Mo Brooks wants Republican voters to believe that "white is the new black"

racial dog whistle, white is the new blackRepublican Mo Brooks of Alabama, recently blew the racial dog whistle when he declared that Democrats have waged a “war on whites.” He, along with other republican lawmakers, lay blame directly on President Obama. According to Brooks the war on whites is part of Obama’s strategy to “divide us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare – all those kind of things.”

Should whites be in a panic and rush to the Republican party or is this yet another republican dog whistle calling out its base before an important midterm election? Brooks has stoked the fire by using inflammatory language without any supporting facts.

In his defense of the “war on whites” comment he said, “It is repugnant for Democrats time after time after time to resort to cries of racism to divide Americans and drive up voter turnout. That is exactly what they are doing in order to drive up their vote and they are doing it when there is no racial discrimination involved.” He dug in deeper by adding, “if you look at current federal law, there is only one skin color that you can lawfully discriminate against. That’s Caucasians — whites.”

He failed to state exactly where the cries of racism have been directed. But it is no secret that when racism is discussed in the United States, it specifically refers to white versus black. Many whites have begun to express a fear that “white is the new black.”

Not Supported By the Facts

Is white really the new black? When it comes to understanding discrimination one of the biggest factors is to look at who is in control and who is controlled. The statistics tell a very different story from the narrative the republican base is supporting.

When it comes to our nation’s capital, lawmakers are overwhelmingly white. There are only 43 black congressional representatives and 2 black senators. In fact, there have only been a total of 8 black senators in history. This is the first time that there have been 2 black senators serving at the same time. While blacks comprise 13 percent of the population they make up only 8% and 2% of the house and senate respectively. These percentages roughly mirror state by state totals according to the National Conference of State Legislators.

racial dog whistleOne in Three Black Men are Incarcerated at Some Point in Their Lives

The events that have unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri are not unique. Black men are 6 times more likely to be incarcerated than white men. In Ferguson, for example, 92.7% of arrests made last year involved African-Americans. And on a 50-man police force just 3 officers are black. According to Mother Jones, the Ferguson shooting was just one of five instances nationwide where an unarmed black man was killed by police in the last month. This number could be much higher, but is it is impossible to know for sure due to the lack of reporting by police agencies across the country.

When the laws are overwhelmingly written by one race in a racially divided country, the focus tends to shift to the crimes that whites feel are perpetrated by blacks. Stand Your Ground laws are a stellar example of this. The law was intended to make it easier to use lethal force to defend yourself and your property without fear of prosecution or civil penalty. In a Tampa Bay Times report from 2012, it was found that if the victim was black Stand Your Ground was successfully invoked 70 percent of the time. However, if the victim was white, Stand Your Ground was only successful 59 percent of the time.

The same holds true when whites overwhelmingly enforce laws. Blacks are targeted by law enforcement at a much higher rate than whites. In Ferguson, 86 percent of the traffic stops involved a black driver. Similarly, 92 percent of vehicle searches targeted blacks even though white suspects were found with contraband 34 percent of the time compared to 22 percent of black suspects.

I know it when I see it

Racism can be hard to quantify in the United States. No single snapshot will tell the story of the systemic racism blacks have faced and continue to face to this day, but it isn’t hard to identify it when it happens. As one judge put it when attempting to define porn, “I know it when I see it.” You see it when: An unarmed black man is gunned down for walking in the middle of a deserted street, when an unarmed black man is gunned down by a white, want-to-be, vigilante while walking home from the store, or when a successful black producer is arrested for bank robbery while walking in a Beverly Hills neighborhood because he looks like a guy (they are both black) that robbed a bank an hour ago.

But in no way is white the new black. And until Mo Brooks has some proof that whites are facing similar scrutiny, he should be labeled for what he is: Just one more bigoted southern republican white man. One who fears that the only way for the Republican Party to maintain power is to blow the racial dog whistle and call up the base when it is time to vote in a crucial election.

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  1. I personally experienced being a minority white resident in a suburb south of Atlanta that transitioned from majority white to majority black. Majority blacks are just as inclined to oppress minority whites as the latter when they were the majority.

