Posts Tagged ‘racism’

Trump’s Reverse Racism Claim

November 8, 2018

“… Yamiche Alcindor, a reporter for the PBS Newshour of Haitian descent, attempted to ask the president about the support he’s drawn from white nationalist groups.

‘On the campaign trail, you called yourself a nationalist. Some people saw that as emboldening white nationalists,’ Alcindor said, in a preamble to her question. But before she could get the rest out, Trump interrupted her.

‘I don’t know why you’d say that. That’s such a racist question,’ he said.

Alcindor tried to continue, saying that ‘some people are now saying that the Republican Party is supporting white nationalists because of your rhetoric.’ But once again Trump interrupted her — and accused her of being the real racist:

I don’t believe it. Why do I have my highest poll numbers ever with African Americans? That’s a racist question … You know what? I love our country, I do. You have nationalists, and you have globalists … to say that, what you said, is so insulting to me. It’s a very terrible thing that you said.

— “Watch Trump shout down a black reporter asking him about racism,” Zack Beauchamp, Vox (read it in full)

Prepare for a fresh barrage of so-called “reverse racism” charges from the privileged white men of the Administration, the Freedom Caucus, and the Trump-packed courts. “Reverse racism” claims are also a hallmark of, you know, White Nationalism.

More:

“Trump said it is ‘racist’ to ask him about his nationalism. Here’s why it’s necessary.” Eugene Scott, Washington Post

“Trump draws rebukes for scolding female reporters of color,” Rebecca Morin, Politico

“‘What a stupid question’: Trump demeans three black female reporters in three days,” Paul Farhi, Washington Post

“Trump calls Baltimore native April Ryan a ‘loser,’ threatens to revoke press credentials,” Brittany Britto, Baltimore Sun

“I’m a black woman. Trump loves insulting people like me.” April Ryan, Washington Post

“Trump’s insults toward black reporters, candidates echo ‘historic playbooks’ used against African Americans, critics say,” David Nakamura, Washington Post

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Hotline

October 26, 2018

Related:

“New Neighbors, New Noise Complaints,”Tanvi Misra, Pacific Standard

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GOP: East St. Louis Toodle-Oo

February 5, 2018

Blair Garber, a member of the Illinois Republican Central Committee and chairman of the state’s Lottery Control Board, has resigned both positions after outcry over his tweet describing East St. Louis, Ill. as the “sh*thole of the universe!”

Guess that’s what they call an “East St. Louis Toodle-00.”

More:

“Parroting Trump: Illinois GOP official resigns after calling East St. Louis a certain vulgar name,” Fred Barbash, Washington Post

 

Top recording: “East St. Louis Toodle-O0,” written by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley, recorded by Duke Ellington and his Washingtonians, 1927

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Mar-a-Lago Must Be a Sh*thole

January 12, 2018

Mar-a-Lago Must Be a Sh*thole

In an anti-immigrant rant during a meeting with members of Congress, serial bankrupt, racist isolationist, and U.S. President Donald Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as “sh*thole countries.” Mr. Trump then left Washington for his private Palm Beach resort (membership fee: $200,000). This season that Florida club, Mar-a-Lago, hired 70 foreign workers through the H-2B visa program. Where are many of those Mar-a-Lago workers from?

Oui, Haiti.

More:

“Trump asked why the US needs more Haitians. Mar-a-Lago may hold the answer,” Christina Wilkie, CNBC

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Jesse, Adolf, and Franklin

October 5, 2017

American Jesse Owens won three gold medals in three days at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. You probably think you know what happened next, but you don’t.

“Adolf Hitler famously refused to shake Owens’ hand, not wanting the humiliation of acknowledging a Black athlete’s brilliance, or so the story goes. But the truth is that, after the first day of competition, Hitler didn’t shake any athlete’s hand because the head of the International Olympic Committee told him he must congratulate all gold medalists or none at all. Sure, the führer wasn’t keen on photo ops with Black or Jewish athletes, but he simply chose to steer clear of the stadium altogether. So Owens was never personally snubbed by Hitler, but his story is still defined by systematic racism — not in Nazi Germany, but in the United States.

