This anti-Black racism extended to Jews and Catholics as well.
They are not white supremacist America; they are at war with America.
It's not about exploitation; it's about removal.
Usually they track 20-25 white nationalist candidates; this election cycle they tracked 300-350+
The only way to defeat them is by PRESENTING AN ALTERNATIVE VISION OF THE FUTURE.
Equitable, just, with shared prosperity.
Most importantly: we must be hypocrisy-free.
I'm not an optimist, but I am hopeful. This conference is what a multi-racial democracy looks like. We'll give you the tools, but you must get to work."
Bold statement: the reason we're not able to charge and prosecute the Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys to date comes down to both sidesism at play in Portland.
We are the civil power and we can stop them from bringing this violence to our city and streets.
Which is counter-productive (duh).
Americans disagree w their racist BS, but they're under-informed about who's doing what and how and why.
[Also, this data is national, but Oregon stats mirror the findings.]
It's cultural anxiety about demographic shifts and amplified by rise of Trump.
(These fools are fine w authoritarianism, BTW, as long as it keeps Amerikkka white.)
We need to:
✔️ EDUCATE PEOPLE
✔️ Continue to chip away at economic disparities
✔️ Organize around shared POSITIVE vision of the future/sense of place
I'm telling you: toeing the "good people on both sides" line will be the death of American democracy.