GOP and racist messaging: permission and patriarchy

Paul Ryan:

“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work. There is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”


Cliven Bundy: 

“They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”


I think what Paul Ryan said makes people like Cliven Bundy feel free to express similar statements, albeit less … coded.

And then there’s this from Donald Sterling, which speaks to the heart of what each man above expresses:

“I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses,” Sterling rails. “Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have — who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?”


This is the intersection of racism and patriarchy, where white dudes feel the need to speak out as caretakers of Black people. This is concern trolling for financial, political, and personal gain. 



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