‘Legacy American’ is the latest catchphrase in the racist lexicon

Conservatives have long ridiculed liberals for their “political correctness,” characterizing it as a deliberate evasion of unsavory truths to promote far-left ideology. For decades they have criticized gender neutral pronouns, identity politics, the “awakening”, provoke warnings and cancel culture.

Yet despite these protests, the far right has developed its own lexicon to discuss race, a set of buzzwords and phrases that make fanaticism sound more respectable.

In the 1990s, the Conservatives became weapons “political correctness” attacking liberal intellectuals who supposedly control language to promote an ideological agenda and stifle opposing views. The January 1991 cover story of the New York Magazine, provocatively titled “Are You Politically Correct?” condemned the rise of new “fundamentalists” made up of “multiculturalists, feminists, radical homosexuals, Marxists, [and] New historicists“Who insisted that” Western culture and American society are hopelessly racist, sexist and oppressive. “

Such arguments, based largely on hyperbole and anecdotal evidence, misrepresent an effort to respect diversity and promote inclusion. Political correctness recognizes that language reflects what we believe and affects the way we behave. If elementary school students read sentences referring to doctors, lawyers, and politicians as “he,” that will discourage young women from entering those professions. If calling a grown man a “boy” is unacceptable, referring to an adult woman as a “girl” is just as offensive. But critics saw inclusive language as ideologically driven and an attack on free speech.

Politicians quickly became enthusiastic about what began as an academic debate. Since Democrats promoted civil rights, affirmed action, and gender equality, Republicans labeled them peddlers of political correctness. No politician made more use of this straw man than Donald trumpDonald Trump Three men charged with fraud in PAC scheme of .5 million scams Judge rejects Trump’s request to delay release of Jan.6 documents amid appeal Prince Harry says he warned Dorsey from Twitter on the January 6 riots MORE, who used it to deflect criticism from his own outrageous remarks and to mobilize angry white voters.

While political correctness has identified with the left, conservatives have been master manipulators of the language to satisfy their political needs. During the October 11, 2000, presidential debatethe moderator asked the then governor. George W. Bush if “gays and lesbians should have the same rights as other Americans.” “Yes. I don’t think they should have special rights, “he replied,” but I think they should have the same rights. ”

With a witty twist of expression, Bush dodged the question while appearing to answer it and reframed the debate. LGBQ rights were not “equal rights” or “human rights”, they were “special rights”. Once elected president, Bush supported amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage.

Nowhere has coded language been used more effectively to conceal the truth than in the far-right’s effort to promote its narrow view of American identity. Extremist groups, unaffiliated individuals, and even mainstream politicians insist that the United States is a white Christian nation. However, instead of openly vilifying minorities, they use euphemisms to make racism sound less offensive.

Europe identityFor example, he frames his racist rhetoric in innocuous-sounding terms. “Our main objective” is mission status he proclaims, “is to create a better world for people of European heritage – particularly in the United States – by peacefully effecting cultural change.” The group avoids racist language and emphatically denies that it advocates white supremacy. “We don’t believe that white people should rule over non-white people,” he argues. Rather, we are ethno-pluralists: We believe that all racial and ethnic groups should have a place in the world to call home, a place where they can express themselves fully and enjoy self-determination. “The message is clear: People of color do not belong to the United States. .

Proud boys They have also gone to great lengths to politely express their intolerance. Not only do they avoid explicitly racist terms, but they have a declaration of antibias. “We do not discriminate on the basis of race or sexual orientation / preference,” they insist. His schedule says otherwise. They hide their misogyny behind the claim to be “worshiping the housewife” and their racism under the guise of “restoring the spirit of Western chauvinism.”

Codified intolerance is not limited to extremist groups and their supporters. Conservative politicians also use it to “Getting away with racism and sexism.”

In July 2020, Jim HagedornJames Lee Hagedorn Ethics Watchdog Finds ‘Substantial’ Evidence Rep. Malinowski Failed to Disclosure House Ethics Panel Reviewing Rep. Malinowski Stock Transactions Minnesota Congressman Announces Kidney Cancer Has Resurfaced MORE (R-Minn) declared “The Democratic Party ‘Black Lives Matter’, along with the armies of rioters, are at war with our country, our beliefs and Western culture.” When people of color march, they are “troublemakers and looters.” When whites do the same, they are peaceful protesters.

In August 2019, Trump declared: “I believe that any Jewish people who vote for a Democrat shows either a total lack of knowledge or gross disloyalty. “He invoked the well-established anti-Semitic trope that Jews cannot be loyal Americans. The great critic of political correctness had his own version.

Now Tucker carlsonTucker Carlson Buttigieg says the administration will continue to fight for the family license. has added a new term to the codified lexicon of racism: “Legacy Americans.” in a September broadcast, Carlson accused President BidenJoe BidenJudge Rejects Trump’s Request to Delay Release of Jan.6 Papers Amid Appeal On Money: Biden’s Battle with Inflation Night Defense and National Security: Russia Concerns Increase MORE of encouraging non-European immigration to dilute the voting power of Euro-Americans.

In political terms, “he said,” this policy is called ‘the great replacement,’ the replacement of inherited Americans by more obedient people from far away countries. ” “The great replacement, ”It’s a white supremacist conspiracy theory that dark-skinned non-Europeans are replacing those of European descent. Neo-Nazis expressed a version of this theory when they chanted “Jews will not replace us” during their tiki torch parade in 2017. Join the rally on the right in Charlottesville, Va. The man who murdered 51 Muslims at Christ Church, New Zealand and the one who killed 21 at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas also subscribed to replacement theory.

While replacement theory is decades old, “legacy Americans” is a relatively new term. Carlson did not define it, but its meaning seems clear from the context. He refers to white Americans whose ancestors have lived in the country for a long time, the people he and his followers consider “real Americans.”

Averaging 4.33 million viewers during the second quarter of 2020, Carlson’s show won the largest audience in the history of cable news. The fact that Fox News has not taken any action in response to his racist comments shows how widespread such views have become. Coded racism works.

Tom Mockaitis is a professor of history at DePaul University and the author of Violent Extremists: Understanding the National and International Terrorist Threat. “


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