Politics of Hate category archive
Not so bright, Bart.
Lukas Podolski has received an apology from ultra-conservative news website Breitbart, who used an image of the ex-Germany international alongside a story about illegal immigration, with the striker threatening legal action.
The website originally published an article entitled “Spanish Police Crack Gang Moving Migrants on Jet-Skis” with a picture of the ex-Arsenal star on a jet-ski before it was swiftly changed.
Follow the link for a screenshot of the Breitbart lie.
Jay Bookman discusses Donald Trump’s debasement of political debate. A nugget:
We can begin our foray with the following tweet from the president of the United States, ostensibly the most important person on the planet, yet a man who parades his deep and crippling insecurities as if they were missiles in a North Korean military parade:
Nobody could have done what I’ve done for #PuertoRico with so little appreciation. So much work! pic.twitter.com/k2jAkIpfjI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
In ordinary times, such a childish whine for attention would be considered extraordinary evidence of a leader’s incapacity and weakness, and cause for global concern. It is literally inconceivable coming from any other major political figure, perhaps in history, and in fact is inconceivable from anyone else beyond the age of 10.
In the era of Trump, it’s just a Sunday.
Ashley C. Rondini suggests that the right-wing makes up dangers to use the resultant fear as vector to spread their politics of hate. Here’s a bit.
White supremacist political organizing and recruiting practices draw on the interconnected legacies of racism and sexism. The “danger” narrative fuels white vigilante violence — for terrorist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan, and lone mass killers like Dylann Roof, the white man who murdered nine black people as they prayed in a Charleston, S.C., church, telling his victims, “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking our country.”
These ideas should sound familiar for another reason: They now echo from our nation’s highest office as rhetorical strategies President Trump repeatedly returns to, bearing a familiar narrative structure.
Follow the link for the whole thing; it’s worth the three minutes of your time that you will need to read it.
From the Raleigh News and Observer (more at the link):
Zainab Baloch, who is Muslim, is one of seven candidates running for two at-large seats on the council. Early voting is ongoing and Election Day is Tuesday.
Her campaign posted a video on her Facebook page Friday morning showing the sign, located at 5520 Louisburg Road in northeast Raleigh.
The words “sand n—–” are painted across a photo of Baloch’s face.
Using the Las Vegas shooting as a springboard, Mike discusses the venality and hypocrisy of the religious right.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., notes that there seems no “right way” to protest against discrimination. A snippet (follow the link for the rest):
When there was violence in the streets over unpunished police killings of African-American men, they said that was the wrong way to go about it. Most of us agreed.
But when peaceful street demonstrations took place, conservatives didn’t like them, either. Then, last year, NFL player Colin Kaepernick hit on the idea of sitting through the national anthem.
But conservatives said that was disrespectful to veterans. So Kaepernick started taking a knee instead. Many others followed suit.
Conservatives said that was still wrong . . . .
It’s not the protests that conservatives find distasteful.
It’s the uppity.
Since protest of any kind is inherently uppity, there is no form of protest that conservatives will find acceptable.