Tuesday open thread—When someone acts like a racist, believe them

Tuesday open thread—When someone acts like a racist, believe them

So. Roseanne Barr, super-Trump fan, said a few weeks ago that she was going to leave Twitter. The congregation rejoiced.

Apparently, she didn't leave Twitter. As she had this to say:

Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj

"VJ" is Valerie Jarrett, longtime aide to President Barack Obama.

It was pointed out to Barr that this was a racist tweet. She responded by saying that Muslims are not a race, obviously missing the connection that calling a black woman an ape is racist. She then issued an apology:

I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.

And, again, she says she's going to leave Twitter.

Leave Twitter, don't leave Twitter, I no longer care. Barr has lost the plot in her hatred for Obama and liberals. But she's not unique. Twitter brings out the worst in some people, as they suddenly have a megaphone and anonymity to spew out the ugliest racial tropes. Barr doesn't have anonymity, but she has power, and feels free in the Age of Trump to be who she truly is. If she leaves Twitter, it will be a blessing, but just a drop in the ocean. The problem is bigger than Barr. It's a political culture in which 50 years of white resentment has exploded. Trump is the apotheosis of the Southern Strategy—which, lest we forget, wasn't limited to the South. The greatest trick the Devil made was convincing us he didn't exist. The same can be said for racism. It was always there; now it's out in the sunlight.

This is your open thread.



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