As the Overton Window shifts rightwards, the term “racist” has lost its sting.
“Let them call you racist,” the man widely credited with crafting President Trump’s nationalist message during the 2016 campaign told a far-right crowd in France last week.
“Let them call you xenophobes,” Steve Bannon continued. “Let them call you nativist. Wear it as a badge of honor. Because every day, we get stronger and they get weaker.”
Bannon’s willingness to shoulder the racist label is striking because for decades even some of the boldest white supremacists rejected it. For instance, Chris Barker, a KKK leader, used racial slurs and said in a 2017 interview with Univision “we killed six million Jews the last time; 11 million [immigrants] is nothing.” When asked “are you racist?” he said flatly, “no.” He also said the KKK was not a hate group.
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