L.A. Times Columnist: MAGA Hats Are Like Wearing Blackface

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Los Angeles Times left-wing columnist Robin Abcarian has written that wearing President Donald Trump’s famous “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) campaign hats should be the moral equivalent of wearing racist blackface.

Abcarian links two recent news stories — one, the unjust slander of Covington Catholic High School boys for wearing MAGA hats at last month’s March for Life rally in Washington, DC; the other, the revelation that Gov. Ralph Northam (D) of Virginia had appeared in blackface as a medical student. She says that both MAGA hats and blackface are “potent racist symbols” and emblems of “white supremacy.”

Though Abcarian admits that the MAGA hat is “not necessarily an overt expression of racism,” she claims that it is nonetheless “a pretty good indication that you share, admire or appreciate President Trump’s racist views about Mexicans, Muslims and border walls.”

She continues:

MAGA hats simply don’t mean anything outside their implicit political message: The past was better because the country was whiter.

I look forward to the day they are consigned to the same historical fate as Confederate flags.

Even then, they will surely still have their fans.

Whether white people who blacken their faces for fun know it or not, the practice is rooted in minstrelsy and the mockery of blacks by whites. Like the MAGA hat, it is an expression of white supremacy.

Read Abcarian’s full column here.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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