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Trumpists Are Citing Japanese Internment Camps As Precedent For Muslim Registry

Black Lives Matter activists and civil rights marchers before them know that the only real protest that matters involves putting your body on the line.

By now you've probably seen the video of prominent Trumpist and former Trump super PAC spokesperson Carl Higbie on Fox News arguing that Japanese internment camps set a legal precedent for Trump's proposed Muslim registry.

As reported in the Washington Post:

During an appearance on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show, Carl Higbie said a registry proposal being discussed by Trump’s immigration advisers would be legal and would “hold constitutional muster.”

“We’ve done it with Iran back awhile ago. We did it during World War II with the Japanese,” said Higbie, a former Navy SEAL and until Nov. 9, the spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC.

Kelly seemed taken aback by the idea.

“Come on, you’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps, I hope,” she said.

“I’m not proposing that at all,” Higbie told her. “But I’m just saying there is precedent for it.”

See here:

Let's be clear. No amount of safety pin activism is going to stop these camps.

As Trevor Noah suggested on the Daily Show said last night, "We need to all register as Muslims." But that's not enough either. Black Lives Matter activists and civil rights marchers before them know that the only real protest that matters involves putting your body on the line.

Trumpists are already talking about a first phase of 3 million deportations. That's hundreds of thousand of families torn apart, massive fleets of vans and busses and militarized agents spreading across every inch of this country.

White liberals who truly believe that this Trumpist rhetoric is a steady slide into a new-American fascism must prepare to join BLM and the native demonstrators of No DAPL and insert their bodies into the gears of this anti-human machine.

Quit talking about moving to Canada and go lay down in front of an ICE van. Throw your safety pins away and go handcuff yourself to an immigration detention center. Physically be in that space.




Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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