As if Donald Trump didn’t make it clear that the United States wasn’t white enough, enter Tennesee congressional candidate, Rick Tyler. Rick Tyler, a longshot running as an Independent to represent Tennessee’s Third District wants to “Make America White Again”.
While it’s unclear whether there was ever a time in U.S. history when our beloved nation was all white. Even so, Tyler has dreams and aspirations of taking the nation back to a certain utopia, where life was a lot better for today’s racially oppressed so-called dominant culture.
In an interview with WRCB, Tyler claims to have no hatred in his heart for “people of color.” He added that he just wants to go back to “1960s, Ozzie and Harriet, Leave it to Beaver time when there were no break-ins; no violent crime; no mass immigration.”
While I’m glad that he cleared things up by stating that he isn’t racist, I’m not sure how this would go over with people like me who have gotten used to reruns of shows like Good Times, The Jeffersons, and the occasional beatdown or police shooting we’ve grown so used to lately.
It’s no surprise that Trump’s campaign has inspired Tyler. On the would-be white freedom fighter’s website, he declared “the Caucasian race… the architects and progenitors of advanced civilization and high cultures.” And quite naturally, as all good white men like Tyler would do, he uses the Bible to justify his belief of superiority while hiding behind the First Amendment and “freedom of speech”. You know, like all bigots do.
It’s not that we didn’t know that people like Tyler still exist. One only has to look at the number of people drawn to Trump’s campaign rallies for confirmation. Also, not shocking is that many of Trump’s supporters aren’t the snaggle-toothed trailer-trash knuckle-dragging neanderthals as we’d like to think. Some of them are quite normal-looking average everyday white folks of all walks of life. What is scary, however, is that some of them occasionally run for positions of power and are successful.
Tyler’s “Make America White Again” billboard has drawn the ire of enough residents of his community that it was removed. Tyler managed to draw the criticisms of a few prominent Republicans in the district like Ryan Holmes. “There’s no room for this type of hateful display in our political discourse,” Holmes said in a statement. “Racism should be rejected in all its heinous forms in the Third Congressional District and around the country.” With that type of repudiation, one has to wonder what Holmes has to say about Trump, or whether he’ll be voting for him or not.
Watch the interview below: