This abhorrent plantation rhetoric is racist and sacrilegious. Such hyperbole would never be used against any other demographic in America. Imagine the outrage if Nazi and concentration camp tropes were used to describe Jews who chose not to vote Republican. It would never happen. But alas, the descendants of those whose labor built the wealth of America have never been afforded proper dignity or respect in this nation. Making light of the horrors of slavery to score political points is repulsive. Callously using terms that describe the history of our oppression should be verboten and never again should they be used by conservatives as a cudgel. The repeated use of plantation imagery dilutes the emotional potency of the most execrable chapter in American history.
As odious as their plantation talking points are, Republicans have been rather slithery in how they’ve managed to push such a disgusting narrative. They’ve engaged extreme, bombastic Black voices that can deliver messages with egregiously racist connotations without being accused of being racist. From Deneen Borelli’s accusation that former President Barack Obama was driving Americans to the “Government Plantation” to Star Parker’s “Uncle Sam’s Plantation,” the GOP has successfully used Blacks to push a narrative where Democrats use the government to keep Black voters dependent in exchange for their votes. Today, Turning Point USA, a nonprofit founded by Charlie Kirk with a sketchy history of employing open racists, has replicated the GOP strategy and exploits its Black spokeswoman, Candace Owens, to antagonize liberals, progressives, and anyone else who isn’t riding the Trump train toward its destination of making America white again by reviving the same worn out, insulting, bigoted trope that Black voters are slaves on the Democratic Party plantation. And while Owens, with her supporting cast of GOP sycophants like rapper Kanye West and Youtube sensations Diamond and Silk, provide cover for such blatant racism with their Black faces, white Republicans, condone, approve, applaud, and most importantly fund the career endeavors of their Black partners. That’s right, they condemn liberals for wanting handouts while they stand before their conservative benefactors with their hands out.