Racists Love Russia?

 

Photo by Daily Progress.

While I’ve been in Russia trying to make friends, back home in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, a group of torch-bearing supporters of Robert E. Lee has held a rally generally understood as a proclamation of white supremacy. I’ve previously written at some length about this white identity group, their humanity, their legitimate grievances, and their support for Donald Trump.

They chanted: “You will not replace us!” possibly because the city of Charlottesville has decided to replace a statue of Robert E. Lee with something less racist.

They chanted: “Blood and soil!” I suppose to express their lengthy connection to the land (although their leader is no more from Virginia than Robert E. Lee is from Charlottesville), or — less charitably — just because of the flagrantly fascist sound of the slogan.

And they chanted: “Russia is our friend!”

If the relevance of that last one confuses you, I am very pleased to hear it.

To explain: In the United States many people identify as Democrats or Liberals, or Republicans or “Conservatives” on the other hand. What these identifications entail is infinitely manipulable by the corporate media and the powers that be in Washington, D.C. At the moment, one camp has come to mean:

Progressive,
Humanitarian,
Feminist,
Racially Inclusive,
Economically Fair,

Environmentalist,
Militarist,
And Hostile Toward Russia.

The other camp means:

Capitalist,
Regressive,
Sexist,
Racist,
Inhumane,
Destructive of the Environment,
Militarist,
And Friendly Toward Russia.

Both camps accept on the basis of no evidence whatsoever that Russia helped put Trump in the White House. Both camps are perfectly open to building up hostility toward a nuclear-armed government, but only one camp has been instructed to do so at this time for partisan reasons.

I mentioned this state of affairs to some Russians, and one replied: “But we never even had slavery, only serfdom.” Regardless of how important that distinction is, this misses the point. There’s no logical connection between liking Russia and wanting a city in 2017 to be dominated by confederate statues erected for racist campaigns in the 1920s. I’m not committing any fallacies by favoring some changes in Charlottesville’s landscape and favoring U.S.-Russia personal and governmental friendships.

I toured Moscow’s Gulag Museum today. I saw no crowd of gulag supporters proposing friendship with the United States. But such a display would hardly have been observable as such, since every single Russian I’ve ever met has proposed friendship with the United States — including Russians with a wide range of opinions about the gulags.

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  • collette.robert@yahoo.com

    Someone waging war by deception does not want us to have good relations with Russia. It is clear to understand why “someone” would want to define our enemies for us (and our “friends”). It is important for us to know who our real enemies are. At this time it is not obvious that the majority are aware of who that is.

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  • Charlie Primero

    The AltRight likes Russia because Russia is what the U.S. hates most, white and Christian.

  • Shocked

    Article written by someone that is clueless about freedom, racism, and to the cause of the war. Should be writing for Salon.

  • John Paul Jones

    1968, April 4th Martin Luther King Died. LBJ President. Federal Government run by Democrats.
    Today Black Lives Matter folks have sided with the Democrats.
    Just one example of the brainwashing of American students.