Racist Warmongering WaPo Style
Who knew? Well, all of us if we think about it. I'm just going to cite a couple of bits from the article and let you read the rest; article is here:https://www.quixote.org/governing-by-trope-boat-people-and-biden/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=bf29b457-1850-4fc1-a34f-97a85a3ed66a
Back in June, the Washington Post’s editorial board warned of a looming crisis in Haiti, and argued for a more “muscular” United States response. They wrote, “There is now a real prospect of full-blown anarchy, and resulting waves of boat people fleeing to safer shores. The United States, France, the United Nations, the OAS and other influential parties must act before that happens. Mr. Moïse must go, and be replaced in free and fair elections.” Since Jovenel Moise was assassinated, the Washington Post has continued to opine for an international intervention led by the United States, invoking once again the threat of “boat people.”
To me, given the history of Haiti, The US, France, The OAS and other influential parties (like the CIA perhaps?), that is a pretty clear call for the assassination of Haiti's leader from some of our yellow press.
The use of the phrase “boat people” stands in a long line of racist imagery that Gregory Lee places under the broader framework of the “inundation” metaphor. Lee’s original research focused on the use of words like “flood,” “pouring in,” and “waves” in media accounts of Chinese immigration in the 19th century, arguing that the phrases became key to popular discourse in the build up to the Chinese Exclusion Acts. “Boat people” follows from the same linguistic pedigree, utilized to describe and dehumanize refugees from Vietnam and later Haiti.
I'll leave it up to you to read the rest - It's a good read and well worthwhile.
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