A monument celebrating First Lady Melania Trump has been built in the southern European country of Slovenia, in which the First Lady was born before moving to the United States and becoming a naturalized citizen.
The statue depicts the First Lady in the outfit she wore for President Trump’s historic presidential inauguration on January 20th, 2017.
The statue is located in rural fields outside of the town of Sevnica, Melania Trump’s hometown.
Mrs. Trump was born to a humble family in a nearby town in 1970, going on to become a world-famous model before marrying real estate tycoon and world-famous television personality Donald Trump.
Conceptual artist Ales ‘Maxi’ Zupevc, who created the statue, claims the monument is the first of its kind in commemorating the First Lady.
Slovenia is a small nation of just more than two million people, having approximately the population of a smaller US state such as New Mexico.
As such, Mrs. Trump is a source of pride for the Slovenian people, holding the informal title of the world’s most famous Slovene.
Melania became a naturalized U.S citizen in 2006, a year after she married Donald Trump in a ceremony at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Florida.
In addition to celebrating a famous resident, Zupevc’s statue will stand as a sign of friendship between the American and Slovenian people.
Chinese Communist Party Media is Rooting for Black Lives Matter
According to a piece by Paul Joseph Watson at Summit News, the Chinese state media outlet Xinhua is rooting for leftist insurrectionist group Black Lives Matter.
The outlet went so far as to draw a cartoon with police officers equipped with pitchforks and torches pursuing a black man.
“Statistics show, time and again, that some are disproportionately prejudiced against in the U.S. #FightRacism,” the official Xinhua News account Tweeted.
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) September 27, 2020
The image depicts three white police officers and a dog chasing a black male. While in pursuit, the officers exclaimed, “hunt that blackie!
The Chinese Communist Party has taken advantage of the BLM movement to try to gain international clout and stir up unrest within the U.S. The CCP wants nothing more than a weakened U.S. that is tearing itself apart. From there, it can position itself as a more “stable” alternative to the U.S. and continue projecting its soft power.
Similarly, by accepting the American Left’s narrative on police brutality, the CCP can draw attention away from its brutal human rights track record against ethnic minorities such as the Uyghurs.
Several Twitter users caught on to this and pointed out the irony in the CCP’s attacks against the U.S.
“So how are the Uighurs doing up in Xinjiang?” inquired one user.
Another user called attention to how China takes down black people from promotional material for Hollywood movies.
American poster on the left, ChyNa on the right.
Oh no! Where'd the black actor go?? pic.twitter.com/NioxsGCVIp
— Rob Smithson (@RobSmithson6) September 27, 2020
China has a very strong ethnocentric ethos and is not very friendly towards minority outgroups. After all, China views itself as “Zhong Guo” (the Middle Kingdom).
Watson pointed to a Spectator article detailing how Chinese people with a darker complexion receive harsh treatment. Some children get called “monkeys” if their complexion is perceived to be too dark.
In her Spectator piece, Carola Binney observed that racism in China is “so commonplace it can seem almost cheerful” and she noted that racism is a “standard undercurrent of public debate.”
All in all, China has no business lecturing the U.S. about racism.
Nevertheless, the U.S. should get its domestic house in order and tighten its migration and trade policies with China.
China will seek to exploit any vulnerabilities the U.S. has, and policymakers should do everything possible to shore up any weakness the U.S. has and keep China at bay.
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