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    Michael Gerson on America's resurgent racism

    The return of America's cruelest passion
    Michael Gerson

    I had fully intended to ignore President Donald Trump's latest round of racially charged taunts against an African American elected official, and an African American activist, and an African American journalist and a whole city with a lot of African Americans in it. I had every intention of walking past Trump's latest outrages and writing about the self-destructive squabbling of the Democratic presidential field, which has chosen to shame Joe Biden for the sin of being an electable, moderate liberal.

    But I made the mistake of pulling James Cone's "The Cross and the Lynching Tree" off my shelf -- a book designed to shatter convenient complacency. Cone recounts the case of a white mob in Valdosta, Georgia, in 1918, that lynched an innocent man named Haynes Turner. Turner's enraged wife, Mary, promised justice for the killers. The sheriff responded by arresting her, and then turning her over to the mob, which included women and children. According to one source, Mary Turner was "stripped, hung upside down by the ankles, soaked with gasoline and roasted to death. In the midst of this torment, a white man opened her swollen belly with a hunting knife and her infant fell to the ground and was stomped to death."

    God help us. It is hard to write the words. This evil -- the evil of white supremacy, resulting in dehumanization, inhumanity and murder -- is the worst stain, the greatest crime, of American history. It is the thing that nearly broke the nation. It is the thing that proved generations of Christians to be vicious hypocrites. It is the thing that turned normal people into moral monsters, capable of burning a grieving widow to death and murdering her child.

    During 300 years of routine horrors -- the slave ships, the brandings, the separation of families, the beatings, the lynchings, the constant flood of humiliation, the racist ads for soap and toothpaste, the anti-black riots, the segregation of buses and pools and schools and suburbs, the sundown towns, the kangaroo courts, the police dogs and water cannons, the church bombings, the cruel and petty tyranny of whites, reinforced by the most prominent politicians in the country -- during all of this, none of the descendants of Europe were able to stamp this evil out. As James Baldwin said in 1963, "The only people in the country at the moment who believe either in Christianity or in the country are the most despised minority in it."

    Racism is the fire that left our country horribly disfigured. It is the beast we try to keep locked in the basement. When the president of the United States plays with that fire or takes that beast out for a walk, it is not just another political event, not just a normal day in campaign 2020. It is a cause for shame. It is the violation of martyrs' graves. It is obscene graffiti on the Lincoln Memorial. It is, in the eyes of history, the betrayal -- the re-betrayal -- of Haynes and Mary Turner and their child. And all of this is being done by an ignorant and arrogant narcissist, reviving racist tropes for political gain, indifferent to the wreckage he is leaving, the wounds he is ripping open.

    Like, I suspect, many others, I am finding it hard to look at resurgent racism as just one in a series of presidential offenses, or another in a series of Republican errors. Racism is not just another wrong. The Antietam battlefield is not just another plot of ground. The Edmund Pettus Bridge is not just another bridge. The balcony of Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel is not just another balcony. As American history hallows some causes, it magnifies some crimes.

    What does all this mean politically? It means that Trump's divisiveness is getting worse, not better. He makes racist comments, appeals to racist sentiments and enflames racist passions. The rationalization that he is not, deep down in his heart, really a racist is meaningless. Trump's continued offenses mean that a large portion of his political base is energized by racist tropes and the language of white grievance. And it means -- whatever their intent -- that those who downplay, or excuse, or try to walk past these offenses are enablers.

    Some political choices are not just stupid or crude. They represent the return of our country's cruelest, most dangerous passion. Such racism indicts Trump. Treating racism as atypical or minor matter indicts us.





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    The animals who perpetrated that atrocity were precisely the stimulus that led to the destruction of segregation and official racism in America.

    I wonder if America has the same moral fiber in the time of Donald Trump, that it had when challenged by the likes of Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond.

    It's a fight for the soul of America.
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    ‘This is going to get worse’: Former neo-Nazi warns mass shootings are part of an uprising

    Former neo-Nazi Christian Picciolini, who created The Free Radicals Project, explained on CNN Sunday that these mass shootings from white supremacists are just the beginning.

