The Culture of Bigotry

"The World Can’t Wait organizes people living in the United States to repudiate and stop the fascist direction initiated by the Bush Regime, including: the murderous, unjust and illegitimate occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan; the global “war of terror” of torture, rendition and spying; and the culture of bigotry, intolerance and greed."

-from World Can't Wait's mission statement adopted 2009

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Real History Lessons

Xenophobia and Racism: They're in the Republican Party's DNA

Steven Jonas | March 29, 2021

Steve Jonas has provided us with a brief background to the Republican Party's history of xenophobia and racism.

chinese exclusionAt the recent House of Representatives hearing on the mass shooting of Asians in Georgia and more generally on the massive rise in anti-Asian hate crimes since Trump and other Republicans began referring to the COVID-19 pandemic as the "China flu" ( and worse), Cong. Chip (on-his-shoulder) Roy of Texas spoke fondly of lynching as a way to achieve what in his mind passes as justice and then subsequently doubled-down on his estimate of the value of this particular method of racist murder.

Then the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (in both attacking a reporter and using racist tropes, definitely in the running for the "next Trump") blew up when a reporter asked him about the propriety of using terms like "kung flu" or "China virus," giving every indication that he had no problem with the term.

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Anti-Asian Violence at Imperialist Scale

Debra Sweet | March 25, 2021

The spike in physical and verbal attacks on Asian American Pacific Islanders in the U.S. is horrific, unacceptable and predictable. Think, for example, that Asians were the first group of human beings specifically excluded from immigrating here in 1882 and, for another example, 74 million people who voted for Trump after he called COVID-19 the "China virus."  Anti-Asian hate crimes reported to police in the largest U.S. cities jumped nearly 150% in 2020, says the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

Investigators of crimes start by looking for patterns. What more profound pattern could you find then that of an empire built on the destruction of native peoples and enslavement of millions from Africa and stealing parts of Mexico? The patterns continue from there: the U.S. built into a colonial power by invading and exploiting the Philippines, Puerto Rico and other countries in the Caribbean, Hawai'i and other Pacific islands. The ruling forces saw World War II as an opportunity to expand, becoming an imperialist superpower, controlling the global capitalist economy, knocking out rivals via military invasion, assassinations (Lumumba, for instance) and by economic strangulation. Look at what are called the Vietnam War and the Korean War and what was done to Cambodia and Laos.

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Racism and Genocide in the United States

Tom Keough | December 21, 2020

 
Dec. 17 1951 Paul Robeson presents We Charge Genocide to UN Secretariat

 Paul Robeson presents

"We Charge Genocide" to the UN Secretariat,

Dec. 17, 1951.

There have been several attempts in the past 75 years by people in the U.S. to get some help from the UN to do something about the genocide of Black and indigenous people in the U.S. by police. Just a couple of years ago, for example, Michael Brown's parents led a march to the UN headquarters in Manhattan. Paul Robeson, William L. Patterson, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis and many others presented evidence of genocide to the UN in NYC and Paris in 1951. 

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American Fascism Inspires White Nationalist Movements in Countries Around the World

Curt Wechsler | April 7, 2019

The membership of American white-nationalist movements has grown by more than 600% since 2012, found extremism researcher J.M. Berger in a 2016 study. "Today, they outperform ISIS in nearly every social metric, from follower counts to tweets per day." Through an unrelenting barrage of daily outrages and twitter outbursts, the Trump/Pence regime is radically remaking society - step by step hammering into place a vicious American fascism. This is not insult or exaggeration, it is what they are doing.

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"The President of the United States Is a White Nationalist, Is a White Supremacist," Concludes Mychal Denzel Smith. "That Is Who He Is."

Curt Wechsler | August 11, 2018

He's hardly the only one rejecting 'civil' discussion of Trump's legitimacy. "We've known he's a racist since at least 1989, when he tried to get the Central Park Five killed -- executed for a crime they did not commit," Smith says. "And maybe before that, when he wouldn't rent any of his properties to black people."

10MUYUMBA-jumbo-v2On the eve of the 'Unite the Right' rally in Washington, DC,  the Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching author slamed the president on national TV over his National Football League tweets against black players. "In seeing the NFL players be insubordinate and not deferential to a white supremacist notion of what country and fealty to country should be, he is calling for them to bend a knee to him, to say to them that they need to recognize their place, to not step out of line, to entertain us, to be the black bodies that entertain us," Smith continued.

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The Dangers of Mike Pence

Harley | May 9, 2018

The call to impeach Trump has been stated by many, but impeaching Trump means that Mike Pence would become the next president. To some, this is an even scarier option than Trump: not only because of his conservative beliefs, but because of his prior political experience and the controversial laws he has signed into effect.

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NO BAN, NO WALL IV

Cecile Pineda | May 1, 2018

One of my readers recently remarked that, by addressing themes of immigration, and immigrant detention and deportation, this newsletter seemed to be wandering off topic.  I hereby remind readers that the issue continues and will always be personal to me: much of my childhood misery originates from my Mexican father’s undocumented status.  In the years before my birth, the U. S. suffered one of its periodic attacks of xenophobia, deporting up to 2,000,000 Mexicans. My father had every good reason to live in fear—despite his many advanced degrees, despite his exceptional linguistic abilities. But more centrally, the overarching topic is and always has been the total oppression which subsumes all other issues, and to which all other issues are related.

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United States of Denial

Curt Wechsler | March 30, 2018

From the American "foundational atrocity" of slavery to the ascendance of German Nazification in the 1930s, a refusal of collective responsibility hindered a national reckoning for state-sponsored terror. It also enabled the forced displacement of millions of "undesirables," a policy now embraced by President Trump, along with the hideous programs advocated by his new cabinet-designates: preemptive war and torture, both war crimes.

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Comparison of ICE Raids to Nazi-era Roundups Is Hard to Avoid

Curt Wechsler | March 14, 2018

The French term for targeted arrest of wartime Jews was rafle; in Denmark and the Netherlands, the practice was called razzia. The Polish lapanka can be translated as "to catch." By any name, the German tactic of enforced deportation was illegal and immoral, condemned as a war crime under international law. 

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War Is Peace, Bad Is Good, and Mike Pompeo Is a Diplomat

Curt Wechsler | March 14, 2018

tilersonIf confirmed as secretary of state, the former Kansas congressman "would become the first person to have served as both the United States' top spy and top diplomat," notes The New York Times reporter Scott Shane. "In the new job, Mr. Pompeo would no longer be constrained by the strictures of impartial intelligence analysis...

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The Changing Nature of Tyranny

Curt Wechsler  | Feburary 14, 2018

Whether Trump/Pence is a direct replica of the Nazi regime has little relevance compared to the serious challenges he poses, argues Henry Giroux at Truthout. When people with power and influence remain silent in the face of "lies and ruthless polices" of the Trump administration, they sanction state violence characteristic of authoritarian regimes: racial cleansing, unchecked militarism and class warfare. "The first casualty of the Trump era is truth, the second is moral responsibility, the third is any vestige of justice, and the fourth is a massive increase in human misery and suffering for millions."

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