The last few day I have written about the hate that Republican candidates have spewed forth on the American public. Last night, we saw that hate again, in violence. This time, five people who were at a “sit down” protest for Black Lives Matter in Minneapolis were shot.
From the accounts so far, three men wearing masks arrived at the scene. They were followed by some of the protesters because they had been there before and shouted racial slurs. The men suddenly turned around and opened fire hitting five people. Luckily, none of the injuries is life threatening.
This is another example of the turn to fascism that some of these Candidates are taking. It is not hard to understand that this incident took place, especially in concert with Trump saying a Black Lives Matter protester who was beaten at one of his events “deserved to be roughed up.”
However, the candidates are not alone in this mess. The Right Wing Media echo chamber, led by Fox News has been promoting violence ever since Barak Obama was elected President. When the protests over people of color being shot and killed by police erupted, and Black Lives Matter arose, Fox News and the rest of the racist conservative media started with their “All Lives Matter” slogan.
I have been around a long time. I witnessed the Civil Rights campaigns in the 50s and 60s. I know what All Lives Matter is all about. It is a white supremacist slogan. What they are really saying is that “White Lives Matter More.”
Too many of todays Republican candidates have echoed this nonsense. That is because they know that their white base is afraid of losing power. They have demonized groups like Black Lives Matter because they share the racist beliefs of their base voters. That is the only reason for the Syrian Refugee bans they want to put into place.
All of this talk is being fueled by people like Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and the rest of the Fox News echo chamber. You will see column after column about Christmas trees being banned somewhere, but only one story on the Minneapolis shooting. When they do start writing or talking about it, they will surely come up with “excuses” or “conspiracy theories” about how Black Lives Matter actually did the shooting. It is truly sickening!
This group has incited white supremacists to violence. Candidates won’t denounce the violence. The right-wing media will also counter with “well they weren’t angels either.” This hate has gotten so bad, the Mayor of Dallas recently said he fears white supremacists more than Syrian Refugees. Remember, it is white supremacists that have done more killing of U.S. citizens than Muslim terrorists since 9/11.
It takes up to 24 months for a refugee to be vetted by the current process. It takes five minutes for a white supremacist to purchase a shitload of guns at a gun show without having to endure a background check. That refugee that had to wait 24 months to get into the country is considered more of a threat by Republicans than the wacko at the gun show.
We are seeing more and more blood being spilled in our streets. This blood isn’t being shed by “radical Islamic terrorists” it is being spilled by “white Christian domestic terrorists.” Trump, Carson, and Cruz say we should monitor Mosques for “radicalization” of worshipers.
What about the white supremacist churches? Shouldn’t we be monitoring them for radicalization of their worshipers? Every white supremacist group has a church on their compound. Most even have crosses as part of their logo.
Why aren’t we bugging their churches to see what is going on inside? Why aren’t we putting them on some sort of register so we can monitor their movements? Simple. The Republican candidates and the right-wing media need them for votes. They need them to stir up fear. They need them to cause violence.
The white supremacist movement has been alive and kicking long before Hitler and the Nazis. It has tried to wrap itself in the cloak of Christianity to act legitimate. With the election of a black man as President in 2008 it has grown. It has fed on the Tea Party and other conservative groups. Now it is feeding candidates like Trump, Cruz, Rubio, and Huckabee.
The blood spilled last night, and at other incidents, are on the hands of people like Trump, Fox News, and the rest of the right-wing media propaganda machine. They are feeding this hate with their inflammatory rhetoric. They are promoting this hate and violence with innuendos aimed at anyone who is not white, Christian, and conservative.
As a result, I am afraid that this is going to be a long and violent campaign. I hope I am wrong, but the early indications say I am correct. To me, the only question is how high the body count will get before reason returns to America?