Remember this video from the Rachel Maddow Show? “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!” It’s worth another look.
And with that, here’s your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
Farleigh Dickinson University conducted a poll released on May 1 that implies that much of the pro-gun sentiment has nothing to do with self-defense, but rather with anti-federal government rage:
Overall, the poll finds that 29 percent of Americans think that an armed revolution in order to protect liberties might be necessary in the next few years [...]
But let’s be clear that the willingness to take up firearms allegedly “to protect liberties” is occurring after a long right wing-fomented Tea Party siege against a black president. Furthermore, it is – as BuzzFlash at Truthout has often noted – a rebellion of whites who can’t separate the image of America as a Caucasian-ruled nation from the legal basis of a democracy as enshrined in the US Constitution. Theirs is a racist fantasy that a democracy should look like the skin color of the “founding fathers,” not about the legal framework of the nation that they created.
As the demographics of the United States have changed, the white Alamo contingency has come more and more to define the empowerment of a multi-cultural society as the alleged “taking away of their liberties.”
What is in their head is a return to guaranteed white sovereignty. It is the clash of a vision of a white patriarchal society versus the constitutional guarantee of rule by the majority.
It’s starting to feel like the US has a solid 1/3 Afrikaner mentality contingent, and the gun has become the symbol of defiance. Most of them, according to the poll, are in the Republican Party. [...]
So get ready for more militia, NRA, gun guy and survivalist brandishing of firearms on behalf of white supremacy (because that is what it amounts too, only in coded words).
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