It’s identity, stupid – 01/13/2021 – Lúcia Guimarães

The most serious attack on the United States in this century – not the bloodiest – was broadcast live by the terrorists themselves. And why didn’t they cover their faces with balaclavas? Because they live in a country where they don’t have to be illegal.

The Capitol invasion was a success. Since a bomb killed 168 people in a government building in Oklahoma City in 1995, the white supremacist movement has not been able to get such a spectacular scene to show. A former federal counterintelligence agent examined the footage, the astonishing lack of security on the day of the siege, and concluded that January 6 was the debut ball for the white militias that after all the US media are starting to classify like terrorist groups. .

As the country anxiously awaits the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the 20th, in a capital flooded by National Guard troops, 50 U.S. states are threatened by violent protests, with armed white supremacists vowing to sow the seeds of the chaos.

The president with the distinction of being the first to get two indictments approved in the House may seem shrunken, silenced by social media. But the far right feels triumphant, and January 6 will be a piece of propaganda for years to come.

In national and international perplexity with the election of Donald Trump in 2016, American centrists and liberals, with the help of the media, entered a tunnel of contrition because they did not perceive the “economic anguish” of white American workers and voters in rural areas. Part of the Brazilian right, who imitates the racist American Christian right without any irony by looking at his brown face in the mirror, saw in the demented and corrupt businessman with a history of flaws and bankruptcies, an assertion of economic liberalism.

In 2018, author Mark Lilla passed through São Paulo, who seemed to enjoy his new role as a dissident in the liberal academy, for speaking out against identity politics, which he said was an electoral stalemate for American Democrats. Three years before the world gazed in horror at the infamous 8 Minutes and 46 Seconds, the time it took for a white cop to suffocate and kill black George Floyd in Minneapolis, Lilla wrote: “The Black Lives Matter is a perfect example of how not to build solidarity “.

It was necessary, according to the author, to defend blacks from historic violence against their bodies without blaming American society as a whole.

There is no bigger and more successful identity movement than the white supremacist that has taken the Republican Party by storm. How to explain the obsequious submission of the police officers helping the invaders of the Capitol to free the building? Where is the economic anguish of the Texas brokerage house that hired a jet for the invasion? Or the insecurity of the North Carolina Army officer, whose post is paid an average of $ 77,000 a year, who drove 100 people on the trip to Washington to overturn the “stolen elections”?

As videos and private briefings revealed the scale of barbarism in Congress, elected Republicans rushed to voice their opportunistic outrage. Who knows, they are stunned by their colleagues’ exposure to federal law in what appears to be the largest criminal investigation ever conducted by the Department of Justice.

It’s not the economy, stupid. It is identity.

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