The reason those “social justice warriors” the Internet hates so much exist is because people like Tennessee’s Rick Tyler exist.
Who’s Rick Tyler?
Come with me, won’t you? To the state where the likes of Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton created their best art. To the state with some of the best barbecue you ever done tasted.
To the state where Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot dead.
Come with me, and meet Rick Tyler, who is running for a seat in the 3rd Congressional District of the great southern state. Tyler is running on the brilliant and proud campaign slogan shown on a billboard:
MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN
I cannot make this stuff up.
While it sounds kind of like Donald Trump on steroids, I’d like to just reassure you…
On his campaign website, which now doesn’t work, Tyler explained his reasoning behind the billboard, and yes, it’s Trump-inspired.
“With its towering and massive stature, the billboard sign is difficult to ignore and its message comes across as authoritative and influential.”
It is pretty difficult to ignore. It’s literally a giant poster with one statement of white supremacy on it.
“For these reasons we are confident that a widespread and creative billboard advertising game plan could go a long way toward making the Rick Tyler For Congress candidacy both viable and a force to be reckoned with. Clearly we are in uncharted waters, in that there has never been a candidacy like this in modern political history. Of great significance, as well, is the reality of the Trump phenomenon and the manner in which he has loosened up the overall spectrum of political discourse.”
The billboard was one sign. Tyler’s campaign had several signs up off of Highway 411. His signs were removed shortly after being posted, according to WRCB TV.
Another billboard, on Highway 64, reportedly depicted the White House surrounded by Confederate flags (Oh, but that flag has absolutely no ties to racism!) with “I Have a Dream” written over it.
Again, I cannot make this stuff up.
Before you get upset, though, Tyler did say that he has “no hatred [for] people of color.” So he can’t be racist. Phew.
Tyler posted a long response on Facebook to the inevitable backlash he’d received for the message he’s spreading. In that post, he said:
In a nutshell, it is stating that the “Leave It to Beaver, Ozzie and Harriet, Mayberry” America of old was vastly superior to what we are experiencing today. It was an America where doors were left unlocked, violent crime was a mere fraction of today’s rate of occurrence, there were no car jackings, home invasions, Islamic Mosques or radical Jihadist sleeper cells.
Life in the 1960s was FULL of violent crime. It’s just that no one actually got arrested for beating the s— out of black people.
And really? No carjackings or mosques? There were none. Nope, not one. He was there.
Life is not a family sitcom, Tyler. It’s especially not an all-white one.
In his Facebook statement Tyler also said:
The Caucasian race has been inordinately blessed and favored by the God of scripture. It was among this people that the new covenant gospel of Jesus Christ took root, blossomed, and flourished.
How is this man real?
If you don’t think this country has officially become a parody of itself, you simply think wrong.
“Make America White Again” sounds like something anti-Trump protesters would put on their signs just to emphasize what they feel Trump’s slogan is really saying.
In 2016, people like 58-year-old Rick Tyler will insist that they are not racist. They will insist that “having a dream” of a country that reverts back to a time where white people ran things so dominantly that a person of color could not attend the same school, or even go into the same restaurant, is not racist. They will insist that declaring their own race superior to all others is not racist. They will insist that believing any human who does not look, walk, talk, act like you is a human who does not matter, is not racist.
That’s dangerous. I can’t describe it as anything but.
Racial supremacy is the dumbest thing that could happen. I’m black, but don’t think for a second that I would want to live in a country that has only black people. Who’d play in the NHL?
In all seriousness, don’t let people like Rick Tyler win a race for office. Any office. Ever.
What do you think? Was I a little rough on the Beaver?
we’re all human.