Republicans Hypocrisy On The Issue Of Racism

Sarah Jeong

Heaven forbid someone from the left dares to voice a racist viewpoint regarding White folks. The voices of condemnation from the right can be heard across the land with righteous indignation. What’s amazing is, that no one will hear a peep from these same republican right wing members when the republican President Donald Trump touts his racist leanings out in the open for all to see and bear witness, by twitter and on TV.

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On August 5, 2018, Max Boot for the Washington Post penned the following op-ed piece, “Republicans’ hypocrisy on racism”

Right-wing commentators had a field day last week with the news that Sarah Jeong, a young Korean American hired to write about technology for the New York Times editorial board, had a history of attacking “white people” on Twitter. She was predictably pilloried as a racist by the usual suspects — Fox News, the Daily Caller, Gateway Pundit, Breitbart, Infowars, etc. And understandably so. As The Post noted, her tweets include: “Oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men”; “White people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants”; and “#CancelWhitePeople.”

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Sarah Jeong

“The New York Times’ explanation that she had just been countering the trolling she received from racists online doesn’t make much sense: Why respond to racism with racism? Doesn’t that just beget more bigotry? Nor is the response of leftist activists convincing when they argue that, as a minority herself, Jeong cannot be guilty of racism. Racism is “prejudice plus power,” leftist activists explain. Actually, racism is defined as “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.” If Jeong had been targeting African Americans or Jews, there is little doubt that her career would be over — as, in fact, happened with a previous Times editorial-board hire who was quickly unhired because of her friendships with neo-Nazis.”

“So the right has a point about Jeong. Fine. But where are their voices when a far more prominent bigot is spewing hatred from a much more powerful platform? Friday night, President Trump tweeted: “Lebron [sic] James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.” Is it just a coincidence that Trump is insulting the intelligence of two smart, successful African Americans? If you believe that, you must also believe it’s a total coincidence that he regularly attacks Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), another African American, as an “extraordinarily low IQ person.”

“Granted, the “very stable genius” also sometimes spews charges of stupidity at white men such as the actor Robert De Niro and James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of national intelligence, who dare to criticize him. But an inordinate number of his attacks are directed against women and minorities. Especially minorities whose ancestors came from what he once called “shithole countries” in Africa.”

“Trump’s comments are much more consequential and much more offensive than Jeong’s — and not only because a president is much more important and influential than a newspaper writer. There is no history in this country, much as white supremacists might like to pretend otherwise, of whites being oppressed because of their skin color. Thus, it is difficult for me, as a white person, to get too worked up by Jeong’s remarks, dumb as they are. Her tweets are more bizarre than offensive. Their chief harm is that they feed the phony white-nationalist narrative that whites are victims in a society on track to be become “majority minority” within a few decades.”

“The kind of prejudice that Trump exhibits is far more toxic and dangerous. We have a long, ugly history of discriminating against — and visiting violence upon — African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans. Black people were lynched; whites generally weren’t (though a Jew was, once). Asians were barred from coming here; whites generally weren’t. And while we have made real progress toward a more color-blind society, we are not there yet — and with Trump at the wheel, we are going in reverse.”

“There are all too many videos circulating online of police officers harassing, beating, even killing African Americans in situations where whites would have walked away unmolested. Far from sympathizing with the victims, Trump attacks the African American NFL players who protest police brutality. Even worse has been Trump’s dehumanization of Latino immigrants — and not just MS-13 gangsters — he warns will “infest” America. He ordered Latino families to be separated at the border, their children locked in steel cages. There is no chance he would have treated white kids like this. He even praised white supremacists who gathered nearly a year ago in Charlottesville as “very fine people,” earning in return the praise of white-nationalist leaders David Duke and Richard Spencer.”

“If there has been an outcry against Trump’s virulent racism from the right, I must have missed it. Where are the Fox News and Breitbart rants against the president? Where is the criticism from Rush Limbaugh and Dinesh D’Souza? The only conservatives who are willing to regularly call out Trump’s bigotry are those of us who are #NeverTrumpers — and, as I constantly hear online, we aren’t “real” conservatives because we do not worship at the orange altar.”

“So, yes, there is a double standard on racism in this country — and, yes, liberals are guilty as charged. But conservatives are far worse in their hypocrisy, and their actions are far more destructive. “

4 comments

  1. All racists should be called out, whether theyvare powerful, or powerless. We humans cannot let minor acts of racism go while demanding major acts be reacted to. All racism is wrong. There should be only one level or degree, and it should define all…
    In my humble opjnion…

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    • Dear Rawgod,

      I couldn’t agree more. President Trump’s racist impulses aren’t helping. I’m becoming less patient with those who still openly support President Trump as they have to know they are supporting by a racist. This evening I was watching CNN, where one Presidential sycophant was arguing how the president is not a racist. He was sat on by two competent Black men who kept challenging him with facts. They were Charles Blow and Don Lemon.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Very apt and timely post, Gronda. It is Trump’s acceptance of racism that has caused incidents to pop up all across the nation, such as the other day when a white man attacked a black woman for parking her motorcycle on “his” street … a street that she also lives on. He repeatedly screamed at her that it was “his street” and for her to ‘get out’! These are the creatures that have slithered out from under the rocks Trump turned over. I agree that Ms. Jeong’s comments are equally racist, but she is one of a very few, whereas Trump-brand racists are a rapidly-spreading virus.
    Hugs!

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  3. Dear Jill,

    It’s amazing how thin skinned these right wingers are, including President Trump. They dish it out but they cry foul when the there is returning fire. That’s why it’s important not to play in the playground by their rules. It does mean that you’ll still have to stand up to them or they’ll walk all over you.

    You remember that song, these boots were made for walking and I’ll walk all over you.

    Hugs, Gronda

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