Steve Bannon to French far right: Let them call you racists.

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I always say that if you’re a racist, admit it. I have, even though I’m more prejudiced than racist as I have no power to oppress large groups of a particular ethnicity. But some people who have said racist things don’t want to be called racist or seen as a racist. Some prefer to use fancy shmancy words (race realist, alternative right, someone who read the Bell Curve and believes it) instead. Somehow being called a racist is worst than actually being a racist. But to paraphrase Shakespeare and Outkast at the same time, a rose by any other name would still smell like boo boo.

However, one man wants to convince people that being called a racist is not only okay, but it’s a badge of honor, and that man is Donald Trump’s former right-hand goon and former Dr. Doom behind one of the interwebs’ fake news machine  (Breitbart) Steve Bannon, and he wanted to ease the fears of the les miserables section of the French far right.

NBC News reports:

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon re-energized France’s struggling far-right National Front party Saturday by speaking at a party congress and telling Marine Le Pen’s nationalist supporters: “History is on our side.”

Bannon’s appearance in France was part of a European tour as he seeks an international platform for his closed-borders, anti-foreigner message that helped Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency.

The former Breitbart News chairman was an early admirer of the National Front, whose long-standing “French First” motto rallied voters for years before Trump’s “America First” campaign.

“Let them call you racist. Let them call you xenophobes. Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor,” he told the crowd at the party congress.

“You’re part of a worldwide movement bigger than France, bigger than Italy,” Bannon told National Front supporters, denouncing central banks, central governments and “crony capitalists.”

“History is on our side,” Bannon said to hearty cheers.

If history has shown anything that it’s never been on the side of overt white racism, at least not for long. If it was, the Confederacy would’ve won and Nazi Germany would’ve won the second world war. Hopefully, if history’s track record remains consistent, the current rise of white supremacy will fall and fall hard.

Yet, Bannon and the alt-right and its many names and sub-groups want to empower the false campaign by turning bigotry into hollowed pride, a zero-sum philosophy that amounts to racial pride for one’s race cannot exist without racial hatred for other races. Perhaps that’s why pro-black groups and movements are feared as the faux-quation tells them that a movement like Black Lives Matter also says that white lives don’t matter.

It’s nothing too surprising. We have racists who are proud and unapologetic of being racists, and there are racists who hate being considered as racists, but have no problems talking, acting or just plain being one. You know, the ones who’re silent, nice or pleasant to their sub-human pals and would even echo their hate fueled, fear-based blather, but are not racist as they don’t have Nazi or confederate paraphernalia and have black friends and lovers.

Old Man Bannon wants to give an archaic, primitive, destructive and yet, obviously powerful ideal even more power and put whip cream and cherries on top of a mountain of centuries worth of steamy, fly-swarming bullshit that only the worst of mankind would gobble up with wine. He’s honest about his evil and seems to take it in stride. You gotta give him credit for that just as we give him credit for contributing to the depreciation of honest journalism.

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15 thoughts on “Steve Bannon to French far right: Let them call you racists.

  1. “…their sub-human pals…”

    Good turn of phrase. Once you realize that is how the majority of White people see Black people, it is harder to get sucked into their various games. Whether it is liberal racists insisting that Black people “assimilate” to be accepted, White people who claim themselves “victims of discrimination” or hardcore types who unabashedly refer to Black people as “ghetto filth”, etc.; understanding how Black people are really seen is important.

    There is little a Black person can do or say that changes that false view of African descent people as “sub-human”.

  2. “If anything that history that its never been on the side of overt racism,at least not for long..”

    Isn’t that the truth. Gannon and his crew are trying so hard to be like Hitler( it was said that he would pull these same tricks on his unsuspecting victims) .They should never use the same tricks to pull on people. They already know them better than they know themselves.

  3. Hey Brotha Wolf,

    “I always say that if you’re a racist, admit it”

    That is why in conversations about race, I often say admitting it (really to themselves) is the bare minimum; not an end result. After that then what? Getting someone to admit it doesn’t necessarily change anything. Most of us know things we shouldn’t do, though still choose to do them. I normally advocate for a person learning/understanding their meaning behind the idea of race and racism, which seems more useful. If that isn’t a part of admitting it, then Bannon’s rhetoric is to be expected.

    “I have, even though I’m more prejudiced than racist as I have no power to oppress large groups of a particular ethnicity.”

    Is the implication here that you cannot really be racist due to lacking said ability/resources to implement systemic racism? If so, would you deny the existence of individual acts of racism?

