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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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Bernie Sanders Supporter Out on Bail After Trying to Torch Republican Office in California

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A California man who attempted to burn down the Republican Party of Humboldt headquarters is free to roam the streets after spending only a day in jail before posting bail.

According to KRCR News, Eureka Police Department officers responded to a call early in the morning of a man smashing the windows at the Republican headquarters. A witnessed provided a description of the suspect and claimed he was seen riding a bicycle in the direction of the bay.

Officers quickly arrived at the scene and found the man on the Boardwalk. They claimed that the suspect tried to flee the scene on bike but was detained after a short pursuit. According to the EPD, the suspect was found holding a “Trump” political flag. His bicycle had a “Bernie” political sticker tacked on, according to the police report.

The man was identified as 43-year-old Michael Valls of Eureka and was found possessing items connecting him to the vandalism on 5th Street, police stated.

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In the investigation, police claimed they found three large front plate glass windows that were apparently shattered.

Police added that a “Trump” political flag was taken from inside one of the shattered windows, which matched the flag Valls had in his possession.

A liquid chemical was also found inside the building. Humboldt Bay Fire arrived at the scene and discovered that the liquid was flammable, the EPD recollected.

Valls was arrested and sent to Humboldt County Correctional Facility for attempted arson, burglary, felony vandalism, resisting arrest and providing a false name.

Valls was held in jail on $25,000 bail Saturday. He would later be bailed out on Sunday.

This was not an isolated incident.

On numerous occasions, vandals have targeted the Humboldt GOP headquarters in Eureka.

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