In my last post I wrote about how we need to confront the Trump campaign and Trump supporters with the fact that the Trump campaign was based upon racism.
Similar to this, progressives must also be willing to face the bigotry that unfortunately is widespread on the left. Unlike what many on the left seem to think, bigotry is not just something that exist among right-winged people, but often roars its ugly head among progressives as well.
One such an example can be found at this Daily Kos diary from November 11, 2016
It is a first time diary entry, in which the author writes about the election of Trump. It was quite popular, and got 677 votes (a fairly high number of votes, especially for a first-time contribution). This entry contained the following paragraph
They think our country is being overrun by Muslims or will be, and they want to avoid a situation like in Europe. That’s a legitimate concern, since non-Europeans are indeed pouring into Europe and refusing to assimilate. I have traveled and lived in Europe and have seen it with my own eyes. It threatens to destroy the fabric of society there. But we don’t have that problem: One reason is that we control immigration. We let in the best and brightest, and a tiny trickle of refugees, and that’s about it. In Europe, by contrast, uneducated people from countries that never advanced beyond the 13th century can just take the train or drive and sneak in. Also, non-Europeans flood into Europe from former French, etc. colonies such as Tunisia – a problem we don’t have. Immigrant Muslims here in the States are assimilating far more than in Europe, in part because we don’t relegate Muslims to ghettos; we welcome them into our neighborhoods. We have two first-generation Muslim families on our street. The wife in one of them wears a headscarf, but otherwise they’re not much different than anyone else. Our kids play together. We get together socially.
This paragraph could have been written by any right-winged xenophobe in Europe, yet this was apparently completely acceptable to the 677 people who voted for the diary.
We need to get rid of this sort of bigotry among progressives before we have any chance of winning over the racism and bigotry we face on the right.
For the record – people from outside the EU can’t just travel to the EU if they feel like it, which anyone who has ever traveled to Europe would know. And it should be obviously that the whole concept that there are countries that hasn’t advanced beyond the 13th century is deeply racist.