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Re: What's Happening In the World?

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:14 pm

Professor Fleming ‏@alwaystheself writes:

The other day, I heard an NPR podcast about politics where a white woman broke down in tears of joy and relief listening to Trump. She said she was crying because Trump was speaking out against political correctness - something she's been angry about for decades. I was stupefied to hear an adult woman crying tears of joy for an avowed misogynist.. but she's a white woman, in post civil rights America.

What I understood, more deeply, is the reality of what it means to be a racist in the US after the civil war..and the civil rights movement. The reality is that white-male supremacy was the literal law of the land for centuries. It's the foundational core of the U.S. project. The result is that we have generations of white people who were socialized to believe that what we now call "racism" is just "the way it is."

These people, and their parents, grandparents before them, were taught by all of the nation's major institutions that whites are superior. Further: they inherited a culture that openly and proudly tortured & denigrated blacks for centuries. The word "openly" is important here. For centuries, the political and economic leadership of the U.S. was openly, explicitly and officially white-male supremacist. And while they were disadvantaged by certain aspects of white-male supremacy, white women also participated in the oppression of non-whites.

Except they weren't taught that slavery, lynching, Jim Crow or discrimination were "oppression". The nation framed these things as moral. The end of the civil war highlighted the contrast between the nation's superficial racial liberalism and its ongoing white supremacy. The southern states that supported slavery were told - by the same nation that legalized slavery - their "way of life" was now "immoral". Meanwhile, the same nation that now claimed to be racially liberal by "ending" slavery actually perpetuated it through prisons [#13thfilm].

So you have this deeply hypocritical situation, in which the racist values of the nation were superficially disavowed but maintained in fact. As all of this unfolds, white racial attitudes liberalize somewhat, but not drastically. And the power structure remains white supremacist. Social norms have shifted such that being "openly" racist is increasingly stigmatized -- but the nation remains systematically racist.

So, let's return to the white female Trump supporter who broke out in tears listening to him rage against "political correctness".. She's emotionally reacting to a sense of betrayal by her country... a country that officially and proudly oppressed non-whites for centuries. She's reacting to the hypocrisy of white supremacist Democrats and liberal elites who blame poor and working class whites for racism. While she probably couldn't articulate it in these terms, she's crying because deep down she knows Trump really does represent this country.

She's tired of hearing politicians pretend to not be the racists that they actually are. She's relieved to hear someone "tell it like it is." Political correctness is the trope that allows white elites (liberal and conservative) to pretend to not oppress the people they oppress. While the woman surely had no critique of oppression, she knows intuitively that the language of political correctness doesn't match reality. The political reality Trump has so brazenly and successfully tapped into is that this country 1) is racist and 2) belongs to white people. Not to mention the associated truths -- that the nation is also fundamentally sexist and that it especially belongs to white men.

In any case, millions of white people are crying and raging because their country lied about itself when it pretended to liberalize. They feel betrayed by a nation that built its economy and culture on anti-black white supremacy but then progressively said "Nevermind.." The reality is, you can't build a nation on white-supremacist ideology & violence for centuries, then turn around and say "Well, actually.." This contrast between political correctness and political reality will continue to enrage - not only racists, but also victims of racism.
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Re: What's Happening In the World?

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:23 pm

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/16/politics/ ... d=30000090

Why would someone who hates Trump, and thinks Trumpers are Nazis, paint a swastika? Why would someone who hates Trump carry out a terror attack which helps Trump in all the ways Trumpers would want right now?

Also, "Get out of town or else?" We used to hear that a lot in this country, but it wasn't the non-racists saying it.

Three white Trumpers were just arrested for their plans to carry out a terror attack and bombing. Wouldn't any Trumper on Facebook want to be able to say that "liberals are the real terrorists right now?"

Doesn't it make Trumpers feel better to feel like they're being called Nazis and racists for no reason, by Actual Terrorists Who Want to Kill Them? Doesn't that make Trumpers want to go out and vote? Isn't that everything a Trump voter cares about?

Donald Trump's reaction says it all: "Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning @NCGOP"

Well, Trump isn't winning. And he claims that a bombing terrorist is "representing Hillary Clinton and Dems." There's an entire campaign strategy buried in one Tweet, like he's thought more about this Tweet than any of the moronic things he normally says. Who does it help if the terrorists are "representing Hillary Clinton and Dems?" It helps Trump. How does it hurt him to lose an office somewhere that he's never been to?

Trump is losing the election very obviously. His side is very desperate and Trump is openly threatening violence. To lock up his opponent. He's calling the election rigged, the media rigged. He's saying his followers need to watch (threaten) minority voters at the polls - anyone who doesn't look right.

This is a desperate, losing campaign.

Bombing and terror is also an act of desperation. Which side is desperate right now? Which side is heavily armed and threatening violence? It's not the liberals. Which side bases everything they do around a fear of terrorists? Which side is armed and afraid and fueled only by fear?

This is everything a Trump voter could want.

Trump's campaign has been famous for not having a ground game. That campaign offices in many states are barely used, barely funded, barely visited. Hillary's team are working hard.

North Carolina is normally considered a safely red state. I doubt Trump's campaign has put any funding into the office that just blew up there. It's worth a lot more to Trump's campaign that someone blew it up. There's an unpopular governor up for reelection and a lot of people say that the state is up for grabs as a swing state.

But if right-wingers feel threatened and scared, they vote. That's the entire mechanism fueling the modern Republican party.

Whoever bombed this place did Trump a great service - and painted a swastika on a wall to boot.

Doesn't much sound to me like a liberal did it.
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