Some thoughts on MLK Day:
I recall that the KKK was a religious organization who targeted everyone who wasn’t a straight white Christian man (including Catholics); it started as a reaction to Reconstruction; it rises and falls throughout our history, but never goes away, at least not in practice though it has rebranded.
You can look to modern violent fraternal organizations as heirs to the KKK, from the Boogaloo Boys to Proud Boys to the assorted white nationalist militias and they are all of the same stripe and creed. What you will notice is that they all are supporting the Republicans in general and Trump in particular.
I was struck by some of the flags at the Stupid Coup, with Jeebus on top and Trump on the bottom. Just like the Southern Baptists sprang out of white supremacy (and is now the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, and this is not a coinkydink), the GOP is splitting into factions.
The largest faction supports The Lost Cause; the rallying cry is States Rights, but that’s a thin white wash for white supremacy; the Texas history textbook re-write of the Reagan 1980s launched States Rights and now a couple of generations later a large portion of our country believes that was the root cause of the Civil War and not slavery. The other, smaller faction of Republicans stands for corporations, and they will be swept away by the White Supremacists.
So the Republican Party —founded by Lincoln and now ironically the party of White Supremacy, and not coincidentally the party of Straight White Christian Men— is the face of white domestic terrorism.
Here we are on MLK day, preparing for another white supremacy, domestic terrorist insurrection on the Capitol to overthrow an election that the Republicans lost. And our failed political press is writing themselves into pretzels to not say Republican, and to try to Both Sides the BLM peaceful protests of last summer.
Disclaimer: not all Republicans are racists, but scratch a racist and you will find a Republican.
UPDATE 1: want more proof that Republicans support domestic terror?