Saturday, November 19, 2016

America: You Wanted to Be a White Nation. You Are Again. Congrats.

We hear a lot of talk about white nationalism, and there's a reason. America voted to return to the 50s. The 1850s is more like it.

Donald Trump might find a minority, even a woman, to fill his cabinet.
But with the early picks, the damage is done and the message sent.

Republicans have spent the past few years suppressing minority voting. The fight against that suppression -- except during the George W. Bush years when the Civil Rights division of the DOJ was a hotbed of voter suppression -- has been led by the Department of Justice. The appointment of Jeff Sessions is meant to signal a return to disenfranchisement. But there's more.

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III -- hell, his name is a message in and of itself* -- is also an enemy of immigration, which for Donald Trump is a feature, not a bug. It's going to be a strange trip, watching what happens in the coming years. It's hard to anticipate just what the level of antipathy toward minorities and immigrants will be, but chances are it won't be pretty.

It won't be pretty especially because the devil, if you will, sitting on Donald Trump's shoulder in the White House will be Stephen Bannon, whose reputation for white nationalism and antisemitism is well-documented. Bannon is set to be Trump's chief strategist and counselor, and it's unlikely he's going to be whispering, "Hey, Donald, lighten up on minorities and immigrants. Hell, they're people, too."

Add Mike Pompeo at the C.I.A. and General Mike Flynn and you've got the beginnings of a clusterfuck of Trumpists indeed.

And just to ruin your day if civil rights is your cup of tea, don't forget that Mike Pence is the new Joe Biden and not the same as the old one. Pence is the outright enemy of all things LBGTQ and has well proved that in his home state of Indiana.

And we're just getting started. There are a lot of people worried across America, and they've got a right to be. And we're just getting started. Let's finish with a bit of realism from Charles P. Pierce of Esquire:
It's a sad moment for this country when the best hope you have for an incoming administration is that it will be able to jettison the racism and xenophobia that was its primary fuel while fulfilling the impossible economic promises that it has made. If that doesn't happen, and the impossible economic promises do not come to pass, only the racism and xenophobia will be all that's left and over the weekend, we learned that they will have a friend at the apex of our government [Stephen Bannon] to keep them warm.
Yikes. I'm white, and I don't want to live here anymore, and Canada is way cold. I'm screwed.

*Sessions was named after Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, and P.G.T. Beauregard, the general who led the attack of Fort Sumter that started the Civil War and who was also responsible for the creation of the Confederate battle flag, yes, that flag. And notice the III at the end. His family liked the name so much there are three generations of them.

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