Doug Wilson Thinks Nativism is Not Racism?

Doug Wilson Thinks Nativism is Not Racism? July 19, 2019

I rarely write about politics, but I cannot stay silent in the face of such utter stupid arrogance as spewed by one Doug Wilson.

Don’t know about you, but I rarely have any high expectations for Doug Wilson of Blog and Mablog. He routinely advocates for all sorts of hateful things, like slavery, treating women like homecooking robots that provide carnal relief, denigration of the LGBTQ community. But mostly because he seems intent on slaughtering the English language, making very hard to parse posts filled with word salad and word misuse.

Wilson is a petty pretend intellectual. That is his biggest crime.

In today’s episode of adventuring into the warped brain of Doug Wilson he’s supporting President Trump’s recent hateful words to the four Democratic women he seems to hate the most. Well, maybe not as much as he hates Nancy Pelosi, but close.

Wilson goes as far as saying that the President, the same President that ran on a platform of racist dog whistles, isn’t a racist. According to Doug he is a “Nativist.”

That’s pretty funny considering former members of his own administration are asking Trump to step down because of his racism. They believe it disqualifies the President to lead our diverse nation and harms us over all.

Doug wastes a lot of futile cyber ink calling the four democratic congresswomen names like “Trotskyite” and “Vladamir Lenin” along with “Nutroots” partnered with accusations of being part of some Russian communist cabal. Then he says that he finds Ilhan Omar’s head gear to be a ‘micro aggression against him personally.

I am not here to defend the president’s tweet as elegant, or accurate, or refined, or sophisticated. It wasn’t any of those. It was certainly nativist, but what else is new? He ran as a nativist. The reason he got elected was because of that nativist emphasis, spoken loudly into microphones. You know, like at rallies. Speaking as a dispassionate observer of all these events, and a few others just like it, I simply want to report to you that to accuse the president of racism because he spoke brusquely to four Trotskyite ladies, and to expect that accusation to hurt him in the coming campaign, is what might be called an Exercise in High Futility.

No, Doug, telling an audience that Mexicans send rapist and drug dealers is not nativist, it is racism. So is calling another place a ‘Sh*thole country’. There are so many times I could cite that prove Trump is a racist. Besides Nativist as Doug is using it means racist.

There is some rambling and babbling by Doug about that wall Trump is trying so futilely to get built on our dime. He follows with this bit about whoever ends up with the Democratic nomination:

So whoever gets the nomination, the campaign posters will all have Comrades! at the top, and then some ironic Soviet art about agriculture. And anybody who thinks that this will make Donald Trump sad is someone who just fell off the locally sourced turnip truck.

There is so much, so completely wrong in Doug’s screed that I don’t have time to list it all here, but I have to mention a few highlights.

First, Wilson keeps referring to Democrats as pawns of Russia, and the former Soviet Union. I am guessing he’s not bothered to read the  Mueller Report, which proves that the only people to benefit from and have contact with the Russians is Trump and his people.

Second, he mentions how awesome the stock market and economy are doing under Trump.  Let me state this, you can bookmark this and when it comes true in the next 18 to 24 months know I was right and Doug wrong. There are some indicators going on right now in the Bond market that only happen shortly before the market tanks. There is no added value behind the stock increases, CEOs took the additional monies generated to buy back company stock, not reinvest. Smart people are selling right now. Even the Bible talks of the wisdom of being able to read the signs of the coming times and prepare.

A year spent volunteering to help Nicaraguans fleeing the violence still going on in their country tells me that peaceful, compassionate, just immigration policies and programs are now more needed that ever before. No more kids in cages, but help those fleeing violence.

Doug says over and over and over again that Trump cannot be stopped, that he is Teflon.  So we must all embrace the President and his policies because Jesus. No one is above the law, not even the President of the United States.

There’s a reason our country was founded on separation of church and state. Watching Doug Wilson and many other prominent Christians rubber stamp everything about our President that runs counter to some hippie freak named Jesus rules is frightening.

Please vote in the coming election. I’m not crazy about any of the candidates running yet, but it is becoming increasingly clear that we must cohere around a candidate and take back our country.


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  • abb3w

    On the one hand, while there may technically be some distinction between “racism” and “nativism”, any distinctions in definition don’t seem politically significant. They seem at most to be hair-splitting taxonomic distinctions within of bigots, and seem likely of less interest even among social psychologists than among bigots who want to avoid the phatic toxicity of some particular brand name. He also throws out quite a lot of diatribe with emotional trigger phatic phrases, that does not seem all that semantically coherent on the whole.

