President Trump’s vulgar and racist comments about how nations like Haiti are “shitholes” and that he’d rather have white immigrants from places like Norway has triggered a firestorm of controversy that continues to hang over the nation a week later.
His words infuriated a Democratic opposition that seems prepared to allow a shut down of the government over the Republican refusal to concede a clean bill for the 800,000 undocumented Americans who were previously protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which the Trump administration ended in September.
Online, the onslaught of rabid right-wingers eager to trigger the libs, gleefully embracing the term “shithole” as happily as they did “deplorables.”
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The CEO of a right-wing blog and merchandise company called Rogue Right took to Twitter this morning with a picture of a beach that may or may not be in Haiti covered in garbage.
— Joe Biggs (@Rambobiggs) January 18, 2018
But Biggs’ cheapshot was quickly deflated with a powerful own from another Twitter user, @maltyhops, who put the Trump supporter to shame with a powerful dose of perspective.
Biggs’ throwaway meme provides an interesting glimpse into the Trumper worldview, which seems to be fundamentally predicated on racial supremacy. Biggs looks at the systematic socioeconomic disenfranchisement of black Americans and black nations like Haiti and see evidence of their inferiority as an inherently racial component and not as the desired end result of a very deliberate economic and political agenda that requires a perpetually exploitable underclass.
That notion of inferiority helps mentally insulate themselves from accepting that they too are the victims of that very same system, to a lesser degree. Similar circumstances led to the trashing of both the Haitian and Kentucky beaches.
The corruption of our political system by an unrestrained plutocracy have jaded much of American people to the point where they’ve accepted their legislators won’t do anything substantial to improve their material lives – so they at least can take solace in the notion that someone else is worse off than them, which is why they engage so enthusiastically in the culture wars with the left over the pettiest of “issues,” be they Starbucks cups or kneeling NFL players or transgender bathrooms.
The real tragedy at hand is that the political polarization of America exacerbates the separation of the common people into opposing factions who are all victimized by the excesses of American capitalism and the insatiable greed of the billionaire class.
That’s the question we need to be asking. Who failed these people, and how can we fix this?
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