Racism is alive and well, but we knew that already. Anti-hate groups are attempting to rise in the age of Trump, and according to MSNBC, the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified eight white nationalist candidates with white supremacist ties, running for state or national office this year. The kicker? The candidates believe they can succeed.
MSNBC correspondent Morgan Radford, an African American woman, recently traveled to various cities across the country to engage these candidates in face-to-face conversation. You can't combat hate if you can't identify it.
Anti-hate groups say the number of white nationalists running for office across the country this year is more than any other election in modern history. @MorganRadford reports. pic.twitter.com/AH6JEKxLZp— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) May 31, 2018
Patrick Little, a candidate in California, not only feels oppressed by Jews as a "working white Christian man," but also refers to them as "monsters." Little also claims to be listed as a "civil rights advocate." Yes, he believes himself to be a civil rights advocate.
This comes as no surprise, as 45 has centered his entire presidency around racist ideas (i.e. claiming President Obama is not from the U.S., building a "wall" and denouncing everything black NFL players do), thus, providing white nationalists with a voice and, unfortunately, a platform.
Arthur Jones is running for Congress in Chicago's Third District and proudly considers himself a "white racialist."
Jones believes in what Radford says is, "forcibly moving people not only from their neighborhoods and communities but more importantly from this country and from their lives." The man thinks Chicago's neighborhoods should be 90 percent white.
MSNBC reports that 20,000 people voted for Jones in the March primary. Radford also spoke with a few pedestrians and supporters of the candidates in Chicago, who say he's exactly the kind of candidate they want to see in Washington because they "feel marginalized" and they are "the ones being oppressed."
This is the type of BS we are facing in 2018. Despite the rhetoric behind these candidates' campaign, the Republican National Committee says America has no place for white supremacy.
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