Jim Goad writing in Taki's Magazine
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Yesterday I saw Donald Trump speak live at a rally in downtown Atlanta, and I stand here before God and man to report that not once did he mention the topic of race.
Trump was greeted by a rapturous crowd that was almost entirely white...
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More than half of his opening speakers were black.
They didn’t make a point of being black - like so many black people do these days in the name of, er, fighting “racism.”
Meanwhile the Democrats and liberals and progressives and communists and Alinskyites never shut the frig up for a nanosecond about race, all while accusing those who never talk about race of being racists.
Maybe I’d believe that their true motives were anti-racist if they were to, oh, stop shitting on white people for half a second.
We live in a society that is reputedly white supremacist, yet if any white person is not openly apologetic for their skin color, they instantly commit career and social harakiri. In this “white supremacist” climate, you’re a racist simply if you don’t self-flagellate for being white. The idea that we currently live in a white supremacist society is the biggest "Big Lie" I’ve witnessed in my lifetime.
On the other side of America’s two-party schism you have Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders openly and explicitly courting black and Hispanic voters... yet this is magically never framed as racial pandering.
Trump, on the other hand, doesn’t make a peep about white people, yet somehow he’s the Exalted Cyclops. The fact that white nationalists love him as if he were a big bowl of vanilla ice cream with whipped topping and marshmallow jimmies is mostly due to the fact the he refuses to bow down and grovel before the Gods of Critical Race Theory.
To my knowledge Trump has never uttered a word implying it’s great to be white; he simply doesn’t seem to feel a need to apologize for it, either. He doesn’t even seem to comprehend why race might matter. But modern American culture and taboos have tilted so lopsidedly in an anti-white direction, merely refusing to feel guilty for being white is depicted as the vilest and most violent form of racial bigotry imaginable.
I believe that race matters, but in Trump’s case I feel it’s largely an intentional diversion on the part of his enemies. I’ve listened to hours of Trump’s speeches and don’t ever recall him using the phrases “white people” or “white voters” or “white Americans.” Nor do I ever recall him taking a swipe at someone for his or her ethnicity — only their religion if it happens to be Islam.
In his own odd way, Trump is even mildly PC. When he criticizes China’s or Mexico’s trade policies, he’s always extraordinarily careful to note that he loves Chinese people and Mexican people and that their leaders are far smarter than ours. He even goes out of his way to say he has a “great relationship with the blacks.” Again and again he says the people he truly hates are the ones in charge of this country who are rapidly selling it piece-by-piece to other countries. This billionaire’s focus is economic rather than ethnic. Nearly every word out of his mouth suggests that he’s a die-hard economic nationalist.
Trump extemporized about how Apple computers are made in China and how Ford, Nabisco, and Carrier Air Conditioner are packing up and leaving for Mexico. He also said that the only way to combat Chinese and Mexican economic nationalism was to slap a 35% tax on any imports from expatriate American corporations who try to peddle their foreign-made wares in the USA. This theme — a tragic loss of American economic sovereignty — was a primary motif back when he announced his candidacy, yet the press completely glossed over this and fixated over one brief but - factually accurate statement - that Mexico was sending rapists and criminals to America.
Despite the fact that Trump hammers on economic issues and hardly ever makes a whisper about ethnic issues, the press seems content to call him a bigot and a hater and every other scare word that whips most people in line these days.
One might be forgiven for noticing that the media and the leftists (as if there’s a substantive difference) that assail Trump hone in entirely on race and completely gloss over Trump’s far more voluminous comments about economic globalism and the outsourcing of America’s industrial base. They don’t want to touch that issue with a ten-foot selfie stick.
Trump says that global trade policies have raped the USA economically, and he’s right. But simply because he doesn’t make a habit of blaming everything that’s wrong with the country on “racism,” Godwin’s Law is invoked as if it were the Eleventh Commandment.
I’ve felt for years that all this witch-hunting and moral hysteria over race is little more than a diversion and a deliberately sustained form of PSYOP to terrify anyone about complaining over the fact their jobs are either being shipped to foreign countries or handed to recent...immigrants who are willing to work for less.
Before Trump’s speech, as some friends and I huddled outside the Georgia World Congress Center in the rain peeping at the other attendees in line — an endless array of Average Southern White Folks — a friend said, “These are people who have absolutely no voice in politics or the media.”
Trump speaks to a maligned, mistreated, and disregarded demographic that the elites of both parties view not as a constituency but as an obstacle.
[And, yet,] even though this constituency is majority-white, Trump is never the one who points this out - only his enemies do.
The Trumpsters who have been awakened by The Trumpening have been systematically beaten down and silenced into a sort of learned helplessness. And then comes Trump speaking directly to them — but far more to their economic anxieties than to their ethnic ones. Sure, they love Trump because he represents a huge wet sloppy unapologetic fart in the face of all the Cultural Revolution-style witch-hunting madness of the Obama years. But I think they love him even more because he’s the first presidential candidate in memory to speak directly to their completely legitimate economic anxieties.
The America of my childhood was much whiter, but it was also much more prosperous.
My father grew up in the Great Depression and fought in WWII, but even without a high-school diploma he owned a house outright when he was my age and bought a new car every three years.
And... back in that oppressively patriarchal society... he acquired all these things without my mom even having to work.