Trump Voters (Unwittingly?) Mainstreaming Racism
I never thought any friends of mine would defend Nazis.
Now, by “friends” I’m talking about Facebook friends who I haven’t actually met in person.
I “met” these folks when they responded to posts I made during the 2016 Presidential race. They were Trump supporters and I engaged because I was trying to figure out why they liked him.
The one thing we did agree on is that our government serves the interests of the elite over ordinary citizens.
But after last weekend’s clash between racists and anti-racists in Charlottesville, Virginia my Facebook feed contained posts that said, basically:
The media’s ignoring violence done by the left.
Making racism safe again?
I can’t help but wonder if someone on the alt-right is encouraging this line of thought in order to make racism seem both acceptable and widespread.
After all Steve Bannon is obsessed with “The Fourth Turning” (1997) by two amateur historians who claim the world faces a major crises every 80 years… and who predict a racist future:
If you belong to a racial or ethnic minority, brace for a nativist backlash from an assertive (and possibly authoritarian) majority.
At least some of these folks don’t seem to see themselves as racist. As one told me:
I completely and unequivocally oppose all racist thoughts, speech, images, videos, film or any other media or spoken word, but will defend everyones First Amendment rights, even if it is to be ignorant.
I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. But I responded:
I suspect you see yourself as defending Trump and not as promoting racism, but defending the KKK and Neo-Nazis does, in fact, support racists.
I worry that it works to harbor domestic terrorism and to mainstream racism.
These folks are defending Nazis/KKK by equating them to anti-racists — or worse, saying they aren’t even as bad as anti-racists:
“Oh, Nazi’s/KKK are just the same as the anti-racists.” Even though Nazi’s/KKK promote killing (Jews, blacks, non-protestants…) and have killed — running a car into a crowd of anti-racists.
Yes, that is defending racism.
So sad that some folks are mainstreaming racism, whether they realize it or not.
Neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer praises Trump’s comments on #Charlottesville