Your Average White Supremacist – A Rebel Without A Thought

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/30/560767446/in-shelbyville-tenn-proud-to-be-white-and-hate-is-not-the-solution

This is the kind of mind with its limited thinking we’re up against in our battle against white supremacists. Not only listen to what the woman attending the white supremacist rally has to say but also the WAY she says it. She’s fairly inarticulate in expressing exactly what her ideology is, falling back on right wing hate speech talking points. But listen to her nervous laughter as she speaks them. She sounds embarrassed to speak her mind. Is she not so sure her point of view is right? Does she fear she’s coming across as a typical white supremacist instead of someone instilled with pride of the South?

“We just want to be left alone. That’s it.” She’s asked who isn’t leaving her alone and she can’t articulate a coherent answer that isn’t a talking point. These aren’t her own ideas; they were given to her. She really has no identity or ideology of her own. I would imagine she isn’t well-read or up on any issues of any kind other than keeping immigrants away from her and demanding no federal controls over the guns she chooses to own. And that she should be free to discriminate against whoever she chooses. All she knows is that she wants the federal government to leave her alone, without thinking of the implications and repercussions of what would happen if the feds left her alone and withdrew every single bit of federal money that keeps the meager economy of where she lives alive. In my opinion, people like her just fail to think things through. It’s much easier to be told what to think if it sounds right (in other words, simple and easy to understand) to them.

“We just want to be left alone”. Keep in mind, she wants to be left alone yet she DROVE ALL THE WAY FROM HER UNSPECIFIED TOWN IN SOUTHERN VIRGINIA TO SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE to tell NPR and anyone else who might listen that she just wanted to be left alone. If she did just want to be left alone, she should’ve stayed home. No one was bothering her there, right?

“Well, today you have people who, you know, I’m a Christian, you know, Christian background, so I have virtues and values. And things that they are promoting out, you know, like on commercials and stuff like that, you know, that stuff’s not right to me. I mean, I’m not…

NPR: Like what? Like, what’s something that really bothers you?

“You know, the LBGT stuff. I don’t agree with that stuff. I mean, I don’t hate those people, but if they want to be that, that’s fine, but don’t shove it down my throat, you know? And as far as multiculturalism – you know, every commercial you see on TV, it shows that multiculturalism. Why? Why is that? What – are they trying to paint a picture (laughter)?”

Didn’t Jesus preach that we should accept and love everyone? Doesn’t this form the basis of the Christian religion? So exactly what virtues and values does she have? She never says. She expands only on what she doesn’t like. And she says in another paragraph “I’m proud of what my ancestors made me and I’m proud of what my ancestors did because they fought for my state, my homeland…”

What she’s saying is that she’s proud her ancestors made her white and that they fought to preserve slavery. Don’t know about you but when anyone talks about their homeland, visions of Adolph Hitler and the Nazis come to mind. And what a coincidence that the NPR reporter states that at that white supremacist rally “There were chants that conjured Nazi ideology.” It is not only the “liberals” making the connection between white supremacist ideology and Nazism.

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Only White Presidents Are Referred To As “President” In The Corporate News Media

Racism is on full display on NPR and at least CBS Radio News. Throughout Dubya’s eight years every news program referred to him as President Bush. With Barack Obama (and you can check the audio archives) he was referred to as “Obama” in every news story that I heard during his eight years in office. I bet he’ll still be referred to as “Obama” instead of “Former President Obama”. Never or hardly ever “President Obama”. And now Trump has only been in the White House for 4 days and in every news story he’s either “Donald Trump” or “President Trump”. Yes, racism is alive and all too well in the corporate news media.

Why Black Voters Should Be Supporting Bernie Sanders

A criticism of Bernie Sanders from several black groups is that he has not really talked about racism or otherwise addressing black issues, something they say Hillary Clinton has done.

OK, here’s my response. I’ve listened to Bernie talk for years and I’m currently reading his autobiography. He talks about why this country is so racist, coming to the same conclusion I arrived at independently. Basically, we’re all being played. Poor white sharecroppers and laborers were being played by wealthy Southern landowners, bankers and politicians and we’re being played by the ruling power elite of today. Being played how? By polarizing us into different groups who look across the room or the country with hate at each other. When life is hard and you’re struggling just to survive, many people need someone to blame for their hardships and struggle, a scapegoat. They also need to feel superior to the object of their hate. So, poor whites hate blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, Jews, immigrants, etc., anyone they feel superior to and fear is in danger of taking a piece of the small pie they’re grasping onto.

Blacks and Hispanics hate each other in many communities. Many groups join together and hate gay people. So, we’re all looking across and hating each other instead of stopping to look up and see who are the ones who have pitted us against each other. We’re all rats in an overcrowded maze with no way out and the food and water grow less and less.

Why are we kept pitted against each other like this? Because of all us stopped to think and reason, we’d realize who actually is responsible for all of this. We’d unite and as one huge powerful group rise up and overthrow the power elite, which would be the first step in healing all the rifts between us.

So, this is why Bernie doesn’t concentrate on black issues, or Hispanic issues or any issues which just serve to polarize one group from another. All our issue stem from the same common problems: inequality of wealth and income, lack of a job, working at of a job which pays a living wage and offers benefits, lack of adequate income, lack of adequate housing, lack of affordable college education, etc. If you focus on the basic problems we all face and fix those, racism becomes less of an issue because if just about everybody has theirs, there’s no reason to hate the those who have more than you or for you to try to feel superior to those who have less and you feel are trying to take more of yours.

So, let Hillary talk about black issues. Let her continue to perpetuate the hatred and polarization among the races. Bernie is talking about changing the fundamental issues and institutional inequalities which separate us all so that we can finally unite under the common goal of equality—in every sense of the word—and justice for all. Bernie Sanders for president for ALL of us.