  2. I no longer entertain rhetoric coming from the Tea Party. I’m about as white as dirty snow and beyond fed up with their race hustling. I have no problem telling these people where to go. Tea Party white supremacism:

    July 2014: “White Hot Controversy for a White Nationalist GOP Candidate”
    “The controversy over Michael Peroutka’s theocratic, white nationalist candidacy for county council, in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — has gotten white hot after he inadvertently blew-up a press conference intended to stabilize his foundering campaign.
    He declared among other things, that he was not a racist, that he is even an anti-racist. But he was also forced to acknowledge that his advocacy of secession at the 2012 convention of the League of the South and his leading the assemblage in the national anthem — Dixie — was not a mistake.”
    http://www.talk2action.org/story/2014/7/31/233039/691

    March 2014: ALERT: This Year’s CPAC Includes Group Lead by White Nationalist http://www.irehr.org/issue-areas/race-racism-and-white-nationalism/547-alert-this-year-s-cpac-includes-group-lead-by-white-nationalist

    “SURPRISE! Prominent TEApublicans Fund White Supremacist PAC” (video)
    http://aattp.org/surprise-prominent-teapublicans-fund-white-supremacist-pac-video/

    April 1, 2014: “Candidate For Texas Governor [Greg Abbott] Invokes [White Supremacist] Who Believes Women And Minorities Are Inferior”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/01/greg-abbott-charles-murray_n_5071689.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

    May 2010 “[Ron and Rand] Paul’s civil rights resentment” (by Joe Conason)
    Lurking beneath the Paul family’s libertarian politics is a strategy of pandering to “populists” like Pat Buchanan (white supremacism and anti-semitism):

    “This offensive drivel was calculated to wring contributions from a narrowly targeted segment of the population. The Reason story quotes Ed Crane, longtime president of the Cato Institute, recalling a discussion with Ron Paul about the most fertile source of direct-mail contributions to his campaign: the mailing list of the Spotlight, the anti-Semitic national tabloid published by the “populist” Nazi sympathizer Willis Carto.”
    http://www.salon.com/2010/05/21/racial/
    “Racism Is Not Dead! White Supremacist Celebrates 2nd Year as GOP Committeeman with Stormfront Post”
    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/page/308342_Racism_Is_Not_Dead!_White_Supr

    July 2014: “New Documents Prove Charles Koch Was John Birch Society Member During Civil Rights Movement”
    http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/new-documents-prove-charles-koch-was-john

    March 17, 2014: “South Dakota Lawmaker Says Businesses Should Be Able To Turn Away African-Americans”
    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/03/17/3413901/south-dakota-lawmaker-says-businesses-should-be-able-to-turn-away-african-americans/

    “Old Photos Surface Showing Breitbart, O’Keefe Hobnobbing with White Nationalists”
    http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2014/02/14/old-photos-surface-showing-breitbart-okeefe-hobnobbing-with-white-nationalists/#.UwJgZCQDoAE.twitter
    “Oregon GOP Party Chair Sells Pro-Slavery Novel, Tied To Theocratic Movement”
    http://www.talk2action.org/story/2013/10/12/5568/3490/Front_Page/Oregon_GOP_Party_Chair_Sells_Pro_Slavery_Novel_Tied_To_Theocratic_Movement

    “Steve King and White Nationalist CPAC Panel Warn that America’s Greatest Threat is its Diversity” (Peter Brimelow/VDARE)
    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/steve-king-and-white-nationalist-cpac-panel-warn-americas-greatest-threat-its-diversity

    “White Nationalists Descend on D.C. for National Policy Institute Conference” (Richard Spencer and Peter Brimelow/VDARE) http://www.irehr.org/issue-areas/race-racism-and-white-nationalism/item/517-npi-conference-2013
    Also covered here: http://www.salon.com/2013/09/29/the_hatemonger_next_door/

    “SCANDAL! Rand Paul MUST return Neo-Nazi funds NOW and DENOUNCE Stormfront.org”
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/05/24/869320/-SCANDAL-Rand-Paul-MUST-return-Neo-Nazi-funds-NOW-and-DENOUNCE-Stormfront-org#

