JARED KUSHNER'S WHITE SUPREMACY SHINES THROUGH | OPINION | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


JARED KUSHNER'S WHITE SUPREMACY SHINES THROUGH | OPINION

It was always hard to take Jared Kushner seriously.

Yet what struck me in a recent interview Kushner gave to Axios was how well, despite his utter lack of credibility or experience in diplomacy, his perspective aligns with a long tradition of Zionist and Western attitudes toward the Palestinian people and oppressed people of color in general. Responding to an interviewer's question about the capability of Palestinians to self-govern, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser questioned their right to self-determination, putting the burden on them to prove they are deserving of freedom, justice, equality and their human rights.

The distinction of being innately less deserving of human rights and freedom is reserved for peoples facing the brutal oppression of colonialism and racism. In the role of historical colonizers, white men have always considered themselves a superior people with a right to deny everything and anything to others who are less than—only the white man could know what is best for the backwards and savage peoples under his rule. This mindset is embodied today in Trump's policies against migrants, trans folk and people of color, as well as policies that both he and Kushner are enacting against the Palestinian people.

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