Following last weekend’s crazy story about the Covington Catholic High School student “disrespecting” a Native American elder, actress Alyssa Milano put out this tweet, calling the red MAGA hat a new white hood.
The red MAGA hat is the new white hood.
Without white boys being able to empathize with other people, humanity will continue to destroy itself. #FirstThoughtsWhenIWakeUp
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 20, 2019
Now, she has penned an op-ed defending and doubling down on that rhetoric saying, “When I saw that video, I saw boys flaunting their entitlement and displaying toxic masculinity. It seemed to me like they were reflecting the white nationalism and racism that the hats on their heads have come to represent.”
Milano goes on to say she won’t apologize for the tweet, because she’s right.
“So, I won’t apologize to these boys. Or anyone who wears that hat. But I will thank them. I will thank them for lighting a fire underneath the conversation about systemic racism and misogyny in this country and the role President Donald Trump has had in cultivating it and making it acceptable.”
For several paragraphs Milano outlines President Trump’s rise to white nationalism, offering examples of how his father was arrested after a Klan parade in Jamaica, says he won’t denounce KKK leader David Duke ( he did back in 2016), and points to divisive rallies saying “the red hats were there.”
She doesn’t think ALL Trump voters are racist, but the hat wearers?
“I’m saying that everyone who proudly wears the red hat identifies with an ideology of white supremacy and misogyny. Everyone who proudly wears those hats gives a tacit endorsement for the hatred and the violence we’ve seen these past few years.”
So instead of apologizing TO them, she’s decided to apologize FOR them. Milano wraps her op-ed with these paragraphs.
Still, you know what? I am sorry. I’m sorry for the decades and decades of oppression and abuses people of color have faced in this country. I’m sorry that as part of a privileged white majority we did not stop this Administration from happening. I’m sorry to those who have suffered at the hands of the Red Hats and the policies their leadership implements. See, I’m not apologizing to the Red Hats. I’m apologizing for them.
Part of making amends with our history is making sure it doesn’t repeat itself. I will not be silent. I will not be intimidated. Everywhere these hateful acts occur, everywhere I see a Red Hat stop a person of color from thriving, everywhere I see a Red Hat get between a woman and her body, a person needing asylum and the safety we can offer, a child and her parents–I’ll be there. I’ll be loud. And I know I’m not alone.
Sorry not sorry.
Pretty crazy that a cheap, little red hat could set someone off on such a tangent.
Like all politicians, President Trump has attracted fringe groups with ugly hearts that have put on the MAGA hat in the name of whatever cause they’re crusading for. Sometimes the President hasn’t been as firm as he could about distancing himself from them, but he isn’t responsible for what those people do while wearing his slogan.
The Covington Catholic High School kids were targeted while waiting for their school bus because they were wearing red hats. A hate group shouted horrible slurs at them for nearly an hour before Nathan Phillips drummed his way into a four minute clip that tore the country apart.
An argument could be made that they shouldn’t have been allowed to wear MAGA hats on a school sponsored field trip, but that’s not what’s up for debate here.
Freedom of expression is. Last time I checked, this was America and we have a First Amendment right to express ourselves however we want. That means people can wear MAGA hats, white hoods, sing “F*ck the Police”, or wear a Taylor Swift concert tee whenever they want. You or I may not agree with it, and sometimes free speech can be ugly, but that right exists thanks to the United States Constitution.
Maybe the next time Ms. Milano sees someone in a red MAGA hat, she should talk to them about why they’ve chosen to put it on instead of assuming things about them that might not be true.