To Be Clear, Tennessee Congressional Candidate Wants to Make America White Again

Rick Tyler is an independent candidate for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District and he, like Donald Trump, wants to Make America White Again.

Tyler is not quite as subtle as Donald Trump, however, as you can see in the photo posted above.

In Tyler's own words, America was much better off under Jim Crow.

(via Local NBC Affiliate WRCB)

Tyler told Channel 3, he has no hatred in his heart for "people of color." He says the sign's message is that America should go back to a "1960s, Ozzie and Harriet, Leave it to Beaver time when there were no break-ins; no violent crime; no mass immigration." [...]

Tyler posted a second sign on Highway 64 with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" quote written over a White House surrounded by Confederate Flags.


While we mock this racist for not being nearly as smart as he thinks he is, I feel compelled to say that the era Tyler refers to -- a 1960s America filled with baseball, Wonder Bread, and apple pie, or whatever -- is an era that is often idolized by liberals as a shinning beacon of progressive economic policy and prosperity.

It shouldn't be because it was all a lie. By idolizing that era, you're also idolizing Rick Tyler's vision of a White Male America, because that's what it was. That period of post-war economic prosperity came at the expense of civil rights and gender equality. Early versions of federal assistance programs we hold dear today were originally conceived as racially-exclusive policies and even today in 2016 women are not paid as much money as men.

Don't help men like Rick Tyler by perpetuating a myth of something that never existed.

  • Badgerite

    “No violent crime”? What would you call a bombing of a church killing 4 little girls inside the Church who were there for Sunday Bible class? What would you call some grown white men abducting a 14 year old boy who was visiting relatives in the south and torturing and killing him, leaving his mother a bloated, disfigured corpse where her son had been? What would you call the shooting of a Detroit mother of 5 who was in the south the south as part of a campaign to register black people to vote? What would you call a man gunned down in front of his waiting wife and children by a coward hiding in the shadows for working to register blacks to vote?
    What would you call all of the incidents of unarmed blacks being gunned down or otherwise killed for nothing more than minor traffic violations or in the case of Freddie Gray no violations of law at all? I would call it more of the same. A little known fact is that the father of Malcom X was a successful land owner and businessman who made no apologies for being successful. And he was ambushed and killed by a group of men in Lansing, Michigan where he lived. It destroyed his family. I had never realized what a racist country I lived in and was a part of until I saw the reaction of the ‘Southern Strategy’ GOP to the election of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States. I had thought it was somewhat behind us as a nation. Now I know. And I cannot and will not look away. And I see a 12 year old boy gunned down by police for playing with a toy gun while grown white men with AR-15s parade around in public and practically dare anyone to complain about it. And the only reason, the only reason for the GOP, long ago made the ‘b-tch’ of the NRA, to refuse to allow for any restriction with respect to the purchase of assault rifles based on a terror watch list is because some of those that might be caught on such a list would be people like the Bundy’s who think it is alright to arm themselves to the teeth in order to take over and trash a Federal wildlife refuge and trash it and terrorize a small town. Since some elements in this country can no longer rely on state sanctioned violence to impose their dominance on others, they resort to a ridiculous interpretation of the Second Amendment to that threat of violence. And they don’t care who gets hurt in the process. Even if it is a classroom full of first graders and their teachers.

    • That was my reaction too–no violent crime my ass! I would upvote this more than once if I could.

      • Badgerite

        I know.

  • Aynwrong

    A campaign slogan like that is what Trump (and truthfully the GOP) has now cleared the way for. They have made bigotry acceptable again. And possibly electable.

    I’m not sure I agree with your assessment of Liberals view of the past JM. Yes Liberals point to post war America as a time when government was successfully used to build a powerful economy. But that’s also to point out that the legislation and programs of the time are methods that Conservatives have spent decades deliberately undermining and now sneer at. That doesn’t mean all Liberals are unaware of the bigotries that dominated that time period or that Liberals are unaware of the fact that a powerful economy was only used to benefit straight white men.

    Then again:

    The Professional Left podcast pointed out recently how well the government of Oregon is working right now in passing legislation that has citizens registered for voting automatically. And then they pointed out how homogeneously White Oregon is.

    Maybe I’m projecting.

    • JMAshby

      I didn’t say “all liberals,” but there is a significant contingent, particularly among young millennial liberals, who haven’t the slightest clue. They blindly praise the politics and policy of presidents like FDR without even knowing or acknowledging all that entails. The way they tell it, today’s Democrats are evil, corporatist monsters for not being more like FDR and other progressive politicians of the past.

      They believe in saints who weren’t saints at all. It’s a lie. Purity politics of the far left demands that they hold up these figures as saints who’ve been betrayed by modern Democrats, but they also had to make compromises in their era. You can’t govern without compromise.

      It’s sad because President Obama is exactly what they want and what they need, they just hate him too much to see it.

      • Aynwrong

        I don’t disagree. And your to point out the purity that today’s Left often believes in.

  • muselet

    Rick Tyler reminds me of the kid in third grade who sat in the back of the classroom, and made fart noises and threw paper airplanes in hopes of getting a rise out of someone.