Racism exists. Period. End of story. If there’s any question about this, think about how it’s easier for you to believe millions of people are lying about the way they are treated rather than believe them. That’s what I like to call racism, folks. Of course dismissing the opposition is what the right does best. Millennials are whiny losers. Feminists are perpetually menstruating harpies. People of color are victims of their own victimization. Clearly anyone not a straight, white, male, christian simply needs to hop aboard the straight-white-male-christian agenda because that’s what’s patriotic. ‘Merica!
We don’t like to talk about race. It’s just not polite, we think. Maybe if we ignore it it’ll just go away. The number of people in my demographic who “don’t see color” is astounding. No, what you’re turning a blind eye to is the privilege you were born into. Being an ally isn’t about denying someone’s race, it’s about knowing that you have an advantage in this world and holding out your hand to someone who does not share that same leg up. Why are we so scared by that? Why did 53% of white women who voted vote for Trump? Are we really that blind to the plight of our black, Latino, and Muslim sisters that we can so easily turn our backs on them? It’s absolutely shameful.
Let’s talk about Stephen Bannon, Trump’s appointed Chief Strategist, and white nationalist supreme. This is the literal voice of the alt-right movement who will be whispering sweet nothings into the ear of our country’s helmsman. Yeah, Trump, great job at unifying the country by appointing a racist, misogynist, anti-Semite as your number one adviser. Thanks for confirming once and for all how you feel about your fellow Americans. We all knew it but there’s some sick satisfaction in having our nightmares confirmed. No, no satisfaction. Just terror. For a truly eye opening view on what the alt-right stands for, written by the the Breitbart filth themselves, here you go. My favorite bit:
“There are many things that separate the alternative right from old-school racist skinheads (to whom they are often idiotically compared), but one thing stands out above all else: intelligence. Skinheads, by and large, are low-information, low-IQ thugs driven by the thrill of violence and tribal hatred. The alternative right are a much smarter group of people…”
Guys, they’re smart racists. There’s a difference.
Yeah, they should know better.
How is this acceptable? People who voted for Trump but “aren’t racist” because, you know, you have black friends, and “don’t hate women”, you just think liberals murder babies, where the hell are you? Why aren’t you pitching a fit? Because that is bullshit. You don’t give a moments thought to your black coworker you’ve label as your token friend. Clearly you have no problem electing this kind of scum to our White House, why would you have any problem with him appointing his fellow scum? For crying out loud , this is a man who thinks birth control makes women crazy and unattractive. Do you think he would have any problem if the voting rights of women were stripped away and we were left barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen? Do you think he’d give a moments thought to re-implementing Jim Crow? Hello no, because he is the lobby for the white male and they do not want to feel power continue to slip from their fingers.
This is the beginning of four very long years where we are going to have to fight. Even when Trump is far away from the White House we still will have to pick up the pieces just to get to the point we were previously and then we’ll carry the fight further. Please, please don’t let these hateful bigots strip away the progress we’ve made and put a halt to the work we so desperately need to do for minorities. These people revel in homogeneity, but that is not where our strength resides. Diversity is nothing to fear. People are kicking and screaming for their voices to be heard and their rights to be respected, as well they should and I am not sorry if that makes you feel uncomfortable.
I would like to take a moment and endorse a book that is an amazing resource for understanding institutionalized racism: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. This is a work that truly educated me on the plight of people of color in our nation, especially black men.