For some reason, it seems to have become popular for political influencers to conjure the legacy of Jim Crow to push a particular agenda. Some have taken to referencing this dark period in American history to describe ideas, policies, or people they don’t like. As American political discourse descends deeper into utter absurdity, people are coming up with new and creative ways to be hyperbolic to the point of imbecility.
Remember when Georgia passed its voting laws a couple of months ago? Democrats and their close friends and allies in the activist media went hog-wild on the airwaves, trying to convince the American public that the next step would be stationing men in white robes and hoods outside of polling locations to prevent black people from voting. In fact, they’re still doing it, as evidenced by this tweet from author Ari Berman:
New cover story @motherjones: GOP enacting greatest assault on voting rights since end of Reconstruction and if Congress doesn’t pass federal legislation to stop new wave of Jim Crow 2.0 voter suppression laws Second Reconstruction will end like the first https://t.co/CseFsgAmBT
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) June 2, 2021
At least they put a cute spin on it by calling it Jim Crow 2.0, right?
However, anyone with an IQ higher than that of an aardvark can see that Georgia’s law is nowhere close to being anything like what black Americans experienced in the days of Jim Crow. Indeed, the very suggestion demeans the experience of those who actually suffered under racist laws.
Moreover, despite claims being made by so-called progressives, there is no evidence that this law or others being considered in other states would disproportionately prevent black Americans from casting their votes. But the Democrats seem to have no problem with using black trauma to push their agenda.
I wish I could say that this foolish comparison is limited to the left – but I’d be lying. Some on the right are also using Jim Crow to push back against the hard left’s insane effort to enforce COVID-19 vaccinations. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson recently used a Jim Crow reference during a segment in which he criticized some businesses for only allowing customers who have been vaccinated to enter their establishment. He also lashed out at the New York Knicks for having different sections in their stadium for vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
“Medical Jim Crow has come to America,” Carlson said. “If we still had water fountains, the unvaccinated would have separate ones.”
Tucker Carlson: "Medical Jim Crow has come to America." pic.twitter.com/wEpYwlBSfj
— Kat Abu (@abughazalehkat) June 2, 2021
I get it. Most of these measures are ludicrous.
But Jim Crow this is not.
For starters, Jim Crow laws were specifically designed to oppress people based on skin color – not a decision they choose to make. Nobody is pushing for laws preventing the unvaccinated from voting or marrying people who are vaccinated. The children of unvaccinated parents are still being allowed to go to school. Unvaccinated people don’t have to sit at the back of the bus.
It ain’t the same, folks. Not even close.
I understand that perhaps some folks have grown weary of constantly observing Godwin’s Law and incessantly bringing up Hitler and the Nazis and they need a new radical way to demonize those with whom they disagree. This just might be the reason why some are switching to Jim Crow and while I can appreciate variety, pretending that something is the same as what had been going on in America until the ‘60s is goofy as all get out. Can we just leave the silliness to the left?