    I’m curious as to why you label yourself more prejudice? From the sociological perspective, that is understood as baseless attitudes (normally negative), though I would add can be positive (ethnocentrism); aimed at members of a group. Based upon this post about Bannon, this isn’t baseless or negative, it’s just accurate.

    “He’s honest about his evil and seems to take it in stride. You gotta give him credit for that just ”

    Is he really though? If he cannot accept that he promotes racist ideas or ideology then he is not being honest with himself. At best, he uses it as a defense mechanism (rationalization), thus a utility in what he perceives as a righteous cause. Sprinkle in some indignation and he gets no credit.

    PF-T

    1. PF Thought,

      I never said that admitting it was going to change anything. It’s a start to a long and difficult road to deprogram yourself in a society where it’s constantly recycled and reproduced.

      I would not deny the acts of individual racists as being less important than systemic racism. However, in some instances, the acts of individual racists can get them nothing more than a slap on the wrist in the eyes of the court or nothing at all. That’s allowing racism to endure. It sends a message that it’s okay to commit crimes against others and that their lives are worthless. Again, in SOME instances this is true.

      Steve Bannon said the following, “Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power.” I got the quote here: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/stephen_bannon_809135

      If that isn’t an indicator, I don’t know what is. And if he was using it as a defense, it’s still harmful thinking in that it empowers racists.

      1. Brotha Wolf,

        “I never said that admitting it was going to change anything. It’s a start to a long and difficult road to deprogram yourself in a society where it’s constantly recycled and reproduced.”

        The idea of admitting it is useful to the degree that it I would rather be aware of overt racism vs. having to constantly uncover and prove covert racism. Beyond that, admitting doesn’t connect to the deprograming you speak of unless there’s more substance (meaning, understanding etc..), which disconfirms their already held beliefs. Bannon is exhibit A for the disconnect. You may be exhibit B for the deprogramming process.

        “I would not deny the acts of individual racists as being less important than systemic racism. However, in some instances…”

        I think our intent-interpretations missed each other. My intent was not to imply the relative importance of individual vs. systemic racism. I was trying to make sense of your identification as more prejudice vs. racist in connection with lacking the ability to apply systemic racism. Maybe I overanalyzed it as you implying that you couldn’t really be racist because of said lack of power? That was my intent behind asking do you believe individual racism exists?

        And I agree, they often get off and it does perpetuate the use of race and racism.

        “Steve Bannon said the following, “Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power.”

        Wait , wait, wait a minute (my best Royce Da 5,9′ voice). I am in no way justifying, condoning or rationalizing Bannon or his ilk’s ideology or behavior.

        The mentioning of the defense mechanism usage was only to highlight that he could admit it until he is blue in the face, but if he internalizes that admittance as a threat in any sense, he will do exactly what he’s doing. It is almost predictable.

        The quote you provided just solidifies my point. His racist ideology is useful, dark thus powerful (and much of Western civilizations history will confirm that it has worked). At least the parts he will pay attention to. And that is all that he will be able to perceive. Him admitting it is nothing more than a mental-linguistic orgasm. And if he can do it in front of a crowd that supports him, that type of voyeurism just heightens the experience.

      2. Again, I NEVER said that admitting it was deprogramming. I said that at least he was honest about being one. Second, I was simply saying that I have no power to oppress a group based on the faux-concept of race. Plus, I have no intention of ever doing so in my lifetime. Also, as I’ve said multiple times in my blog, I don’t hate or fear white people to want to do that. But Bannon and those with his mindset is not that gentle when it comes to POC. Lastly, I wasn’t really arguing with you on the last point. But I wasn’t sugarcoating what he said or what he’s about. I was saying that this man seems to know he’s a bad guy, and it appears to be proud of it.

      3. Just for clarification. I didn’t think you did. I was highlighting the futility or limited use of his supposed honesty, (though he is consistent).

        No need to rehash all of your major positions. You are consistent. As aforementioned, it seems I’ve read more into your comment. I have heard others make the same claim under the guise that because they are a POC, they cannot be racist. I was curious if that was the implication? That’s all.

        The rest about Bannon, no disagreement there.

  4. Racism is a big wide ocean and we all have swallowed some of the water, some just swallowed more than others.

      1. I see it as rather inconsistent with his stance in 2016 when we found out he would be Trump’s top aide. He seemed defensive about being called a racist and white nationalist, specifically saying he was not, and only an “economic nationalist.” Then he spent much of the last 2 years trying to distance himself from racists.

        This whole “wear it as a badge of honor” is a complete departure, not that anyone should be surprised.

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