Thursday, January 21, 2021

"Stolen Election" is Not a Just a Lie, It's a Racist Dogwhistle

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 1:30 PM

We know that the allegation that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen somehow is a massive fraud and a lie. But many of those who say it, also know it is a lie. They do not mean to convince anyone, they are sending a message to those who believe as they do. They are sending a coded message: a racist, white supremacist message. That message is that the election was stolen from white Americans because minority American voters participated.

Joe Biden won the election fairly and by a wide margin. But Joe Biden lost the white vote. Therefore, to those who believe that non-white Americans are not fully Americans — who do not deserve the vote, do not deserve power, do not deserve to share in American Democracy — Joe Biden did not win fairly. They believe that Joe Biden is not theirPresident.

This is what the election lie truly means: because minority voters gave Joe Biden the Presidency, Joe Biden did not fairly win the Presidency.

Because the lie of the stolen election is nonsensical, without factual foundation, and provably and demonstrably false, it makes the perfect signal to others that the teller believes that minority Americans are not legitimate participants in democracy. Thus this lie becomes a perfect dogwhistle of racist convictions.

The lie is not an assertion of an "alternative fact", it is an assertion that the only legitimate power is white power.


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Bryan, Michael

Michael is a retired attorney living in Tucson with his wife Lauren. Michael founded as the Howard Dean presidential campaign blog for Arizona in 2003, and has been blogging ever since. In 2008, Michael remade BlogForArizona into a collaborative project. Michael now is but one of the contributors...
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