The resurrection of a term that's been around for almost a hundred years has come back into vogue – and while it might slip right past most people when used in news reports, it has a deep and disturbing significance.
"White nationalist" – it's been coming up quite often in recent days, with the deadly Charlottesville riots in the news. Introduced around 1925, it describes someone who promotes white supremacy and advocates enforced racial segregation, according to Merriam-Webster. It is closely linked to, but different than, "white supremacists," who believe that whites are inherently superior to other races.
The mainstream media (MSM), however, doesn't draw that distinction. Radio commentator Sandy Rios says make no mistake: the media's use of the word "nationalist" is intentional.
"I think there's no question that there's an attempt to sort of twist language to lay the narrative that people who love their country, who want boundaries, want rules, want a national identity, want English to be spoken, are somehow now racist," she offers. "And they've managed to paint a pretty good portrait [that] conservative groups and other people who have a natural tendency to love their country [are racist]."
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins says don't miss the intentional echo thrown back in one's mind when they hear the word "nationalist" – he says it sounds an awful lot like "Make America Great Again," the slogan used by Donald Trump during his presidential campaign.
"They want to take down the Trump administration. They're trying to tie him to something. They twist everything that he says," Perkins tells OneNewsNow.
And he says it won't stop with President Trump. He points out that nearly half the United States voted for the man – and argues the MSM is really going after conservatives.
"They want to eliminate [conservatives'] voice in the public square so they can have their run of things in terms of public policy and the culture," he continues. "So this is about lumping everybody in together." And that, he concludes, is why words matter.
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