Wednesday, July 31, 2019

GOP 'conspicuously and shamefully silent' on racism

John L.  Micek, editor-in-chief of the Pennsylvania Capital-Journal and syndicated columnist, wrote recently:

 “The next time a Republican tries to tell you that he or she is an heir to the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, remind them that in 2019, when the GOP had a chance to stand up to the worst kind of bigotry and un-American behavior, the self-styled “Party of Lincoln” was conspicuously and shamefully silent.”

Micek elaborated on President Trump's blatant racism for the Pennsylvania Capital-Journal:

We shouldn't have to say this, but we will: It is nothing except racist to tell four, duly elected members of Congress, all women of color, three of whom were born in the United States, the fourth a naturalized citizen, to "go back" to the countries they came from.
It's a racist and bigoted trope that's been used for years, and has been deployed against other generations of newcomers to the United States.
It is racist and bigoted to describe to parts of the United States, where there are majority-minority populations - as "infested." That is particularly true when President Donald Trump has a long history of using that freighted adjective to describe communities of color.
We could probably stop here and argue here that it is also profoundly un-American and unpatriotic for the president of the United States to use that kind of language to describe parts of his country, the nation that he took an oath to protect and represent.

Silence is not the answer.
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