Teri Kanefield+ Your Authors @Teri_Kanefield Author, lawyer (UC Berkeley) My threads are here: terikanefield-blog.com/ NBC News Opinion contributor Impeachment notes: impeachment-trump.com/ Aug. 07, 2019 2 min read + Your Authors

(Thread) Trump, the modern GOP, and the Shooters

What they have in common: They see themselves as victims.

E.W. Jackson believes it’s the demonization of white people by liberals, not white supremacy, that is radicalizing mass shooters.

2/ It’s definitely counterintuitive that members of the Fox-Trump-GOP view themselves as victims—but they do.

Prof. @jasonintrator explains: The dominant group feels victimized by encroaching equality because the dominant group believes that nature forms a hierarchy.

3/ Thus when “inferior” groups seek equality, the dominant group thinks the inferior group want to displace them at the top. What’s actually happening, of course, is that the oppressed groups want equality.

4/ If people hold a hierarchal view of nature, the demand for equality feels threatening, because they think the people demanding equality are actually trying to achieve power over them. They feel that they’re losing something.

5/ This feeling of loss has been explained in different ways by numerous scholars and theorists in various fields. See, for example:

6/ Here Prof. Stanley responds to Tucker Carlson’s latest bit of nonsense:
People who think nature forms a hierarchy don’t believe true equality is possible, which is why some white men feel like a true liberal democracy means their own ruin.

7/ This is explains Trump’s habit of confronting the worst tragedies in America by making himself the victim:

Trump and pals are thus doing their best to roll us back to the time white men were secure at the top of the hierarchy.

8/ Once you start looking for victimization, you see all through the Trump-FOX-GOP statements. Here was Trump characterizing himself as a victim of Mueller and what he sees as irrational hatred of him⤵️
(screen shot because I can't find the link right now!)

9/ They see themselves and victims and want to roll us back to the time when white men ruled. It makes perfect sense to them.

What do we do?

We'll have to do the work of rolling everything forward again.

Will it be hard?


10/ This time, though, we know how to do it.

Susan B. Anthony, Thurgood Marshall, and many others taught us how.

American history shows us patterns: The reactionaries work to roll us backwards, the progressives work to roll us forward.

11/ One more example: @heerjeet called it a persecution complex:

Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall (in his career as a civil rights lawyer), MLK Jr., and others were up against the same foes.

It's the same story.


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