Occasionally I pluck up the courage to visit some of the most “progressive” news sites on the internet to find out what’s currently going on in the delusional echo chamber of the left, much as I hate my visit contributing to their ad revenue.
Hence I ended up on AlterNet’s website, and was immediately struck by the following headline: “White Kids Are Bullying Minority Students Using Trump’s Words.”
Intrigued as to what was meant by “Trump’s Words” – thinking perhaps that between tweets President Trump had penned a special bullying lexicon for an army of white kids wearing MAGA hats – I proceeded to read the accompanying article:
Donald Trump’s real campaign promise was that he would give whites back the power they imagined they’d lost. That message was stated not in dog whistles, but loudly enough that the entire country heard him, even children. The trickle-down effect of Trump’s campaign rhetoric and election is now being felt among kids in schools across the country. Bullying, according to a Buzzfeed News report, has taken on an “alarming twist…with white students using the president’s words and slogans to bully Latino, Middle Eastern, black, Asian, and Jewish classmates.”
Presumably Kali Holloway – the “senior writer” responsible for this article – knows something we don’t, namely the “real campaign promise” of white supremacy, which must have been advocated through a dog whistle, because no-one but her heard the ultrasonic hate speech.
There’s a link to the original article in Buzzfeed which I was unwilling to read due to it’s ludicrous length, and my anticipation of the type of “progressive” propaganda I would subject myself to throughout the screed if I relented and proceeded.
Luckily Kali did the hard-work for us:
Buzzfeed reporters analyzed data collected by the Documenting Hate Project, which catalogs reports of bias and bullying, and found more than “50 incidents, across 26 states, in which a K-12 student invoked Trump’s name or message in an apparent effort to harass a classmate during the past school year.” The incidents took place between October 2016 and May 2017. Here are just a fraction of the incidents cited by Buzzfeed investigators:
A group of white male students at a high school in Shakopee, Minnesota who surrounded an African-American girl and sang the national anthem, “replacing the closing line with ‘and the home of the slaves.’”
In a third-grade classroom in Louisville, Kentucky, a boy chased a Latina girl while screaming “Build the wall!”
On the school bus, a white eighth-grader told a Filipino classmate, “You are going to be deported.”
A white eighth-grade student in Brea, California, told a black student, “Now that Trump won, you’re going to have to go back to Africa, where you belong.”
An English teacher in Spokane Valley, Washington, describes discovering a “group of white students following a Latino student in the hallway, taunting him with chants of ‘the wall’s coming!’ and ‘Trump! Trump! Trump!’”
The Dallas, Texas mother of a sixth-grader reported that on Election Day, students at her son’s school harassed him and his friends with shouts of, “Heil Hitlary.” One of the bullied students was told, “One million of your lives is worth less than 30,000 deleted emails.”
Bullying in schools is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially when it leads to physical violence, and by listing these as the worst cases they do a disservice to the victims of bullying which resulted in injury or death.
It says a lot about the mentality of writers such as these within their echo chamber who depict white children as the perpetrators and minorities as the victims of bullying, without even bothering to provide the statistics of white victims to add some impartiality. Do they think this is the beginning of genocide on an industrial scale in America by jackbooted Trump supporters?
Hate crimes involving adult perpetrators who used Trump’s name or quoted his rhetoric during acts of violence and harassment began making the news during the presidential campaign. The Southern Poverty Law Center documented more than 1,300 hate crimes nationally “between the 2016 election and February 2017.”
White Trump supporters getting attacked indiscriminately also began making the news, but apparently they didn’t notice, or chose to ignore it because it’s not convenient to their narrative. Were any of these numerous attacks against whites included in that figure of 1,300 “hate crimes” diligently documented by the SPLC? I’m guessing the answer is no – must be something to do with white privilege.
In a survey of K-12 educators in the months before Trump’s election win, the SPLC found a precipitous rise in incidents of racist bullying. In the weeks after November 8, a poll of 10,000 K-12 teachers, counselors and administrators found an uptick in the “use of slurs and derogatory language, and disturbing incidents involving swastikas, Nazi salutes and Confederate flags.” Roughly 90 percent of respondents said the “school climate has been negatively affected, and most of them believe it will have a long-lasting impact.” Similarly, “80 percent describe heightened anxiety and concern on the part of students worried about the impact of the election on themselves and their families.”
Presumably the SPLC didn’t conduct any extensive investigations into the “precipitous rise of incidents.” For example it would be interesting to know how many of the “disturbing incidents involving swastikas” were committed by whites, and how many were committed by non-whites. That’s one example of many that are documented in the Fake Hate Crimes website.
Numerous studies have shown that bullying has effects that last long past childhood, affecting adulthood mental health, ability to form relationships and self-esteem. These consequences add to the trauma many students from racial and religious minorities already experience when dealing with subtle daily discrimination. A 2015 study by researchers from Vanderbilt University found the “cumulative effects of living in a society characterized by white dominance and privilege produces a kind of physical and mental wear-and-tear that contributes to a host of psychological and physical ailments…[including] anxiety, stress, depression and thoughts of suicide, as well as a host of physical ailments like hair loss, diabetes and heart disease.”
No word of course on the fact that the majority of people committing suicide in the US are white males, or that some Democrats have even joked about it on video – apparently gleeful about the prospect of an America where whites are a minority – because again, it doesn’t fit into their narrative which breeds hate rather than address it honestly. The only question remaining is whether this is a deliberate agenda to deceive or blind ignorance?