thanks charles and where may i collect my medal for having a lower regard for logic reason and the laws of our country?
Hey ladies, it's me again, sounding off from Bologna, home to the oldest university in the (western) world, and also temporary stick-up for me, Tsering, while I wait for the Chinese consulate to get their shit together and mail me my passport.
I saw a video today that made me think, really got me thunk, all around just a thunking think piece. Rep. Steve King (R-IA), known shitlord and puked-up racist bag of mothballs, got into it with Rep. Cedric D̶i̶g̶g̶o̶r̶y̶ Richmond (D-LA) in a debate on speeding up the deportation of illegal unaccompanied minors (guess who argued what?). In possibly the dullest, most transparent attempt at linking minorities to crime since Trump calling Mexicans rapists (if you don't believe me, this happened honey look it up), Rep. King compared the murder rate of Guatemala City to that of New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina. Rep. Richmond, being the representative from the district in which New Orleans is located, and also being the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, and also being a decent human being, fired back immediately, cutting off Rep. King to say "we're going to lose all civility in this committee if he thinks it's appropriate to compare New Orleans to Guatemala."
This was the statement at which the closet racists started worming out of their subterranean crypts to remark on with their trademark punch-me-and-daddy-will-sue nasally tones. From a viral Facebook video on this topic, one man commented
"The other Congressman was merely stating facts. like it or not it is the facts. If you don't like it. tough shitt."
Another said "The hell are you talking about the rep from Iowa stated facts in comparing two locations, and right on cue someone couldn't stand facts being thrown at him so he goes straight to racism, violence and white privilege."
Scroll a little further down the comments section (terrible advice in general, sorry) and you'll see "Yeah facts are a hard pill for Dems to swallow instead of accepting facts for facts they make into a race or victim issue because they have no way of solving issues because they helped create the mess to begin with !"
Okay, so this is a pretty common feeling then. Familiar, overused trope of a Democrat getting all righteous and indignant about white privilege, while the cool-headed Republican busts out some mad F A C T S that you can take to the bank to trade for some cool hard confederate notes. However, the Democrats/liberals on the page were pretty vocally anti-King and pro-Richmond.
"What?! My head is still spinning?! Hurricane Katrina happened 11 yrs. ago, when Bush was President. Unaccompanied minors from Central America started migrating to the US about 3 yrs. ago because of violence in the region. The gentleman are talking about 2 different countries, El Salvador and Guatemala, it may not matter to some of you, but it matters when you know the difference AND live in New orleans!!! These are our leaders?!😑 Uninformed, uneducated, insensitive racist assholes!😠"
"It is about time a democrat had the BALLS to stand up to this bigot. This bigot has said many but many derogatory remarks about minorities. It is about dammm time."
"Actually Congressman Richmond, you DO have the basis to compare Senator King to someone in the Klan. You don't have to look hard to find the many many racist things he's said." (Rep. Richmond said he wouldn't compare Rep. King to a member of the Klan, for the same reason that Rep. King should not compare New Orleans to Guatemala)
So it's clear that the ideological divide here is not only a different understanding of what it means to compare the two cities, but also a different take on what the representatives, well, represent: Rep. King, to righters, is the face of rationality, and to lefters, is a distasteful remnant of Redeemer South, while Rep. Richmond is a whiny liberal to the GOP and an out-spoken activist to the liberals. Getting into the bases of these differences would take another thirty posts, but it's interesting to acknowledge.
Anyway, getting back to the point: the comparison between New Orleans and Guatemala City. Let's understand this comparison from an angle that a more conservative person might find palatable: the military.
If Rep. Cedric Richmond said "GOP Chad is a member of the US Military, an organization rife with hushed-up allegations of rape, much like the American prison industry," would GOP Chad be annoyed by his word choice? Those claims are all facts. You could say the comparison to prisons is just a way to illustrate the claims about the military. But then why would one be annoyed by that statement? The military and prisons may have similar issues of rape, but innocently comparing the two invites further comparison between other elements -- it's like saying the military is similar to prisons, and that soldiers are similar to prisoners.
When Rep. King compared Guatemala City to New Orleans, he knew exactly what kind of reaction he would provoke. You can't compare the two just based on the crime rate and expect objective analysis across the board. You'll get people shrugging their shoulders, grousing "guess New Orleans is no better than that dirty Guatemala City," especially when the quality compared is crime rates. New Orleans has a majority of inhabitants of color. It is not a far reach at all to think that Rep. King is saying people of color lead to high crime rates -- combined with his remarks in the past against illegal immigration and the crime immigrants bring, he insinuates that PoC also do not belong in the US.
Let's not forget that Rep. King is the guy who literally said, VERBATIM, honey, that "I'd ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you're talking about, where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?"
The comparison between NO and GC, one of the crime capitals of the world, is to the intentional detriment of NO's reputation. Once you get the idea in someone's head that NO and GC are similar, you anchor them to the idea that NO, and its primarily of color citizens, are as problematic and criminal as GC.
Anyway, fight the power, and fuck Rep. King.