Why Do All These Racists Keep Joining Turning Point USA?
Turning Point USA is the conservative "nonprofit" that opposes so-called "liberal intolerance" on college campuses. It also has a racism tolerance problem. A video turned up recently showing a member of its Las Vegas chapter shouting "White power!" Even worse, if possible, the young woman next to him screams, "Fuck the n---as!" Her tone of voice implies she didn't mean the fun way. This embarrassed an organization that employed Candace Owens, so it already has a high tolerance for embarrassment. Turning Point USA released the following statement yesterday:
The young woman who boasts "we're gonna run the country" is technically the only one to drop the "n" bomb. But the official statement only references the dumb schmuck in the Trump T-shirt -- who was until today chapter president of the Turning Point USA franchise at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. They both are flashing the "OK" sign that people keep trying to insist is not what we all know it is. The fool was also photographed recently at a "Build the Wall" rally where he flashed the same hand sign. Maybe we can all agree it's a hate salute and move on.
Students have come forward on Twitter to identify the couple in the video, so if you're curious you could find their names at the house that @Jack built. I'm personally reticent to doxx the idiots because they were likely minors at the time. However, it doesn't make them any less racist. Is Turning Point USA a racist organization just because it has members who were racist in the past? No, it's a racist organization because many of its members are actively racist. They identify with Turning Point USA's goals because they believe those goals are appropriately white-centered.
Turning Point USA can cut ties with the lowest hanging racist fruit, but its founder and president Charlie Kirk tweets garbage like this on the regular.
We're fairly confident that the douche in the video will recover from what is likely just a momentary setback. Turning Point USA's now-former national field director Crystal Clanton allegedly sent coworkers this text: "I hate all black people. Like fuck them all... I hate blacks. End of story." (That's not really a story. There's not much conflict or compelling stakes.) You have to wonder how much personal contact privileged white assholes really have with black people. How do we manage to piss them off so much other than just existing?
Clanton wasn't unemployed long. Conservative lobbyist Ginni Thomas later hired her as an assistant. Thomas is married to the only (sort of) black Supreme Court justice. We don't anticipate as charitable a golden parachute for Candace Owens, who resigned last week as Turning Point USA's communications director some long while after saying that if Hitler had only killed Jews inside of his own borders, meh, that would have been fine. Everything directly communicated from her mouth was stupid, which was a professional drawback. She plans now to focus on Blexit. That's the dumb term dumb people have for black people abandoning the Democratic Party and voting for the type of people who send drunk black-hating tweets. Good luck with that, sister.
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He's on the board of the Portland Playhouse theater and writes for the immersive theater Cafe Nordo in Seattle. Tickets are on sale now for his latest Nordo collaboration, "Curiouser and Curiouser," an adaptation of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass." It promises to feel like an actual evening with SER (for good or for ill).