    He explained that the white supremacist manifesto the El Paso shooter left is something that he’s heard before.

    “I think that manifestos have been very similar since 2009 when James von Brunn walked into the D.C. Holocaust Museum and left a manifesto,” Picciolini recalled. “They all reference the same conspiracy theories. Lately, they’ve been referencing something called ‘The Great Replacement‘ which this theory that whites being outbred in America and will be replaced. Now, it’s all based on conspiracy theories, but what’s similar about these things is now that they’re trying to outdo each other, I think the death toll is going to get bigger and bigger.”

    Host Wolf Blitzer recalled the chants at the Charlottesville, Virginia riots, where men shouted out, “Jews will not replace us.” Picciolini agreed it was an example of that kind of “white replacement theory” the right believes.
    “And Brenton Tarrant in the New Zealand massacre referenced ‘The Great Replacement’ and several others since then have referenced it as well,” he noted.

    He also explained that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric is one part of a problem.

    “So, what’s happening is they are starting to put into action some of his policies that are getting pushbacks in a more extreme manner,” Picciolini explained. “So, they’re now starting to go after immigrants. They’re now starting to go after Muslims, and they’re taking it into their own hands. It’s only going to get worse. What they’re trying to outdo is Timothy McVeigh and his Oklahoma City bombing.”
    McVeigh killed 168 people, many of whom were children, by bombing the Oklahoma City federal building April 19, 1995. He explained that his motivation was part of retaliation for the ATF’s raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. While McVeigh did not proclaim to be a white supremacist, he frequently quoted a white supremacist novel, The Turner Diaries.

    “You know, we have these discussions about guns, and we need better gun laws and more common-sense gun laws, but what is going to happen is they’re just going to find other ways to do this, so we need a more comprehensive approach,” Picciolini continued. “Things like a domestic terrorism statute which currently we don’t have on the books. And let me be clear about this: Since the ’80s, these white nationalists groups, myself included, we’re tied globally. So, this is a transnational terror network. What we’re seeing now is a wave of domestic terrorism.”

    He went on to say that the attacks are a “mirror” to the political polarization the United States is seeing, only “it’s being amplified now, including violence.”

    “The more that we’re having discussions about, you know, wedge issues like immigration or gun reform, you know, we’re going to see more of these activities happen to people who are feeling like something is being taken away from them when in reality, it’s not,” he said. “Equalization of rights does not equal oppression. And that’s how it’s landing on them at the moment.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by annabenedetti
    ...what is going to happen is they’re just going to find other ways to do this...


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    I don't know why anyone would think that what Michael Gerson had to say is significant. What else would a globalist and big time CFR member say? The CFR was created to push globalism and a one world government so all he is doing is saying what he is expected to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ok doser View Post
    What is the mastermind gleaning here?

    Do you believe that this might create a moratorium on the gun debate in America...or are you greatly anticipating the domestic terrorists' creative expressionism....or both?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ffreeloader View Post
    I don't know why anyone would think that what Michael Gerson had to say is significant. What else would a globalist and big time CFR member say? The CFR was created to push globalism and a one world government so all he is doing is saying what he is expected to say.