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The White Elephant In the Room

September 7, 2017

The White Elephant In the Room

“From polling and the behavior of individual politicians, it’s become harder to deny that people support the president not just for being president, but for his core message of white resentment and grievance—the only area where he has been consistent and unyielding.”

 “In an analysis of recent polling . . . William Saletan observes that, across a number of questions gauging racial animus, Republicans generally (and Trump supporters specifically) are most likely to give answers signaling tolerance for racism and racist ideas. Forty-one percent of Republicans, for example, say that whites face more discrimination than blacks and other nonwhite groups (among strong Trump supporters, it’s 45 percent). Ten percent of Republicans and 19 percent of strong Trump supporters have a favorable impression of white nationalists, while 13 percent of the former (and 17 percent of the latter) say it’s ‘acceptable’ to hold white supremacist views.”

“White identity politics have always been dominant in American life, one of the key forces that shape much of the nation’s political and social landscape. It’s not that Trump is new; it’s that he’s explicit, and in making his open appeal to white identity and its supposed endangerment, he has raised its salience. Before Trump, white resentment was part of Republican politics. In the age of Trump, it increasingly defines it.”

— “White Elephant,” Jamelle Bouie, Slate

Related:

“The First White President,” Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

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What Those Monuments Are About

August 30, 2017

Video by Carlos Waters, Vox. Mona Lalwani, story editor.

More:

“Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy,” Southern Poverty Law Center

“Confederate Monuments Are Propaganda — Not History,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

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We’ve Been Here Before

August 14, 2017

Don’t Be a Sucker!a short film produced by the US War Department in 1943. It was re-released in 1947 to make the case for the desegregation of the U.S. armed forces.

Watch the 18-minute film here

More:

“After Charlottesville violence, World War II anti-fascist propaganda video finds a new audience,” Derek Hawkins, Washington Post

“Why an Anti-Fascist Short Film Is Going Viral,” Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic 

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Trump Immigration Policy

August 4, 2017

Trump Immigration Policy

Yesterday President Donald Trump announced his new immigration policy, which would restrict legal entry to the United States to highly-skilled, rich people who already speak English. If that policy had been in place in the past, Friedrich Trump, the president’s German-speaking grandfather, would never have landed in America, and his Scottish immigrant mother, a domestic servant, would have been denied entry. They were “legal” immigrants for the simple fact that they arrived at a time when there was no “illegal immigration” (for white people, anyway).

More recently, while Donald Trump’s two immigrant wives spoke some functional English when they arrived in the US, they were relatively unskilled, unless pouting and walking on a runway counts.

Even Trump policy advisor Stephen Miller, the anti-immigrant zealot and poetry-hating pest, is descended from low-skilled, impoverished  immigrant great-grandparents fleeing anti-semitic violence in Belarus. They arrived in New York Harbor aboard the German ship S.S. Moltke in 1903, the same year the plaque bearing the Emma Lazarus poem describing their plight was installed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, which welcomed them to the United States.

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There is Law on ‘An Island In the Pacific’: Jeff Sessions is Amazed

April 21, 2017

There is Law on 'An Island In the Pacific': Jeff Sessions is Amazed
Speaking on Mark Levin’s radio show, Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed Hawaiian Federal Judge Derrick Watson’s order blocking President Trump’s latest ‘Muslim ban”:

“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power.”

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is clearly suggesting that Hawaii is not a real state.

As Martin Longman observes:

“… Hawaii is not only a series of islands in the Pacific, but it is the least white and most ethnically and racially diverse state in the country. That probably has at least a little to do with why a white conservative man from Alabama named after the former president of the Confederacy and the man who fired on Ft. Sumter doesn’t think it’s a legitimate part of America.”

— “Sessions Suggests That Hawaiians Aren’t Real Americans,” Martin Longman, Washington Monthly

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