Red scare tactics are inherently anti-left, straw-men propaganda. Literally, filling people’s ignorance of political movements, actors, and philosophies, to drum up fear—and often hate and demonization—of said movements, actors, and philosophies. All in attempt for the classes in power to keep that power.
The writing is so clearly on the wall when a person understands that the same kinds of people—and same people in many cases—who were deploying Red Scare tactics in the 50s were the ones resisting both unionization and fairer labor standards for decades prior. Why? Because pro-worker (e.g., unionization, safer workplace standards, work hours, etc.) movements were a threat to their power and organized and led in large part by Communists, Socialists, Marxists, and other left-leaning individuals. My frame of reference here is simply a history I have had to newly learn after unlearning the American Exceptionalist history Americans present internally and externally. A history that’s centered on “White Saviors.”
I must say, the fact that you automatically associate opposing right-wing propaganda with Blackness in America seems problematic in itself. For the record, I am not Black, and one doesn’t need to be Black to oppose such things.
And this is more code for American Exceptionalism and our dreamy American past:
More propaganda and explicitly ahistorical. Precepts that were honored for whom—Native Americans, Black women, and immigrants through our southern border suffering forced hysterectomies more so than they are today? American soul—the American soul that marked Dr. MLK Jr. and his peers as Communist and/or Socialist troublemakers who needed to be eliminated by the FBI? We are all victims to revisionist history in some way, but those words and phrases I quoted from you are time tested American, ahistorical propaganda. I suggest you extricate them.
Well, certainly you can’t change the concentration—or lack thereof, despite the early experiments of enslavers to remove it from their enslaved captives—of melanin in your skin, but that’s a cop out. No credible person is asking you to change your skin. Anyone telling you otherwise should become immediately suspect to you. If anyone is actually asking you to do anything with respect to your skin color, it’s to acknowledge your proximity to particular privileges it affords you and consequently help bring equity to those with different skin colors. I recommend you stop paying attention to corporate news, especially those who enjoy manipulating you, whether left or right leaning.
I agree we need to offer grace to each other, but offering grace and accountability need not be mutually exclusive. Nor should truth and grace be mutually exclusive at all times. I hope you can understand how I’ve tried to do this.