Morning Briefing: The Mainstreaming of White Supremacy
From Replacement Theory to accelerationism to false flags, White Supremacists rhetoric and ideology is increasing finding a home in mainstream political discourse.
Morning Briefing: While mainstream Republicans may not explicitly endorse the so-called “Replacement Theory,” the racists idea that there’s a conspiracy to replace White Americans with non-white immigrants, the tenants of the theory are often articulated within in mainstream Republican politics—particular fears over White birthrates.
“The patriarchal traditionalists of the right blame this in part on feminism, for letting such women believe they have the right to earn their own careers rather than just be white, Christian baby-making machines at their men's disposal.”
While most Americans are unware or only recently learning about the “Replacement Theory,” this racists conspiracy theory is deeply rooted in American political culture. “It is the same concept that once made interracial marriage illegal, spawned Jim Crow and motivated southern segregationists to switch to the Republican party.”
The White Supremacist terrorist attack in Buffalo was in-part the product of a violent strategy of accelerationism. “The idea is to ‘accelerate’ the crackup of Western governments — and bring on a race war that culminates in white victory.”
Arizona State Sen. Wendy Rogers echoed the racist claims of White Nationalists Nick Fuentes that the White Supremacists terrorists attack in Buffalo was a “New false flag,” as the state lawmaker made a statement on social media that “Fed boy summer has started in Buffalo.”
“Idaho has a history of anti-government sentiment, which has gradually created factions within its Republican Party between far-right populists like McGeachin and more traditional conservatives like Little.”
A man with “anti-government views” on a mission “to burn down 5G cell phone towers,” has been arrested “in connection with a West Side cell phone tower fire that occurred last May” in San Antonio, Texas.
David Chrisinger writes that “The U.S. military has a problem it doesn’t want to acknowledge: Despite increased efforts to bar them from enlisting, white nationalists have continued to infiltrate all branches of the U.S. military. According to a recent poll conducted by Militarytimes.com, 36% of the 1,630 active-duty troops it surveyed reported they had personally witnessed examples of ‘white nationalism or ideological-driven racism within the ranks in recent months.’ If this same percentage is extrapolated to the whole population of active-duty troops (about 1.3 million in December 2019), that would mean nearly half a million troops have witnessed examples of white nationalism in the ranks in recent months.” [The War Horse]
Sarah Posner writes that “Republican legislators have seen results here because anti-choice and anti-LGBTQ activists hold considerable sway in red statehouses. That’s why Alito’s bizarre claim that Roe’s opponents “could no longer seek to persuade their elected representatives to adopt policies consistent with their views” is so dangerous. Not only is it factually wrong—the whole reason the Dobbs case was before the court was because anti-choice activists had spent decades trying to find a case to overturn Roe by passing ever-more draconian laws in state legislatures—it perpetuates Christian right’s sense of victimhood in a secular culture.” [The Nation]
Chrissy Stroop writes that “authoritarians care much less about consistency than they care about power, and the Republican Party is poised to impose a Christofascist theocracy upon all Americans – even though a majority of us are fiercely opposed to their policies. Voter suppression, equal representation in the Senate by state (which gives disproportionate influence to rural states with small populations), and the Electoral College (in which states, rather than individuals, elect the president) combine to grant Republicans political power in the United States that is wildly out of proportion with their numbers or the popularity of their politics.” [openDemocracy]
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