There is no place for racist discourse on Amor Mundi, and I have been deleting comments in the Moot from brave "Anonymous" respondents lately -- probably this is just one individual -- who have been indulging in what seems to me borderline white supremacist garbage. The following exchange from the Moot is an example of one of the comments I reluctantly allowed through, a comment that seemed to me quite false and driven by profoundly hurtful assumptions but one in which an actual argument provided what seemed to me to be an occasion for a useful response. I hesitate to seem to encourage this person -- if indeed this is the same "Anonymous" who has also made comments which I deleted for their racism -- but even if this person is not reachable, I wonder if anybody who might be influenced by this sort of comment might also be nudged into a more critical temper by the response to it? I welcome comments both to the post and also weighing in on the usefulness of publishing such comments (or deleting those that are more baldly white supremacist as I have been doing and will continue to do) and responding to them.
First off, in a rather glib post recommending a video clip of Joe Biden fighting back strong against some GOP phony-outrage about a comment of his on the campaign trail, I made the following (in my view absolutely and obviously true) claim: "There is not a single Republican in office anywhere in the country at any level of governance who does not owe at least some of the vote that put them in office to white racism. This doesn't make every Republican a racist, but it makes every Republican beholden to white racism in America."
A bravely "Anonymous" commenter in the Moot responded to this claim, saying:
That's so very interesting. Obama got 95% of the African American vote. If he was no half-black but with two white parents, how many percentage points would that have earned him? What does that tell you about African Americans and racism? I am rather optimistic that with the emergence of big data and constant documentation via video and audio of all interactions in public places, the unconfortable truth -- that minorities are not less -- actually probably more -- racist than whites will make it impossible for people like you to make these unsubstantiated arguments.To this, I respond at length:
95% of African Americans voted for the candidate who spoke on behalf of and then acted in their best interests, for example enacting against incredible odds and at steep political cost the Affordable Care Act that addresses (imperfectly but really) the crisis in healthcare outcomes that disproportionately affects African-Americans with substantial expansions of access to Medicare (famously being resisted at the state level by Republican governors, naturally, of states whose citizens would most benefit from increased access, naturally), the introduction of enormous numbers of new community health clinics, access to preventative healthcare screenings and wellness programs, and who also strives to protect the public sector jobs in which African-American communities historically have conspicuously participated as a mainstay of upward mobility -- teachers, postal workers, etc (take a look at Obama's Jobs Act, monolithically obstructed by the very Republicans who were elected in droves in the 2010 mid-terms promising jobs which they never delivered or even attempted to address while instead they devoted the lion's share of their energy to serial symbolic repeals of the Affordable Healthcare Act, passing anti-abortion measures, and failing even to keep to the lights on like all previous legislatures can at any rate be minimally counted on to manage -- recall the Debt Ceiling debacle). I eagerly await the sputtering bile with which you will respond to a public registration of that reality. Meanwhile, to continue to the flip side of that coin Republicans (even the ones who do not constantly signal their racism with dog whistles both racists and the targets of their racism understand perfectly well) are constantly attacking communities of color, devastating public education, public sector jobs, public transportation infrastructure, access to healthcare, and so on. Of course, you are a disgusting racist asshole so you would attribute people voting in their own best interest and against those who denigrate them to their own "racism."
There is no reason to pretend it is possible to have a serious intellectual conversation with you. America is a demographically diversifying and secularizing nation, the white racist Southern Strategy the Republicans depended on to divide working class southerners while they continued to dismantle the welfare state and demolish organized labor so that their corporate-military plutocracy could prevail even in a notionally representational democracy is failing before it managed to dismantle the New Deal and Great Society programs it so despises. Enough of that fledgling social democracy still exists to function as a foundation on which an actually functional social democracy can be built and sustained, which in turn can support a more equitable and diverse democratic society in which marginal hate groups (including racists like you) and parochial plutocrats can be limited in the damage they do enough for people to work together to solve their shared problems. That is the larger context in which to understand the panic and intensity of the demonstrable racism of Tea Party activism and partisan disenfranchisement efforts in states under GOP control at present. I truly expect the weeks immediately following Obama's election to a second term will unleash a wave of stunning white-racist violence and hate of a kind that will provoke such horror in the American mainstream that Movement Republicanism will perish then and there, though I truly fear who might perish in the meantime.
Your reference to "Big Data" is interesting since, of course, the Obama administration is using "Big Data" to an unprecedented extent in their campaign strategies. That is why, for example, they continued to hit Romney hard on his vulture capitalism even when many Democratic pundits and big city pols dependent on financial sector donors expressed dismay at this choice. Polling has demonstrated the wisdom of the Obama focus on the data obtained from rigorous and fine-grained polling. If any party seems vulnerable to exposures of p2p-mediation it is the Republicans -- who are forever stumbling into semi-public admissions that find their way to YouTube to the ruination of the campaigns revealing the horrifying details of their extreme anti-abortion anti-contraception anti-gay anti-secular anti-science anti-democracy agenda. What constant documentation has revealed at the top of the GOP ticket is that Romney will say anything to anybody to win power in the moment and that Ryan is devoted to an anarcho-capitalist pseudo-intellectual Ayn Rand who wrote terminally awful bodice-ripper novels and yet whose anti-big government stance doesn't keep him from advocating a police state to control women from making health care decisions about their own bodies and whose pro-individualism stance doesn't keep him from refusing queer citizens the equal right to the pursuit of happiness on their own terms, and whose so-called budget hawkery didn't keep him from voting to pursue two illegal immoral unnecessary ruinous wars of choice without paying for them or a prescription drug benefit without paying for it or tax cuts for the rich without explaining where the revenue would come from to balance the budget (something he and Romney are doing yet again now to an even greater extent), and who likes to bask in the praise of his wonkery even when his math never adds up.
Like most hate-mongering know-nothing assholes you feel sure that reality will "reveal" the deep truth of your deep knowledge of a world in which white people are at the apex of the pyramid of awesomeness when the truth is that white people -- like me! -- are just people, no better, no worse than anybody else, no more no less capable of helping or undermining the shared work of progress toward sustainability and equity-in-diversity, no more no less worthy of attention, reward, authority, right than anybody else.
Without white racism no Republican would occupy any position in government. As I said, this doesn't make every Republican a white racist, nor does it mean that any Republican owes their office solely or even mostly to white racism. But the belief in white supremacy has a home in the GOP and is factored in GOP strategies in ways that has no correlate in the Democratic Party. What I said is true, and you also know it is true. It is an utterly damning truth in my view. It is easy to see why you do not agree. You, too, are damned: every year to greater marginality in a diversifying secularizing planetizing democratizing society in which white supremacy makes less and less sense to anybody and exercises less and less destructive force on everybody (very much including white people).