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MHP – who, like Obama, is half-white but rejects that part of the equation – went on to assert that America “typically needs… a racial enemy”:
Americans in part identify who we are, and who deserves what, through our notions of whiteness and of the racial enemies that are the non-whites.
“Our notions of whiteness.” “Non-white racial enemies.” These are the fantasies of a progressive academic like Zinn or Chomsky or MHP who sees everything through the distorting lenses of race and anti-Americanism. If America goes to war with a “non-white enemy,” it must be because we are racist – not because they are openly supremacist aggressors who attacked us first, such as the Imperial Japanese or jihadists. (Funny how progressives neglect to call out our enemies on their blatant racism.)
And in this moment, the new racial enemy became not so much Reagan‘s “welfare queen,” who was imaginary, but instead this imagined “other” that is somehow Muslim, or Arab, or Sikh, or something else.
I hardly know where to begin breaking down this breathtakingly ludicrous statement. How is our enemy “imagined”? Did we merely imagine 9/11? The Fort Hood massacre? The WTC bombing in ‘93? And “somehow Muslim or Arab, or Sikh, or something else”? I have news for MHP: there’s overwhelming evidence that our avowed enemy is not “somehow” Islamic, but extremely Islamic and hellbent on making the rest of the world so.
As for America’s need for a non-white enemy, MHP ignores the inconvenient fact that Islam is not a race, and that white Americans like Anwar al-Awlaki and Adam Gadahn have been some of our most prominent Islamic foes. It is just a contemptuous smear on her part, utterly divorced from reality, to claim that America – and let’s call it like it is: she’s talking about white America – is only lashing out in some aimless, racist way at an innocent “other.”
But that doesn’t stop her from labeling Americans throughout history as murderous racists:
We became willing to stomach a kind of horrific racial violence in the name of national security. It is something that we have been willing to stomach as a people over and over again in our history.
Melissa Harris-Perry is an accomplished academic. What that means is, she has mastered the art of twisting history into the perverse progressive worldview, to which Obama subscribes, that white America is the racist, imperialist aggressor against, and exploiter of, the always innocent Third World “other.” It’s a hateful insult to all Americans – especially the victims of “imaginary” jihad.
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