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The NRA is race-baiting its members

NRA TV is at it again with another offensive ad. This time, they’re stoking the flames of racial resentment and fear.

“Our race relations are strained here in American after eight years of Barack Obama, but nowhere is near as bad as it is in South Africa where white families are being tortured and killed almost every day in racist violence,” said NRA TV host Grant Stinchfield. “It is a warning for the United States that you will never hear from the mainstream media in this country.”

Stinchfield was joined by guest Chuck Holton, who compared the violence in South Africa to the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States.

“It’s kind of a warning for what could happen in the United States if we continue to let this get out of control, to go down this path of this racial tension, this racial hatred that is being forced on the American culture by the Black Lives Matter crowd,” Holton argued.

Stinchfield concurred.

“This has to stop, and if you want to see why it has to stop, you look at South Africa. Over — between three and four thousand white South Africans have been killed in the most horrific ways, brutalized, raped, tortured, drug behind cars, had drills taken to them. Some really horrific things,” Stinchfield proclaimed.

It is unclear what Stinchfield was referring to — government protests or everyday crime statistics. However, it is a common strategy of white racists in the U.S. to fallaciously tie criminal behavior to the race of the assailant and victim, in order to racialize criminality in instances when race is not actually a motivating factor.

In 2017 alone, the NRA has produced ads that claimed the Manchester terrorist attacks occurred because of “gender bending,” that Americans should buy guns because “all the rapists” are being released in California, and that American liberals are threatening the nation’s way of life.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and his work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

Matthew Rozsa.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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