Donald Trump’s critics say he is stoking a race war.
“This president, Donald John Trump, has instigated a race war in America. Portland, Oregon, is ground zero. This president, Donald John Trump, has basically stoked the flames for racist extremists, neo-Nazis, and the alt-right,” laments CNN analyst April Ryan.
“Trump wants to instigate a race war,” claims Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush. “He wants to have Black folks fighting white folks so he can rise up and say, ‘I’m the real Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and I’m the president. Reelect me.’ That’s what he’s trying to do. He’s trying to play to the fears, to the racial animus that exists among certain white people, and he will do everything and anything to do that because he wants to be reelected at all costs.”
Former Trump Homeland Security Elizabeth Neumann argues Trump is giving his supporters a free pass to “start a race war.” “They’re very clear about their ideology and what they’re trying to do and we won’t say it. We won’t call it like it is and that’s a problem,” she says of these alleged race soldiers.
Of course, these claims are silly. The Left is responsible for the violence, not clandestine white supremacists. The Right-wing backlash is a response to the Left’s violence, not the cause of it. The allusions to race war conjure ghastly apparitions of modern-day Klansmen riding through urban areas and lynching innocent black people. In reality, the clashes between Right and Left have largely been between white people. The three men Kyle Rittenhouse shot count as white on the census. The Antifa militant who executed the Trump supporter in Portland was white. Most of the rioters in Portland, Kenosha, and several other cities are white. Seattle’s autonomous zone was mostly manned by white people. Studies show many Black Lives Matter demonstrations were mostly white. The “race war” looks to be an internal affair among whites.
Several conservatives are fond of this line. It imagines blacks and other non-whites aren’t down with wokeness and just want to get on with their lives. They may even be natural conservatives! This thinking empowers conservatives to condemn rioters without fear of being called racists. If the rioters are just spoiled white kids, you can call them whatever you want. You can even demand lethal force against them (not that any type of force will be used against them, mind you).
On the flip side, liberals continue to imagine the demonstrators as all peaceful black people. One prominent journalist deluded himself into believing Rittenhouse attacked black people, when none of the video footage shows a single black person in the melee.
At this moment, conservative media figures are crafting a narrative that black people attempting to disarm a white vigilante who was (1) illegally brandishing an assault weapon after (2) shooting someone in the head *deserved to get shot.*
It is racist and it is sickening.
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) August 27, 2020
Read conservative media and you’ll see a different narrative: Violent black men attacked a good-hearted if overzealous young white man, who had no choice but to fight back in self-defense.
Disarming a potential mass shooter while black, it seems, was the real crime here.
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) August 27, 2020
Liberals insist the demonstrators are black to sanctify their cause. Blacks are America’s gods; their concerns must always be respected and their misbehavior tolerated. To attack them makes you a racist and worthy of the worst punishment. If the demonstrators are white, it becomes harder to claim their critics are racist and dampens the cause. It’s difficult to justify whites looting and burning when they’re not suffering blacks’ alleged burdens.
While it is true that much of the worst rioting has been caused by majority-white crowds, that doesn’t mean blacks have sat at home through all this. They’re just not the ones challenging police and setting fire to federal buildings. Blacks are overrepresented among the looters. Many videos exist of all-black mobs ripping through shoe stores, malls, and supermarkets for goodies. There are also cases where statues were pulled down by predominantly black demonstrators, such as in Portsmouth, Virginia. Blacks are also largely supportive of the rioters’ anti-police rhetoric and demands for more benefits for blacks. Pro sports leagues have turned themselves into Black Lives Matter propaganda centers to placate black athletes, a sure sign this madness isn’t limited to whites. Individual blacks just seem more concerned with stealing shit than fighting with cops.
This hardly supports the conservative view that blacks aren’t down with wokeness and that this is all just a white issue. Blacks no longer have the agency and leaders to sustain serious radical actions. In the 60s, there were plenty of charismatic black leaders who could guide and organize urban insurrections. The riots then were overwhelmingly black, even though commentators hilariously tried to claim whites were involved. The Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam were serious forces within the black community. J. Edgar Hoover considered black extremism the number one threat to the country. Black leaders could be trotted out and issue demands to appease the rioters. The Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968 in an effort to quell the riots.
None of this exists today. Black radicals today are mostly clowns who LARP as extremists. Consider the armed black militant march in Kentucky a few weeks ago. They promised to overthrow the state government if their demands were not met. The deadline came and went and nothing happened. The system allows blacks to march around in full paramilitary gear without a fuss. The authorities know they’re not a real threat. The few black radical leaders are total jokes. There’s white man Shaun King, co-opted grifters, insane black women who black men don’t respect, and dimwitted preachers who make Martin Luther King look like Sir Isaac Newton. This is not a population primed for revolution.
Blacks are merely pawns in this cultural war struggle. They do reap the benefits of the fight; blacks are now elevated to divine status and know more goodies await them. But they’re not the force behind it. It’s non-blacks who lead the charge.
The war that’s upon is less a race war and more of a culture war animated by race. It’s fought among whites rather than between races. It’s a war waged by urban whites — both the elites and the service sector proletariat — and middle- against working-class whites outside the major urban areas. The urban whites only hurt themselves in their struggle for non-whites. Their cities become shitholes and they lose many of their privileges. But they feel it’s necessary to be good people and end racism. Most importantly, it makes the bad whites suffer.
The struggle is animated by black concerns, but it’s ultimately a war against the historic American nation. Trump and his supporters are only responding in kind to Left-wing aggression.
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