Saturday, June 25, 2016

We Cannot Have a Presidential Candidate Who Insults Mexicans and Latinos, women, African Americans, and Muslims.

Trump’s Racially Divisive Politics Must Be Exposed and Opposed !

The intolerant campaign  promoted by Donald Trump and supported  by the Republican Party is a call to the “silent white majority” and a demand that 11 million immigrants be deported.  This campaign promotes a dangerous and divisive racial message.  It must be vigorously opposed.

 Donald Trump is a serial liar, he  regularly incites political violence and he  is a  rampant xenophoberacist, and  misogynist.  He has repeatedly  pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. He promises to build a wall on the border that would cost at least $35 billion to build, and billions each year to maintain.  And, it would not work.
Trump has an overly simplistic view of immigration: calling for  building  walls, breaking up families,  and deporting  people.  This fear mongering political message has found a very receptive base within our society among xenophobic and angry conservative older voters.

This campaign is dangerous.  It mobilizes right-wing  anti immigrant forces. Trump’s campaign is not just racism- it is a strategy to magnify racism to win the election – and we must defeat it.

We know these campaigns to be dangerous. He is promoting an anti Mexican, anti immigrant, anti Muslim agenda. This is more than the ranting of a fringe right. He is mainstreaming racism.

The Trump–Republican arguments are factually incorrect and the proposed building of a $30 billion dollar wall along the border  would not work.

This is Dog Whistle Politics, as described well in Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, by Ian Haney López (2014).

The Trump campaign is an example  of strategic racism, which is a system of racial oppression created and enforced because it benefits the over class, in this case the many billionaire funders of the Republican Party.   These groups foster and promote interracial conflict and job competition as a strategy to keep wages and benefits low and to promote their continuing white supremacy in the nation.

Mexicans, Mexican Americans and other Latinos have good reason to be concerned about the mobilization of racist movements by these  harsh and xenophobic  campaigns. During the 1930’s some 1,000,000 Mexicans were deported in response to similar campaigns, including over 500,000  US citizens, and  an additional 1,000,000 Mexicans were deported in Operation Wetback in the 1950's. Trump proposes that it should happen again.

We in California know well the history of this kind of divisive campaign.  In November of 1994  Pete Wilson won re-election with over 56% of the vote based in large part on his mean-spirited, divisive, and racist campaign directed against Mexican and Mexican Americans, in Proposition 187.  We need to recognize the potential advantage of racist scapegoating as revealed in the Wilson-promoted Proposition 187 initiative.  

The purpose of Trump’s intolerant bombasts are not to develop a policy -- it is to capture and exploit the anxiety and emotion of a particular sub-set of voters: xenophobic Republicans and the hard Tea Party Right.

Anti-immigrant campaigns such as that promoted by Trump  and the Republican Party  have effects and must be opposed.  Currently, Trump  is  repeating and amplifying  inaccurate, oppressive, and highly charged stereotypes about race and immigration in the U.S.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, in his June 16, 2016, talk to his supporters said, “ the major political task in the next five months is to make certain that we defeat Donald Trump.”
"We cannot have a president who insults Mexicans and Latinos, Muslims, women and African-Americans," he said. "We cannot have a president who, in the midst of so much income and wealth inequality, wants to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the very rich. We cannot have a president who, despite all of the scientific evidence, believes that climate change is a hoax."
We agree with Sen. Sanders.  Politicians using divisive racial politics must be defeated.  To do that, all eligible citizens must register and vote.  Low voter turnout among young people and progressives gives the radical right an opportunity to win.  If you believe in a democratic society -   

Join us in a campaign to register and get out the vote.

Anti Racism Working Group.  Democratic Socialists of America.

Duane Campbell is a professor emeritus of bilingual multicultural education at California State University Sacramento, a union activist, and past chair of Sacramento DSA.

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