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"I am against identity politics ...

which means I'm in favor of white identity politics"

I am against identity politics, which means I'm in favor of white identity politics

I believe everyone deserves a fair shot in life once people who already have a bunch of advantages are given a few extra fair shots in life if they ever make a mistake. I believe in kindness, decency, and treating your neighbors with respect unless they might cause property values to go down. I believe that politicians should be accountable to certain kinds of people. I believe that, when it comes down to it, we all have similar hopes, fears, and dreams, and it is our job to support each other’s dreams unless it makes us uncomfortable or requires courage.

Which is why, when I hear people talking about identity politics, I — quite rationally — can’t help but get upset and irrationally angry. I mean, enough is enough from a certain perspective. The LGBTQ constituency, the African-American constituency, immigrants, women, Native Americans — all these groups are facing difficulties, and for some reason they think politicians should speak to those difficulties. But I know better. I know that’s a trap. The only way to win elections is to sort of speak to those difficulties but mostly don’t.

In other words, if the Dems want to win in 2020, they need to focus on kitchen-table issues. Very specific kitchen tables, in very specific neighborhoods. Let me explain. Having access to clean drinking water: is this a “kitchen-table issue” in certain Native Americans reservations and mostly African-American neighborhoods? You bet. But is it a “kitchen-table issue”? No. Discrimination in jobs or housing based on the gender of your partner: is this a “kitchen-table issue” for people in the LGBTQ community? Obviously yes. But is it a “kitchen-table issue”? No. The rise of hate crimes and Islamophobia: is this a “kitchen-table issue” for Muslims and other groups that have to live in fear? Clearly yes. But is it a “kitchen-table issue”? That’s a solid no.
Dems, listen up. If you want my vote, you need to drop all this identity politics stuff and focus on white identity politics. That means talk about the white part of the economy. That means talk about white people’s kitchen tables. That means develop a sane and humane immigration policy but don’t talk about why people are fleeing Central America. Be decent. Let me think that I could grab a beer with you and if I said some sexist stuff you wouldn’t call me out on it. Frame absolutely everything as an economic rather than a moral issue — from war to the environment to healthcare — and explain how your administration will benefit my white, small-town cousins who in no way, shape, or form would ever vote for you.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Mon Jul 22, 2019, 05:35 PM (7 replies)

Medium: Believe People of Color When it Comes to Racism

Believe People of Color When it Comes to Racism

A good guideline for all white people who are striving to be anti racist: if a person of color says something on the subject of racism, white supremacy, white privilege, white fragility, or related topic that confuses you or causes you an extreme emotional reaction, don’t react. Don’t ask them to explain, don’t disagree, and please dear God, don’t give them the dictionary definition of sociopolitical terms like “racism.” Keep in mind that most people of color are waaaay more educated than we are on the subject and also LIVE these experiences every day while we white people truly can’t even imagine what the experience of racism is like. (Being picked on for being different in middle school is not comparable to generations of terrorism and systemic oppression.)

We white people have to stop inserting ourselves to say ‘This isn’t racist. They aren’t racist.’ We have stop speaking over people of color about issues of race to say, ‘I don’t think this is about race.’ We have to stop especially using the words of other people of color to uphold any argument that something isn’t about race.
You know who’s really good at understanding and predicting the behavior of white people? People of color. Especially black people. In my experience especially, black women. Everything I know and understand about white people I learned from black women.
White people have to stop thinking we can judge what is and isn’t racist. This also goes for, especially goes for, our OWN behaviors. Those are the behaviors we’re going to be LEAST likely to see as racist. Maybe I did something but my intention wasn’t racist. If a person of color tells me that it’s racist, it is. My intention is irrelevant. All it means is that I’m being unintentionally racist. It’s still racist. I still did harm. I still have to self-reflect and excavate whatever led me to say or do the thing that was racist
When we argue, defend our intentions, ask for clarification, and demand that people of color recognize that we’re “good people,” what we neglect to see is that people of color are facing this sort of pushback every single day, multiple times a day, and are having to educate white people in large part because their survival depends on us white people “getting it” sooner rather than later. Can you even imagine how mentally, emotionally, and even physically exhausting that would be?...

Posted by StarfishSaver | Fri Jul 19, 2019, 09:41 PM (10 replies)

I know we shouldn't focus on women's looks

But Rep. Ilhan Omar is so beautiful.

