Enough! Yet another white supremacist carries out yet another bloody massacre — this time targeting Hispanics — in El Paso, Texas, leaving 22 dead.
To stanch this deadly trend, a trend fueled by our president’s racist and hate-filled rhetoric, it is past time for the white supremacist’s diametric opposite — the white American of conscience — to step up and act. I offer this resolution:
Whereas: Such denigration works insidiously to dehumanize non-white human beings, rendering them as lesser and not human and not American, thus justifying their subordination, deportation, murder;
Whereas: This dehumanization of non-white human beings is pre-eminently the agenda of the white supremacist, whose agenda Trump has championed, first with dog whistles and now with explicit racist appeals;
Whereas: White supremacists, decrying infestation and invasion, have carried out massacres in Charleston (in the former administration, killing blacks) and, in the Trump era, in Pittsburgh (killing Jews) and now El Paso (killing Hispanics);
And whereas: White supremacists, post-9/11, express virulent hatred of Muslims;
Be it therefore resolved: White Americans of conscience must unite in solidarity with all of our non-white fellow Americans, for the express purpose of establishing — at long last — that America is not about blood lines or blood identity. At our essence, America is about our foundational ideals of equality and justice for all citizens.
Having created America, white Americans have dominated its affairs throughout our history — a reality that white supremacists interpret as Divine Right.
Fearing the loss of that dominant power bequeathed by their forebears, and fearing their own replacement, white supremacists make a fetish of blood lines and blood identity, pointing with pride to their white European origins and the glories of a white Western civilization. As to America’s extraordinary expansion and growth, the white supremacist rationalizes the crime of exterminating the native American population and taking their lands as justified — “Conquered, not stolen.” And they rationalize the crime of slavery —…