Stephen Miller’s fraudulent ad alleges ‘anti-White’ racism
Group radio ad — Joe Politico Told South of the Georgia border is running in several Georgia media markets and in Tallahassee – and a similar television advertisement apparently contained a major argument of the group in racial terms. The group says that efforts by the federal government to prioritize aid for vulnerable communities – or to correct historical wrongs – constitute a form of racism against white people and is just as harmful as racism against blacks.
“Stop left-wing racism,” reads the text of the television ad. “End anti-white bigotry.”
The ads provide a window into how Miller’s group is laying the groundwork for legal and political steps that will undermine efforts by politicians and companies to address inequalities between blacks and whites—often considered a legacy of slavery and systemic racism. Is.
Many of the claims made in ads stem directly from lawsuits filed by the AFL, as we’ll explain below. At least one statement was taken from a misleading video that was highlighted on right-wing social media.
Let us examine the factual assertions in the advertisement line by line.
“Joe Biden Puts White People in the Last Line for COVID Relief Funds.”
This line incorrectly describes what happened. Attempts had previously been made to let minority groups line up for restaurant relief – but many white people, such as women and veterans, had equal access.
When Biden ran for president, he Thrown light on How minority communities appeared to be disproportionately affected by the economic shocks caused by the coronavirus pandemic. When Congress was drafting a $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill into its administration, experts testified that minority-owned businesses were more vulnerable to the economic crisis than businesses owned by white entrepreneurs – and they Areas with higher rates were more likely to have 19 infections.
but the controversy flared up When the Biden administration sought to limit the first three weeks of applications to a $29 billion restaurant-relief fund for businesses that were 51 percent owned by “women, veterans, or socially and economically disadvantaged individuals” . Under US law, “Socially disadvantaged” is defined as “those who are subject to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural prejudice within American society because of their identity as members of groups and in relation to their personal qualities. “
The AFL filed suit on behalf of a white male restaurant owner. a federal judge in texas stopped the attempt, adding that the plaintiff is “experiencing race and gender discrimination at the hands of government officials” as the funds may run out before the first three weeks are completed. The Biden administration initially won another case — filed by a white man in Tennessee who owned a 50-50 restaurant with his Hispanic wife — but then lost at the appeals court level. a 2-1 vote,
The lawsuits threw the restaurant-assistance program into turmoil and nearly 3,000 restaurant owners whose grants were approved. Was told they would not be paid, Ultimately, the Small Business Administration They say That in Biden’s first year, 42 percent of restaurant relief went to women-owned businesses and about 15 percent went to minority-owned businesses.
“Kamala Harris said disaster aid should be given to non-white citizens first.”
This line reflects a claim that was hot in Republican circles until recently – but it is false. A clip of the Vice President was taken out of context.
On 30 September, Vice President Harris was Interview By actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who asked a lengthy multipart question that covered Hurricane Ian, the effects of climate change and aid to global inequalities. In response, Harris barely addressed the ian part of the question, but instead focused mostly on the climate-change aspect of the question.
“Particularly on inequalities, as you correctly described, which is that it is our lowest-income communities and our communities of color that are most affected by these extreme conditions and are affected by issues that They don’t have their own,” Harris said. at one point. “We have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity, understanding that we fight for equality, but we also need to fight for equality; understanding that everyone is the same. Doesn’t start from the spot.”
Ryan Fournier, executive director of Students for Trump, said, tweeted Above the clip was a statement in which her words were taken out of context: “You can’t make this up. Kamala Harris said administration storms resources ‘based on equity’ by directing funds to ‘communities of color’ Will give. I think everyone else is just screwed up.”
his tweet attracted attention Elon Musk, the world’s richest man and now the owner of Twitter: “The greatest should be by necessity, not for race or anything else.”
Posted by a Reuters reporter covering the incident a twitter thread A day later saying that Harris’ remarks were being “deliberately distorted.” Yet Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) escalated the misinformation when he was Challenge: “Face the Nation” by host Margaret Brennan about the rhetoric of some Republicans. He claimed that as Harris said, “If you have a different skin tone, you’re going to get faster relief.”
Brennan quickly noted that Harris didn’t say that—and Scott replied: “That’s exactly what he meant.”
“Liberal politicians block access to medicine based on skin color”
The line refers to an effort by Miller’s group to challenge states’ efforts, noting the fact that hospitalizations and death rates from COVID-19 have decreased. cumulative Gone Higher for minorities during pandemic, but again the central base It is wrong There is no evidence that anyone has been denied access to the medicine used to treat COVID-19 because of their race.
Under pressure from Miller’s group, Minnesota, Utah And new Mexico It has rolled back policies that were once hailed by public health professionals as good faith efforts to bridge the pandemic’s deadly racial divide. Offers advertising as a source An opinion article from the Wall Street Journal, titled “New York’s Race-Based Preferential COVID Treatment.” Miller’s group and others — has also sued New York state for removing race as one of several selection criteria for outpatient antiviral treatment, but in March a court dismissed such a lawsuit.
“Progressive corporations, airlines, universities all openly discriminate against white Americans.”
This line emphasizes that corporate and university policies that seek to consider applicants’ racial backgrounds in order to help them achieve diversity in their workforce or student body constitute discrimination against whites. . The AFL is, no surprise, at the forefront of filing legal challenges to such policies.
For example, after Amazon in 2020 announced A program to build diversity among its delivery contractors — “offering a $10,000 grant to help reduce barriers to entry for Black, Latinx and Native American entrepreneurs” — sued the AFL earlier this year. filed, alleging that “Absolutely illegal racial discrimination.” (The Washington Post is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.)
The Supreme Court is weighing whether race can be put on hold as a factor in college admissions — and it’s possible that many of these other attacks on diversity efforts will end up before the High Court.
“Left officials in the Biden administration and in education, business and governments across the country are imposing policies that systematically and routinely discriminate against American citizens based solely on the color of their skin. It is illegal. AFL General Counsel Gene Hamilton said in a statement to The Fact Checker: “Our ads make it clear that racism is always wrong – regardless of who it is targeted against. “The goal of our educational ads that the AFL is running gives the American people some information about what is only true in 2022, but major news outlets fail to report.”
These ads are an insidious stew that claims the Biden administration and liberals are hurting whites with the aim of tackling racial inequalities, such as minority communities most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. But Harris did not specify what the ad claims and there is no evidence that people have been denied the drug on the basis of race.
The Covid Relief Fund’s policy for restaurants was not aimed at all whites, as the ads claim – or even at all white men. But there was a policy of limiting funds until withheld by the courts. The overall message that such policies constitute “anti-white” racism deserves four Pinocchio, but earns three from the factual claims made in the ad.
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