    SPLC: “Former Congressman Tancredo to Address White Supremacists”
    http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2012/06/19/former-congressman-tancredo-to-address-white-supremacists/

    IREHR Special Report: “The Status of the Tea Party Movement – Part One: The Tea Party in 2013”

    “This, the 40th annual [CPAC] conference began with a well-choreographed effort to present a softer, more diverse, conservative movement. Beyond the main hall, however, the façade melted away. In the many conference rooms that the Tea Party dominated, events featured blatant racism, homophobia, sexism, Islamophobia and the militia impulse.”

    http://www.irehr.org/issue-areas/tea-party-nationalism/tea-party-news-and-analysis/item/525-status-of-tea-party-part-one

    IREHR Report: “Tea Parties – Racism, Anti-Semitism and the Militia Impulse”
    http://www.irehr.org/issue-areas/tea-party-nationalism/the-report/tea-parties-racism-anti-semitism-and-the-militia-impulse

    July, 2014: “White Supremacist Stampede”

    “A startling number of white-power candidates are seeking public office. Eve Conant reports on their under-the-radar strategy and David Duke’s White House flirtation.”
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/07/04/white-supremacists-running-for-political-office-in-2012-in-growing-numbers.html

    “GOP Senate Candidate Addressed Conference Hosted by Neo-Confederate Group That Promotes Secessionism”
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/10/gop-senate-candidate-spoke-neo-confederate-conference-august

    “Steve Smith, White Supremacist, Elected To Republican Party Committee In Pennsylvania County”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/01/white-nationalist-elected-to-gop_n_1563020.html

    Al Jazeera Report: “People & Power – White Power USA” (Documentary/Tea Party)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sQ7JCgbYc4&bpctr=1382358555

    “Neo-Confederate Behind Pro-Huckabee Flag Ads in South Carolina”
    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/neo-confederate-behind-pro-huckabee-flag-ads-south-carolina

    Video: Ron Paul Gives Speech on Civil War in Front of Giant Confederate Flag:

    “One of the remaining Republican Presidential candidates spouts Civil War revisionism, standing in front of a Dixie flag”
    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/39801_video-_ron_paul_gives_speech_on_civil_war_in_front_of_giant_confederate_flag

    “Ron Paul Curriculum Launched by Reconstructionist Gary North and Neo-Confederate Thomas Woods”
    http://www.talk2action.org/story/2013/4/9/124434/9216

    “The Ron Paul Institute: Be Afraid, Very Afraid”

    by James Kirchick Apr 25, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

    “The former presidential contender is back, this time as head of a new ‘institute’ for ‘peace’ comprised of anti-Semites, 9/11 truthers, and dictator lovers [and racists]: James Kirchick reports.“
    http://www.nationalmemo.com/ron-paul-to-keynote-anti-semitic-conference/

    “Ron Paul to Keynote Catholic Traditionalist Summit with NeoFascist and Overtly Anti-Semitic Speakers” (and racists)
    http://www.talk2action.org/story/2013/8/23/144536/636

    “Meet the ‘Southern Avenger’! Another Member of Rand Paul’s Team Has White Supremacist Past”
    http://www.alternet.org/3-most-disgusting-deceptions-junk-food-industry-using-you

    Also: http://freebeacon.com/rebel-yell/

    “The Convergence of Glenn Greenwald and Rand Paul’s ‘Southern Avenger.” (Liberty Tour VIDEO):
    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/42436_The_Convergence_of_Glenn_Greenwald_and_Rand_Pauls_Southern_Avenger

    April 2014: [NEWS VIDEO] “After less than two weeks on the job, the Marionville, Missouri mayor who said he “kind of agrees” with some of Frazier Glenn Cross’ anti-Semitic views, has announced his intention to resign. Cross is accused of murdering three people at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas on April 13, 2014.”
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/22/1293725/-After-citizen-complains-Missouri-mayor-resigns?detail=email

    Marionville Mayor : “The futures market, the Federal Reserve, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health — every time I see that on the news, there are Jewish names and they run things.”
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/22/mayor-resigns-anti-semitic-remarks/7996807/

