So the White Man March was both a bust in itself and a boon for Twitter humor. How many White Power People showed up across the nation with their “genocide” banners? 50? “Multicultural diversity is genocide” – that’s their rally cry? Genocide of what? Genocide of barbershop quartets? Genocide of turkey stuffing? Sorry, I’ll take jazz and rock and/or roll (but leave me and my mayo alone!).
But, while we mock, we should also be aware that the constant pushing by the extremists allow more space for racists and misogynists to seem moderate in comparison and to cause greater harm. Let’s look this through three aspects.
1 – White Backlash Twitter.
About a third of Twitter users worldwide are black, which means that the African Diaspora has more influence on the Tweeting Machines than in other media presence. It also means black people can speak for and as themselves, whereas in some spaces misrepresentation and sloppy characterizations (at best) run the day. So, you can believe that the hashtag #WhiteManMarchProtestSigns was successful and funny with thousands upon thousands of entries.
@sarahsside: Rosa Parks sat in front of the bus and ended racism so there! #WhiteManMarchProtestSigns
@suey_park: You’re the one who made it about race! #WhiteManMarchProtestSigns
@AngryBlackLady: SOME OF MY BEST SLAVES WERE BLACK! #WhiteManMarchProtestSigns
@ChiefElk: “If You Give The Indians Back Riverton, Wyoming, What’s Next? The Whole Country? Disenfranchisement!” #WhiteManMarchProtestSigns
@elonjames: White males are under attack! We’re only 90% of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies! IT USED TO BE 100% #WhiteManMarchProtestSigns
@Karnythia: #WhiteManMarchProtestSigns How dare you reap the benefits of your own labor?!
Unfortunately, you can also believe that conservative White Male Supremacists co-opted the h/t to spread their particular brand of vicious misconceptions and lies.
@mrgeology may have come out on top – which is to say, bottom – on this front with posters such as the one where Black ultra-conservatives like Alan Keyes, Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain are living Martin Luther King’s Dream because they’re judged by content of their character, not the color of their skin. Which is really an odd and blatantly racist thing to say now – a white man just made it obvious that he’s judging blackness as objectively bad and that it takes “good” character (ie, agreeing with him) to be seen as worthy of humanity.
JPOutlook2: White traitors say they’re anti-racist, but what they really are is anti-white. #WhiteManMarch #WhiteManMarchProtestSigns
Other tweets abounded about how the Democrat Party is the REAL racist party because, you know, the KKK a hundred years ago. Judging by the pure volume (and funnies), anti-racist Twitter won this round easily. But as watching the Clone Wars on Netflix is reminding me, don’t underestimate the power of the evil side of the Force.
2 – Bill O’Reilly.
Remember that white conservative men tend to fetishize black female bodies. It’s a remnant of the slave trade, and Bill OhReally seems to have been smitten with this same objectifying and conquering racist misogyny. Take his recent demands to Valerie Jarrett that Michelle Obama appear on his show to tell young black women to stop having babies. Of course O’Reilly isn’t going to address any of the myriad and complex issues fraught with teen pregnancy of black youth – lack of access to quality birth control, jobs, reproductive health being but a few – because that would be NOT racist and sexist of him. And if there’s one thing two things O’Reilly isn’t, it’s not-not sexist and not-not racist. Who needs a Million White Men March when several million white men plop down to his dreck every night? They don’t even have to march – just vote a couple times every other year.
And you know they will.
3 – Organizer of the White Man March, Kyle Hunt, says he’ll run for president in 2020.
Based on his experience putting together this rally, we have reason to fear… never. Ok, so he won’t ever come close to being president or being taken seriously personally, and I doubt he’d ever hold any elected office (his chances sound next-to-nothing even in a state legislature if his organizational skills are any indication). But think about the draw of connection – the understanding that, “Hey, I’m not alone in thinking this.” Other White Racists and Men’s Rights Activists coming out of the proverbial antebellum closet. Think about how having someone like Fred Phelps around allows other homophobes to say, “Hey, at least I’m not like that guy!” Even as they harm human beings in the process. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz can seem lovable by comparison. “At least we’re not like Kyle Hunt!” Even as they try to enact laws and decrees that are not far removed from Kyle Hunt’s ideologies of harming People of Color and females.
Remember that some ideas are dangerous when they harm others. And White Supremacy and Male Supremacy harm people.
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