Snakes Slithering From ‘Neath The Rocks …

Two stories in the New York Times’ race-related section this week caught my eye … and turned my stomach.

The first …

Arizona state legislator, Representative David Stringer, who represents the Yavapai County area of the state, attended a public lecture at Arizona State University, during which a history professor, Donald Critchlow, discussed the 2018 midterm elections.  After the lecture, Mr. Stringer met privately with a group of students.  Here are a few snippets of what he told the students …

David Stringer“Uh, the African American vote is probably over 90% Democrat, and it’s been that way for decades. The Asian-American vote, the Asian Americans are an educated culture, affluent, relatively speaking, and in our society are not an under-class, they vote overwhelmingly Democratic. The Hispanics, even middle-class Hispanics, they vote overwhelmingly Democrat, because the number one issue is immigration, and bringing more of their co-religionists and people like them, into the country.

Also, diversity in our country is relatively new.  [A student asks what he means, citing that his own grandparents were Irish and Italian] They were all Europeans. By the 2nd or 3rd generation, everybody looks the same, everybody talks the same, but that’s not the case with African-Americans or other racial groups because they don’t melt in. They don’t blend in, they always look different.

The difference between the Polack, I shouldn’t say Polack … the difference between the Polish-American immigrant and the immigrant from say, Somali, is that the 2nd generation Polish immigrant looks like the Irish kid and the German kid and every other kid. But, the immigrant from Somali does not.”

Lovely, huh?  67,023 people in the State of Arizona voted for this white supremacist, more than twice as many as voted for his opponent.  His racism can’t possibly come as a surprise to them, for back in the fall when he was running for re-election, he told a room full of people that immigration is an “existential threat” because “there aren’t enough white kids to go around” in public schools.  Not for the first time, Stringer faces calls for his resignation from a host of prominent fellow Republican leaders, but refuses to step down, claiming that the election results last month prove that the people in his district want him in office.

The second …

Three weeks ago, two swastikas and an anti-Semitic slur were spray-painted on the walls of a Jewish professor, Elizabeth Midlarsky’s office at Columbia University in New York.Columbia hate crimeAnd then last Sunday, a student dressed in a blazer and button-up shirt went on a racist tirade on Columbia’s campus, screaming …

columbia racist“White people are the best thing that ever happened in the world!  We are so amazing!  I love myself and I love my people!  We invented the modern world … Europeans invented the modern world!”

Since the October shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left eleven people dead and six wounded, including four police officers (good guys with guns?), there have been multiple anti-Semitic incidents around the nation.  A Brooklyn synagogue was defaced with graffiti, including the phrase “Die Jew Rats”.  Two swastikas were found spray-painted onto a concrete outpost on the Upper West Side of New York City. two swastikasThe hate goes on … and on.  It escalates.  Where is the outrage?  Why don’t we see these items on the front page of the newspaper, on the nightly news?  Where is the condemnation by the nation’s leaders?  Instead, these are minor stories buried somewhere on the back pages, if at all.  I don’t deny that the hate has likely always been there, but since the king cobra slithered out from under the big rock in June 2015, incidents like the ones I mentioned have been on the rise.  Are we becoming inured?  Have we reached the saturation point where it’s just another shoulder-shrugging story?  I hope not.

Yes, folks, bigotry in all its forms is alive and well in this nation and not only that, but it is promoted every damn day from the folks in the White House.

38 thoughts on “Snakes Slithering From ‘Neath The Rocks …

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  2. Dear Jill,

    I’ve been wondering about those Jewish wealthy donors who give millions to the Republican Party and its candidates. Don’t they know that they are donating to a party which tolerates racist groups which all have one thing in common. The members of these White Nationalist type groups are also antisemitic. In other words these Jewish donors are giving monies to political organizations which traffic in hate and fear.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • true. A friend of mine’s BIL is a retired NY attorney and Jewish. He and his wife love trump. Something to do with their perceived support by trump of Israel, I think. I don’t get it either.

      Runaway greed, racism and religious right fundamentalism will be the forces to end it all, especially in the US, but I’m afraid it is spreading worldwide.

      I did have hope for the younger generations, but I’m not so sure now. I’ve seen stories of a lot of racist hateful young people lately, so…..things don’t look good and throw in climate change and there you go.

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    • My guess, based on what I have read, is that they are willing to turn a blind eye to the racism and anti-Semitism that Trump has unleashed because of Trump’s support of Israel and moving the embassy to Jerusalem. And, of course there are those like the Adelson’s who support Trump because he supports their greed.


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  3. Jill, I caught five minutes of a show on the Discovery Channel called “Live at the Border.” I found of interesting that one of the speakers differentiated in actions of what he called “American Immigrants” and “Mexican Immigrants.” Really? My educated guess is the former were WASPs.

