The pink, or should I say White elephant in the room...
So here we are, a few days after another one of these horrific shootings. And one of the culprits, is yet another person with a white nationalist, anti-people of color / anti-immigrant Manifesto of some type. And of course, the calls for gun control happen, and on the other side the defense of gun ownership debates begin. Representative Omar last week had said that she felt that white men would have biggest terrorist threat.
“I would say our country should be more fearful of white men across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country,”
Of course, I disagree with generalizing all white men in the category of these white nationalist who met out these type of heinous terrorist acts, however questions about white nationalism being a threat, a terrorist threat to American citizens, needs to be looked at. As she further stated:
“And so if fear was the driving force of policies to keep America safe — Americans safe inside of this country — we should be profiling, monitoring, and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men,”
Which is to the point. And part of that radicalization lands at the feet of the president. Why? We have a president that for two years before he got elected started attacking President Obama riding with The Birther Campaign which was rooted in White supremacy and White nationalism. Forwarding a campaign that was targeted to the "so-called real America," meaning anything other than the urbanized areas that have large black, Latino and liberal white populations. A president who as a candidate acted like he had no idea who David Duke was. It took two weeks to figure out who he was for him to denounce David Duke's support. A president that began a systematic attack on brown immigrants and has created the idea that “America needs to be taken back” from someone and made “Great Again” hearkening back to a time when Blacks and women knew their places. Not to mention the false equivalences made about “good people on both sides” regarding NAZIs and Confederate sympathizers and apologists and the people who protest them.
Back in 2015 after the Dylan Roof “Confederate” White supremacist attack, Trump stated that the Confederate flag should be take down. In 2017 after the Charlottesville rally that ended where a White supremacist ran a car into a crowd and killed a counter protester then President Trump defended the “good people” on the side of the driver who were there to “protect” their Confederate southern history and culture. This indicates how Trump rides the line with not offending part of his base when it comes to the issue of White nationalism and the apologists who minimize or deny that this is a problem that Americans no matter the color need to be aware of and be vigilant against, as it is a form of terrorism.
Now with two recent shootings where White supremacy and White nationalism are part of the motivation of the shooters, the discussion about these motivations has come up yet again. But should it really be a question? These issues, White supremacy and White nationalism are cultural, social and legal foundational concepts that are part of the American psyche.
These are issues that still are yet to be resolved. This is not simply individual racism but the systemic and institutional issues of race in America. While the issues of Whiteness and Blackness in American society have improved, 2019 is much better than 1819 or 1919, there is still that hangover. This is what Trump tapped in to and there are real world implications when the leader of the free world utilizes White nationalist (as they call it alt right) language, imagery and phraseology to signify to that part of the base. Americans, White, Black, Republican, Democrat, etc. must deal with this issue, or it very well may undermine our democracy.
 Mark Moore, “Ilhan Omar suggests people should be ‘more fearful of white men’ than jihadists in 2018 interview,” New York Post, July 25, 2019, https://nypost.com/2019/07/25/ilhan-omar-suggests-people-should-be-more-fearful-of-white-men-than-jihadists-in-2018-interview/