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Sat Jun 30, 2018, 06:37 AM

Summer of Rage - White men are the minority in the United States -- no wonder they get uncomfortable

Summer of Rage White men are the minority in the United States — no wonder they get uncomfortable when their power is challenged.

The hold that the minority has on every realm of power — economic, social, sexual — is so pervasive and assumed that we don’t even notice when the few oppress the many.

"The handwringing over white men is what has kept newspapers publishing endless stories about Trump’s base and their unwavering devotion to him, all while ignoring the grassroots rage spreading through the majority."



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We’ve spent the last week hearing mewlings of concern over interrupted dinners and movie nights of Trump administration officials out on the town. In the wake of DSA protesters heckling Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and presidential adviser Stephen Miller at Mexican eateries, and the decision of one restaurant owner in Virginia not to serve Trump’s spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the Washington Post editorialized that these White House power players should “be allowed to eat dinner in peace.” After all, the Post wondered, “how hard is it to imagine” how those on the left might feel if “people who strongly believe that abortion is murder” decided not to let them “live peaceably with their families”?

What remained unimaginable to the editorial writers was the reality those who protect abortion rights — not to mention those who simply avail themselves of reproductive health-care services — face regular death threats, are screamed at while walking into clinics; reproductive health-care workers have been among the victims of clinic shootings and bombings and, of course, abortion doctors have been assassinated. In 2014 the Supreme Court enshrined the right to harass women entering clinics by ruling that buffer zones between protesters and patients weren’t required. In a brilliant New York Times column, Michelle Goldberg argued that the Post’s failure to acknowledge these forms of harassment was symptomatic of the “reflexive false balance” of the mainstream political media, but I think it’s more than that: The hold that the minority has on every realm of power — economic, social, sexual — is so pervasive and assumed that we don’t even notice when the few oppress the many. It’s invisible, and any show of defiance against that power is what stands out as aberrant and dangerous.

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These people had nice dinners in restaurants interrupted. They did not have their children pulled from their arms, perhaps forever; they were not refused refuge based on their country of origin or their religion or the color of their skin; they were not denied due process; nor were they denied a full range of health-care options, forced to carry a baby against their will, separated from their families via the criminal justice system, or shot in the back by police for the mere act of being young and black.


And yes, some of the upholders of minority power are themselves women — women working in service of a brutal white patriarch and the brutal white patriarchal party he leads. Similarly, a majority of white women voted for Trump, and always vote for his party, because they benefit from white supremacy even as they are subjugated by patriarchy. This same dynamic explains why higher percentages of men in every racial category voted for Trump and his party: They gain through the patriarchy even as they are oppressed by white supremacy. This is how minority rule persists.

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One reason that the fury of women is regularly dismissed as theatrical and marginal and unserious is precisely because, on some level, the powerful must sense that it is the opposite of all of those things. That, in fact, it presents a very real threat. Not just to Charlie Rose’s seat at Michael’s or Joe Crowley’s seat in Congress or to the notion of “civility.” The reason the anger of a majority gets suppressed is because it has the power to imperil the rule of the minority.

Enjoy your dinners, guys.


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https://www.thecut.com/2018/06/summer-of-rage.html

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kpete Jun 2018 OP
EndGOPPropaganda Jun 2018 #1
dalton99a Jun 2018 #2
heaven05 Jun 2018 #3
EffieBlack Jun 2018 #5
heaven05 Jun 2018 #7
swag Jun 2018 #4
blogslut Jun 2018 #6

Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 07:13 AM

1. Simpler. White men are scared because they listen to Fox and Limbaugh

Check out the movie
“The Brainwashing Of My Dad.”

It describes how a semi-progressive white man was radicalized by Fox and Limbaugh.

We have to stop right wing propaganda media if we want to save the country.

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Response to EndGOPPropaganda (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 07:14 AM

2. +1. Good movie

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 07:20 AM

3. Every word and observation true

 

I wait for this next white male racist riot, being an alleged anniversary tribute to the Charlottesville white racist riot. It will be in D.C. this time. Given their leader resides there, appropriate

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 11:36 AM

5. Those aren't "riots."

Only black and brown people riot.

White men protest, or uprise, or take back something or whatever.

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Response to EffieBlack (Reply #5)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 03:33 PM

7. +++

 

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it's the whatever that gets my goat... I forgot, forgive m It's a damn shame white people can't be called terrorist when they go one their shooting sprees killing and maiming the innocent, yet an AA jaywalker apprehended by police is a thug and killed. Damn shame how vicious ameriKKKan racism has always been. Well I will be waiting for this next wypipo riot.

ON EDIT, this Sunday 7-1-18

Wypipo riot in Portland, Ore. Summer of wypipo rage well underway. Just stay aware in public. Too many of these domestic terrorists(brownshirts) roaming the streets.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 11:32 AM

4. A must-read and must-share essay

Also, the junior Senator from Vermont has a cameo.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 11:53 AM

6. Yes

This is good.

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