I have two essays forthcoming on serious matters such as the recent Supreme Court rulings against affirmative action and removing limits on campaign donations.
However, Cliven Barton's freak show of deranged whiteness in Nevada demands a quick comment.
Wednesday night, I watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier a second time. It is a great movie. Truly. I am a ghetto nerd. I be who I be...without apology.
And because I am a ghetto nerd, I wonder--more like a hope and a dream--that President Obama, he who is also one of the clan, has funded a version of the Marvel Universe's super secret spy organization S.H.I.E.L.D., and given it the mandate of infiltrating white conservative organizations in order to further discredit them.
Racism and conservatism are one and the same thing in post civil rights America: the Republican Party channels white identity politics and white supremacy. Maybe President Obama has issued an order to his field agents with the directive to make that fact even more plain and obvious to the (white) American public?
Of course, such thoughts are fantastical and absurd. However, because movement conservatism has been possessed by conspiranoid thinking, its adherents are fools and marks that will believe anything that the Fox News, Right-wing echo chamber, commands.
The seditious, treasonous, "patriot" Cliven Bundy, he who is fighting against federal "tyranny", all the while sucking on the government tit and threatening violence against the United States government, has shown us his true face.
At a rally on Saturday, the New York Times reported the following:
He said he would continue holding a daily news conference; on Saturday, it drew one reporter and one photographer, so Mr. Bundy used the time to officiate at what was in effect a town meeting with supporters, discussing, in a long, loping discourse, the prevalence of abortion, the abuses of welfare and his views on race.
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
Bundy's statements are not novel or outliers: they are standard, mainstream, Republican, Southern Strategy infused, post civil rights era, talking points.
I would not be surprised if there is a segment on Fox News arguing that Barack Obama is somehow responsible for Cliven Bundy's racism.
[A thought. Who and what is "the Negro"? What does "the Negro" wear? How does "the Negro" behave? Am I one of "the Negroes"?]
Smart people of color (and others) who understand the white supremacist origins of the white militia and "patriot" movement are not surprised by Bundy's racism: he is just an honest fool who says what mainstream Republicans are afraid to publicly utter--even while they agree with him.
White conservatives believe that they are victims of a "liberal" conspiracy. They preach a mantra of "personal responsibility" while working very hard to avoid any responsibility for their own racist deeds, words, behavior, or policies.
Sean Hannity and other members of the Right-wing propaganda machine have made Cliven Bundy into a hero.
How will they stage-manage and massage his opinions about "the Negro"?
Has Bundy been misquoted? Is he really a Democrat and a liberal in disguise? Will Sean Hannity claim that Cliven Bundy is a victim of a psyop by liberals, and has been manipulated into saying apparently "racist" things which are really statements of love and respect towards "hardworking" and "real American" "conservative" blacks?
Which black buck-dancing political blackface self-hating Uncle Tom will be the first to defend Cliven Bundy?
Once more, white supremacy has profoundly damaged the thinking processes of white people--especially those of conservatives in the Age of Obama.
From George Zimmerman to Cliven Bundy, white conservatives are driven to defend human debris, those whose behavior is incorrigible and unacceptable to any reasonable and thinking person, because said upright walking human waste products are either white, or are hostile and resentful towards people of color.
Bundy's racism will only be a "surprise" for white conservatives. And as I asked in an earlier essay, what shall we do with the white people? Are white conservatives really that lost?