From the history of a Japanese soldier, comes insight into Americans today
In the Spring of 1974, 2nd Lt. Hiroo Onoda of the Japanese army made world headlines when he emerged from the Philippine jungle after a thirty-year ordeal. Hunted in turn by American troops, the Philippine army and police, hostile islanders, and eventually successive Japanese search parties, Onoda had skillfully outmaneuvered all his pursuers, convinced that World War II was still being fought and waiting for the day when his fellow soldiers would return victorious.
Related: two countries in Europe took a very long time to rid themselves of fascism.
In other words, some Americans may still believe that… their country is meant only to be ruled by a small group of elite white men as the 1868 presidential candidate ticket still proclaimed after Civil War.
You can see here the campaign language used did not try to tone anything down or hide meaning:
Again I have to reiterate this campaign in 1868 was IMMEDIATELY AFTER CIVIL WAR ENDED.
And if that isn’t bad enough, thirty years later in 1898 (i.e. sons/daughters of the Civil War traitors) again ran that same “this is a white man’s country and white men must control and govern it” campaign in a violent coup in North Carolina.
Vox explodes the 1898 coup with great detail in a brief 2019 documentary called “When white supremacists overthrew a government: The hidden history of an American coup”.
I hate pie charts, so have a good look at these numbers and see why some Americans seem to be acting like an Onoda:
- 38-40% of Congress are millionaires
- 77% of Congress are white (reported in 2019 as the most diverse ever)
- 76% of Congress are men (House 76%, Senate 75%)
- 80% of Congress are over 50
Speaking in round numbers you’re looking at a country run with almost 80% white men over 50, and almost half millionaires.
Some Americans are very concerned about these rich white men not being in control of the country (feelings of fear about loss and guilt when anti-racists run for office).
In 1868 the KKK even issued threats of violent lynching as intimidation to any white men caught voting for an anti-racist presidential candidate (women couldn’t vote and blacks would be lynched no matter who they voted for…).
Although the “let only white men rule” insurrectionists lost that election in 1868 (after losing their war in 1865) did they really surrender?
In 1916 the KKK won the presidential election using an “America First” campaign (marked by “wholesale murder” of black Americans, as well as a pandemic) and they did it again in 2016.
Update January 21: “The White Caps are the true American patriots and begged Trump to be President”
Just so we’re clear on what this video tells us, like it’s the 1800s again, I have taken a still from “The White Caps” KKK film of 1905, predating the 1915 film adaptation of The Clansman (Birth of a Nation):
There’s an interesting side-note to use of the “white caps” in 1905. It perhaps was an appropriation of a 1889-1891 “Las Gorras Blancas” (the white caps) name used by a group in New Mexico.
The leader of Las Gorras Blancas (Herrera) is believed to have taken his costume inspiration from the mid 1800s hooded Ku Klux Klan, yet they operated mainly as fence cutters and barn burners — organized Latino resistance to injustices from illegal Anglo American land-grabber encroachments (“with barbed wire came hunger”)
It would be very ironic for a MAGA woman to claim that Latino vigilantes seeking removal of whites begged Trump to occupy the White House… so we have to assume she means the KKK.