    On the other hand, Doug Wilson also seems to be trying to make the argument that pointing out that President Trump is a racist will have no measurable impact at the voting box, or at the very least that President Trump being a racist should not be expected to be an obstacle absolutely certain to preclude President Trump’s re-election. It’s possible that he’s right, which in turn may have political implications even more unpleasant than the mere prospect of President Trump’s re-election.

  • Aloha

    He’s not opposed to other races and cultures. He’s merely in favor of our race and culture.

    Yep. Not much difference.

  • Nea

    I notice “locally sourced” is one of Doug-Doug’s scare phrases. What, precisely, do you have against supporting local farmers, Dougie? What’s wrong with small farms?

  • persephone

    They’re not owned by big corporations. It’s always the money.

  • Friend

    He thinks “nativist” is some sort of compliment?

  • Friend

    Hipsters eat the crops. Ironic hipsters. Doug hasn’t noticed that hipsters have all gone the way of the beatniks.

  • ephemerol

    Forgot about the censors again…

  • ephemerol

    My mоm wаs bоrn аnd rаіsed, аnd stіll lіves іn Cаlіfоrnіа. Fоr yeаrs she’s been соmplаіnіng аbоut аll the brоwn peоple whо соme here tо lіve. In fасt, she’s even gоne sо fаr аs tо соnсосt her оwn соnspіrасy theоry thаt Mexісо’s gоvernment іs асtіvely sendіng theіr peоple tо Cаlіfоrnіа, аnd when there’s enоugh оf them, they’re plаnnіng tо іnvоke sоme sоrt оf emіnent dоmаіn tо reсlаіm Cаlіfоrnіа bасk. Or mаybe nоt, mаybe just sоme sоrt оf sаtіsfасtіоn thаt they’ve taken it back de facto by having repоpulаted іt wіth theіr оwn? I dоn’t knоw. And she’s соnstаntly wоrrіed thаt tоо mаny nоn-whіtes wіll mоve іntо the neіghbоrhооd аnd іt wіll dаmаge her prоperty vаlue.

    If I were tо саll my mоm а Whіte Nаtіоnаlіst, she’d get mаd аnd vehemently deny іt. But іf I were tо саll her а Whіte Neіghbоrhооdіst, I dоn’t thіnk she’d be аble tо mоunt аny kіnd оf соnvіnсіng defense. In fасt, I thіnk she’d hаve tо begrudgіngly аdmіt іt wаs true. She’d stіll get mаd thоugh.

    She’s defіnіtely а Whіte Stаtіst аs well. And whаt’s the dіfferenсe between beіng eіther оf thоse аnd beіng а Whіte Nаtіоnаlіst? Is there а dіfferenсe? I dоubt she’d thrоw the sаme shіtfіt іf thоse brоwn peоple mоved tо El Pаsо оr Chісаgо іnsteаd оf Cаlіfоrnіа, but I’m nоt sure іf іt’s beсаuse she wоuldn’t mіnd, оr іf іt’s just beсаuse she wоuldn’t nоtісe.

    If I were tо саll my mоm а rасіst, she’d get even mоre pіssed аnd deny thаt even mоre strenuоusly. Why, she hаs plenty оf nоn-whіte frіends! Yes, I hаve lіttle dоubt she wоuld whіp thаt оut. But serіоusly, іs there а dіfferenсe between beіng а Whіte Neіghbоrhооdіst аnd а rасіst? I dоn’t thіnk sо.

  • katiehippie

    “Speaking as a dispassionate observer of all these events”

    Bullshite AF

  • AFo

    The fear is palpable. These four women of color have way more power than Doug, and it scares him (and the rest of his ilk). Their real problem is good old racism and sexism, not anything to do with politics.

  • frostysnowman

    “Doug says over and over and over again that Trump cannot be stopped, that he is Teflon.”

    Unfortunately, I think he is correct about this, as angry and sad as it makes me to say it.

  • frostysnowman

    Preachers who wear tight jeans and polka dots serve locally sourced items during fellowship hours.

  • Friend

    The history of school desegregation has been a topic lately. In the North, school districts were not typically county-wide, so white people could move from cities into white suburban neighborhoods and not-so-coincidentally enroll their children in all-white schools. Many white parents were unwilling to complain about school integration, because that sounded r@c1st. So they talked about the right to enroll their children in the “neighborhood school.” They opposed “forced busing.” Sometimes they adapted civil rights language and tactics to proclaim that white people have rights too. True, but it deliberately misses the point.

