On Keeping Minority Populations Safe In Montana

by Travis Mateer

I have an idea for a special minority population in Montana to keep them safe: be more like Israel. How should we accomplish this? The most important thing is to handle one’s own cognitive reaction to things that might seem bad if we’re talking about brown-skinned people. If we can do this, then we can definitely help this special minority population feel more comfortable.

Having a homeland where your race can feel safe by excluding other races is normally kinda yucky, but in Israel it’s COOL!

The screenshot above is from a video by Abby Martin where she talks to average Israelis about what it takes to operate their amazing homeland. It’s quite illuminating.

Here in Montana our local newspaper is doing its part to remind the anglo-hicks about the risk experienced by this minority group when they exist in places that aren’t their homeland where racial purity is important, and where they can easily identify their enemies.

One of the biggest problems facing this minority group currently is an uppity black man with money who doesn’t know his place. You go to the zoo to be entertained by the monkeys, right? Imagine the terrible fear that would naturally exist at the sight of a dangerous primate having escaped his elaborate cage. Well, that’s what this minority groups is dealing with RIGHT NOW!

The Anti-Defamation League, which tracks antisemitic incidents nationwide, reported these events reached an all-time high in the United States in 2021.

Subsequently, rapper Ye — also known as Kanye West — tweeted a swastika meshed with a Star of David before his Twitter account was suspended. Twitter then reinstated white supremacist Andrew Anglin, a prominent Neo-Nazi who targeted Whitefish Jews in 2016. In addition, presidential candidate Donald Trump dined with Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes and Ye at Mar-a-Lago on Nov. 22.

Yes, most everyone in America knows about the spectacle playing out on the national stage with Ye and company, but in case people in Missoula don’t understand how this translates into atrocious acts locally, like LEAFLETS showing up, the Missoulian is here to make sure you’re properly informed:

Hate crimes in Montana went from seven in 2018, to nine in 2019, to 29 in 2020. In 2020, the most targeted groups, in order, were Black individuals, Jews and Indigenous people. The Montana Board of Crime Control tracks hate crimes throughout the state. 2020 is the most recent year on record.

And in Missoula, the day before Thanksgiving, antisemitic literature cropped up at several gas stations around town.

The four-page pamphlets contain quotes from infamously antisemitic figures like pilot Charles Lindbergh. The owners of both gas stations where the leaflets were found denied any knowledge of the literature or who placed it.

Holy crap! This is awful. Good thing groups like the Montana Equity Project exist to help this poor minority population find safety!

Chris Young-Greer, the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Director for the Montana Racial Equity Project, elaborated on why something as simple as leaflets at a gas station poses a real threat to vulnerable communities in Missoula and the surrounding area.

“We have noticed this increase in all racist rhetoric and propaganda over the last two to three years,” said Young-Greer. “We are very aware of that and taking steps to work with community leaders.”

“It really does become a very dangerous ideology in general,” she added. “It emboldens them (antisemitic people) to speak these things out loud.”

Rhetoric like that found in the gas station documents is a danger both to the groups it targets and other marginalized populations, including Black, Indigenous and LGBTQ+ Missoulians, Young-Greer warned: “It’s going to filter down.”

Yes, it’s definitely going to filter down, and sometimes threats even come from OTHER minority populations, which can be very confusing.

Thankfully our media is here to make sure the important risks against the right minority population are properly identified, including the orgs that are here to help, so all the squirming, liberal-leaning white people in Zoom Town know where to direct their guilt-money to.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading!

*for readers who aren’t familiar with my style, the use of language in this post includes sarcasm that may be difficult for new readers to detect.

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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