Brownshirts(aka Stormtroopers), crucial in the Nazi’s increase to power prior to The second world war, were popular for violent bullying, intimidation, and callous killing of Germany’s left-wing intellectuals and Jews.
The attacks they devoted, in service to the Nazi program, on the mankind of individuals whom they believed less worthwhile than they, are well-documented– and declined: “Never Again.”
So declined that when, in 2017, neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “Blood and Soil”– when President Donald Trump stopped working to condemn them claiming there were “really great individuals on both sides”– the odious connection to Brownshirts was clear.
Trump’s failure to condemn those neo-Nazis and anti-Semites– at a minute when the nation needed authority and ethical clearness– was a seminal moment in his administration.
The failure of Trump’s followers– including a large bulk of the nation’s white Christian evangelical neighborhood– to condemn him at that minute, was equally seminal, and their continuous assistance continues to the embarassment of this nation.
So encouraging are they of Trump’s embrace of anti-Semites, racists, and white supremacists that when his administration unlawfully deployed government forces versus peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square, unlawfully deployed unidentified camouflaged forces to abduct demonstrators and attack moms with tear gas in Portland, his fans cheered.
Today, his fans can’t openly work on racist tropes advocating white supremacy. They definitely can’t work on whether Americans are better off, more secure, healthier, or happier, than they were 4 years earlier.
The truth is that for Donald Trump, for lots of Americans, the economy is now the method they speak about race.
For that reason, his advocates– in New Hampshire and across the nation– have actually significantly selected to present themselves as prioritizing the economy. If the economy, his supplicants argue, might recover, all other concerns would be ameliorated.
“It is what it is.”
His sycophants, living in islands of white advantage, have pertained to think that America exists mostly to safeguard them from malign forces and guarantee their financial security.
How fortunate one should feel that a person can frame the crisis in America as being a financial one without having to reference popular pandemic and bigotry– all disproportionately impacting minority communities.
How privileged one must feel not to be obliged to discuss that in 20 weeks over 50 million people have filed for unemployment benefits, not to be concerned about the millions lacking, or losing, medical insurance.
How oblivious one should be to believe this is about the economy; who believe that “most folks would be extremely pleased if we might initially get a little closer to the growing economy, plentiful jobs and increasing incomes we delighted in prior to coronavirus back in 2019.”
“It is what it is.”
Truth is that the pre-pandemic economy was tracking specifically along the trajectory jump-started by President Obama after the Great Economic downturn.
Reality is that during President Obama’s last three years– Black unemployment fell from 11.9% to 7.9%, while throughout Trump’s very first three years Black unemployment fell from 7.9% to 5.8%– and after that in June, 2020, leapt to 15.4%, one-third higher than white joblessness.
The reality is that our economy is tanking today– across almost all sectors– due to the fact that Trump’s administration, unlike almost every other developed nation, has so incompetently and corruptly dealt with the pandemic that healing is at least months away and is affecting every aspect of American life.
While it holds true that the stock exchange might recover– perhaps even hit brand-new highs– the stock exchange is not the economy: It’s small businesses and start-ups, vital employees without medical insurance who can’t separate, working parents without access to day care, instructors afraid of schools resuming without proper resources.
The truth is that as the afflict continues to ravage the economy it’s benefiting less Americans– mainly white and fortunate ones.
This week countless jobless employees lost unemployment benefits due to the fact that a handful of Trump’s minions think that $600/week is too generous– that it encourages laziness.
“It is what it is.”
America’s deeply in debt, deeply divided. Food insecure households wait in unlimited food lines that extend throughout the landscape, people being forced out collect possessions curbside, healthcare facilities teeter on the edge of full capability.
5 million Americans contaminated; 160,000 dead– disproportionately from minority neighborhoods.
In the face of all this Trump displays neither empathy nor compassion.
“It is what it is.”
From Flint, Mich., to Louisiana’s Cancer Alley– as Trump eliminates more EPA defenses– communities of color shoulder an out of proportion problem of the nation’s contamination; studies show that Black people are 75% most likely than others to reside in “fence-line communities,” near centers that produce hazardous waste.
Trump no longer speaks in “dog whistles”; he’s degenerated to utilizing racist tropes like protecting “the Suburban Way Of Life Dream,” to protecting Confederate flags and monuments, to stigmatizing refugees and immigrants.
He describes Americans who kneel in assistance of Black Lives Matter as “disgraceful” and states he’s done more for Black Americans than almost anybody– perhaps even more, he declares, than Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson.
BLM, which started in 2013, is both a movement and a company. As a movement it’s supported by nearly 70% of Americans. As an organization (blacklivesmatter.com) it does have Marxist dispositions, however that’s not what’s mobilizing Americans– it’s the movement for justice that’s sustaining the protests.
Fifteen million to 26 million Americans have peacefully demonstrated because George Floyd was lynched, considering that Breonna Taylor was killed. While some protests were penetrated by some rioters, vandals, and arsonists who used peaceful protest as shields– from Antifa on the left to Boogaloos and Hells Angels on the right– the scale of violence was tiny compared to overwhelming, tranquil public support of the movement. Undoubtedly, maybe 29 related deaths– including of a law enforcement officer– have actually occurred.
That’s a fatality rate of 0.000001115%, compared to the truth that by Nov. 3, 2020, it’s expected that over 200,000 Americans will have passed away as an outcome of COVID-19, the 4th greatest per capita death rate internationally.
The bottom line is that all who support Trump today– however they might’ve been seduced into at first supporting him in 2016– are a brand-new iteration of Brownshirt and are complicit with Trump’s stoking of perceived complaints, complicit with his bullying, intimidation, and racism; complicit with yearning for the conservation of white supremacy.
“I will state flatly that the bulk of this nation’s white population impresses me, and has so pleased me for a long time, as being beyond any possible hope of ethical rehabilitation,” James Baldwin informed the New york city Times in 1968. “They have actually been white, if I may so put it, too long.”
White, too long!
(Robert Azzi, a photographer and author who lives in Exeter, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His columns are archived at theotherazzi.wordpress.com.)