Look at the Turkish black
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan keeps on using divisive and discriminatory rhetoric:
“They call themselves white Turks; those that differ are always seen as black Turks. We are from the black Turks. The white Turks reside in best places, work in the best jobs but they leave the shanty towns to the poor.”
As if he is not residing in the 1,150 room palace. As if he does not make use of discretionary funds, finding the money earmarked for the presidency not enough, and as if he is not the one who says, “I got 52 percent; I can use the money any way I want.”
As if he is not the one traveling in private jets and luxury cars.
The moment he is in trouble, he resorts to the same trick: play the victim. The problem is that he is not aware that no one buys it anymore.
Following electoral defeat, Erdoğan puts the same play on screen and goes back to the initial scenario at the beginning: “The ones being oppressed, the power of others; the fact that he is the candidate to break that chain of us and them.”
Being black in political literature is
-a symbol of being oppressed
-a key proof of discrimination
-a definition of being a second class citizen
-A group deprived of fundamental rights and freedoms
He declares half of the society as “black,” second class citizens.
But he claimed to have changed the fate of the lives he said he will improve.
In order to please them, he includes himself among that crowd.
This is real discrimination. He fuels polarization and “otherization,” which is his fundamental policy.
He has no other tool. This is a sign of exhaustion.
Turkey changed with June 7 elections. Yet he resists that change, with worn out, invalid ammunition.
Revenge and accountability
The probability of a Justice and Development Party (AKP) –Republican People’s Party (CHP) coalition is higher compared to a few days ago.
The number of those looking warmly to this coalition in the CHP headquarters increases with each passing day.
There are even those who started the division of ministries among themselves.
Even if the AKP might visit other parties as a tradition, it can finish the job with the CHP in the first round.
Kılıçdaroğlu told Cumhuriyet daily the other day that they don’t want to give the impression that they want revenge against Erdoğan. “There is such an expectation in the society, but that does not fit the CHP.”
These are views that contradict what Kılıçdaroğlu said during the electoral campaign. Since when has delivering justice become “vengeance?”
Since when has asking for the accountability for a wreck that involves corruption dossiers and claims of an arms transfer in National İntelligence Organization (MİT) trucks become vengeance?
The nation voted for that; the 60 percent of the vote that the opposition received carries that meaning.
This is not understood by Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). The way that goes to the AKP–CHP coalition is opened by Bahçeli. And with the magnificent contribution of Deniz Baykal, the CHP’s candidate for parliamentary president, Kılıçdaroğlu approaches that dangerous harbor.
A coalition with the CHP could secure certain seats within the party but in the mid- and long-term, it will be detrimental.