ALAMY

State of the Union a Dog Whistle to Racists

Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke was one of the first to commend President Donald Trump on his State of the Union (SOTU) address Tuesday night as the entire speech was an affirmation of Trump’s view of whose lives matter.


“Americans are dreamers, too,” Trump said at the beginning of the portion of his speech on immigration.

Duke’s response tells you everything you need to know:

Not only was the play on words a jab at the 800,000 DACA immigrants whose future in this country is being held hostage by Republicans, it was similar to the white nationalist response to “Black Lives Matter” “All Lives Matter.”

In Trump’s speech, Corey Adams, a Black man, was used as a prop. He was the only African American to be called out by the president.

Adams is a welder from Ohio whom Trump said will benefit from his tax overhaul plan. Shortly after Trump spoke of Adams, including calling him “a good welder,” he poignantly used the efforts of a young, white boy to take a dig at Colin Kaepernick and other Black NFL players who’ve taken a knee during the national anthem.

“Here tonight is Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy from Redding, Calif., who noticed that veterans’ graves were not marked with flags on Veterans Day,” Trump said.

“Preston’s reverence for those who have served our nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.”

Republicans gave a rousing round of applause.

Following the president’s remarks veteran journalist April Ryan immediately tweeted:

“Taking the knee is about bringing attention to police involved shootings not against soldiers or the flag nor the anthem.”

According to a recent Mapping Police Violence report, in 2017, police killed 1,129 people, of which 27 percent were Black despite Blacks being just 13 percent of the population. Officers were only charged with a crime in 1 percent of cases. U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has scaled back programs to reform police departments, which was initiated by the Obama administration.

Kaepernick, 29, now a free agent, began taking a knee during the national anthem in the 2016 NFL preseason to call attention to police brutality against Blacks.

“There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” he said in August 2016.

In 2017, Trump continued to press NFL owners to fire the predominantly Black players who kneel during the national anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now,'” Trump said during a rally in Alabama in September. “Out! He’s fired.”

In his SOTU address, Trump also took credit for the work of an African American former President Barack Obama.

“Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low,” he began. “And something I’m very proud of, African American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) immediately tweeted in response:

Many members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) wore kente cloth as a rebuke of Trump reportedly calling African nations “shithole countries” in a meeting on immigration Jan. 11.

The CBC tweeted that the members who did not boycott the SOTU attended “to stare racism in the face.”

The group also slammed Trump for taking credit for the trend in unemployment.

Anti-immigrant advocate and White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller reportedly authored Trump’s address, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

“Miller has the president’s ear, and he uses his position to push policies based on faulty statistics from the Center for Immigration Studies, an anti-immigrant hate group,” the SPLC tweeted on Tuesday.

Trump’s speech used the pain of parents of children killed by the MS-13 gang, who were present, to support his administration’s four-tier immigration plan. The plan includes a path to citizenship “for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age,” but he said “a great wall on the Southern border” must be built and the country must move toward a merit-based visa system and eliminate chain migration.

Trump said the U.S. must limit legal immigration to protect Americans against crime.

But that’s not the case.

According to a report released this month by the Department of Justice, more than 13 percent of the U.S. population is foreign-born, but only 5.6 percent of inmates held in state, local and federal prisons are foreign-born.

He also claimed that chain migration, “under the current broken system,” is when “a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) tweeted:

Trump said the four-tier immigration plan “fulfills my ironclad pledge to sign a bill that puts America first.”

Yes, David Duke’s America.

Latest News

Justice for Breonna not served; The essential rule of politics; Teen serves two months in jail for not doing homework; and More

Justice for Breonna not served as grand jury indicted officer who shot her with wanton endangerment — but not murder. “Outrageous and offensive.” Those were  by attorney to the family, Ben Crump to describe the grand jury’s decision in the March 13 fatal police shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor. While…

IBM, EEOC, age

EEOC Unearths Years of Intentional Age Discrimination within IBM

After a long investigation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has revealed that IBM leaders had directed managers to replace older workers with younger ones. Between 2013 and 2018, nearly 86% of those considered for layoffs within the organization were older employees over the age of 40. The investigation showed…

Breathe March in Globe Park, New York, USA - 12 Sep 2020

Cities under attack from the Justice Department; Louisville bracing for the Breonna Taylor murder charge; Twitter reveals its racist side; and More

Justice department attacks three U.S. cities, declaring them anarchist zones — despite most of the protests that took place in each city being peaceful marches in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. In a move designed to pull federal funding from New York City, Seattle and Portland, OR, the…

ginsburg, supreme, court

The Lasting Legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — Plus the Four Biggest Issues Currently at Stake Following Her Death

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served on the nation’s highest court for 27 years, passed away Friday, Sept. 18 at the age 87. “As the second woman ever to sit on the highest court in the land, she was a warrior for gender equality — someone who believed…

Abbott Receives CE Mark for Next-Generation Mitraclip Heart Valve Repair Device to Treat Mitral

Originally posted on Abbott.com – CE Mark for MitraClip G4 offers physicians an innovative next-generation system with more options for mitral valve repair using proven clip-based technology – MitraClip is a first-of-its-kind transcatheter mitral valve therapy, now on its fourth generation, improving further on MitraClip’s history as a safe and…

Cox Crews Mobilized to Reconnect Gulf Coast

Originally published on Cox.com Cox has mobilized its employees with support from outside of the Gulf Coast area to begin assessing damage and restoring service outages caused by Hurricane Sally. In times like this, we understand it is important to stay connected and we want our services to help you…

BASF Invests Into Pyrum as Part of its ChemCyclingTM Project

Originally published on BASF.com  Pyrolysis oil from waste tires as additional raw material source next to oil from mixed plastic waste Investment will support construction of additional production capacities for pyrolysis oil Milestone in establishing a circular economy for post-consumer plastic waste Pyrolysis oil will partly replace fossil feedstock and…