey.” He practically winks as he pauses slightly to make sure you heard him.

Pundits, of course, rushed to “both sides” this thing. Politico reporter Marc Caputo tweeted: “The race for Florida governor is going to be about race.

Responses noted that the tweet should have read, “White candidate is making the race for Florida governor about race.”

Gillum’s victory over a moderate with a sense of inevitability is a signal that Florida’s progressives have had it with half measures. DeSantis’ win over a Republican who isn’t on the Trump train shows the same on the right-wing side.

Anyone paying attention is also over and done with the kind of reporting that attempts to paint Democrats with the same brush as Republicans. The news media has been part of the problem. Trying so hard to appear fair and balanced that it can’t even report accurately — which facilitated Trump’s rise — will no longer be overlooked.

News & Comment

The Best Answer Yet to Trump’s “S.O.B Athletes” Slur

Dale Hansen is a Dallas sportscaster, which makes him an unlikely champion of protest rights, but he does have a history of being on the right side. His recent commentary is an exquisite combination of disdain (noting that his foot hurt too while he served in the military, a reference to Donald Trump’s Vietnam deferments for a bone spur) and solemnity.

It’s an ill wind that blows no good, and Hansen’s response to Trump, along with many others, might show that if nothing else, Trump is affording us an opportunity to display our better selves as we oppose him.

Poetic Justice

Charlottesville: What Trump Promised

Trump’s Charlottesville meltdown sparked outrage,
As he outed himself as a racist on the world stage.
We shouldn’t be surprised,
Based on what he promised,
In his inaugural address he invoked “American Carnage.”

News & Comment

Not a Single Member of Trump’s Evangelical Council Has Resigned

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(Updates at end of post)

So many members of Trump’s manufacturing advisory council resigned over his support of armed extremists in Charlottesville, Va. that he had to disband the group to avoid further embarrassment. One by one, until Trump cried uncle at eight, leaders of industry released statements of resignation, adding their disagreement with the president’s views on race, anti-semitism, protest, and the circumstances of the loss of life at the white supremacy rally.

But not Trump’s evangelical council. Not a single member has resigned, from former Rep. Michele Bachmann to the Rev. Jerry Falwell to James Dobson.

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Enumerati

Trump Calls Blacks ‘Racist’ on Twitter Three Times More Often than Whites

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Washington Post: Trump has used the word “racist” or “racism” at least 56 times on Twitter, according to the Trump Twitter Archive, a website that tracks and archives all the president’s tweets. In two-thirds of those Tweets, Trump levied accusations of racism at individuals or groups of people. And those accusations followed a very clear pattern: Trump has directed accusations of racism toward black people three times as often as he has done so against whites.