New York Daily News

Yep, 'Make America White Again' Is This Guy's Actual Campaign For Congress

An independent candidate for Congress named Rick Tyler just posted what is one of the most absurd and offensive signs you will ever see.

According to ABC News, the sign, posted near a highway in Tennessee, borrows from Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," but adds an abhorrent alteration. It says, "Make America White Again."

Tyler told WRCB-TV he doesn't hate people of color, he simply wishes America to return to a time when "there were no break-ins; no violent crime; no mass immigration."

He also reportedly posted a sign with an image depicting the White House surrounded by Confederate flags.

To say this man has a distorted perception of American history would be a tremendous understatement.

He seems to have forgotten Native Americans exist, and America has never been a homogenous or "white" country. Slavery began in the land that would become the United States as early as 1619 when 20 African captives were sold into slavery at the British colony of Jamestown in Virginia.

Tyler also seems to ignore the fact the US is a nation of immigrants who have come from all over the world from its earliest days.

Additionally, his statement appears to imply immigrants in the present day are responsible for crime and violence throughout the US. The truth, however, is that native-born Americans are more likely to commit violent crimes and be incarcerated than immigrants.

Sorry I'm not sorry, Mr. Tyler, but your version of America never existed, and if we all stay true to our values, it never will.

After news surrounding the sign Tyler posted broke, "Make America White Again" began trending on Twitter. A lot of people were not too happy with Tyler's vision for this country and his erroneous views of US history.

Indeed, instead of "Make America White Again," why don't we all continue to fight to make America the land where all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religion, are truly treated as equals for the first time in our nation's history?

Citations: Candidate for Congress Posts Sign 'Make America White Again' (ABC News), "Make America White Again" campaign sign causing controversy in Polk Co. (WRCB-TV), Slavery and the Making of America (PBS)