Leave it to the folks at Slate to produce such SMH material.
In light of Thursday’s 33-count conviction of Charleston shooter Dylann Roof, Jamelle Bouie wrote an essay connecting the white supremacist, who murdered nine innocent people at the AME church because they were black and “had to go,” to President-elect Donald Trump.
Bouie, who’s Slate’s chief political correspondent and a CBS News analyst, noted on Twitter that he was trying “to tease out thematic connections and show growing presence of racist ideology in mainstream life.”
“Thematic” puts it lightly. Here are some excerpts:
Trump wanted to “make America great again,” where “America” was a metonym for a traditional, industrial, and white America, set against a rising tide of racial threats, from Hispanic immigrants and black protesters, to Muslim refugees and the specter of “radical Islamic terrorism.” With this promise to restore the moral, cultural, and political dominance of that white America, Trump grabbed the reins of the Republican Party and never let go. Roof, in his own telling, wanted to awaken white America to the alleged threat of blacks and other nonwhites. “We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet,” he wrote. “Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.” I alone can fix it.
Bouie is illustrating that both Trump and Roof want the same thing, which is a comeback (of sorts) of white America where they dominate every facet of society. Here’s the thing, Dylann Roof thought that killing all non-white people was the means for that end.
Donald Trump, on the other, wants all of America to dominate and succeed. He’s not advocating for his supporters to go out and harm non-white Americans. The suggestion by Bouie that the two could possibly be in the same echelon of thinking is patently absurd.
Actions speak louder than words. Yet, for liberals like Bouie, words speak louder when it comes to Donald Trump.
Trump spoke to the frustration the many Americans were feeling at the time. His supporters were worried that their jobs were going to be lost to manufacturing plants overseas. They’re tired of political gridlock in Washington, where the GOP establishment continuously failed their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. They’re concerned about their safety and don’t want mass illegal immigration or refugees coming from countries compromised by terrorism to harm their loved ones.
These are legitimate concerns. Yet, it’s journalists like Bouie who group them into a white supremacist ideology. He continuing to suggest that all conservatives and Republicans are racist.
Trump hasn’t even been sworn into office. However, since his election, the stock market has been surging, the unemployment rate is lowering, and more companies are pledging to invest into the United States through job creation via Trump. Those are actions that the President-elect is carrying out to ensure Americans from every racial, religious, and socioeconomic background can succeed. How is that similar to anything Dylann Roof wanted?
I guess Bouie is afraid that there will be less to complain about when Trump makes America great again.