Steve Cortes: ‘He Looks More Like A WASP Than I do’
I’m guessing the WASPIER the better for Trump and his ilk
Just another setback for the declining plausibility, not to mention validity, of racial studies on display during Mr. Trump’s rally in New Mexico. This goes to show that whatever racialized group you want to inspire or base your identitarian existence on, you will be hard pressed to prove yourself to have any clear distinction of ethnicity and race assumed or chosen. This is because of the wanderlust of humans, right down to the individual level of whom will inherently migrate and copulate for a variety of personal reasons that reflect their dispositional attribution, with little regard to political, cultural or ethnic differences.
“We love our Hispanics,” says Trump
One has to imagine what constitutes Trump’s Hispanics? A model Hispanic is one who not only gets out and votes for his reelection, but can have superficial attributes that could fool you into believing that they are racially white or WASP-y as per the President.
In one viral moment, the president singled out one of his supporters ― Steve Cortes, a political commentator on CNN, who was at the event .
“He happens to be Hispanic but I’ve never quite figured it out because he looks more like a WASP than I do,” Trump said of Cortes, using the abbreviation for a “white Anglo-Saxon Protestant.”
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The first Europeans came from Africa via the Middle East and settled there about 43,000 years ago. But some of those pioneers, such as a 40,000-year-old individual from Romania, have little connection to today’s Europeans, Reich says.
New studies show that almost all indigenous Europeans descend from at least three major migrations in the past 15,000 years, including two from the Middle East. Those migrants swept across Europe, mingled with previous immigrants, and then remixed to create the peoples of today.
Only a handful of groups today, such as Australian Aborigines, have deep bloodlines untainted by mixing with immigrants.
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Trump assumes that he and his family along with his orbit of so-called nationalists or real Americans are “purebred” humans in terms of race but that is not a thing. Trump and his people are purebred something else though. This is an instance of selective racializing — that those with certain characteristics are said to exemplify a particular race. Those very same features are interchangeable amongst humans and are present in every so called race by recessive or dominant gene.
Our pedigreed whites are incredibly uninformed, insensitive and callous with their thinking, behaviors, and attitudes. This effort to cast a racial hierarchy is ludicrous. And it starts with how only whites suspiciously rationalize their own pseudoscience on race and how they conveniently place the vanity and insanity of themselves at the top of human civilization.
One of their most distinquished and acclaimed scientists was a doctor out of Philly named Samuel Morton whose specialty was collecting skulls and studying them.🤨 What he found that should have resulted in obvious skepticism is this nonsense below as explored by a now better informed and inclusive National Geographic exposè.
Morton believed that people could be divided into five races and that these represented separate acts of creation. The races had distinct characters, which corresponded to their place in a divinely determined hierarchy. Morton’s “craniometry” showed, he claimed, that whites, or “Caucasians,” were the most intelligent of the races. East Asians — Morton used the term “Mongolian” — though “ingenious” and “susceptible of cultivation,” were one step down. Next came Southeast Asians, followed by Native Americans. Blacks, or “Ethiopians,” were at the bottom. In the decades before the Civil War, Morton’s ideas were quickly taken up by the defenders of slavery.
Morton simply had an idea that would inflate the ego of him and his entire sociopolitical race which they took and ran with to justify dehumanizing acts of criminality that consequently led them as a collective to this preponderance of socioeconomic prominence that apparently shapes our politics to this day.
“He had a lot of influence, particularly in the South,” says Paul Wolff Mitchell, an anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania who is showing me the skull collection, now housed at the Penn Museum. We’re standing over the braincase of a particularly large-headed Dutchman who helped inflate Morton’s estimate of Caucasian capacities. When Morton died, in 1851, the Charleston Medical Journal in South Carolina praised him for “giving to the negro his true position as an inferior race.”
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Very little nuance here when we juxtapose this with our doting officials in the Trump administration who were willing to misuse science to defend the president’s unenlightened tweet and observation of Hurricane Dorian’s path towards Alabama.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross reportedly threatened to fire some of the nation’s weather officials if they refused to lie to the public about the projected path of Hurricane Dorian. New reporting indicates he made these threats under pressure from acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and President Trump himself.
Ross wanted top officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency under his purview, to claim scientists at the agency’s Birmingham, Alabama, National Weather Service branch were mistaken when they corrected a tweet President Donald Trump sent ahead of Dorian’s arrival that said the storm would “most likely” affect Alabama.
That correction bothered Trump for days, and eventually he told top aides that NOAA needed to retract the tweet. That request, and the president’s continual complaints about the matter, led Mulvaney to ask Ross to have NOAA officials publicly back the president’s tweet, White House officials told the Washington Post.
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They are inclined to simply afford Trump all sorts of implausibility simply on the rationale of race and their self-proclaimed position in this alleged hierarchy. And since Trump exemplifies whiteness he is given this copious benefit of the doubt.
This racial posturing may beem humorous and benign but this sort of articulation and its absurd acceptance is divisive or segregating in its crude classifications which has led to atrocities among many other tragedies —from a civil war, followed by an era of Jim Crow, from legitimating land theft to a near genocide of native Indian populations, to now the separation and human rights abuses of brown families in the ongoing immigration debacle and build the wall saga along the southern border.
This little stunt being pulled by Trump seeks to only exaggerate the growing divide between Hispanics and LatinX also. No need to wonder which moniker is closest to white on the racialized scale.
So while race isn’t real, racism absolutely is and it continues to infect the minds of those who are averse to being inclusive, united, and equal.