Who’s Selling Hate to These People?

This story is full of more assholes than a bag of assholes but the biggest assholes in it aren’t named: 

Across the state, this network includes conservative radio hosts, think tanks and digital media that focus on anti-refugee news in Minnesota, as well as small community groups like C-Cubed, which repeatedly invite anti-Muslim speakers to town, leading to clashes and protests. Formed in 2017 to support more nativist candidates on the City Council, C-Cubed is a small group of only about a dozen members, but its existence has already changed the city’s political landscape.

C-Cubed supported four candidates for City Council last year, and two won seats, although Mr. Palmer himself lost. Members say they are raising questions about the state’s refugee program in order to determine its total cost. But in interviews, many repeatedly outlined more fundamental fears, including the belief that an influx of people who were nonwhite and non-Christian posed a cultural threat.

Several of the group’s members and their allies said their stand against immigration was a small part of a broader national conflict, in which the rising tide of a multicultural, multiracial Democratic Party must be opposed.

Who runs the sites and funds the radio stations and tells people to specifically compare abortion to the Holocaust? These people all say the same things and nobody asks where they heard it?

We are running story after story after story about Trump voters holding them up to be shamed, and yes, they should be shamed. These people make my fucking skin crawl. Imagine spending your life curled up around that kind of hatred. Like these are your days, reading angry websites and hosting meetings to be mad at refugees, this is what you’re doing with your time? These people should be shamed for buying this crap.

But the GOP should be shamed more, for selling it. In the most charitable interpretation of the sort of Republican Party Joe Biden wishes still existed, the GOP has benefitted immensely from racism in every form for the past 50 years. Even when they weren’t screaming it from the pulpit, racism was getting them elected. And at any time they could have said you know, this isn’t what we need to do right now. They didn’t, and they drove out the ones that tried.

So while we all cluck over the individuals in this story — they’re awful, and they’ll be judged for it in this world or the next — we need to keep in mind the structure that nourished and supported them, that confirmed their suspicions and validated their fears, and profited from them. They’re not victims, but they’re not the ultimate victors either.

A.

One thought on “Who’s Selling Hate to These People?

  1. Procopius says:

    This is remotely connected with your topic, sorry if it’s too far removed. The attorney arguing before the Ninth Circuit that children to not need soap, toothbrushes, blankets, beds, medical care, adult supervision to be in a “save and sanitary” environment is Sarah Fabian. If you write about he conditions in our concentration camps do not refer to her as “a Justice Department attorney.” Please use her name. I don’t want her to be doxxed. I just want her name to be made famous throughout the land. Sarah Fabian. Whenever somebody does a search on her name I want them to find that she has been arguing that children do not need healthy food, soap, showers, blankets, exercise, etc. Sarah Fabian. Aside from that, I hope that you will write on why “concentration camp” is the correct English language name for the camps we are putting these people in, cells with 80 people so they have to stand on the toilet just to breathe. They aren’t death camps, yet, but that arrives eventually.

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