Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Not Normal: Klan Marches Celebrating Presidential Election, White Supremacist Anti-Semite Named Top Advisor, Hate Pouring Out Across the Nation

More tweets and excerpts from articles for you, as we chronicle what is happening in the U.S. following the election of Donald Trump — not normal in the least, though the mainstream media and many church people (including, to their shame, "liberal" Catholic commentators) are seeking to normalize a presidential election in which the Klan marches in victory, a white-supremacist anti-Semite is named the president's top advisor, and incidents of hate directed to members of minority communities are occurring across the land as people celebrate Trump's victory:

Connecticut officials: Donald Trump supporters partied in KKK garb to celebrate election:

Jaweed Kaleem, "The Ku Klux Klan says it will hold a Trump victory parade in North Carolina":

One of the largest Ku Klux Klan groups in the country has announced a parade to celebrate President-elect Donald Trump's win. 
The Loyal White Knights of Pelham, N.C., says on its website that its parade will take place on Dec. 3. 
"TRUMP = TRUMP'S RACE UNITED MY PEOPLE," says the website's front page.

Lawrence Pintak, "I've Seen Hell and Know What's Coming":

Resentment. Othering. Name-calling. Bullying. Violence. History shows us that is the slippery slope to inhumanity. Nazi Germany. Rwanda. Cambodia. 
"The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away." 
A friend in a liberal college town in Western Massachusetts posted a picture of what had been a bucolic rural overlook. In the last few days, the rocks have been painted with crude graffiti: "Kill all Niggers." "Fuck the Jews." 
There is a steady and deeply troubling drip, drip, drip of such stories. The men's room fliers at Texas State University calling for vigilante squads to "go arrest & torture those deviant university leaders spouting off all the Diversity Garbage." Blacks being told by whites that they will soon own them. "Whites only" signs on drinking foundations and bathrooms. Swastikas on walls, cars and middle school boys' bathrooms. And countless shouts of"'go home'"to anyone who somehow looks different.  
"The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering."

This is what terrifies me -- the rapid normalization of things that are completely abnormal to the American way of life. And it's going to come up on us fast. Read up on past leaders with strongman visions similar to those that Trump articulated during his "astonishing journey." It didn't take them four years to accumulate power in an authoritarian manner. Usually less than four months. Especially with a good minister of propagand....excuse me, I mean "senior counselor and strategist."

Juan Cole, "As Hate Crimes Soar, U.S. Universities at Risk":

A tsunami of reports about hate crimes directed at minorities are coming in from all over the country in the wake of Der Donald;s presidential win. African-Americans have also been targeted, as with students at the University of Pennsylvania. As have Latinas/ Latinos. 
Ann Arbor, my town, was shaken when word got out Saturday that on Friday evening a man approached a veiled Muslim University of Michigan student and demanded she take off her veil or else he would use a cigarette lighter to set her on fire. She complied. I understand that she has now flown back to her country of origin.

And do not miss T.R. Ramachandran's magnificent tweetstorm in "2016 Election: White Working Class and Trump Support," which eviscerates the claim that white working-class people voted Trump due to "economic rage" and being ignored by the Democrats. Fact after fact after fact, data piled on data, shows that it was about issues of race and gender above all — with the national media and James Comey aiding and abetting the reaction through the red herring of Clinton's emails.

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