No, There is No ‘War on Whites’
Conservatives claim there is a ‘War on Drugs,’ a ‘War on Poverty,’ a ‘War on Terror,’ and a ‘War on Christmas.’ They are misinformed in each of these instances – for a host of reasons. For the most part, conservatives have continually failed to recognize their complicity in the mass incarceration, criminalization, and economic deprivation of many brown and black folks in this country. And, the ‘War on Christmas’ is just…nevermind. Now, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) has gone so far as to claim there is a ‘War on Whites.’ I should call him ‘Patient Zero’ – not because he is the only white person who believes this drivel but because he is the first to go on the record to say so.
“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true. Okay?
And if you look at the polling data, every demographic group in America agrees with the rule of law, enforcing and securing our borders. And every one of them understands that illegal immigration hurts every single demographic group. It doesn’t make a difference if you’re a white American, a black American, Hispanic American, an Asian American or if you’re a woman or a man. Every single demographic group is hurt by falling wages and lost jobs.
And so the Democrats, they have to demagogue on this and try and turn it into a racial issue, which is an emotional issue, rather than a thoughtful issue. If it becomes a thoughtful issue, then we win and we win big. And they lose and they lose big. And they understand that and as they get more desperate, they are going to argue race and things like that to a much heightened emotional state. “
Yes, he actually said that. Even Laura Ingraham was taken aback by the comments and tried to get him to walk them back. But, he didn’t. Why? Because he wholeheartedly believes white people are in danger. He believes white people are under attack. And, like many whites who have a nihilistic attitude about America – the country they take so much pride in protecting – Rep. Brooks blames black and brown people for their animus toward white dominance and superiority.
Like many bigots, Rep. Brooks has divorced oppressive actions from the white majority from the growing calls for racial equality especially when it comes to black and brown Americans. What he calls a ‘War on Whites’ is what most of us just call self-awareness, accountability, and placing the onus for equality efforts squarely where it belongs. For whites like Rep. Brooks, colorblindness is the only winning strategy. I have written about this topic enough to not have to have to rehash it here.
Luckily for the rest of us, Rep. Brooks’ claims are being judged in the public eye as just as uncouth as they are. My only question is this: If there is a ‘War on Whites,’ who’s winning?
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