Did anyone notice how quickly my buddies Chelsea and Julian just vanished from the headlines, after vanishing into custody? For a couple of days we got to hear about the houseguest from hell who refused to clean up after his cat in the Ecuadoran embassy (maybe a tiny clip of, um… you know, that video), then once again the imminent threat of a resurgent truth-teller is averted. Nary a mention of the truth in question. People don’t care, supposedly.
Same thing here: silencing via demonization. Only Ilhan Omar’s terrible truth, while providing the invaluable perspective of an African immigrant, only skims the surface of the historical realities in play. In The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism, Gerald Horne describes the conditions driving the emergence of the world’s first apartheid state: the USA. Naturally, apartheid states stick together, so any mention of those on the wrong side of apartheid’s divide is just terrorist propaganda.
We have to defend our liberties by squashing theirs – that’s the basic apartheid tenet, and it makes a lot of sense to the credulous and those with insecure wealth to defend. To question that tenet is to “sow division” as do Indians when they defend their watershed from pipelines, homefolks when they protest police terrorism, or Ilhan Omar when she mentions Palestinians.