The not-so-hidden reason for Republicans’ anger over student loans
Do you wonder why many Republicans are upset that President Joe Biden just canceled up to $20,000 in student loan debt for those who desperately need it? Well, you may be forgetting one of the major tenets of white supremacy. Let’s take a walk.
You see, before Trump, Republicans were considered the camp of the conservative Christian. Many still held their racist beliefs, but they were shrouded in politics and toned down to hate speech. Those who openly held such prejudiced racial views were considered outliers to the fiscally responsible right.
But there came a time when everything changed, and the party of “less federal government involvement” became the party of “big racism.” According to a 2020 interview with Mother Jones.
Stevens noted that if the Republican Party did not want to be associated with this racist and xenophobic style of government, Reince Priebus, then chairman of the Republican National Committee, “should have declared that the GOP does not support such bigotry”. and established a moral position. Of course, Trump may still have won the election, but the GOP would have been recorded as avoiding this type of rhetoric. Instead, the party towed the line and kept their mouths shut.
Stevens argues that if the Republican Party’s intrinsic core values weren’t racist, then how could they succumb so quickly to Trump’s racist values in just three or four years? What was once a taboo position to occupy within the Grand Ole Party had now become the way forward.
I know what you’re thinking: what does all this have to do with canceling student loans?
Well, one of the tenets of racism is that the white race ― simply based on skin color alone ― is the dominant race. The idea of white supremacy is conveniently linked to racism, which also holds that the white race is the dominant race due to their lighter complexion.
Yes, that was the first definition when things were simpler, and black people didn’t want crazy stuff, like their freedom and right to vote and access to any water fountain they wanted . White supremacy has evolved, however. It has morphed into two factions: the first is systemic racism, where the system does the dirty work and becomes both hand and whip. The other is white tears. The white tears are the hot, anguish-filled sweat of racists who can’t believe the poor are being helped. White supremacy hates the poor. He hates them. Look at Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. He is one of the richest members of Congress with a net worth of $34 million, not including coins from his wife, economist Elaine Chao, who served in Trump’s cabinet. McConnell’s home state continually appears on the list of the poorest states in America. This ranked 6th this year.
Never forget that McConnell, along with the rest of his Republicans in the Senate, refused to vote for the US bailout, which he often called “grossly disproportionate” despite his constituents’ immediate relief. Also, voting against the plan didn’t stop McConnell from bragging about the huge advantage the Kentuckians would receive.
“Not a single member of my party voted for it,” McConnell noted at an event in his home country, according to the Washington Post. “I didn’t vote for it. But you will earn a lot more money. Cities and counties in Kentucky receive close to seven or $800 million. If you add up the total amount that will come into our state – $4 billion – that’s double what we sent last year.
It would seem to anyone with a compass and a dictionary that maybe Mitch McConnell is not the answer to Kentucky’s poverty problem. He’s rich, while his constituents are poor, and more importantly, he’s okay with that, and surprisingly Kentuckians are too. McConnell has spent every year in Congress since he was first elected in…in…wait…1984! And, unless he stops running for office, he’ll likely stay there until he retires.
Here’s why, and yes, it’s the same reason many Republicans are upset about student loan forgiveness: The other side of white domination is cruelty. There is a collective camaraderie of those on the right in the suffering of those on the other side. For the Republicans who complained, they understand that the goal isn’t just to win, it’s to make sure every other race loses. And I’m not talking about increasing the score, I’m talking about kicking the ball over the 50-yard line and dancing. I’m talking about scolding the cheerleaders and spray painting “Loser” on the squad bus. That’s why Reps. Majorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) and Matt Gaetz (Florida) couldn’t see the hypocrisy in the white tears they shed after learning that people earning less than $75,000 a year were going receive financial assistance. Luckily, the White House Twitter account was happy to call them out with multiple “is that you?” tweets.
It should not be understated that a good part of the white tears shed after Biden’s historic announcement also stemmed from jealousy over not getting another tax break. Because the Republicans in fact love well-being ― as long as it promotes them. They enjoyed four years of donations under Trump and never complained. Shit, why would they? They were winning.
“I don’t hear any of these Republicans screaming when we’re giving massive tax breaks to billionaires,” Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s Sunday morning “This Week” show.
“Suddenly when we do something for workers it’s a terrible idea,” he said.
But let’s not forget that two things can be true at the same time. Yeah, Republicans are upset because America’s poor got a break they didn’t get, and yeah, it’s totally a political decision, and I’m not mad about it. I’ve waited for a more aggressive, mean-spirited Democratic Party to emerge after four years of Republican rule, and I can’t lie, I like what I see. There is no playbook for how to govern, and Republicans took off the white gloves of civility a long time ago. It’s time the Democratic Party stopped fighting for wavering moderates who don’t exist, and played for their base. It’s long overdue for Democrats to ditch decorum and get in the mud with the rest of America. It’s time for the White House Twitter account to denounce the hypocrisy of those who keep lamenting what they haven’t won. If that is the direction of the Democratic Party, throwing $20,000 on the insurmountable monster that is student debt and twitter checking everyone who has received Paycheck Protection Program loans and made them forgiven, then I am here for that.
I think some of those people who are perplexed by the response of those who want student borrowers to struggle under the ruthless weight of enormous debt are forgetting that one of the intrinsic tenets of white supremacy is that the other must suffer . It’s not so much that they win, it’s also that you lose. This is why a majority of white voters voted against their self-interest to elect Donald Trump. This is why white women who have had abortions do not want other women to have access to them. That’s why Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is so popular – he’s the unequal wand wielder.
Never forget that white tears are not the genuine cries of someone in pain, they are the angry cries of those who believe they are not only meant to win, but are meant to. And it hurts them to know that someone other than them could be helped.