Culture Wars/Current Controversies

GOP struggles to confront racial issues

The right-wing of the ruling class seems to be divided over the issue of co-optation versus repression, while the left-wing of the ruling class clearly favors co-optation and is moving aggressively to do so. The Deep State and the uppermost strata of the power elite seem to prefer co-optation as well, which is not surprisingly the direction in which things are rapidly moving.

By Scott Wong

The Hill

Less than five months before the election, congressional Republicans are struggling to confront a host of thorny racial issues that have been unexpectedly thrust into the 2020 campaign spotlight.

They’re still scrambling to craft a response to nationwide protests against police brutality following the May 25 killing of George Floyd, divided over whether to rename Army bases named after Confederate leaders and resistant to banning all Confederate statues from the Capitol.

The resistance to remove the Confederate statues — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) argue states should decide which figures represent them in the hallowed building — is even creating friction in the party.

Rep. Will Hurd, the only black House Republican, said it’s a no-brainer to remove the nearly dozen statues of Confederate generals and soldiers who fought against the Union.


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