    Cliven Bundy’s white supremacist hoedown: “Here’s video of the racist thing Cliven Bundy denied he ever said” (“The Negro” “better off picking cotton”):
    http://www.salon.com/2014/04/24/cliven_bundy_claims_he_never_said_black_people_were_better_off_picking_cotton_heres_video_that_proves_hes_lying/

    April 2014: “EXPOSED: The Source Of Cliven Bundy’s Crackpot Constitutionalism”
    As Promoted by Glenn Beck on Fox “News”:
    “After searching for the distinctive cover of the document in Bundy’s pocket, the publisher turned out to be the innocuously named National Center for Constitutional Studies (NCCS). However, the NCCS is not the commendable educational organization it purports to be. It began life as the Freemen Institute, a vehicle for the far-right, Mormon, anti-commie, history revisionist, W. Cleon Skousen. Skousen taught that the Constitution was inspired by a God who intended America to be a Christian nation. He also professed the canon of white supremicism that Anglo-Saxons are descended from a lost tribe of Israel. The Southern Poverty Law Center chronicled the NCCS curriculum based on Skousen’s philosophy saying that he…
    “…demonized the federal regulatory agencies, arguing for the abolition of everything from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to the Environmental Protection Agency. He wanted to repeal the minimum wage, smash unions, nullify anti-discrimination laws, sell off public lands and national parks, end the direct election of senators, kill the income tax and the estate tax, knock down state-level walls separating church and state, and, of course, raze the Federal Reserve System.”
    http://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/?p=12655

    [VIDEO] Cliven Bundy waxes poetic on his “Christian Nation” white supremacist “history”:
    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/05/11/the-dumbest-history-videos-youll-ever-see-courtesy-of-crazy-cliven-bundy-videos/

    Rachel Maddow breaks down Cliven Bundy’s Christian Identity white supremacist movement:
    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/radical-racist-context-missed-in-rancher-hype-236481603620

    April 25, 2014: [Koch] “The Money Behind Fox’s Promotion Of Cliven Bundy’s Battle With The Feds”http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/04/25/the-money-behind-foxs-promotion-of-cliven-bundy/199034

    “Beck’s [Tea Party] ‘historian’ [David Barton] delivered talks to racist, anti-Semitic Christian Identity groups”
    [quote] ADL: “Barton has delivered his revisionist presentation in the meeting halls of the racist and anti-Semitic extreme right.”
    In the 1994 book, The Religious Right: The Assault on Tolerance & Pluralism in America, the Anti-Defamation League wrote that Barton “purveys a slick, cut-and-paste revisionist history of the United States and the Constitution.” ADL further stated that Barton spoke at events hosted by the Christian Identity movement, which “asserts that Jews are ‘the synagogue of Satan’; that Blacks and other people of color are subhuman; and that northern European whites and their American descendants are the ‘chosen people’ of scriptural prophesy.” [end quote] :
    http://mediamatters.org/research/2010/10/07/becks-historian-delivered-talks-to-racist-anti/171625

    Barton’s Bunk: Religious Right ‘Historian’ Hits the Big Time in Tea Party America: Barton’s Bible = Tea Party Platform” [racial history revisionism]
    http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/barton-s-bunk-religious-right-historian-hits-the-big-time-tea-party-america

    Jan. 21, 2014: “PA Republican has an exciting new plan to legalize discrimination” [“religious freedom to discriminate” based on race, gender, religion…]
    http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/213514/pa-republican-has-an-exciting-new-plan-to-legalize-discrimination/

