Reactionary Storm Over the Incident in Chicago—Ominous Sign of What’s to Come if Trump-Pence Fascist Regime Is Allowed to Rule
January 6, 2017 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
This country is days away from installing a fascist regime at its helm. In South Carolina the sentencing hearing is underway for Dylann Roof, the young white supremacist who gunned down nine African Americans during their Bible studies at an historic Black church in Charleston. And yet what is the story leading off the national news, going viral on social media, and portrayed as the most despicable and depraved act by the current administration, CNN and every right-wing mouthpiece? An incident in Chicago where four Black youth are alleged to have kidnaped a white man with mental problems and tormented him, including forcing him to yell “fuck Trump” while someone could be heard in the background saying “fuck white people.”
In response, a virulent national lynch mob is demanding that these youth be charged with a hate crime in addition to the aggravated kidnaping, battery with a deadly weapon, and other serious charges they already face. Across social media people like reactionary radio host Glenn Beck claimed this was the result of the Black Lives Matter movement and too “lenient” policing. Beck told his more than one million Twitter followers, “Stand up with me and demand justice in Chicago for the beating of a disabled trump supporter by BLM [Black Lives Matter].” Mike Cernovich, a major architect of Trump supporters’ social media campaigns, claimed victory for getting the Black youths charged with a hate crime.
Think about it. Overnight, four young Black people in Chicago became the personification of evil—not the incoming Trump-Pence fascist regime that is threatening to eviscerate political and legal rights in this country and do monstrous things to seven billion people on this planet, including ratcheting up the possibility of nuclear war.
It is also an ominous indication of what is to come in Trump’s “Make America Great Again”—a part of which translates into “Make America White Again” with the whipping up of white supremacy and lynch mob hysteria against Black people.
The beating and tormenting of the young man was obviously wrong and should not be done to any human being. And, whatever actually happened, this incident has nothing to do with and is, of course, in no way condoned by those who oppose and are trying to stop the Trump-Pence regime from ruling or by the Black Lives Matter movement. Moreover, this was an isolated situation.
This is in contrast to Trump, who actually fomented violence at his rallies and gleefully said he would pay people’s legal bills for beating up peaceful protestors. Trump openly condones, winks at and effectively fans violence and hatred against various sections of the people who are deemed “undesirable”—and that is precisely part of what makes him a fascist.
Early in the presidential campaign, two white men in Boston beat a homeless man of Mexican heritage with a metal pole and urinated on him, saying, “Donald Trump was right. All these illegals need to be deported.” Trump’s first response? “The people who follow me are very passionate. They love this country. They want this country to be great again.”
Since Trump’s election, across the country there are reports of Latino students being threatened and tormented by other students chanting, “build the wall” and “go back to Mexico.” Sexual assaults on young girls have risen in the wake of Trump’s bragging about it. Mosques in California and Georgia have received letters threatening that Donald Trump is “going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews.” A professor at Orange Coast College was forced into hiding because of death threats she received after a lecture that criticized Trump’s election.
Where is the national outcry and wall-to-wall coverage of all these hate crimes and bullying on the part of Trump and his supporters?
Unless there is massive political struggle by millions of people that prevents this, Trump will be commander-in-chief, with Christian fascist Pence at his side, in a few weeks. NO! NO! NO!
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