Action Alert: Fighting white supremacy
On Saturday, the egregious display of racism and bigotry in Charlottesville served as a reminder: we have a long way to go to end the ugly history of white supremacy in the U.S.
As we reflect on and grieve the violence we must also ask a key question: What can you and I do to fight white supremacy in this country?
I have some ideas about what we can do. Below there is a link where you can share your ideas too.
When we take on the hydra-headed beast of racism in our society we can take action on many levels and in many ways. We can hold vigils and rallies in our communities, work to help protect those people who are targeted in our communities, and push to change entrenched unjust policies at the local, state and federal level.
Let’s also attack white supremacy at the very top. Write your members of Congress today and ask them to push for the ousting of Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Sebastian Gorka.
While the history of white supremacy goes back centuries, something significant has changed in the last year. We can’t underestimate how powerful and pernicious the dog whistles and encouragement coming out of the White House are in emboldening the forces of bigotry in this country. White nationalism is emanating from the White House both in statements and in nativist policies like the Muslim ban and the president’s immigration proposals. We need to oppose the policies AND the people most responsible for them.
So today I am asking you, in addition to anything else you are doing to fight racism and bigotry, to contact your member of Congress and ask them to call for the firing of the white nationalists in the West Wing: Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Sebastian Gorka.
No one has done more to mainstream the racist “alt-right” than Steve Bannon. He helped build coalition that came together in Charlottesville by providing them with a platform at Breitbart News. Stephen Miller has been serving up a mixture of coy far-right dog whistles and blatant nativism in his communications role in the White House. If we fail to hold these leaders accountable their movement will grow.
Bannon and his “White Nationalist” cronies Miller and Gorka are now under fire after Charlottesville. Calls in the media for their removal have mushroomed over the last couple days, #FireBannon is trending, and you and I can make that clamour grow. If we are successful in encouraging our members of Congress to consistently speak out, the heat on the White House will grow.
Please write today and ask for your members of Congress to do everything they can to push for the removal of Bannon, Miller and Gorka. Bigotry, whether blatant or thinly veiled, has no place in the White House.
The fight against racist violence, racist policies and racist politicians will sadly take many years with many victories and setbacks along the way. But let’s not let the bigots win this round. Let’s kick their figureheads out of the West Wing.
Please tell us your ideas on fighting bigotry and racism in the comments section below.
I thought I’d also share this list from our colleague Kate Alexander at Peace Action of New York State of activists of color who are leaders in the modern civil rights struggle as a resource to learn more from:
Tara Zhaabowekwe Houska
W. Kamau Bell
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
The Middle Eastern Feminist
Rep. Ted Lieu
and Bryan Stevenson’s work at the Equal Justice Initiative