    People raised on dog whistles can have a genuinely hard time recognizing their own hostil1ty and fear, because they do not resemble the r@c1st bogeyman of their imagination (someone like George Wallace). If they are ever nice to anybody at all, they don’t consider themselves to be b1g0ts.

  • paganheart

    People like Dougie make me ashamed to be White.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    It sure appears that way. But I think if the economy tanks like I think it might it will peel off those teflon layers.

  • frostysnowman

    I dunno, he’s still got the pro-birthers who say he honors life and to them that’s most important. Plus they can always somehow blame Obama. I’m just very cynical…

  • Saraquill

    If anyone is nativist, they’re going to be an Amerindian, not a third generation dotard.

  • Saraquill

    There’s arguing in my city against increasing the number of black and brown students in the high end public schools. Things like “you’re racist for thinking there’s a problem” and “enrolling Those People will make the schools collectively stupider.” Also a number of Asian people going “the status quo can’t be racist, as we’re the only PoC who benefits.”

  • Saraquill

    I often fantasize about well-placed banana peels.

  • Friend

    Another argument from the old days: We have a good school district. The other [black] district is in a town full of c0rrupt politicians. There is never any reason to ruin a good school district.

  • SAO

    Since Puerto Ricans became US citizens in 1917, my bet is that AOC, a native born American, had parents and grandparents who were American from birth, something that is not true of Trump, who had at least one grandparent born in Germany.

  • kaydenpat

    I like several of the Democratic candidates and know that they’ll be much better than the racist bigot currently occupying the White House. Trump’s fascist tendencies help White Evangelicals like Doug Wilson but are toxic to pretty much everyone else. Can’t wait to vote him out of office.

  • SAO

    Actually, there are plenty of white people who support integration, but don’t want to pay any of the cost of making it happen. A neighborhood school means you can check in with a teacher on the way to work, your kids’ friends will live nearby and be your neighbors’ kids. Your kid won’t spend hours each day on a (poorly supervised) school bus. You probably picked your neighborhood based on values you share with your neighbors, but maybe not the parents elsewhere, so the PTO of your local school reflects your values more than the school across town.

  • Saraquill

    Are you familiar with the documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell?” I think of that title a lot when it comes to elections.

  • persephone

    Reagan did okay.

  • persephone

    Or they blame Hillary.

  • kaydenpat

    Never heard of it.

  • With his followers, he absolutely is. He ran on his racism and they loved it.

    But even 2016 showed us that there are more of us than there are of them. All we need is to tip a few crucial states. A better candidate than Hillary-which would describe almost all of the Democratic hopefuls- will help a lot. Plus all those people who didn’t bother to turn out last time because they thought Clinton was sure to win will think better of it this time.

  • Nativism is bad enough. It’s what the No Nothing Party was all about. It’s “I’ve got mine, screw you.” They want to be the last person into America and slam the door behind them.

    But three of the four women he criticized are native born. It’s not nativism.

  • Friend

    Sure, I agree.* But a lot of neighborhoods in the 1960s were white because of the post-World War II GI Bill and veterans’ mortgages and redlining that prevented African Americans from buying property in white areas.

    Back then there was violence, even what we might call domestic terrorism. In 1972, Irene McCabe led a “neighborhood school” march against “forced busing” from Michigan to Washington. Some people solved the problem by putting dynamite on school buses and blowing them up: http://blogs.detroitnews.com/history/1997/05/03/irene-mccabe-and-her-battle-against-busing/

    Also, the people who wanted to have the “neighborhood school” later went on to brag about sending their children across town to a private school.

    *ETA: I’m not certain what you mean about different values in different parts of town.

  • Friend

    Mother born in Scotland. Wives born abroad. Three generations of children of immigrants.

  • *That* is appalling!

  • I think that a Venn Diagram would show that there is a degree of overlap between nativism and racism, and possibly some areas outside. However, nativism is still bigotry, even if you can show it’s not racist.

    In other words, it doesn’t make it any better. (There are nativists that try to recruit African-Americans, basically by blaming Mexicans for the problems black people face. Still, that seems more divide-and-conquer: like how black soldiers were recruited in wars with Native Americans, and how Native Americans were recruited to help catch runaway slaves.)

  • ephemerol

    Yeah, if you don’t have the confederate flag plastered across the back window of your truck, you can’t possibly qualify as a racist…

  • smrnda

    Maybe Douglas Wilson should ask why so many white people find this nativism appalling. These WOC in government have plenty of native born, white, US supporters.

