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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 07:08:45 PM EST
Black MAGA Is Still MAGA | Counterpunch - 21 May 2024 |

Naturally, while there he made false claims about what he had done for Black folks while president. It wasn't quite a speech, but he more or less mumbled that he had great support in the area because "I have done more for the people of Atlanta than any other president by far. I have done more for the black community than any other president since Abraham Lincoln and maybe including Abraham Lincoln, but since Abraham Lincoln. And it looks like our polling is very good in the state of Georgia overall. We are very happy about it. We have had -- you see the support. It's been really something."

Buying the Black Vote by free milkshakes in Georgia

It was an act of epic historical revisionism. They functionally erased the fact that he gave succor to white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, attacked voting rights, expressed a desire to shoot Black Lives Matter protesters, demanded that there be less immigrants from "shithole" nations and more from Norway, defamed black prosecutors, judges, and district attorneys with racist verbal attacks, insulted Harriet Tubman, and so much more during his presidency.

The Racial Storm Is Coming

Yet consider Trump's first term nothing but an appetizer, should he be reelected. According to his campaign website, the Heritage Foundation's Project 2025, and Project 47, he will unleash a program of racial authoritarianism unseen since the worst days of slavery and Jim Crow segregation. And he'll be emboldened and enabled by a constitution filled with ambiguities and undemocratic provisions, by an increasingly reactionary Supreme Court he helped appoint, and by millions of his supporters (many of whom have shown a propensity for using violence to meet their idea of his agenda).

Trump's second-term racial program is already emerging. He stated while president and recently reiterated that "we will terminate every diversity, equity, and inclusion program across the entire federal government" and end Biden's "Marxist executive order that seeks to impose racist and woke sexual ideology across the federal government."

Believe him.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 07:09:09 PM EST
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At the Heritage Foundation, the Anti-DEI Crusade Is Part of a Bigger War | Mother Jones |

I attended an event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, focused on "seizing the moment to defeat DEI." I have written before about the right's use of the acronym as a codeword to attack social progress generally and the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 specifically. The panel at Heritage--a think tank that in recent years has taken a turn from Reagnite conservatism to Viktor Orbán-loving, Trumpian populism--was a particular strain of this provocation.

There is one kind of discussion over Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, with critics across the spectrum debating the efficacy and benefits of such programs. And then there is Heritage's view: that DEI is a hidden agenda pushed by the Black Lives Matter movement--the plan of "committed Marxists nursed by an international network" who are "dedicated to overthrowing America and its entire system."

This ignores that, as Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor has written in The New Yorker, DEI is often a "popular tool of the upper management of businesses and universities [adopted] after the so-called racial reckoning of the summer of 2020" to quell frustrations--and "hardly constitutes a theory, an ideology, or a political movement." (Many on the left even say it is, in fact, the corporatization of more radical strains of anti-racism.) But at Heritage and in other conservative circles, a potential compromising of leftist values is being touted as proof that the Reds have won and enshrined their agenda.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 07:09:54 PM EST
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