Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Stephen Bannon appointment triggers surge of whiteophobia - Ed Straker

by Ed Straker

Actually, it is easier to see Harry Reid's longtime support for Ku Klux Klan leader and fellow Democrat Senator Robert Byrd as evidence of support for White Supremacists at the highest levels of the Democratic Party

Stephen Bannon's appointment as chief strategist for Donald Trump has triggered a disturbing surge of whiteophobia in the media. Whiteophobia is the irrational fear of white people and the fear that white people might do you harm, even in a white-majority country where Asian and African-like massacres, rapes, and genocide are unknown; even in a country where tens of millions of non-white immigrants flood through the borders; even in a country where white rulers have been doing their best for decades to make America as non-white as possible through unchecked immigration.

Witness this typical whiteophobic response in the Huffington Post, the go-to source for white liberals whose unending guilt for their Caucasian birth torments them like a hot poker under the driver's seat of a Prius:
At Breitbart, Bannon helped make the hardline populist website a go-to resource for white nationalists and the alt-right, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups [as long as they are white].
What exactly is a "white nationalist"? It is defined by people who are attached to the concept of a "white nation." Well, America is a white-majority nation (still). It was a white nation in its founding and has been overwhelmingly so for centuries. But the HuffPo seems to mean it in a pejorative way, preferring white people over people of other races, perhaps like "Black Lives Matter" and "La Raza" (which means "The Race").

But what has Bannon's Breitbart published that has promoted the "white race"?
Breitbart has propagated conspiracy theories, like Planned Parenthood having Nazi ties ...
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, has been quoted talking about eliminating genetically "unfit" people through abortions.
... or Clinton aide Huma Abedin being a spy for Saudi Arabia.
There is no evidence that Huma has ever been a spy; all we know is that her family has ties to the terrorist group the Muslim Brotherhood. In any event, what does accusing Abedin have to do with "white nationalism"? Nothing.
The website traffics in misogynist and racist stories; it frames women who push back against harassment or gender bias as weak and incompetent and portrays people of color and immigrants as inherently criminal.
Let's play along and accept for the moment that Breitbart published misogynist stories. If true, what would that have to do with "white nationalism"? Nothing. How can white nationalism exist without white women?
As for portraying "people of color" and "immigrants" as "inherently criminal," Breitbart has not done that. What it has done is report on the epidemic of black-on-black crime, and crime caused by refugees and illegal immigrants. Does reporting facts make one a "white nationalist"?
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) spokesman Adam Jentleson said Trump's choice of Bannon "signals that White Supremacists will be represented at the highest levels in Trump's White House. "
"It is easy to see why the KKK views Trump as their champion," he added.
Actually, it is easier to see Harry Reid's longtime support for Ku Klux Klan leader and fellow Democrat Senator Robert Byrd as evidence of support for White Supremacists at the highest levels of the Democratic Party.

The whiteophobic response to Bannon's appointment is troubling. I think the HuffPo's problem with Bannon is about not alleged white supremacy, but his history of failing to kowtow to all the left's sacred cows – feminists, illegal aliens, Middle Eastern refugees.

Just think about the double standard: when a Muslim massacres white people, liberals are the first to say, "Don't blame Muslims! Oh, no, we worry about Islamophobia!" But when a white person even says something deemed insensitive, we never hear liberals say, "Most white people are good! We worry about a backlash against white people!" Instead we have (had) people like Hillary Clinton saying, in a presidential debate, that most people (presumably whites) have racism in them.

Question for discussion:

1) If liberals could go out of their personal bubbles and actually have contact with white people who don't feel guilty about being white, do you think that might counteract their whiteophobia?

2) Do you think a community awareness workshop conducted in a non-triggering safe space could cure liberals of their whiteophobia?

Ed Straker is the senior writer at


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