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How bigots trade on tragedy

May 26, 2022

There is one trick that stands out, played by those who want to exploit horrific crimes to further their political hatreds: they highlight specific characteristics they dislike, in the criminals responsible. Some of the popular news outlets today amplify every major crime committed by an undocumented immigrant. That bigotry can be aimed at race. Or religion. Or particular sexual expression. Or class. Or most anything someone wants to demonize.

It is a kind of rhetoric can sound almost rational, when it builds on a truth, that the culprit shares the targeted characteristic.

Such bigotry stands exposed and naked, when those moved by it rush to their tune on the basis of false rumor. If you had to guess who would use the Uvalde shooting to damn undocumented immigrants or transsexuals, who would you guess? Alex Jones, of course. But who else? Paul Gosar? Candace Owens? Would you bet on that trifecta? Alas, even if their fans later notice that they were enraged by something false, that will do little to lessen the attachment that engendered.

Updated: Marjorie Taylor Greene decided to join the pack.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Douglas Rothkopf permalink
    May 26, 2022 9:08 am

    Not all racists are republicans but all republicans are racist.

  2. rturpin permalink*
    May 26, 2022 9:27 am

    I don’t think it has to be about race, so long as they can get people riled about some target groups they can paint as threatening.

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