Logic and common sense tells us that when racial tensions increase under a black president, it’s because racists are not happy about who they see in the White House.
But turning that logic on its head, Scott Walker is peddling the idea that Obama is one drumming up racial tensions against whites. This isn’t even dog-whistle stuff anymore, folks. Since Obama became president, Republicans like Walker have successfully rationalized away racism as a device used against them by racist minorities trying to divide the country.
|Exploitation to Divide Americans? Ya think?|
It’s ironic really, since it was Scott Walker who was caughton video saying his goal was to divide and conquer his opponents.
Scott Walker is now leading the victimized white man’s attack against black racists who are demanding that their lives matter too, at the same time denouncing protesters redressing their government. He's vilified similar protesters in Wisconsin who turned out by the hundreds of thousands when he attacked labor, even comparing them to ISIS. Nice campaign strategy:
Scott Walker alleges ‘a rise in anti-police rhetoric’ under President Obama: Walker said Wednesday he was alarmed by the "disturbing trend of police officers being murdered on the job" and by the "rise in anti-police rhetoric" that has accompanied President Obama's time in office.
"Instead of hope and change, we’ve seen racial tensions worsen and a tendency to use law enforcement as a scapegoat. This kind of attitude has created a culture in which we all too often see demonstrations and chants where people describe police as 'pigs' and call for them to be 'fried like bacon.' This inflammatory and disgusting rhetoric has real consequences for the safety of officers who put their lives on the line for us and hampers their ability to serve the communities that need their help. We need to change the tone in America from chants and rallies that fixate on racial division."
Walker is fixated on banning dissent, which he sees as a divisive “tone,” and wants to replace it with positive messaging and happy talk. In other words, ignore the problem.
“Instead of focusing on what divides us, we need to concentrate on what brings us together."
Remember this Walker comment, that should have been a campaign killer, but wasn't:
On Aug. 21, Walker was asked if he would meet with representatives of the Black Lives Matter movement, and he answered: "Who knows who that is? I meet with voters. Who knows who that is. That is a ridiculous question. I'm going to talk to voters. It's a ridiculous question."
Giving America a clean slate, free of the racial struggle’s that brought us the Civil War and 60’s civil rights movement, Walker wrote this jaw dropping statement:
"This isn’t the America I grew up in or that I want my children to grow up in."
Walker’s strategy is similar to his party’s strategy; build on GOP misinformation that makes people “believe” what isn’t true:
AshLee Strong, spokeswoman for Walker’s presidential campaign, said “We’re drawing attention to a problem that needs to be addressed. When police are being targeted because of the uniform they wear, that’s a problem that needs to be dealt with. This is an issue that Americans believe is getting worse, not better.” According to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, 107 police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2013 — the lowest number since 1949.