According to Southern Poverty Law Center, expression ‘Drain the swamp’ is racist

Like beauty, racism is in the eye of the beholder. And if the beholder happens to be Ryan Lenz, a spokesman for the “civil rights” watchdog, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the phrase “drain the swamp” is somehow code for … well, I’m not all sure what he thinks it’s code for, but just suffice to say it’s racist.

Lenz made this claim yesterday on CNN. Here is a transcript of his comment. A video follows:

Drain the swamp was a meme, a Twitter hashtag that grew, exploded, really, after Donald Trump came forward with allegations it was a rigged election. It was spread specifically — or among the people that were spreading the #DrainTheSwamp hashtag were avowed racists, white supremacists who exist on Twitter to harass and demean various ethnic groups.

I’ve tried using my dog whistle decoder ring on the phrase but keep getting an error message. Is his implication “various ethnic groups” (code for blacks and maybe Hispanic) live in the swamp and that, by draining it, they will become homeless?

It’s hard to say. Here meantime are some of the other things that have been identified as having racist overtones in recent years: Science, the Academy Awards, brunch, emojis, peanut butter, and white asparagus.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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