Speaking at the National Press Club in D.C. This past Wednesday, South Carolina Governor and Republican Nikki Haley recalled her childhood experiences with racism. Shop owners in her childhood home in rural South Carolina would call the cops on her father, an immigrant from India, just because he wore a turban. Haley said this made her feel shamed and silenced...but she's over it now since America no longer has a race problem, don't you know.
Haley reads her individual experience as an Indian-American elected into officer as evidence that any enduring racism in the US is probably mild enough for any person of color to surmount, and not worth getting all "movement-y" over.
“A lot of people make the mistake of thinking the South is still like that today. It’s not.”
It doesn't occur to Haley that individual success stories can't account for the experiences of POC at large, that many of them continue to feel "shamed and silenced."
Certainly, her individual success story can't be so easily equated with the struggles faced by black people in the US, since their persecution is rooted deep in the fabric of American history, continuing to impact them today in ways more insidious, more institutional, than the usual overt, volitional discrimination.
But forget all that. The real problem faced by black lives today, in Haley's humble opinion, is, well, black lives. She goes on to blame the Black Lives Matter movement for the civil unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore.
"Black lives do matter, and they have been disgracefully jeopardized by the movement that has laid waste to Ferguson and Baltimore."
Haley then insists that peaceful members of Black Lives Matter denounce the violent behavior of others, "or else you're going to get tagged with it."
Haley then goes on to make a stand for the Confederate flag, because why quit while you're behind?
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