Monday, June 13, 2016

Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III on the Orlando massacre

I referred in a recent post to the article by Regina Branton et al, All Along the Watchtower: Acculturation Fear, Anti-Latino Affect, and Immigration Journal of Politics 73:3 (2011).

Everybody realizes that the attitude of the Republicans nationally has become more bitterly anti-Latino that it was 20 and 30 years ago. But this study argues that the qualitative difference is associated specifically with the nationalist attitude that Dick Cheney's Administration and its various enablers promoted after 9/11. It produced an association between Latinos generally and foreign terrorist threats. Which means that when Trump complains about "radical Islamic terrorists," a lot of white people process that as a reason to fear and hate Latinos. It's a dimension of the current Republican White Power narrative that I hadn't understood in just this way before.

So I'm starting to read things like this from the Senate's leading xenophobe Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (that's really his name!) with this layer of meaning in mind, Sesssions Issues Statement on Orlando Terrorist Attack 06/13/2016.

Like this paragraph:

No one has a constitutional right to enter the United States. People in this country have the right to be fully protected in the practice of their religion and expression of their political views against unfair treatment based on those beliefs. But foreign nationals do not have a right to demand entry to the United States, and it is perfectly appropriate for the country to refuse admission to those whose presence may be detrimental to the national interest.
Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton react to Orlando mass shooting PBS Newshour 06/13/2016: