The Beautiful Side of Evil

White Supremacy a modern relic. The new-fangled White supremacy no longer presents itself under cover of white hoods. The antiseptic 21st-century version is unmasked and yet even more hidden. This kind of evil hides in plain sight in the rhetoric of kitchen table conversations, memes, stereotypes, offhanded jokes, and pushbacks to Political Correctness. 

Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, was not hatched in reactionaries’ plans only but was cultivated by a vein of white nationalism pulsating below American society’s surface. With all of the Blue blood energy to incite the so-called ordinary people at the closest spark. 

Like pawns in some sick game, segments of white working-class members drank the Koolaid and believed the lie. They sing the silent dirge of “well, at least I’m not black.” The song in the darkness is enough to cause many to get a night’s sleep in the pandemic-stricken world of unemployment, power outages, and 500,000 dead in one year. 

Said best by one of former President Richard M. Nixon’s top henchmen,

“In one entry, Mr. Haldeman, referring to the President as “P,” said: “P emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.” The New York Times Archives

This result was the modern-day night rider’s birth conceived in the Petri dish of culture wars driven by political operatives at middle-class Americans’ expense on all sides of the ethnic divide. Sadly, many people found inside of the U.S. Capital of 1/6 were those who had lost their way. The murk of the moment changed the course of many lives and the country as a whole. 

The strings of this hatred remain in the firm grasp of an ultra privileged few. The message of their hate pulls the heartstrings of the deceived. In a heartbeat. Emotions are overcome, and people are marching with tiki torches, kneeling on a black man’s neck, or crying out in disdain, “All Lives Matter.”

Reagan Political advisor Lee Atwater exposed the underbelly of the Beautiful side of Evil. Disguised in nuance and palatable phrases, Atwater’s infamous 1981 interview describes the following:

 You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”  Exclusive: Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern StrategyThe forty-two-minute recording, acquired by James Carter IV, confirms Atwater’s incendiary remarks and places them in context.  By Rick Perlstein

In reality, this evil has no beautiful side to it. People on all sides of the divide must recognize these dog whistled barbs, their sources, and tactics. Confrontation is real, but it’s not with each other. It’s with the puppet master of White Supremacy. 

For everything outside of our control, we retrain – at the core of our being – an incredible power: The power to choose what we do with what happens to us. The power to decide what role an event will play in our lives. The power to write the end of the story.” Ryan Holiday

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

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