Democratic Socialist and Marxist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) recently declared there’s a “very real risk” that America will no longer be a democracy in 10 years, and she further predicted that America will “return to Jim Crow” within that time.
Leaving aside the fact that the Founders didn’t establish America as a “pure democracy” — pure democracies inevitably lead to mob rule, and mob rule leads to tyranny — let’s take a look at AOC’s race-baiting claim that America will return to Jim Crow (via FoxNews.com):
Ocasio-Cortez was asked if she believed the United States would have a democracy in 10 years, prompting her to push another wild claim in an interview that was published Monday.
“I think there’s a very real risk that we will not,” the New York Democrat told the New Yorker in an interview published Monday. “What we risk is having a government that perhaps postures as a democracy, and may try to pretend that it is, but isn’t.”
“I think we will look like ourselves. I think we will return to Jim Crow,” Ocasio-Cortez continued in her interview with the New Yorker. “I think that’s what we risk.” (emphasis mine)
AOC provided the following “evidence” to support her “return to Jim Crow” prediction (via Axios.com):
“You have it already happening” in Texas and Florida with disenfranchisement laws, she said. “You have the complete erasure and attack on our own understanding of history, to replace teaching history with institutionalized propaganda from white-nationalist perspectives in our schools. This is what the scaffolding of Jim Crow was.”
“And the question that we’re really facing is: Was the last 50 to 60 years after the Civil Rights Act just a mere flirtation that the United States had with a multiracial democracy that we will then decide was inconvenient for those in power? And we will revert to what we had before, which, by the way, wasn’t just Jim Crow but also the extraordinary economic oppression as well?”
That’s weird; it was a few days ago that AOC suggested replacing capitalism with Marxism as the solution to creating “a more just” America. What gives?
AOC’s Jim Crow rhetoric isn’t original, but it is becoming a foundational talking point of radical leftists in the Democrat Party.
When Gov. Brian Kemp signed new legislation last year designed to overhaul election protocols in Georgia, place new restrictions on voting by mail, require voter ID, and increase legislative control over the voting process, Joe Biden — who warned in a speech at a black church during the Obama/Biden 2012 reelection that Republicans “will put y’all back in chains” — immediately labeled the Georgia legislation “Jim Crow on steroids.”
Biden’s Jim Crow reference was so absurd that the Washington Post, a paper that supported Biden for president and editorialized against the Georgia legislation, awarded Uncle Joe with “Four Pinocchios” for spreading misinformation about the state law’s impact on voting.
As my friend Derrick Wilburn — contributor to The Strident Conservative and the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives — explained at the time, the Jim Crow laws passed in states throughout the American south existed from 1876 until 1965 when they were overturned by the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Derrick also pointed out how Jim Crow laws supposedly established “separate but equal” rights and facilities for Whites and Blacks, but that they were segregationist, immoral, and anything but “equal.” Jim Crow laws were beyond sick, beyond racist, beyond bigotry. They were the inspiration behind domestic terror against people of color who, under their provisions, had to live as 3rd class citizens for nearly a hundred years.
In a piece featured on Jewish World Review by Boston Globe opinion columnist Jeff Jacoby in response to Joe Biden, we get an excellent analysis of why the political machinations used by Mr. Biden and the Democrats concerning Jim Crow distorts the vital lessons America has learned since that horrible time in history.
What I really find incomprehensible, though, is the accusation that Georgia’s law amounts to a revival of Jim Crow, the pre-Civil Rights racial oppression that prevailed throughout the South. It is hard to overstate what a smear and a libel that is. Second only to slavery, Jim Crow segregation and persecution was the very worst thing in American history — evil, unconstitutional, and inhumane.
Jim Crow was a monstrosity in numerous ways, only one of which was the near-total denial of the right of Black Southerners to vote. Eventually Jim Crow was overturned by the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and a generation of Americans has grown up knowing of it, if at all, only through history books.
To call something “Jim Crow” is the equivalent in American terms of calling something “Nazi” — both are terms so toxic that they should be reserved only for genuine examples of brutal, totalitarian repression and cruelty. …
But in the 50-plus years since Jim Crow was crushed, Black people in Georgia and elsewhere across the South are anything but shut out of the political system. “Georgia’s congressional delegation has five Black representatives and one Black senator,” writes Jonah Goldberg. “Its state legislature is 27 percent Black. The mayor of Atlanta is a Black woman. Georgia has a large and politically powerful Black middle class, not to mention plenty of Black celebrities and 1-percenters. Do we really believe the state is one election law away from a system of legal lynchings and separate water fountains?” (emphasis mine)
In other words, Joe Biden and AOC are spreading politically motivated lies when they compare fixing broken election laws with Jim Crow; they have absolutely nothing in common with each other.
George Orwell once said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
The official agenda of Joe Biden, AOC, and the rest of the far-left is rooted in political correctness and “wokeness,” and with feckless, politically motivated Republican Party as their only opposition, Jim Crow rhetoric will obliterate our understanding of history . . . bringing America ever closer to her destruction.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.