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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Just a coincidence?

Maybe it's just a coincidence, an unfortunate choice that sends the wrong message. I'm referring to some of the images and rhetoric coming form the Texas Nationalist movement. Take the map below for example. Is it just by chance that the rest of the United States is depicted as black? Hmmm.

The Texas Nationalist website has some equally questionable rhetoric. In the closing of their  "What we believe" section they state their reason for secession is...

 "... to be an independent light in a world that is being plunged into darkness."

Maybe I'm reading too much into these choices. Would any rational person believe there is an undercurrent of racism behind a movement to secede from the union following the re-election of a black president?

In the novels of the Class H Trilogy, a third party called the Nationalists emerges as a force in U.S. politics. Eerily, the Nationalist Party of Texas exhibits many of the same tendencies. I hope the similarities end there. If not, the nation may be facing a disturbing future.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez