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Charles Blow: Conservatives Co-Opting, Neutering The Language Of White Supremacists' Terror Against Blacks

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'New York Times' columnist and CNN contributor Charles Blow denounced President Trump's use of the word "lynching" to describe the various investigations and probes into his administration helmed by the Democratic-controlled House. Blow said white conservatives are trying to "co-op the language of white supremacists' terror against black bodies."

"So stop saying I was lynched," Blow said Tuesday night on CNN. "Stop saying you vote Democratic, so you're on a plantation. Stop saying that this feels like slavery. Stop saying that this reverse discrimination whenever I don't get my way. Stop acting like a paper cut is a guillotine. It is not that."





CHARLES BLOW, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR, 'NEW YORK TIMES' OP-ED WRITER: This is a simple objection because it's horrific. But I think it's really big to me in the sense that it is a pattern that I see particularly among conservatives, particularly among white conservatives to try to co-op the language of white supremacists' terror against black bodies. And to neuter it or basically to purchase their way into oppression without ever being oppressed. Or to purchase their way into the effects of terror without ever being terrorized and take the language and say it can be applied to anybody. It's actually very specific.

So stop saying I was lynched. Stop saying you vote Democratic, so you're on a plantation. Stop saying that this feels like slavery. Stop saying that this reverse discrimination whenever I don't get my way. Stop acting like a paper cut is a guillotine. It is not that.

Simply put, this is not a lynching of Donald Trump because Donald Trump will still be alive when it's over. Whether he will be president who knows. Whether he will be impeached or not who knows. I think yes. But he'll still be alive. No one will burn his dead body. No one will take knives and pick away his fingers and filet his flesh after he's dead and take those items home for souvenirs. That's what a lynching is. Don't try to co-op the language. Don't try to steal it. This is specific to us.


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