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.”
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.”
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.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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