  • igotbanned999

    Conversation with my mom about this:

    Me: Now are you going to admit he’s racist?

    Her: What did he say that was racist?

    Me: Telling members of minorities to go back to their own countries, despite them being born in the US?

    Her: There’s nothing racist there, race wasn’t even mentioned.

    Me: Don’t you find it odd that he immediately assumes that dark skinned women must be foreigners?

    Her: You’re the only one who brought up their skin color. It sounds like you’re the racist, assuming that that is the issue.

    Me: So you think he would say the same thing to a white person who was born here, to go back to the country their ancestors came from?

    Her: Sure. You can prove he wouldn’t.

    Me: He never has, though.

    Her: Doesn’t mean anything. You’re the one assuming it’s about race, so you’re the only one being racist.

  • Mimc

    I think the best solution is probably mixed income housing programs. It’s not unreasonable to want your school conveniently located. Low income housing projects concentrate impoverished students into one school. Mixed income housing would create more equitable system without the issues of busing.

  • Mimc

    That’s some high level denial.

  • Mimc

    If we had proof he’d personally paid got an abortion what reason do you think they’d use to continue supporting him?

  • frostysnowman

    God uses flawed men.
    Forced-birth judges being appointed.
    Gag rule reinstated.
    Told family planning clinics receiving federal funding they can’t even mention abortion is a choice or they lose their funding, take that, Planned Parenthood!

    All the reasons mentioned above, and more. Take your pick.

  • Friend

    Mixed-income housing works well, but around here the programs are small and most of the land has been built on. Whatever is built has to generate tax revenue and cover costs, and it tends to be commercial or luxury.

    One local government bulldozed several hundred units of really awful old buildings, with a promise of a mixed-income development. Despite ample notice, a lot of poor people left the state because there was no immediate housing for them. Several years later, a mixed-income development opened on the site. The program is very successful, but it replaced a small fraction of the shabby homes that were lost.

  • SAO

    In one neighborhood school that got integrated, the white parents liked an open classroom and student-centered learning. The black parents wanted a more traditional approach. My guess is they didn’t trust schools to do a good job and therefore frowned on something not tried and true. At an international school, the American parents wanted to make sure their 3rd graders weren’t swamped with homework, the Russian and Korean parents wanted to be sure their kids were getting enough homework.

  • SAO

    Some towns actively dislike lower cost housing. If you put one McMansion on a plot, you will probably get no more than 2 kids in your schools. If you stick a 6 condo development on the same site, you could get as many as 12 kids to educate, but your taxes won’t have risen anywhere near 6x.

    Schools are, by far, the biggest expense in most towns.

  • Friend

    Thanks. That sounds like a productive set of discussions.

  • Friend

    Good schools are a huge selling point in real estate. They attract businesses to an area. It’s easier to convince people to move somewhere and take a job if the schools are worth bragging about.

    When people complain about funding the schools around here, I ask them, “Do you plan to eat in a restaurant or buy tires any time in the next decade?” A lot of folks don’t stop to think that those annoying, undeserving kids will soon end up in the local work force.

  • Nightshade

    Funny that Dougie-boy is offended by Omar’s head covering, when his own Bible talks about women covering their heads.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    I don’t know why none of the Dougs of this world do not choke and gag on the fact that Trump did try to force Marla Maples to abort Tiffany.

  • Mel

    Well, there was that time in 2017 when he invited the Penguins hockey team to the White House after they won the Stanley Cup – which I object to because I’m a lifelong Red Wings fan – and he declared that they were all winners – and good patriots.

    For any hockey buffs, you know where this is going.

    Out of the 20 players or so on the team, at least half of the team were citizens of other countries. Six of them were from Canada. I remember that most of the Scandinavian countries were represented along with Russia. But hockey is a very white sport due to financial constraints in the US plus international talent from a lot of countries where the majority of the population is also white.

    White people live in the USA – or should belong in the USA like Melania and her parents. POC don’t belong in the US – even those who have been here longer than Trump’s ancestors.

  • Mel

    Similar conversation with a cousin:

    Him: Abortion is racist because African-American women have abortions at a higher rate than white women!

    Me: That is a sentence in English, but it doesn’t mean anything.

    Him: No, abortions are killing African-American babies at a higher rate so it’s racist to be pro-choice!

    Me: Only if you think the reason African-Americans are having abortions at a higher rate is because of their skin color. Do you believe that? Because when you control for income/wealth, white women and African-American women have abortions at the same rate within the same income group.

    HIm: But more African-American babies are dying so it’s racist!

