(Article republished from RightScoop.com)
The Trump administration’s anti-immigration, anti-civil rights stance has made it easy to classify the president’s loyalists as a homogenous mob of white nationalists. But take a look at the FBI’s posters showing people wanted in the insurrectionist assault on the U.S. Capitol: Among the many White faces are a few that are clearly Latino or African American.
And while the vast majority of Latinos and an overwhelming majority of African American voters supported the Biden-Harris ticket and were crucial to its success, many Black and brown voters have family and friends who fervently backed the MAGA policy agenda, including its delusions and conspiracy theories.
One of the organizers of the “Stop the Steal” movement is Ali Alexander, a Trump supporter who identifies as Black and Arab. The chairman of the neo-fascist Proud Boys is Enrique Tarrio, a Latino raised in Miami’s Little Havana who identifies as Afro-Cuban; when he arrived in Washington for the Jan. 6 march, he was arrested for allegedly burning a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a Black church the month before.
What are we to make of Tarrio — and, more broadly, of Latino voters inspired by Trump? And what are we to make of unmistakably White mob violence that also includes non-White participants? I call this phenomenon multiracial whiteness — the promise that they, too, can lay claim to the politics of aggression, exclusion and domination.
Wapo is attacking two black men by suggesting that they are really white because they support Trump. Why not just admit that Trump has black and brown support? Because that would go against the phony narrative that Trump is a white supremacist, and the media just can’t admit that. So they have to find new ways to keep Trump supporters ‘white’.
The media always does this. Remember how they said Trayvon Martin was murdered like a dog in the street by a ‘white Hispanic’? Of course neither of those characterizations are true, but that didn’t stop CNN from doing their best to create a ‘white’ assailant for Martin.
Here’s a bit more reaction from social media:
The point of this racist WaPo piece attacking black Trump supporters is basically: We the media created a “white nationalism” narrative about the Capitol Hill riot and now we need backfill & erase these minorities' existence https://t.co/PYVBKcGKaD pic.twitter.com/caRERa9TEc
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 18, 2021
Fascinating attempt to reconcile the fact that so many non-whites voted for Trump (more than 2016), and that some of the key participants in the Capitol riot and related groups are non-white:
"Multiracial whiteness": they're white even when they're not.https://t.co/FVoxiOLA9w
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 18, 2021
To understand Trump's support, we must think in terms of hot coldness pic.twitter.com/bHWG7DKfJL
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 18, 2021