Yeah, I said it.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Thu Jul 18, 2019, 11:15 PM (10 replies)

John Lewis: Do not get lost in a sea of despair


Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. We will find a way to make a way out of no way. #goodtrouble
Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue Jul 16, 2019, 07:15 PM (19 replies)

I really wish these four congresswomen were not holding a press conference

The Democrats need to present a united front right now and not put these four women out by themselves.

they also don't need to turn this into a battle between Trump and the Squad. That can't end well. It needs to be cleared to the public that it's Trump against the rest of us

Posted by StarfishSaver | Mon Jul 15, 2019, 05:02 PM (91 replies)

The media need to stop hyperventilating every time Trump says something racist

Each time he does it - you know, every other day - the press jumps up and down like he's done something unusual or shocking. But Trump making racist comments is no longer unusual or shocking. It's just Trump being Trump.

But every time he makes a racist remark, the press chases after it like a new red herring, analyzes it, questions other people about it, etc., drawing attention away from what he's actually doing.

They need to stop.

Trump saying racist things is nothing new. It's just who he is. It shouldn't generate any extraordinary attention. When he says something racist, they should just report that Trump said something racist again, and then move on.

Some may say that this approach only normalizes Trump's behavior. But, in this instance, it needs to be normalized - at least to the extent that it should be clear to everyone that racism is Trump's normal behavior. He's a racist. Period. So, naturally, he behaves and talks like one. That shouldn't surprise or shock anyone Behaving like it's something extraordinary each time he does it only serves to minimize just how consistently, insidiously, and naturally racist the president of the United States is.

"Donald Trump tweeted something racist today ... Again. Of course he did. Because he's a racist.

"Now let's go back to talking about the fact that a racist is president of the United States."
Posted by StarfishSaver | Mon Jul 15, 2019, 11:09 AM (62 replies)

Duh, Donald. Leave it to you to step all over a great "Dems in Disarray" news story

But thanks for bringing us all back together (at least for awhile) to defend our younger, female minority Reps and present a united front against the real enemy (that would be you).
Posted by StarfishSaver | Sun Jul 14, 2019, 06:35 PM (3 replies)

Notice that Sanders "hits back," Biden "chides," Inslee "knocks," but Harris "snipes" and "attacks"?

Posted by StarfishSaver | Sat Jul 13, 2019, 08:30 PM (67 replies)

NYT Magazine: It Was Never About Busing

(I'm posting this in General Discussion because although the issue was brought up in a debate, it is a much broader topic that should be considered well beyond the scope of the presidential primaries)

It Was Never About Busing
Court-ordered desegregation worked. But white racism made it hard to accept.

By Nikole Hannah-Jones

That we even use the word “busing” to describe what was in fact court-ordered school desegregation, and that Americans of all stripes believe that the brief period in which we actually tried to desegregate our schools was a failure, speaks to one of the most successful propaganda campaigns of the last half century ...

The term “busing” is a race-neutral euphemism that allows people to pretend white opposition was not about integration but simply about a desire for their children to attend neighborhood schools. But the fact is that American children have ridden buses to schools since the 1920s. There is a reason the cheery yellow school bus is the most ubiquitous symbol of American education. Buses eased the burden of transportation on families and allowed larger comprehensive schools to replace one-room schoolhouses. Millions of kids still ride school buses every day, and rarely do so for integration.
In New York, after activists had spent years pushing the public schools to adopt a comprehensive desegregation plan, about 460,000 black and Puerto Rican students staged a walkout in protest in February 1964. With the city’s white population declining, school officials had maintained segregation through racial assignment policies, keeping white schools half empty while black schools in some areas grew so overcrowded that children attended in shifts, half for four hours in the morning, half for four hours in the afternoon, while white children got a full day of instruction.

After the protest, the city agreed to a very small, very limited desegregation plan that would bus children between 30 black and Puerto Rican schools and 30 white ones in a city of nearly one million students. Still, the backlash was swift. A month after the walkout, some 10,000 white parents, mostly women, staged a protest against “busing.” The organizers knew better than to adopt the rhetoric of the white segregationists down South. Instead they used race-neutral language, saying they were fighting for their own civil rights: the right to keep their kids off buses and in neighborhood schools.

National media converged on the protest, covering it with a sympathetic tone. It was the first known antibusing protest in the country, according to historian Matthew F. Delmont’s 2016 book, “Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation.” While the fears of “busing” in New York and other places “outpaced the numerical reality of students transferred for school desegregation,” Mr. Delmont writes, by focusing on busing, people “gave equal weight to black protests against segregated schools and white protests to maintain these segregated conditions.”


Posted by StarfishSaver | Fri Jul 12, 2019, 10:58 AM (7 replies)

Kamala Harris is really taking it to Trump on Rachel Maddow

She's doing a great job!
Posted by StarfishSaver | Thu Jul 11, 2019, 09:48 PM (36 replies)
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