A White Supremacist Dictionary

For anyone having trouble reading between the lines.

Jeremy Helligar

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Tucker Carlson, Fox News’ patron saint of conservative Republicans (Photo: flickr/Gage Skidmore)

When White (and Black) conservative Republicans speak these days — to borrow from the late, great James Brown — they talk loud and almost always say nothing. (Exhibit A: Georgia’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s pregnant cow parable.)

And my capacity to connect dots (and shameful rhetoric) has led me to a fateful conclusion: In the age of Donald Trump, there is very little difference between conservative Republicans and White supremacists, who, by the way, come in all races. They now speak the same language.

You may have noticed that conservative Republicans/White supremacists now pepper their language with certain words and phrases that are meant to flip the script and transform themselves from instigators into victims. The trigger for their use of these words and phrases, which have increased in popular usage since the murder of George Floyd inspired resurgent Black Power, is usually a Black person (like me) speaking their mind.

Here’s what conservative Republicans/White supremacists really mean when they drop their favorite buzzwords.

All Lives Matter

Basically, this is just their roundabout way of saying White Lives Matter — and now there are shirts to spread the message they’ve been sending all along.

Cancel Culture

This, to the conservative Republican (and others who have had to face consequences, sometimes retroactively, for saying and doing stupid things), is a system of oppression where people — especially Black people and the LGBTQ community — exercise their Freedom of Speech to criticize language and actions they find offensive and demand repercussions. So what is it called when conservative Republicans ostracize anyone, from Lynne Cheney to the United States Capitol Police, who reminds them that the GOP has become an organization of basic, immoral, hypocritical opportunists? Preserving “traditional American values,” which I will define here as protecting generations of White supremacy and White privilege.

Colorblind

“I’m color blind” is basically just code for “Let’s just stop talking about race. It…

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Jeremy Helligar

Brother Son Husband Friend Loner Minimalist World Traveler. Author of “Is It True What They Say About Black Men?” and “Storms in Africa” https://rb.gy/3mthoj