    As for the greatness of God’s gift of white people to the world, let this 60 year old white man note the following:
    – Steve Jobs was of Syrian descent – had his natural parents not immigrated to the US….
    – a great deal of higher mathematics evolved from the Middle East
    – other scientific concepts came from the Mayans.
    – several city planning ideas evolved out of the Muslims and Chinese
    – many ideas on protecting emissaries, different religions, organized battle tactics came from Genghis Khan and his Mongol empire
    – Jesus did not look like Max Von Sydow or Jeffrey Hunter as portrayed in the movies – he was Jewish carpenter who had a swarthy complexion.

    Yes, whites have contributed to our planet, but to think they are alone in their genius is very poor argument. I would go one step further – for all of America’s problems that incapable leaders won’t solve or make worse, our diversity is a huge strength.

    But, what does this 60 year old white man know? Keith

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    • Dear Anonymous,

      I loved your report. Diversity is what makes this country great and what has made this country great. It has been the life-blood of this great country. Those that resist this concept are not interested in making the USA great but a country ruled by hate and fear.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • Interesting! I would have to ask, what, exactly, is an ‘American immigrant’? Your examples of contributions by those who are not of European descent are but a few of the hundreds of thousands. Like the peanut butter sandwich you’re eating? Thank George Washington Carver. And the list goes on and on. For several years, I taught a course in ‘Black History’ and I always included some of the contributions made by African-Americans. Same can be said for Jews, Middle-Easterners, et al. White supremacy is arrogance without merit. In fact, when you look at how we have treated ‘others’, such as Africans (slavery), Native Americans (think Trail of Tears, just for starters), and Middle Easterners (think Donald Trump), white supremacy becomes a huge joke. Sigh. But what does this 67-year-old woman of mixed blood know?


      • Jill, these are key reasons immigrantion is accretive to the economy. Diversity of thoughts and ideas unleashed by enterpreneurial or just dogged determination. In Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers,” he uses an example of opportunity. All these immigrants came to America in the 1930s to escape the Nazi emergence and created a piece goods industry. Yet, their children and a high number of professional and educational talent that created success stories in the 1960s and 1970s.

        Legal Immigration has declined under the current “US regime.” Shutting our borders to new ideas is about the dumbest thing we possibly could do. Yet, fear trounces idea creation by diverse points of view. This is yet another horrific Trump legacy that needs to be unwound before it does real harm. Keith

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        • Quite so. You never know what greatness lies within a person … any person … until they have the opportunity to explore their own minds. Trump is a fool, and you’re right … if we don’t do something soon, long-lasting damages is likely in many areas, including immigration.


  4. The largest issue I have personally seen is apathy from the yougest of our voters. Either they have been groomed by Conservative parents to be clones and vote always as their parents, wearing bright red ties and toting guns, or they are free thinking liberals who are already jaded, feeling their vote won’t count anyway or they want to be heroes and vote for the underdog, like Bernie Sanders, not accepting that they are merely pulling votes from the other party that stands a chance of winning. I know because I used to be such an idealistic person so many years ago. But I am appalled that so many people do not comprehend the magnitude of White Supremacist influence and sit comfortably by while this new wave of Nazi terrorists rises within our population. This kind of BS was caise for a Civil War here once. Can you even imagine what it would be like these days, with people on all sides so enraged and acting without conscience so many times? I am appalled daily by the number of people I thought were decent human beings who are closet racists and have supported this demon since he set foot in the oval office.
    “I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now…..I really don’t know clouds…aaaat allll….” Judy Collins.

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    • You are quite right about apathy, which can be just as toxic as overt hate. But, I am seeing some things in the young generation that give me reason for hope, such as the Parkland survivors who came out in favour of gun control … they are angry and they’re ready to fight. And young Greta Thunberg who is making a stand about climate change and protecting the environment. It is, of course, too early to know what the next generation will do, but I think that a great many of them are looking at our example and deciding that they’ve had enough.

      You are also right that a vote for a candidate who doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell is, at best, a throwaway vote, and at worst, a vote for the opposition. One of the many things I see as being wrong with our system is that a third party candidate never stands a chance … the odds are stacked heavily against him/her. It is wonderful, for example, that Jill Stein of the Green Party campaigned so hard, took a stand against the Dakota Access pipeline, etc., but she was doomed before her horse ever left the gate. She inspired many, but those 1.5 million votes for her on November 8th 2016 might have put Hillary Clinton over the top. Same can be said for Gary Johnson’s 1.3 million. A system with a 2nd choice vote could solve the problem. But, sigh, for now, the elite billionaires are calling the shots.

      We don’t want people, especially our young people, to give up their idealism, but rather to find the balance between idealism and pragmatism. Change comes slowly, but without visionaries, without idealists, change for the betterment of mankind can never come.

