It's not racism, that's for sure...
SC resident Russell Walker: "I don't believe [the confederate flag] is a symbol of racism. I don't believe it's a symbol of slavery. Hey, I go down the street I see Martin Luther Coon -- I shouldn't say that. I mean, Martin Luther King. Should I insist they rip the street signs down that say Martin Luther King Street or the rest of that stuff?"Black Like Me in Reverse....: The world of social media has opened the door to the kind of research below, by award-winning poet and actor from Denver Theo Wilson. Wilson echos what I have experienced with my own rabid Trump trolls; an alternative world of Obama bashing and a normalized Hillary misogyny that resulted after decades of character assassination (often described as being calculating and cold):
Washington Post: As soon as Theo Wilson started making YouTube videos about culture and race, trolls using racial slurs started flocking to his page. After engaging in endless sparring matches in the comments section, Wilson began to notice something curious: His trolls seemed to speak a language unto themselves, one replete with the same twisted facts and false history. It was as if they had all passed through some “dimensional doorway,” arriving from an alternative universe where history, politics and commonly accepted facts had been turned inside out.
There was the idea that slavery was a form of charity that benefited enslaved Africans; that freed blacks owned more slaves than whites before the Civil War; that people of color make up the majority of those receiving aid from America's safety-net programs; and that investor and philanthropist George Soros is funding protest movements like Black Lives Matter. In 2015, he started by creating a ghost profile named “Lucious25,” a digital white supremacist who appeared to be an indigenous member of the alt-right's online echo chamber.
Wilson's alternate identity was questioning President Barack Obama's birthplace, railing against Black Lives Matter and bemoaning people he called “race-baiters,” such as Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. After several months, he was a disaffected fixture on alt-right websites that draw white supremacists — such as Info Wars and American Renaissance — and in the comments section of racist YouTube videos.
Language of the National Socialist Nazi Movement: If you've heard a Trump speech, then you've heard the dog whistle language of white nationalists. Don't believe me, well....:
Proud History of Slavery? Sure, why not (thanks to Trump): This is one of the most amazing examples yet this week, where slavery is "good history:"