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The dog whistles were always blatant and institutional, systemic racism has been, quite literally, killing people and destroying both individuals and communities even after Jim Crow was technically outlawed. But yes, they aren't even trying to pretend any more now that the highest office is held by an open white nationalist and lifelong active racist.

nytimes.com/2019/07/15/opinion

racism, abortion 

A reminder, I guess, that "white evangelicalism" in the US exists solely to support white supremacy and systemic racism. When it became slightly less socially acceptable to say so in the 70s, they adopted abortion as a socially acceptable public stand-in for what had been their unifying public racism. The racism didn't go away. It just had a new public marker.

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Most of the science denial also became a way to create a barrier isolating members of the group from the broader social changes and maintain authoritarian power over them. All the battles over "the Bible" and other elements fundamentalism were rooted in that need for social isolation and control.

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I was intermittently connected to it, mostly as an effort to find group safety as an autistic teen with an unsafe family life, but I was never really shaped by it. I grew up exposed to a host of other Christian denominations and other religions (primarily Hinduism and Americanized flavors like TM, but touching many) and deep connections to science through family. So those changes had little impact on me, but I saw them in part from the inside.

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And became involved in a milder, suburban form of it, again from my perspective to try to ensure my family had connections to the community, for much of my adult life. I usually got overruled in family votes and discussions when I tried to shift us elsewhere, so I settled for discussing and taking apart the complete nonsense like YEC and open hate speech like that toward LGBTQIA+ people. That's probably why I had children who were never concerned about coming out to me.

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And that's not to say that members of the group don't deeply "feel" like they are anti-abortion (pro-forced birth) because they are concerned about the baby they imagine in their minds. It's a powerful group binder and controlling force because it evokes images and feelings related to babies people have held and loved. But it functions as a stand-in for the racism underlying white evangelicalism.

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And it's why they love Trump and will never abandon him en masse as long as he delivers on his efforts to make America white again and bring racism out of its curtained alcove. (Wizard of Oz is a better analogy since white supremacy has continued to wield all the levers of power even with a curtain partially in place.)

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@tmorizot Fun fact I learned from a recent episode of the podcast "Throughline": Evangelicals initially supported Roe v Wade because abortion was a "Catholic issue".

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@TMo Yeah, as I mentioned I was a child back then, but can remember hearing some of that. I also have Catholic relatives and attended a Catholic school in Houston from 6th-8th grade and it was something of a fringe Catholic issue as well, but one that fit within a holistic pro-life context. Evangelicals lifted just the anti-abortion piece out of it when their leaders decided that would be a good replacement for open racism.

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@TMo My childhood was a somewhat strange place where I had connections to a lot of these different cultural worlds without fully being a part of any of them. And as an autistic child, I always paid very close attention to everything people did as I worked to understand them. So my memories are all from this strange insider/outsider multi-faceted perspective.

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