Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has apparently decided his best chance to beat Gov. Roy Cooper in 2020 is to go full-on white supremacist, discarding the age-old Republican tactic of racist dogwhistles in favor of a flat-out racist screed against “diversity” and “multiculturalism.” Forest made the comments while speaking to a church in Salisbury.
- “God doesn’t want us to divide our state,” Forest said. “And yet no other nation, my friends, has ever survived the diversity and multiculturalism that America faces today.”
- These comments about “diversity” and “multiculturalism” are textbook talking points for white supremacists who want to reshape America into a homogenous culture of white conservative Christians, with little to no room for anyone who doesn’t fit their mold.
- Of course, we know that diversity is one of America’s biggest strengths, not a weakness. We should welcome the contributions from immigrants and people from other cultures, instead of invoking God’s supposed wrath against them like Dan Forest is doing.
NC Republicans seem to have discarded any pretense that they are not the party of white supremacists. Look for even more blatant racism as the GOP gets even more desperate to retake the governor’s office next year.