We have always been a country that adapts to the needs of a diverse population. We find our strength in embracing the best traditions from every culture. This one, strong, uniquely American tradition makes us one people, “We the People.” If we are proud to become a country of “white only” then we truly have lost our way.
Fond of referencing our founding fathers every chance they get, perhaps it’s time the right wing remembered where this country really began: with the Declaration of Independence.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
According to a recent Crooks and Liars update, there is some question over a word that former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke used last Wednesday in his radio broadcast with guest Professor Kevin MacDonald, who is also a self-avowed anti-Semite and racist(1). As C & L first reported, Duke said it was high time “to start naming the enemy that’s orchestrating our destruction: If we don’t dispose[sic] the Jews, there is no hope for our people.”
In their update, Crooks and Liars acknowledged that Duke most likely said "depose" and I found the word depose to be pretty clear on the audio. However, I’m not so sure the two words aren’t as apple/orangy as they first appear.
While dispose insinuates genocide, in the context used by Duke to depose would be to strip from power. It is Duke’s assertion that Jews “ ‘control’ the media, academia and the political world, and I think that we’ve really got to start going full bore on that.”
Depose the Jews. Take away any power they have. Duke’s prescription for a happy America is just another example of what keeps this country divided. When our Jewish population is no longer a part of “the People”, when they are not endowed with all of the rights of all Americans, they are demoted to the same class as those under Hitler were.
Even more troubling is Duke’s celebration of Trump’s revival of white nationalism, which also “deposes” the rights of Latinos, Asians, Blacks, Muslims, and even Native Americans.
In the same radio broadcast, Professor Kevin MacDonald made a comment about keeping America white. It is surprising that such an educated man does not recognize that our real need is to keep America strong, that our true strength comes from the “melting pot” that is America.
Let the Trumps, the Dukes, and the MacDonalds of the world live in their castles. Let’s just make sure to keep their castles in the air.
(1) “Kevin MacDonald.” Accessed May 6, 2016. http://archive.adl.org/learn/ext_us/kevin_macdonald/.