      Both Sides Now was a perfect song to link to your comment … I feel the same …

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      • My young heart will always be idealistic, optomistic and full of hope. I just know what lies behind enough masks now to know there must be thought behind our actions. When you look back at European history it seems mankind has not really come all that far emotionlly. We just have a lot of new toys and more advanced weapons…

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        • Your words echo what I was saying to another friend earlier this evening … we really haven’t learned much, for we are making the same mistakes that were made centuries ago. And, rather than try to learn to understand and embrace our differences, we continue using them as a weapon, a tool of hate. I have lost hope that there will ever be world peace … the human race seems to thrive on violence and chaos.

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            • A phrase I have used many, many, MANY times in the past few years! I picture elf-like workers with notepads in hands, pens behind their ears, saying … “Nope, scratch the opposable thumb thing … it makes them arrogant!”

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              • This idea is what spawned my novel. Creation from the perspective of Original Thought and the ones who refuse to give up on this pitiful human existence. We are so unique and still so flawed. It is as though we keep ourselves locked in a perpetual learning cycle, afriad to stop our addiction to so much emotion, both good and negative. It defines our entire existence here…

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                • You are right, of course … we seem never to quite learn from our mistakes, therefore one generation may learn a lesson, pass it on to the next, but it is somewhat diluted because they didn’t actually experience it, and by the time it is 3 or 4 generations into the future, the lesson no longer resonates. Take, for example, Hitler’s rise to power. My grandparents knew well the lesson about being complacent and allowing a madman to take over a nation. My parents knew the lesson well, and they passed it along to me. Through their stories, it seemed almost as if I had lived through it. But my children … for them, it is just stories … they don’t have the same sense of horror that I did. And my grandkids … it’s just boring history, and thus they roll their eyes when I make comparisons to 1933 and 2018. The Chinese believe history is cyclic, and I believe they may be right, for the lessons of history become diluted and seem no longer relevant, until …

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  5. To an extent we have become inured. Surely. This sort of thing is becoming increasingly commonplace. But many people also feel helpless: what can WE do? Hate, based as it is on fear and ignorance, is so much easier than love and we all tend to take the path of least resistance! This is very sad. Very sad, indeed.

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    • You are so right, Hugh. It is far easier to simply hate the ‘other’ rather than try to understand and embrace the differences. But, the rewards for taking the time to understand and embrace are beyond measure. Too bad some people’s blinders don’t allow them to see that. So, where, I wonder, does it all end?

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  6. It’s quite an indictment on the people of Yavapai County for him to say they wanted him in power despite his racist leanings.I wonder what the rest of the state voted. Anyone with those leanings knows his/her kind will be welcomed given the leader they have.Racism might have simmered along for a few more years uncovered had Trump not welcomed it under the spotlight.. Kids should be taught in school that racism is wrong to counter act the lessons they get at home.

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    • Yes, it is a statement about the people of that district. I was reading when I was researching for this post that they are mostly elderly. Statewide, there are only slightly more republicans in the state legislature than democrats … 3 or 4, I believe it was. Arizona overall, I think, is less Trumpian, for they are on the U.S. Mexican border, meaning that much of their economy is dependent on tourism. If Trump gets his wall, tourism is likely to decline dramatically. Arizona is also the state that was, until recently, represented by John McCain and also Jeff Flake.

      I fully agree … as we have discussed before … that the value of diversity should be taught in the schools, for parents keep passing their own beliefs to their offspring, and … it’s a vicious circle with no end in sight.


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  7. The race that glorifies its own superiority has only one place left to go–extinction. What good can they be trying to tell us that they do not already know–to be bullshit. They are clinging by their fingernails to a precipice made of limestone. Soon that rock will crumble, and they will be hanging onto air–that they made dirty with carbon dioxide. Oops. BYE!

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  8. I recently read what a Jewish rabbi wrote. He said a good many people have discovered they actually have Jewish great grandfathers and grandmothers or great-great grandfathers and grandmothers they previously didn’t know about. It’s not at all uncommon. These haters should have their DNA checked. No telling what they’d find. Either that or they know and are trying to hide it by protesting too much. Prejudice is taught. No child is born with it. They’ve been influenced by someone. Wherever it comes from it’s hateful and those in power should crack down on it so we don’t have another Hitler. What we have is bad enough. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • You are so right … most of us only know much about the past 2 or 3 generations, not about who our ancestors were hundreds of years ago. And the bottom line is that it should not matter … we’re all humans! What matter what religion, skin colour or anything else? You are also right that bigotry in all its forms is taught. Watch small children on a playground … they could care less what colour the skin of the other kids is — they just want to play together. But parents pass their own prejudices on to their children, making it a vicious circle … where does it end???

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