    Me: Rates are not the same thing as total numbers. In total, far more white babies are aborted because there are more whites even though the rate of abortion by race is lower – which we’ve already discussed is a marker for SES, not skin color.

    Him: But it’s racist!

    Me: Well, how about paying a flat grant of $5.000 per birth to cover infancy costs? That should really reduce the number of abortions and end this racist practice.

    Him: But that rewards the wrong people for reproducing!

    Me: So abortion is racist – but ending abortion by handing people cash would help ‘the wrong people’ – and that’s not racist or classist?

    Him: *flounces off*

  • Saraquill

    Its about heavy grassroots activism in Uganda to oust a disgusting leader.

  • Jennifer

    That’s just awful!

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Remind me never to debate you!~

  • kaydenpat

    Found it on YouTube.

  • Jennifer

    Few Christians believe women need to cover their heads. It doesn’t annoy me to see Muslim women covering their heads, but I do get highly annoyed if Christian women do.

  • Jennifer

    Could the govt afford that?

  • Nightshade

    Yeah, I know most don’t, I didn’t when I was still drinking the Kool-Aid. I heard a lot of arguments for and against, but at the very least I had to acknowledge that depending on interpretation women covering their heads *could* perhaps be considered Biblical. Personally I couldn’t care less whether any woman covers her head, Christian, Muslim, or otherwise, but some Christian women who do it have a very sanctimonious attitude about it, and that does bother me. The only reason I could see for Doug being offended is that it’s a reminder that Omar is not a Christian, and her behavior is out of the control of patriarchal Christians like him.

  • Jennifer

    I don’t mind if women cover their heads during church, but I saw a courtship documentary once (based on three different couples and their families) where all the women in one story were doing it and even though they seemed nice, I could tell a lot of the culture was patricentric and I got my hackles up.

  • Friend

    They are now covered by a husband.

  • GeckoShamelessRaceMixer

    Yes, please, please vote. It doesn’t matter who get the nomination, whether you think they are too far left or too status quo centrist. (Congressional votes will even those concerns out.)

    The important thing is to vote this misogyny, casual cruelty, child abuse, dehumanizing of other races and religions, environmental degradation, dereliction of duty to the Constitution, politicizing of the civil service, authoritarianism, and above all the incipient fascism OUT.

  • GeckoShamelessRaceMixer

    I just don’t even try with my parents. They won’t see it. It gives me a better understanding of what went wrong in Germany, though.

  • GeckoShamelessRaceMixer

    Yep. It’s not about being immigrants. It’s about being the wrong shade of immigrant.

  • GeckoShamelessRaceMixer

    Yes.

  • GeckoShamelessRaceMixer

    Hmm that logic suspiciously echoes the logic that used to end Reconstruction in the South and usher in Jim Crow..

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Two women at my old church tried to force every other woman in our church to wear head coverings. They were quickly invited to leave. Both left, trying to join the Mennonites, who told them they were too trouble making and church hopping to join. Good times!

  • SAO

    The sad fact is that in Maine, too many of the smart kids whom we educate in our schools and state colleges move to where the salaries are higher. We have a labor shortage, but a significant part of it is low-paid jobs in seasonal industries, which does not support the worker year-round.

  • SAO

    60% of the discretionary budget is spent on the military. The Defense Department budget for this year is 3/4 Trillion. That’s more than the next 10 countries combined, many of them our allies. The DoD spends nearly 500 million on its 136 marching bands. Congress asked all agencies and departments to get audits over 10 years ago, the control over money is so poor at the DoD that they’ve never managed to do one.

    We’ve been at war in the Middle East for 20 and are no closer to victory than we were when we started.

    So, yeah, we can afford plenty of things we need, if we stopped pouring billions into an organization that says crap like “don’t disrepect our troops” whenever someone suggests the bloat be trimmed.

  • Jennifer

    I’m glad there are more than just two options, but definitely agree about helping struggling women more, esp with access to birth control.

  • Jennifer

    Whoa! There’s a wake-up call.

  • 24CaratHooligan

    And now we have a Trump of our own over here. A man who can outright call POC “pickaninnies” with “watermelon smiles” and refer to niqabi as “letterboxes”. And yet still our idiot populace fall for the stale cry that Jeremy Corbyn is anti-Semitic…. I’m so sorry America, we didn’t understand. Now we do.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Yeah, about that.. I am terribly sorry. Now you get to experience the thrill of waking up every morn to see what new and terrible thing your dear leader had come up with. I never thought it was a slight possibility Trump would win, and I thought the same thing with Boris-Noris