Because “Racism” has about run its course, the new Liberal Call-to-Arms is “White Supremacy.”February 7, 2021
White supremacy or white supremacism is the belief that white people are superior to those of other races and thus should dominate them. The belief favors the maintenance and defense of white power and privilege. White supremacy has roots in the now-discredited doctrine of scientific racism, and was a key justification for colonialism. It underlies a spectrum of contemporary movements including neo-Confederates, neo-Nazism and Christian Identity.
If you were to Google the phrase “White Supremacy” (including the quote marks), your search would yield over 10 million results. Hardly an insignificant sum considering the doctrine, which would include “racism,” has fallen into intense disfavor in the Western world since the ’50s. But along the way there have been a variety of groups who actively “preach” the doctrine, mainly represented by remnants of the KKK, neo-Nazi organizations and even some so-called religious (and I hesitate to call them “Christian”) Identity movements.
Speaking of neo-Nazis, remember the uproar USAToday caused by suggesting in their “fact check” that an eagle on a Trump campaign t-shirt was comparable to a symbol used by Hitler’s Nazi Party?
The claim: Trump campaign shirts feature imperial eagle, a Nazi symbol
Our ruling: True https://t.co/3eCiYdgQvK
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 12, 2020
Of course, they quickly backed off of that initial claim when they were reminded that the Eagle has been a popular icon in American culture for generations.
Imagery is important, though, as The Week article illustrates…
In the recent decade, fears that these groups have been growing seems to be a staple of election cycles, with Democrats mainly sounding the clarion call with the eager assistance of the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. With the 2016 election of Donald Trump, the “White Supremacy” klaxon horns were turned up to a fever pitch and have not shown any signs of winding down … as illustrated by the article at The Week, entitled: “The Growing White Supremacists Threat.” (seems like just another copy & paste homework assignment to me – you’ll see why later in this post).
In the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection, federal officials are warning of more attacks by ‘violent domestic extremists.’ Here’s everything you need to know:
I emphasized the important words above to draw your attention to the assumption that will be the framework of the piece – the January 6th riot at the capitol (“In the wake of”) will be followed by “more attacks by ‘violent domestic extremists.’ In other words, the same kind of “white” people who stormed the Capitol are going to do similar acts in the near future. Well, it’s February 7th, and the “insurrection” has apparently taken a long lunch break (said with the sarcasm dial turned to “medium”).
The article continues…
“Far-right extremism” encompasses a broad number of groups whose specific beliefs and goals vary. They fall into two broad, overlapping categories: white supremacist groups who believe they must defend the white race from “extinction,” and anti-government paramilitary groups, or militias, who see themselves as revolutionary heroes opposing a tyrannical federal government and the “New World Order” — a secretive global government run by Jews and socialists.
The staff writers go on to discuss a brief history of the militia movement, the standoff at Ruby Ridge, the Branch Davidians, Timothy McVeigh and the supposed resurgence of these anti-government groups following the election of Barack Obama in 2008. Enter the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters,
…the Oath Keepers, a militia focused on rallying former military and police to “honor their oath against tyranny,” and the Three Percenters, whose name refers to the supposed percentage of Americans who took up arms against tyrannical British rule during the Revolutionary War.
The klaxon horn continues…
The Southern Poverty Law Center identified 576 “extreme anti-government groups” in 2019, 181 of them militias. The group counted 155 “white nationalist hate groups” the same year, a 55 percent increase over 2017.
At this point, any casual observer might be asking themselves, “Are all these white people gathering at some secret enclave in the back country of Montana, organizing a frontal assault on … oh, I don’t know, the Billings, MT Post Office?” Setting my feeble attempt at humor aside … where ARE all these people and WHAT are they doing? Legitimate questions.
A little further in the screed on “White Supremacy,” the authors recall one of the favorite talking points of Democrats and Liberal “journalists,” – the one thousandth misquoting of Donald Trump about the 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia … “there were very fine people on both sides.”
Why is the threat growing?
A major factor, experts who study white supremacists say, is the election and rhetoric of Donald Trump. His outspoken anti-immigrant stance and defense of the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville in 2017 (“very fine people”) electrified extremist groups, who believed the president of the U.S. was signaling his approval.
This claim has had widespread support of journalists, talking heads and Democrats from the moment Trump uttered those words. It is unfortunate, but the lie persists to this day. Thankfully, FactCheck.org provides the proper context:
Former Vice President Joe Biden wrongly claimed President Donald Trump has “yet once to condemn white supremacy, the neo-Nazis.”
Trump drew criticism for his condemnation of “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” after a rally organized by a white nationalist in Charlottesville in 2017, and for saying there were “very fine people on both sides.” But, contrary to Biden’s claim, the president twice specifically condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and he has repeated that condemnation since.
Trump: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally – but you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists, okay? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people, but you also had troublemakers and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats – you had a lot of bad people in the other group too.”
This article from The Week is not new. As I mentioned above, it merely qualifies as “cut and paste” from a similar piece written three years ago by Carol Anderson at The Guardian. Ms Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University and the author of “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.”
In The Guardian piece, entitled “America is hooked on the drug of white supremacy. We’re paying for that today,” she writes…
The United States is in a tailspin. White supremacists are on the march – and have left a trail of blood and destruction in their wake. A march in Charlottesville, Virginia, filled with torches, Nazi flags and chants of “White Lives Matter” culminated in violence that claimed at least one life, and left many more injured.
None of this makes sense. Unless, that is, we come to grips with the reality that we are seeing the effects of far too many Americans strung out on the most pervasive, devastating, reality-warping drug to ever hit the United States: white supremacy.
Like all forms of substance abuse, it has destroyed families and communities and put enormous strains on governmental institutions. It has made millions of Americans forsake their God and jettison their patriotism just to get a taste.
High on its effects, its users feel powerful, heady, even as they and everything around them disintegrates. And, as with most drug crises, while not everyone may be strung out, everyone is very surely affected.
In 2017, millions of Americans are hooked on this drug. As clearly as track marks in the arms, the most visible signs are all around us.
In the immortal words of Michel de Montaigne, one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance: “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.” And so it is with the modern diviners of doom and gloom … they just love to talk of imagined calamities that never materialize. Talk is cheap – I think it pays around 15 cents per word.