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The Ethnic Cleansing of the Coming Trump Administration: Race War or the New American Genocide?

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Blacks become hopeless. "It is what it is," becomes the norm. Through the media, the lynching of Blacks as a community event becomes institutionalized in America once again. The difference between a race war and genocide is that in a war it is a contest between more or less equally armed opponents. In genocide the victim (contrary to propaganda) is essentially unarmed. There can be no race war in America. There can only be ethnic cleansing and full-blown genocide. People of color are no more prepared to defend themselves from an American system bent on their imprisonment and death than the Jews of Nazi Germany were against Hitler.

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The election is set. With (essentially) the end of the Voting Rights Act, the purging of voters of color from voter registration lists going largely unchallenged, the hacking of electronic voting booths and the disappearing of early votes,T rump's election could mean racism in American would become legalized. With a corporate sponsored Supreme Court appointed by Trump that confirms the assertion that "racism is pretty much over in America," the removal of the remaining laws protecting communities of color could easily follow. When Trump exercises his "right to change his mind" with respect to his pro-worker rhetoric, and the Trump that has always stabbed American workers in the back shows his true self (i.e., a man of Elitism, by Elitism and for Elitism)--he will have to sacrifice a scapegoat or two to appease the angry masses. In fact, when the American people are betrayed this time, after all his rhetoric, he will have to sacrifice a lot of scapegoats, and this is when the race war comes into play.

At this point, a full-blown genocide scenario could unfold. Little by little, every positive media image of Black and Latin Americans could be replaced by a negative image. There are already virtually no positive images of Middle Easterners in our media today. Under such conditions violence, possibly false-flags, could continue to emerge and serve as justification for further erosion of what little is left of the American Constitution. Moreover, these acts of violence could serve as excuses for Gestapo tactics that lead to an overt police state. The drums of war against people of color could beat louder and louder on our news programs--e.g., "the lawless, rogue/radical Black Lives Matter" drum beat accusation of Fox News (that insinuates that all of these protesters belong in prison or worse), will eventually become simply "Black lives are radical rogues that belong in prison or worse." The so-called mainstream media will echo the same sentiments as the right wing radio talk shows and Fox News, in a more balanced tone--often echoed by Black and Brown anchors and reporters. Those journalists that resist would be replaced.

The problems that will erupt in efforts to round up millions of illegal immigrants from Mexico/Latin America and detain them will become the justification to use a "special police force" and fill the FEMA housing concentration camps that have long awaited these populations. Anyone else who dares resist the Elitist Trump dwelling in the White House as a "populist" would meet the same fate.

When the American mind is returned to full marginalization along racial lines, the genocide will be openly celebrated. Modeled first after Apartheid South Africa and later the occupied Palestinian Territories of Gaza, the full marginalization (geographically as well as psychologically and politically) of communities of color will have been realized in America. Slowly, the boarders of these communities will be constricted by skirmish after skirmish (clashes with militarized police), until the population iof these communities will be cleansed nearly out of existence. Whites that stand in solidarity with communities of color will face the full weight of the Trump regime--costing them their livelihood, their freedom and even their lives. They will be labeled terrorists and, as such under a Trump administration, even their family members will not be safe.

Is this all fantasy or a real possibility? Genocide has happened before, not only in other countries--it has happened here in the United States. Victims and those that carry out genocide for the elite were been in denial until it was too late. Should we do the same now? Should we refuse to name this possibility today in its gory details? What is the alternative to a Trump Administration? Is the answer the election of Hilary Clinton? Is Clinton the savior of communities of color? An examination of policies she has supported in the past would strongly suggest the contrary. People of color (actually all working class Americans) will likely continue to be under attack from the elite no matter who wins the election. There are, however, differences in elite approaches to managing the "racial question" in America. If the Trump brand of the elite (overt racist approach) wanted another shot in four years they could instigate violent racial conflict with a Clinton victory, particularly if a Clinton win was perceived to be illegitimate. All of the irregularities of the American election process could be blamed for "Crooked Hilary's" victory.

But it would be more difficult by far to achieve a race war based on the rhetoric of Clinton or a rejected Trump. Many minorities will be, at least for a while, lulled to sleep under the illusion that Clinton cares anything whatsoever about them. The unrest would have to come from the Trump crowd--which is largely white males. Since America is not about to cleanse the country of this demographic any time soon, any crackdown to follow would mean the end of the uprising as opposed to the beginning of the end of the demographic. Clinton would likely use the unrest to help disarm the population overall and crack down on festering Neo-Nazi type organizations that, in addition to hate for racial and religious minorities, also despise much of the current elite. This could be good for racial minorities in America, at least for the short run, while at the same time useful to the Economic Elite who feel the overt ethnic cleansing methodology being forwarded by Trump challenges the order they've imposed. It would, however, not likely stop us from losing more Constitutional rights.

Clinton is not the long-term answer of course. She and the elite that back her are no doubt a core part of the problem. A Clinton presidency, however, could buy us time to build on the work of Bernie Sanders or some alternative movement that better accepts diversity and finds better balance between the left and right wings of populism. It could allow us time to bring into our collective consciousness the fact that racism is a organizing principle of the United States and that within our society there awaits the potential of a new American genocide. The added time could help us awaken the general population to the fact that the elite are using hate to confuse the issues, because without this confusion populism would reign.

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