Ron DeSantis

Hate Crimes Manifest Because of Rhetoric Like That of Ron DeSantis

Constantly invoking the anti-Black dog whistle that being “anti-woke” has become will continue to lead to more hate crimes

Arturo Dominguez
Momentum
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4 min readAug 28
Photo by Bro Takes Photos on Unsplash

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has employed every dog whistle available to attack the rights and liberties of non-cis-white-male groups for years. From attacking immigrants and Black people to the LGBTQ community and women. Yes, including white women. Even his anti-worker rhetoric has racial undertones. However, he is not alone. Politicians like Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, and everyone in between have all used racist coded language their whole lives.

Even worse are the people who claim to disagree with them but do nothing. Recently, many of us called on the Biden administration — including 87 House Democrats — to take action against Texas Governor Greg Abbott for circumventing federal law and implementing the state’s own immigration policies — which it has no authority to do. Gov. Abbott is framing asylum-seekers coming to the U.S. as an “invasion” and arguing that they have the authority to invoke the “invasion clause” in both the Texas and U.S. Constitutions to protect and defend the state and country.

For Republicans, the premise of President Joe Biden doing nothing about the border is based on the idea that if the president won’t declare an invasion and take action based on their lies, he is, therefore, allowing this supposed invasion to continue. That leads to the “open borders” verbiage despite the largest law enforcement agency in the country managing and controlling the U.S. border with Mexico. Needless to say, there is no invasion.

The etymology of the word “invasion” dates back to the 15th Century, and in every context, it means to assault, attack, or enter with hostile intent. According to Merriam-Webster, invade means “to enter for conquest or plunder.” None of this is happening in Texas or anywhere else in the United States in any context.

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Arturo Dominguez
Momentum

Freelance Advocacy Journalist: Politics, Race, Extremism, Disinformation | Editor: The Antagonist Magazine | Bylines: Latino Rebels, Momentum, GEN, more | #WEOC