Matt Pearce // ‘This is a white supremacist talking point’: Anti-racism groups blast Trump’s ‘white farmers’ tweet

John Bowden – 08/25/18 02:38 PM EDT // Multiple arrested as Antifa, police clash at Philadelphia ‘Blue Lives Matter’ march | TheHill – Hundreds of police and supporters in the city were downtown for a “Blue Lives Matter” march Saturday, a response to recent shootings and other violence against police officers. The protest name is derived from “Black Lives Matter,” a national activist movement against racism and police brutality.
It was unclear from the video how many people were arrested, and Philadelphia police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Ethnic violence – Wikipedia – Ethnic violence refers to violence expressly motivated by ethnic hatred and ethnic conflict. It is commonly related to political violence, and often the terms are interchangeable, or one is used as a pretext for the other when politically expedient. Forms of ethnic violence which can be argued to have the character of terrorism may be known as ethnic terrorism or ethnically-motivated terrorism.[clarification needed] “Racist terrorism” is a form of ethnic violence dominated by overt racism and xenophobic reactionism.[clarification needed]

Ethnic violence in an organized, sustained form is known as ethnic conflict or warfare (race war), in contrast to class conflict, where the dividing line is social class rather than ethnic background.

Care must be taken to distinguish ethnic violence, which is violence motivated by an ethnic division, from violence that just happens to break out between groups of different ethnicity motivated by other factors (political or ideological).[1]

Violent ethnic rivalry is the subject matter of Jewish sociologist Ludwig Gumplowicz’s Der Rassenkampf (“Struggle of the Races”, 1909); and more recently of Amy Chua’s notable study, World On Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability. Some academics would place all “nationalist-based violence” under ethnic violence, which would include the World Wars and all major conflicts between industrialised nations during the 19th century.[dubious – discuss][2]

Matt Pearce // ‘This is a white supremacist talking point’: Anti-racism groups blast Trump’s ‘white farmers’ tweet – “Opening up space to talk about White South Africans — giving his base the permission to seriously discuss White dispossession — is a monumental achievement,” tweeted Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist.

Spencer added a caveat: “I’ll remain critical of all this because Trump is effectively live-tweeting Fox News, and he has simply not been effective at implementing policies that reflect his defining ideas.”

South African experts and political figures largely denounced Trump’s “large scale killing” tweet.

“People are not being targeted because of their race, but because they are vulnerable and isolated on the farms,” Gareth Newham, head of the crime and justice program at the Institute for Security Studies in the capital, Pretoria, told the Associated Press.

“He is part of the right-wing lynch mob using the fear factor in order for us to maintain the status quo,” Zizi Kodwa, a member of the ruling party’s national executive committee, told the Associated Press. “Donald Trump is a weapon of mass destruction.”

A former U.S. ambassador to South Africa under the Obama administration, Patrick Gaspard, accused Trump of using a “disproven racial myth” to distract the public from the recent guilty plea and criminal conviction of close political associates Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort.

The dangerous myth of ‘white genocide’ in South Africa – The Course Correction – On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted that he was instructing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to look into “the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers.”

This is a huge victory for South Africa’s far-right, which has been lobbying foreign governments intensively over the past year. So far, they have managed to find a few sympathetic legislators in Western countries, but Trump is the first head of state to make such overtures.

The president’s statement is troubling because it signifies the mainstreaming of white nationalist narratives about “white genocide,” of which South Africa’s farm murders are an essential component.

Collaborations between the racist “alt-right” and their South African counterparts have ramped up. In the last year, YouTuber Stefan Molyneux has done a series of videos warning of collapse and imminent civil war in which he interviewed some of the most prominent names on South Africa’s far-right, including Simon Roche of the rightwing prepper group Suidlanders. In June, Lauren Southern released a slick documentary called Farmlands starring Roche.

White genocide – RationalWiki – The idea of a white genocide (or white extinction scenario) refers to any of several doomsday scenarios describing Caucasians or some demographic group associated with white people (typically Westerners, Protestants, or Christians) would be heading towards a demographic crisis, becoming a minority in some or all countries, possibly followed by extinction. The term was coined by racist ex-Reagan appointee to the Office of Personnel Management Bob Whitaker.[2] Whitaker, unsurprisingly, also coined the strawman phrase, “Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.”

These scenarios are a kind of framing used to promote white supremacy or similar movements as self-defense, by describing non-whites, non-Christians, and/or non-Westerners (notably Arabs, Hispanics, and black people, depending on context) as the aggressors in a clash of races or civilizations. When it comes to Arabs or Muslims, claims about white extinction might be associated with the Eurabia scenario. These scenarios can draw a parallel with genocides that have really happened, such as the Holocaust. A similar canard focuses on the perceived decline in specific genetic traits associated with white people, such as blue eyes or blonde hair, rather than the “white race

South African farm attacks – Wikipedia – In the attacks on South African farms, predominantly white farmers and black farm workers[1][2][3] are subjected to violent crimes, including murder, rape, and robbery. Farm attacks have been described as “frequent” in the post-apartheid period, and some analysts believe they may be linked to racial animosity within South African society.[4][5][6][7] The Government of South Africa, and other analysts, as well as Afrikaner rights group Afriforum maintain that farm attacks are part of a broader crime problem in South Africa, and do not have a racial motivation.[1][8][9][10] Statistics released in 2018 by the South African government showed that while the number of attacks had increased between 2012-18, the number of murders on farms had decreased, year-on-year during the period,[11] and farming organisation AgriSA reported that the murder rate on farms had declined to the lowest level in twenty years,[12] one-third of the level recorded in 1998.[13]

A November 2017 analysis by the BBC found that there is insufficient data to estimate a murder rate for South African farmers.[3] Between 1994 and March 2012, there had been 361,015 murders in all of South Africa and between 1990 and March 2012, there had been an estimated 1,544 murders on South African farms of which 208 of the victims were black.[14] The data for farm attacks is self-reported to a commercial farmer’s organisation, Transvaal Agricultural Union. The last government analysis of farm attack victims by race was conducted in 2001. In 2001, the year with the highest number of recorded attacks,[13] the police’s Crime Information Analysis Centre stated that of the 1,398 people attacked on farms, 61.6% were white, 33.3% were black, 4.4% were Asian and 0.7% were listed as “Other”, with murders on farms in 2007 accounting for 0.6% of the national total.[15] Racial statistics around crime are no longer collected by the South African government.[16] In January 2015, AfriForum reported that there had been an increase in farm attacks and murders in the previous five years.[17]

White farmers have long complained they are at risk of rising levels of violent crime and that their concerns are being ignored by the South African government.[18] The physical isolation of farms,[12] and the perception that farmers have cash (for the payment of wages) and weapons onsite have been described by police as a possible motive for criminal attacks on farms.[19]

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