A writing and linguistics professor wasted no time taking advantage of current events to blast what he calls “America’s undiagnosed sickness”: white supremacy.
In a Globe and Mail op-ed, Georgia Southern University’s Jared Yates Sexton says the US is in “the grips of an epidemic,” one which has been right in front of us the whole time. The problem is, outfits like Fox News have “dedicated countless hours” to other matters (all of which are somehow racist, of course).
And remember the time “some people did something,” September 11, 2001? That event led to “debilitating paranoia,” according to Sexton, not to mention an “unspeakable fear” of Islam and a “xenophobic distrust of immigrants.”
The acts of white supremacist terrorists are now “nauseatingly routine,” the professor continues; the race-based “epidemic” is fueled by, naturally, the Republican Party and President Trump:
The saddest reality is that we as a people won’t confront the truth either – because to connect the dots means we admit the epidemic exists, and it has for hundreds of years.
We don’t want to say the words. We don’t want to admit that America has festered with white supremacy for more than 240 years. We can’t confront the fact that, before it was mass shootings, it was mass lynchings. We don’t want to confront the fact that there is a direct line to be drawn from the murders in El Paso, Tex., on Saturday to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 by white supremacist Timothy McVeigh, who killed 168 people. We can’t confront that our laws, our customs and our actions are riddled through with this epidemic and have secured, for generations, a rigid and toxic racial hierarchy.
But make no mistake, what we face is an epidemic that threatens the very foundation of free society. Every politician and gun salesman who hides behind support of the Second Amendment likes to beat their chest and trumpet the idea of freedom, but what gets lost in the defence is that America is founded on the idea of a free society, a place where Americans should be able to live lives in which they are secure to move about, think any thought they want, say anything they want and realize the concept of relative safety.
Last November, Sexton complained that in the 2018 mid-terms Trump and GOP used the “disgusting technique” of peddling a “factually untrue narrative” of Central American migrants coming to the US. The prof also dabbled in conspiracy theories regarding the Georgia governor’s race, and claimed far-right Iowa congressman Steve King is representative of all Republicans.
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