    Well, you can't say he's a Democrat. He's an evangelical and a Republican, so there's the significance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annabenedetti View Post
    Well, you can't say he's a Democrat. He's an evangelical and a Republican, so there's the significance.
    I can remember when only a small minority of republicans were racists, and most of the racists were democrats. Hard to believe, but true. So it's not surprising that there are still republicans who are disgusted with what the party has become.
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    Quote Originally Posted by annabenedetti View Post
    Well, you can't say he's a Democrat. He's an evangelical and a Republican, so there's the significance.
    When have I cared about the party someone belongs to? You will find me criticizing both parties. I'm not like you, anna, who only criticizes one party. I don't care what someone professes to be religiously either. What they do is what I judge them on, and Gerson has been a long time member of the CFR which was created by the Morgan, Rockefeller, Loeb and Kuhn, and Rothschild banking establishment as they have wanted a one world government since at least the turn of the 20th century. The CFR is the front for international bankers and have pushed socialism ever since it was created. They are flat out evil in my book. That Gerson is a member of such an organization while claiming to be a Christian doesn't say a single thing good about him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ffreeloader View Post
    When have I cared about the party someone belongs to? You will find me criticizing both parties. I'm not like you, anna, who only criticizes one party. I don't care what someone professes to be religiously either. What they do is what I judge them on, and Gerson has been a long time member of the CFR which was created by the Morgan, Rockefeller, Loeb and Kuhn, and Rothschild banking establishment as they have wanted a one world government since at least the turn of the 20th century. The CFR is the front for international bankers and have pushed socialism ever since it was created. They are flat out evil in my book. That Gerson is a member of such an organization while claiming to be a Christian doesn't say a single thing good about him.

    Why do you take everything so personally? This isn't about you (or about me either, even though you didn't miss the chance), it's about Gerson, and the political/cultural place from which he's speaking. That's what I think is significant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annabenedetti View Post
    Why do you take everything so personally? This isn't about you (or about me either, even though you didn't miss the chance), it's about Gerson, and the political/cultural place from which he's speaking. That's what I think is significant.
    Just what did I take personally? I commented on the affiliations of Michael Gerson and how he has affiliated himself with evil. You're the one who said, and I quote, "at least you can't say he's a Democrat". As if that matters. There are Republicans and Democrats in the CFR and always have been. Both parties are corrupt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ffreeloader View Post
    Just what did I take personally? I commented on the affiliations of Michael Gerson and how he has affiliated himself with evil. You're the one who said, and I quote, "at least you can't say he's a Democrat". As if that matters. There are Republicans and Democrats in the CFR and always have been. Both parties are corrupt.
    "When have I cared... You will find me... I'm not like you, anna... I don't care... "

    Can you just speak to the fact that Gershon is speaking out from the right side of the aisle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by annabenedetti View Post
    "When have I cared... You will find me... I'm not like you, anna... I don't care... "

    Can you just speak to the fact that Gershon is speaking out from the right side of the aisle?
    He's not speaking from the right side of the aisle. He's speaking from the CFR side of the aisle, which is represented on both sides of the aisle. Both sides are corrupt due to the influence of the money/bankers that are the power behind the CFR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ffreeloader View Post
    He's not speaking from the right side of the aisle. He's speaking from the CFR side of the aisle, which is represented on both sides of the aisle. Both sides are corrupt due to the influence of the money/bankers that are the power behind the CFR.
    You get it

    I get it

    Anna will never get it, because she can't get past thinking he's a representative of the party she despises

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    Quote Originally Posted by ok doser View Post
    You get it

    I get it

    Anna will never get it, because she can't get past thinking he's a representative of the party she despises
    Your unnecessary posturing (apart from assuring ffreeloader that the two of you are simpatico) is meant to deflect from what Gershon is saying:

    God help us. It is hard to write the words. This evil -- the evil of white supremacy, resulting in dehumanization, inhumanity and murder -- is the worst stain, the greatest crime, of American history. It is the thing that nearly broke the nation. It is the thing that proved generations of Christians to be vicious hypocrites. It is the thing that turned normal people into moral monsters, capable of burning a grieving widow to death and murdering her child. . . .

    What does all this mean politically? It means that Trump's divisiveness is getting worse, not better. He makes racist comments, appeals to racist sentiments and enflames racist passions. The rationalization that he is not, deep down in his heart, really a racist is meaningless. Trump's continued offenses mean that a large portion of his political base is energized by racist tropes and the language of white grievance. And it means -- whatever their intent -- that those who downplay, or excuse, or try to walk past these offenses are enablers.

    Some political choices are not just stupid or crude. They represent the return of our country's cruelest, most dangerous passion. Such racism indicts Trump. Treating racism as atypical or minor matter indicts us.

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