Demonstrating that many conservatives are abandoning the use of dogwhistles in favor of deploying the bullhorn, Tucker Carlson actually defended the Great Replacement theory on his show Thursday night. Keep in mind that this is the theory that not only motivated the Charlottesville protesters, but was also embraced by the terrorists responsible for the shootings in Christchurch and El Paso (among others).blaming this country's first African American president for the death of George Floyd.
George Floyd might be alive had former President Barack Obama not, for eight years, consistently played the anti-cop race card...[T]he political Obama knows that Black anger and resentment translate into Black votes. How many routine police encounters with Blacks escalate into something far more serious because young Blacks believe the "systemic racism" lie pushed by Black Lives Matter and their sympathizers?
Kevin Williamson attempted to defend the GOP's obsession with voter suppression by asking, "Why Not Fewer Voters?" He utilizes the more coded language of referring to "better" voters.
Much of the discussion about proposed changes to voting laws backed by many Republicans and generally opposed by Democrats begs the question and simply asserts that having more people vote is, ceteris paribus, a good thing.
Why should we believe that?
Why shouldn’t we believe the opposite? That the republic would be better served by having fewer — but better — voters?
As Julian Castro pointed out, that is straight out of the Jim Crow playbook.
Whether couched in coded language (ie, dog whistles) or blared from a bullhorn, consumers of right wing media are being fed a daily dose of outright racism in a way that is unprecedented over the last few decades.
In the midst of all of that, Fox News has demonstrated that they recognize exactly what is happening and have assigned Greg Gutfeld the job of making fun of what will be the appropriate response.
Gutfeld! has told the same terrible joke about CNN three nights in a row -- a supercut pic.twitter.com/9RThg15AEM— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 8, 2021
Greg thinks that calling out racist hate is really funny. That is a great example of why conservative humor is always so bad.
But perhaps you see what they've done here. Conservatives spread their racist hate and then mock anyone who calls them on it. Or, as Elder did with Obama, they claim that accusations of racism are examples of "playing the race card" and blame the accuser for the actions of racists.
Back in 2010, Julian Sanchez gave us a name for that kind of closed feedback mechanism: epistemic closure. It is intended to shut down all reasonable attempts to have a conversation about the role of racism in our culture. Sanchez identified why that is so important for maintaining the insurgency (emphasis mine).
This epistemic closure can be a source of solidarity and energy, but it also renders the conservative media ecosystem fragile...If disagreement is not in itself evidence of malign intent or moral degeneracy, people start feeling an obligation to engage it sincerely...And there is nothing more potentially fatal to the momentum of an insurgency fueled by anger than a conversation.
Frankly, when it comes to my friends and family, I gave up trying to engage the insurgents in conversation quite a while ago. But I still occasionally leave crumbs scattered around that might ignite a bit of cognitive dissonance. If any of those ever flower into actual questions someone want to pursue, they know where to find me.