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Racism in the USA : America's trauma


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Rosa Parks is the first black woman to have a life-size statue in the United States Capitol. The portrait of the civil rights activist, who refused to vacate her seat on a bus for a white man in 1955, has stood for eight years in the statue hall of the building that is so important for American democracy, which was stormed by a white pro-Trump mob in early January has been.

Around 20,000 National Guard soldiers have now come to the capital to protect and defend the Capitol, the assumption of office by Joe Biden and - no less is the issue these days in the United States - the democracy of the country. They rest in the corridors and halls of the building. A group of black soldiers pauses as they pass Park's statue and the men take a few selfies.

These days will later be remembered in the US as a time when the country showed its hateful, anti-democratic and racist side. Once again.

Donald Trump has his entire presidency at its core white supremacy, built on the idea of ​​white supremacy, of white supremacy. His four years in power have empowered the country's white racists to take their idea of ​​America to the streets loudly, openly and with confidence. And as President Trump exemplified such a white America for them. A country where the law of the fittest applies, where there are no losers and where the government is primarily there for, for Law and Order to care; for a law and an order whose interpretation rests with the president alone.

The Capitol storm that has now so shocked the US was just the more violent and overt expression of an attempt to maintain that superiority.

The basis of Trump's power was this idea of ​​white supremacy. The wall on the border with Mexico, the entry ban for people from predominantly Muslim countries, the talk of "shit hole countries", led by black presidents, the spread of racist conspiracy ideas such as the Birther theory - which was intended to deny Barack Obama his right to the presidency - Trump's statement after the far-right march in Charlottesville in 2017 that both sides were responsible for the violence been, the defamation of the Black Lives Matter protests as a left-wing anti-fascist mob ... The list of examples could go on and on.

The idea of ​​white supremacy is based on a racism that originated in the early days of white US history and has shaped the country ever since. Even after the abolition of slavery after the Civil War in 1865, blacks were valued as part of an imagined race that was inferior to whites. And this racism was legitimized by the Supreme Court in 1896, which considered the separation of groups of people according to skin color to be constitutional. This notion is so anchored in the country and in the minds of its white citizens to this day that even equality laws could hardly set limits to racist inequality in the country.

Two days before Joe Biden's inauguration, the Americans celebrated Martin Luther King Day. This is to celebrate the hero of the civil rights movement. A hero who was attacked with bricks, bottles and stones by a white mob in Chicago in August 1966. Previously, the government had the "discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin ", So the discrimination on the basis of Race, Skin color, religion, sexual identity, and national origin officially ended with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But King's demand that land in the city be sold to everyone regardless of skin color was for many Whites absolutely unacceptable at this point.

The neo-Nazi David Duke ran in the gubernatorial election of the US state of Louisiana in 1991 - he lost, but got more than half of the white votes. And today, January 2021, whites attacked the Capitol and with it a democratic system that they no longer consider legitimate. They wanted to keep a president in office whose policy is the logical continuation of deadly racism - and whom 74 million Americans were ready to vote for a second time. The more than 81 million people who have chosen Joe Biden and a different America do not accept them. After all, the presidency of Black Barack Obama has already increased their anger and their desire to bring one of their own into the White House.

Racism as social DNA

Even today, being black in the USA means being shot because you have a bag of Skittles in your hand and a hoodie or because you go jogging. Or you can be suffocated by the police for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. The Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd last summer reminded the country that nothing is good, that nothing is fair in the country land of the free. But even 2020 should not be the year in which America would really have grappled with one of its greatest crimes and politicians would have been forced to act.

Joe Biden showed solidarity with the BLM movement, but found it difficult to come up with concrete political proposals. Trump used the protests to further incite his supporters. He called for the National Guard, law and order and supported "Blue Lives Matter". In a televised debate with Biden, he asked the racist Proud Boys, "to stand back and stand by"so to be ready.

According to the magazine, if only white votes had been counted in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump would have Mother Jones won the Electoral College by 389 votes to 81 against Hillary Clinton. After eight years with Barack Obama, white America wanted a white man in the Oval Office. No matter what kind of one. Even a moderate white politician like Clinton was a figure of hatred for Trump voters. "It is often said that Trump has no real ideology, which is not true - his ideology is white supremacy, in all its cruel and hypocritical power," Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote in October 2017 The Atlantic under the title America's First White President.

Donald Trump's presidency has revealed that racism is still part of the social order in America, part of the country's DNA. Like no white president before him, Trump has based his power on a white class. And the Republican Party let him go, because it was always their power base. She opposed any civil rights movements. For example, in 1957 President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent the National Guard to Little Rock, Arkansas, to protect the path of nine black students to a white school. Not because he was convinced of it, but because he had to obey a judgment of the Supreme Court. The judges in Brown v. Board of Education found that "separate educational institutions are inherently unequal". But for Eisenhower and the Republicans, it was not legislation that counted, but votes. And those were white, conservative voters who saw the separation according to skin color as the natural order.

It was in the fifties that the core idea arose in extremely neoliberal circles of what tasks the state has from a conservative point of view: the military, the courts, the police. A triad that finally established itself in the mainstream of the Republican Party with the presidency of Ronald Reagan in 1980. Trump doesn't just have the campaign slogan from Reagan "Make America Great Again" adopted, but also the law-and-order concept. In this worldview it is the role of the police to maintain the traditional hierarchies. Its task is to intervene in conflicts in the cities. Historically, this primarily meant protecting the white elite and controlling the black, former slave population.