    “When Does Religious Freedom Mean Freedom to Discriminate?”
    Like family values, religious liberty is, on the surface, unobjectionable. Almost all of us, after all, believe that people have the right to practice whatever religion they want. But “religious liberty,” as the Christian right understands it, means something quite different. It means the liberty to discriminate on religious grounds. And it has become central to the furious backlash against both gay marriage and Obamacare.
    Right now, there’s a particularly disturbing example of this in Kansas. On Wednesday, the Kansas House of Representatives voted 72-49 to pass House Bill 2453, “an act concerning religious freedoms with respect to marriage.” If it becomes law, it would, writes Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, “legalize segregation of gay and straight people in virtually every arena of life.” It would allow anyone, on the grounds of “sincerely held religious beliefs,” to refuse to provide “any services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges; provide counseling, adoption, foster care and other social services; or provide employment or employment benefits, related to, or related to the celebration of, any marriage, domestic partnership, civil union or similar arrangement.” In the name of religious freedom, it would allow businesses including stores, hotels, movie theaters and restaurants to turn away gay couples. Government employees, too, could refuse to serve gay people if they claim that doing so violates their religious beliefs.
    [Snip]
    The logic here is that the freedom of religious people to be utterly uninvolved—even in the most tangential way—with any activity that they consider sinful trumps others’ rights to equal treatment under the law. By this same logic, Kansas’s anti-gay segregation bill would appear perfectly legitimate. And so, in many cases, would racial segregation. After all, as the scholar Jay Michaelson points out in “Redefining Religious Liberty: The Covert Campaign Against Civil Rights,” a report for Political Research Associates, it was not uncommon in the post-war years for supporters of segregation to claim a religious mandate. “The facilities should be separate,” Jerry Falwell preached in 1958. “When God has drawn a line of distinction, we should not attempt to cross that line.”
    http://www.thenation.com/blog/178393/when-does-religious-freedom-mean-freedom-discriminate#

    May 2014: [VIDEO] George Zimmerman’s Racist Defender Frank Taaffe & Fox “Expert” Now Admits Zimmerman Is A Racist Who Profiled Trayvon Martin, Says He Needs to “Get Right with God”:
    “During the trial, he [Frank Taaffe] was an almost daily guest on Fox, CNN, its sister station HLN, and others, being treated like some kind of expert and weighing in on the social (‘It’s really sad that he has already been convicted in the public media and has already been sentenced to the gas chamber’), technical (were there grass stains on Trayvon’s pants?) and legal aspects of the Trayvon Martin case — and yet, as Mother Jones discovered, Taaffe ‘has a lengthy criminal record that includes charges of domestic violence and burglary, and a history of airing virulently racist views.’ Just last Sunday, he appeared on The White Voice, a weekly podcast hosted by a man named Joe Adams, who has deep, long-standing ties to white-power groups and has authored a manual called Save The White People Handbook. (Sample quote: ‘A mutt makes a great pet and a mulatto makes a great slave.’) ‘Among Taaffe’s long-standing and unshakable views, blacks and whites have no business mingling, whites are essentially ‘slaves’ and oppressed due to affirmative action and ‘crimes committed by that particular group of people,’ and that ‘the only time a black life is validated is when a white person kills them.’”
    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/05/11/george-zimmermans-friend-now-admits-zimmerman-was-guilty-of-racially-profiling-trayvon-video/

  3. I think we must look to the cabal who strategically orchestrates the Red VS Blue paradigm.
    People get stuck in the first layer of manipulative strategies. Perfect, the citizens are distracted through trivial culture differences, while the manipulators push through their agenda unabated.
    Who is the cabal? who owns the mainstream media?, who are the most powerful lobbies controlling our elected officials? who owns holly wood? who runs the “Federal Reserve”?
    Also insert the western religion template in the mind control system, the yahweh war god, whose master race theology encourages all the debased testosterone driven fears and desires to control and manipulate all other groups.
    The militarized police is not just attacking black people, many whites have also been killed. Simple research clearly reveals this fact. However, the divide and conquer strategy, of making this appear as a white against black citizen, is an age old strategy used by those who would see our entire country collapse for nefarious reasons.
    I hope this site is aimed at outing the divide and conquer strategy. For I have long since given up on both Democrats, and Republicans as genuine entities. We have no true choice. Both sides are completely controlled by the cabal. To think otherwise, is to still be lost in the fruitless effort to restore our Republic through simply voting in the right party. Both sides pick cultural issues to rally their teams, but both sides are corrupted completely.

  4. ACTUALLY…. Ol Mo is correct from his viewpoint. ..Racist Southern Males Hate nothing more than them thar Yankee Carpet Baggers…..i live in Florida and Every Native White Guy sounds just like Joe Limbaugh the GOP Host of MSNBC Morning Show….To these people Progressive Whites are considered N___A LOVERS and All Brown skin People are the Enemy gonna take all of Our Stuff

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