Sometimes I think we on the left may over -generalize about the level of racism that’s rampant in the Republican Party. The reality though is that if you were at a Democratic rally and heard a prominent voice in the party speak of “breeding” and blood lines in relation to immigrants, unless you had a time machine and went back a few decades, your head would spin. At a recent anti-immigration rally Tea Party Community co-founder Ken Crow did just that. Crow strode up to the mic and delivered a speech that sounded like a segregationist preaching the purity of the races, but I just confirmed that is indeed 2013 so that just makes Crow a xenophobic and likely racist human being, doesn’t it?
Here’s the video of Crow’s comments:
Crow’s babbling about breeding sounds like it’s part of a caricature of a bloviating Southern racist politician, doesn’t it? When he intones, “From those incredible blood lines of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington and John Smith. And all these great Americans, Martin Luther King,” you just want to stand up and start humming the “The Battle Hymn of The Republic,” don’t you? Of course, you have to give him credit for putting Dr. King in that list. I have to admit I was shocked considering that his name was being used to invoke dog-whistle racism.
It’s the same toxic xenophobia rooted in racism that made some in this country anti-Irish or anti-Chinese. In a way it’s no different than the racism that forgave and “excused” slavery in the hearts of the slave owners — “otherizing.” They are the “others.” In Crow’s case you think he’s just referring in a blanket way to all immigrants, but let’s be frank. “Anti-immigration” is just TEAPublican code for “anti-Mexican,” and honestly even if he is just applying this thick coat of jingoism over immigrants in general that’s no better. America would literally not exist were it not for “undocumented” immigration to this land.
The truth is that the exact chemical makeup of Crow is probably equal parts nationalistic rage, xenophobic racism and good old fashioned American hubris. These are the people who genuinely think that if you are born within the boundaries of this country — and I wonder if the mystical American blood powers work on babies born to families stationed abroad — that your DNA is somehow altered. I don’t know if they think that all the bald eagle poop in our fruited plain somehow gets dispersed into our bodies and our genes via some weird Marvel Comics super-villain machine or something, but clearly he’s a little high on the fumes of freedom when he says, “…the unique thing about being from that part of the world, when you learn about breeding…You guys have incredible DNA and don’t forget it.”
So it really does make it kind of hard not to consider the right-wing the place on the ideological spectrum in American politics where racists congregate. At this point all the evidence is there that immigration reform will mean a huge boost to our economy, but more importantly it just weaves more fibers into the tapestry that we’ve all helped create. The more cultures that we can intertwine with ours, the stronger we’ll become. Anyone who holds these views, that “breeding” somehow makes us superior as a nation, is just masquerading as a thoughtful person all the while promulgating racism and xenophobia.
Oh, and apparently he doesn’t think immigrants can win the Kentucky Derby.
Here is the full video of the racist Tea Party Leader’s Speech: