"It's easy to write a song or poem about."
Thank you. I live in a mixed-race area, and I'm willing to bet that my hipster neighbors who stood on the bridge last year have still never had a black person inside their homes except to clean or repair something.
Look people here's the dealio. Yes racism still exists ! But not just here, everywhere. People are different and sometimes those differences surface in super unconstructive ways. And it would be nice if it wasn't so and it would be nice if we all could come together in one kumbaiotic earth encompassing hug but that wont happen.
But that doesn't mean we cant be decent to each other show a little respect a little tolerance a little compassion for each other. But some of us will always be intolerant and angry based on upbringing and socioeconomics and life experience . And yes when you bring it up it will make some uncomfortable even angry because it is like scraping the scab of an open wound, a wound that will never fully heal but must be lived with. It is the reality of the world we live in.
You know what we don't need? Mega white liberal douche bags like Mat Catastrophe pointing it out. Your bourgeois musings about how it should be are useless and unproductive. Just because you got a rag to write it in doesn't mean we all want to hear it. Your panderings are not nearly as insightful as you like to think they are. How about writing about your experiences buying a Volvo or getting a mortgage or how your khakis from LL Bean just aren't what they used to be. Then maybe we will listen to your perspective.
Correct, Jade. I can't even tell you how many out-of-town guests have commented on just that. Racism isn't exclusive to whites but they seem to be the only group pointed to. Regardless, it is inexcusable.
So are we condemning racism by blacks as well as whites? Because despite looking cute and helpless blacks can be just as racist as whites.
It's clear that the Democratic Party establishment will never embrace class struggle. Identity politics is preferred today as just another way to divide people along race/gender lines to keep the middle class from unifying to advance shared economic interests.
So fuck them. The Republican establishment, the Democratic establishment, the Congress, the DC and NYC press, all of them deserve to have to deal with Trump for 4 years.
A bumbling idiot like Trump in the WH with a Democratic Senate to contain the damage is the ideal outcome at this point. Hillary with a Republican Senate would start WWIII while gutting Wall Street regulations and expanding fracking around the world.
It has to be Trump. At the very least, he has comedic value.
'But when you automatically revert to the "YOU'RE A -IST" as step one, it makes you look weak and silly.'
My heartfelt suspicion is that Donald Trump is a money hungry sociopath that barely believes anything he says beyond his words' ability to create power and wealth--floating along like the majestic jellyfish on a bare minimum of low-level neurological impulses stimulated by the roar of the foaming idiots that constitute his voter-base.
Taken at his word, however, he is a racist, sexist xenophobe. Full stop.
The fact that you're defending him because you're tired of hearing the word 'racist' says just about everything I already knew about you.
He's rich enough to say, without real retribution, all the racist/sexist/xenophobic/homophobic things you codify in public, say openly at home, and let slip when you're drinking amongst friends.
If I thought you were interested in an honest discussion about each of your absurd 'points' (anecdotes?), I might tear them apart one by one. Suffice it to say you've managed to betray your paper-thin understanding of civil rights issues in a single post, which is indeed impressive.
And naturally, those backwards people who get cranky about equality are also the ones who claim to love freedom the most.
"Discussion is not allowed."
The "discussion" has been dominated for far too long by narrow-minded, backwards people from a mostly very privileged race and gender. And as soon as disenfranchised people start being allowed into the discussion, those same backwards people start crying foul.
Lee - I am not sure if you are blind to it, or believe your own bullshit, or what, but the issue is that EVERYTHING is racism/sexism/homophobia to leftists.
I don't want a tax increase?
Oh, fine, you want poor black people to die of starvation. RACIST!
I think people should get hired and paid based on their performance?
Oh, really, you don't support affirmative action to enforce equal results. SEXIST!
I disagree with any policy of President Obama?
Oh, it's because he's black. RACIST
I think all murders are equally bad and we should enforce all violent crime laws severely.
Oh, you don't believe in extra penalties for crimes against gays? HOMOPHOBE
If y'all would step back, discuss the issues on their merits, then no problem. It's fine to disagree. But when you automatically revert to the "YOU'RE A -IST" as step one, it makes you look weak and silly.
"Trump's rise to power "
What power? He's the likely Republican nominee, but he has no actual power.
Hopefully, he never will.
"This is another thing that is making D's fail - comical intolerance."
So is this regular irony, or super-meta-irony?
I'll say this simply: IT IS OK TO BE INTOLERANT OF RACISM/SEXISM/HOMOPHOBIA BECAUSE THEY ARE SHITTY EXCLUSIONARY VIEWS THAT HAVE NO PLACE IN THIS CENTURY.
Trump's comments are the very definition of intolerance and racism. If I'm 'intolerant' of those horrible, backwards views, well, so-fucking-be-it.
"...pretending thatTrump's proliferation is the result of anything other than racism..."
This is another thing that is making D's fail - comical intolerance. Anyone that disagrees is a racist KKK member named Hitler. Discussion is not allowed. You are either tolerant and enlightened and think in lockstep with me or fuck you - you're a stupid inbred buffoon racist homophobic sexist rapist.
Trump is a golden god the epitome of what formed america.Radical ideas and isolationism are what formed this country stop being a bunch of politically correct whiners and get on board the Trump train.
I love throwing around the term "elitist" for people on the left... Always acting like they are smarter and better than everyone.
And then the right turns around to vote for:
"I have a lot of money, a lot"
"I will be the greatest jobs President ever created"
“Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest–and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.”
The silent majority will speak only when its time to speak and that is at the voting booth. And Trump will be history. Republicans on the Hill don't even know what shame is to be supporting him.
This is the most asinine article I've read in some time. There's pretty much nothing correct in the entire piece. You're too blind to your own elitist thinking that you can't even fathom the thought that the Democrat Party's utter lack of ethical governance could be at root. The party is running one of the most corrupt politicians in decades (Clinton), only topped by Harry Reid and his "end justifies the means", base policies. The fleeing masses, of which I have seen no objective evidence to support such a claim, may very well be due to the continuous and prolific hateful rhetoric spewed from the likes of the preceding commenter.
"After all, while we can safely say that it's absolutely ludicrous for white people in this country to talk about how they're being oppressed, it's unacceptable that the liberal response be to point and laugh at them."
While I agree with some of the general sentiment of this article--specifically that the poor working class has been largely forgotten by the DNC--I take exception with this particular line.
No, it is absolutely ok to criticize the backwards, racist bullshit that has permeated the GOP working class--and I'd argue that social progression has done more than any liberal criticism at driving them away from the DNC.
Particularly when the "Party of Lincoln" has embraced their myopia and ignorance with a fucking tickertape parade.
It is our DUTY to mercilessly mock the brainless evangelicals and ideologues that tirelessly vote single-issue while the GOP guts social safety nets and economic mobility six ways from Sunday.
The DNC has done plenty to alienate the working class (hence Bernmentum), but pretending that Trump's proliferation is the result of anything other than racism being given tacit approval by the right-wing establishment is irresponsible. And incorrect.
The title of this piece is probably the most accurate part about it.
This falls in line with a perhaps-satirical but accurate description of Trump's winning strategy: "Billionaire convinces working-class voters that he's one of them by flying around the country in his own 757 and talking about how rich he is."
Identify an under-served market and saturate it? Not as easy as it sounds but it is fundamental in business. So what if he's saturated it with noise, platitudes and unveiled threats of violence? The message is high-energy and easy to identify with and besides: the violence is only directed at "others."
I'm fairly certain that I'm dissing the future president of the United States, so I'll get my digs in while I can before it becomes unpatriotic.
I consider myself slightly left of center. This is spot on
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