Senator Perdue’s Willful Mispronunciation of Harris’ Name Is Foul Bigotry

What Perdue is doing is called “othering” – it is a means to convey the message, “Those people are not like us. We are the way people are supposed to be. Those people have peculiar names, peculiar behaviors, and/or abnormal skin or hair color. They don’t really belong here.”

By being dismissive of Kamala Harris’ name and trying to “other” her, Perdue is tapping into one of the favorite tropes of white supremacists: the slogan “You will not replace us.” This chant was heard at the violent 2017 Unite the Right event in Charlottesville.

American white supremacists assert that the Black population of the United States and Central or South American or Muslim immigrants are trying to replace “traditional” white Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) culture with their “alien” culture. Such arguments have evolved into “replacement theory,” which is popular with the far-right in several countries.

Nowadays, white Protestant men in positions of power strive to retain that power by asserting that the “they” of this world are women, people of color, Spanish-speakers, Muslims, Jews, immigrants, or anyone other than WASP men. When I was young, often the “they” included Roman Catholics. I remember the ire directed against the presidential candidacy of John F. Kennedy in 1960 for having the temerity to be an Irish Catholic running for the nation’s highest office.

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