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LA Times Columnist Compares Wearing MAGA Hat To Wearing Blackface

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Tuesday, Los Angeles Times columnist Robin Abcarian published a piece comparing wearing a MAGA hat to wearing blackface. The column, entitled “MAGA hats and blackface are different forms of expression, but they share a certain unfortunate DNA”, attempted to draw parallels between the benign and nonracial act of wearing a MAGA hat, to the overtly racist act of smearing shoe polish on one’s face and mocking the mannerisms of African Americans.

The piece opens with the claim that MAGA hats “share DNA” with blackface and belong on the same political continuum.

“Two potent racial symbols — MAGA hats and blackface — have been in the news. They may not appear related at first blush, but they belong on a political continuum that ranges from racial provocation to outright racism. They share DNA.”

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Abcarian admits that wearing a MAGA hat is “not necessarily an overt expression of racism”, but says that by wearing one you indicate that you “share, admire or appreciate President Trump’s racist views about Mexicans, Muslims and border walls.” She also insist that the slogan “Make America Great Again” implicitly means that “The past was better because the country was whiter.”

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Abcarian draws the absolutely wrong conclusion that both MAGA hats and blackface are rooted in and are expressions of white supremacy.

“Whether white people who blacken their faces for fun know it or not, the practice is rooted in minstrelsy and the mockery of blacks by whites. Like the MAGA hat, it is an expression of white supremacy.” she states.

She continues to say, “The lesson — that blackface is never funny, never acceptable — is one that white Americans seem destined to have to learn over and over again.”

The piece concludes with an assorted list of celebrity blackface incidences, including “Cheers” actor Ted Danson, actress Julianne Hough, and TV host Megyn Kelly, commenting “I wish we could move on.”

Not once in Abcarian’s entire column is a coherent argument made that shows why or how blackface is related in any way to supporting the President of the United States by wearing his campaign merchandise. Only the tired and baseless assertion that both share a theme of white supremacy is echoed throughout the piece.

 

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Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation

Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.

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If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.

Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional. 

AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.

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At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”

In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.” 

Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”

According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”

When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”

Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.

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