There’s a phrase I like to use called terminal stupidity. That means people who make decisions so stupid it threatens their own existence. That phrase applies to many of the young black conservatives who were corralled into the White House for the Young Black Leadership Summit by token-du-jour Candace Owens. Blavity dubbed the conference “the Sunken Place Summit,” after a scene from Jordan Peele’s groundbreaking horror film “Get Out.”
This all went down while President Donald Trump failed to condemn a white supremacist who walked into a Kentucky grocery store and killed two black senior citizens, one in front of his grandson. Gregory Bush, a domestic terrorist, had also tried to enter a black church and carry out an attack similar to Dylan Roof’s assault on a black church in South Carolina.
However, Owens is on a Quixotic campaign to try to convince other African Americans to leave the Democratic Party. The so-called Brexit movement seems to exist in Owens’ head and Trump’s imagination because there is no statistical evidence showing this. Most of the evidence shows black voters are particularly riled up against the GOP because of massive voter suppression in places like Georgia. Georgia Sec. of State Brian Kemp, who’s running for governor against Democrat Stacey Abrams, has been linked to scrubbing at least 300,000 names from the voter rolls. And most of them are black voters.
Shermichael Singleton, a Republican political consultant, said these actions made it tough to convince black people to vote GOP.
“There are a lot of African-Americans who will say ‘Yes, I am conservative on a lot of things,’” said Singleton on MSNBC. “But with the current Republican Party, they will never vote Republican. And Alex, I got to tell you, I don’t blame them — and many times I am beginning to ask myself.”
But it’s not just voter suppression. The GOP has a major white supremacist problem. Black conservatives like to say the Democrats were the party that backed slavery and Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. But the parties realigned in the mid-part of the 20th century. Democrats supported the New Deal and Civil Rights and the Republican Party allied with the neo-Confederates and racists.
And that’s still alive today. Trump, a Yankee, has pandered to neo-Confederates, even though I doubt he cares about the Civil War. And, as I have repeatedly said, his White House included white nationalists such as Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller (a Jewish neo-Nazi) and Sebastian Gorka, an actual card-carrying Nazi! Last week, Trump declared himself a nationalist, he just left out the white part.
Almost every week, a Republican is revealed to have made a racist statement or been a member of a white supremacist organization. Kemp was recently pictured with James Stachowiak, a white supremacist who has called for black people to be shot on sight.
Some Republicans are finally waking up to the fact that Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is a virulent racist, even though he’s been making awful statements for more than a decade. King declared white people have contributed more to civilization than any other race, he complained that “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” he’s retweeted white nationalist messages and he’s met with European neo-Nazis, and Republicans are just figuring this out now?
Some conservatives such as writer Max Boot and former Rep. Joe Scarborough final admit that their party has been in bed with the devil. Scarborough revealed this on “Morning Joe,” earlier this week.
“I never believed what liberals said about us all along. I never believed there was this undercurrent in the Republican party of racism, nativism, anti-semitism. We spent our entire lives telling people it wasn’t true. I’ll be damned, I’m 55 years old. Bingo, they had us exactly right. They had the party exactly right,” said Scarborough.
There is an argument to be made about the Democratic Party taking black voters for granted, but aligning with a party that has an explicitly white nationalist agenda is not the answer. I don’t see how black people fit into their plans.
As I wrote in a previous column, alt-right poster boy Richard Spencer would literally like to deport all black people back to Africa. And Trump just announced a ridiculous plan to eliminate birthright citizenship. Someone failed to tell him that would require amending the constitution, which would need a two-thirds vote from both the Senate and the House, or two-thirds of state houses voting for it.
Eliminating birthright citizenship is a long-term goal of white nationalists who want to reduce the population and influence of non-white Americans. It fits in with their goal of making America white again, according to former white supremacist Derek Black.
“The government itself is carrying through a lot of the beliefs (white nationalist groups) have and a lot of the goals — things like limiting immigration, and as of today, the goal of ending birthright citizenship,” said Black in an interview with the New York Daily News.
However, the Grio reported that Cordell Erskine, who attended the Young Black Leadership Summit, said that he was the son of undocumented immigrants. So he supports a party that would strip citizenship from him. Now that’s terminal stupidity.