I feel like I did some good work there, as I try to "connect the dots" about the relationship between political polarization and white racial attitudes in the Age of Obama--which in my opinion--has not been done enough outside of the community of social scientists who study such matters. It would be unfortunate if more eyes did not have an opportunity to read Conservatives and Liberals Can't Agree on What Constitutes Reality.
As I argue there, white supremacy, movement conservatism, Austerity, and polarization are not semi-related social forces: they are intimately connected. Moreover, the obstructionist and Austerity politics of the Tea Party GOP, when mated with white racial resentment, may help conservatives gain power in the near to long-term, while hurting the Common Good and further befouling America's political culture.
In my conclusion to Conservatives and Liberals Can't Agree on What Constitutes Reality, I observe how:
New research by Amy Krosch and David Amodio of New York University has suggested that as resources become scarcer, white Americans will become more racially tribalistic as a sense of racial group interest and threat is activated. This provides an incentive to continue with the politics of austerity because those policies could potentially convert white voters to the Republican Party.
The Republican Party’s perverse, destructive and irresponsible behavior will both continue and increase in the future because said actions pay political dividends.These thoughts are troubling. Alas, we are still obligated to tell the truth, especially about uncomfortable matters.
The Pew report on political polarization in American politics is a warning about a future where austerity, racism and political polarization have destabilized and shattered the centrist norms that once made American democracy a model system for the rest of the world.
It is easy to publicly channel upsetness about racism and impolitic racial attitudes in the post civil rights era. The more important and challenging task, one in which Americans move beyond "racism chasing", and a public theater of racial condemnation (that is really an opportunity for superficial group therapy), is connecting white racial animus to broader systemic and institutional organs of power.
As I have argued many times on WARN and elsewhere, the essential question on these matters should always be, "what are we really talking about? And of what broader phenomenon are it/they an example of?"
As someone far smarter than me once suggested: amateurs talk about tactics; professionals talk about logistics and strategy. On war and race, as well as other life matters, such wisdom still very much applies.
To point. Tea Party GOP sewer dweller white supremacist Alabama Republican United States Congressman Mo Brooks suggested on Monday of this week that:
"Well, this is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party," he said. "And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It's 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, OK? And if you look at the polling data, every demographic group in America agrees with the rule of law and securing our borders." He told listeners to seek out a speech Rep. Raul Labrador (whose family is Puerto Rican) gave about the rhetoric. "The Democrats, they have to demagogue on this, and turn it into a racial issue."Such a claim is an act in Right-wing political theater as inspired by Neo Nazis and KKK members.
In the Age of Obama, conservatism, racism, and white supremacy are all coupled together like man-beasts at a bestiality and zoophilia themed orgy.
Thus, the absurdity of Brooks's claims are a lightning rod for personal hurt, anger, and no small amount of humor by black Americans and other reasonable and ethically minded people.
As I joked on Twitter, Mo Brooks is also providing an opportunity to ask some hard questions, speculate, and laugh about contemporary American Right-wing politics as a type of absurdest political performance...while not forgetting that humor is a way of massaging the public mood in order to legitimate eliminationism, hate, and white supremacy.
In that spirit, I have some questions and observations about Mo Brooks worries about a "war on whites" as waged by Obama and the Democratic Party:
1. Could Mo Brooks be a black man who is actually passing for white in order to sabotage the Tea Party GOP? If the NAACP's legendary Brother Walter Francis White "passed" in order to investigate lynchings in the South during Jim and Jane Crow, why couldn't black and brown folks play the role of agent provocateur in the Age of Obama?
2. The White Right has created its own media and propaganda apparatus. That machine has generated stories and "research" about an "inevitable" "race war" between white people and non-whites as a means of recruiting new members to their cause, and of perhaps persuading white undecideds to find a "white racial consciousness". Are there parallel fantasies of "race war" by black racial chauvinists and an accompanying literature? If so, please share some of those works.
3. Practical matters. What would a black on white race war actually look like? I am very curious about the first principles and scheming of white racists such as Mo Brooks as they try to divine an impossible plan.
4. Practical matters. Mo Brooks's white supremacist conspiranoid claims about a black on white race war in the United States are projections of white racist anxieties where "the chickens come home to roost".
The Tea Party GOP has to resolve a basic contradiction and lie as they desperately try to advance white victimologist dreams: the White Right argues that slavery was good for black people, the plantation was an idyllic place, and that black and brown folks exaggerate about the fact of white racism in the present.
How then can it logically follow that those same people who were "blessed" by slavery and white racism would then want to wage a "race war" against white people?
5. Mo Brooks and the War on Whites is a great and catchy title for a Southern rock or country music band/album. On said project, what would some of Mo Brooks' songs be? What is the playlist?