I don't get it. How do we have such a racism problem by such a large segment of the population that either doesn't think racism is a problem or that it's good, actually? Like, collectively we all seem to agree that bigotry is bad, yet there are so many bigots out there.
I just came across someone posting a 'meme' about how 'if 10,000 troops crossing the border to ukraine is an invasion, how is 2,000,000 mexicans crossing the US border not an invasion?' without any understanding of how fucking gross that is. Like, those two things are so removed from one another I hardly even know where to start. And this was supposed to be funny? ignorance and bigotry and selfishness is funny?
And these are the kind of people I see every day now. Just ignorant assholes who hate 'others' and will do mental gymnastics and bend over backwards to justify their shitty takes devoid of logic or context. The worst part is that they think they're the enlightened ones, and that 'libtards' just don't see the world for what it is.
How is such a large section of the population so far removed from reality and not deemed a threat to democracy and the future of our people? we have literal villains in our parliament and way too many people think they're heroes. I just...I don't even know what to say anymore.
It helps that we have so much news media that effectively pushes these views, largely by stoking fear.
Fox News, InfoWars, Breitbart, New York Post, Washington Times. Most local channels also either intentionally or unintentionally will push conservative views, or at the very least stuff that is helpful for conservative propaganda to work. Like they tend to talk excessively about crime rates, so people think crime rates are rising, so we need to do more about crime rates, which is something that Republicans run on. Despite the fact that crime rates are actually dropping.
And a lot of supposedly "left wing", and liberal news sites, also push a lot of the same kinds of misinformation. Like publishing pictures of random black people at a disproportionate rate when you're talking about crime rates.