It’s not about you

You ever notice that the people who complain about “political correctness” are never the ones that need correcting?

“I can’t believe they’re changing the Cleveland Indians to the Guardians!” a bunch of non-Native Americans are screaming. “How dare they get rid of Aunt Jemima!” say white people. “Changing fictional characters to become women is ridiculous!” say men.

“What do you mean I can’t use an insulting term about someone different than me?” they say. “That’s ridiculous. Those terms never bothered me any, so why is everyone else upset?”

Because it’s not about you. It’s true. I know, I know — sit down and consider the following concepts:

  • Other people exist in the world
  • They have opinions, too
  • They are experts about their own identity, not you
  • If they say something is insulting to them, you should listen
  • You are impressing no one with your stubborn refusal to change
  • Being an asshole about it isn’t admirable

Juneteenth!

“We made Juneteenth a national holiday!”

“Great! How about that voting rights bill?”

“Didn’t you hear? Holiday!”

“And are you voting for the police reform act?”

“I don’t think you’re listening. National. Holiday.”

“(sigh)”

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Protests Don’t Accomplish Anything

So after a week of protests, all four cops have been arrested, other cops are being arrested and/or investigated over their overreactions in other cases, Minneapolis may be disbanding their police force, other cities are demilitarizing their police, the Marines have banned Confederate flag symbols, Confederate statues are coming down, and even Republicans are starting to say “Black Lives Matter.”

But yet people are still saying “protests don’t accomplish anything.”

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What every black friend of yours knows

Every single black person you have ever met has a story to tell about how they were treated differently and how they are constantly wary of doing anything that some crazy karen or racist cop might take the wrong way.

Just like every woman can tell you a story about how she was mistreated, ignored, or passed over because of her gender.

If you’re not aware of that, then you’re part of the problem. (And maybe your “black friends” aren’t as close as you think they are if you are denying what every one of them experiences.)

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Aren’t we all supposed to be antifa?

I always thought the default position was to be against fascists. I’m proud to be anti-fascists.

I guess if you’re anti-antifa, that must make you fa.

“No!” some of my well-meaning liberal friends say. “They’re violent and violence is always bad!”

Well, first of all, let me roll my eyes in disbelief. Then, let me point out a few things:

  • The nazis, klan members, and Trump supporters who march through town wearing swastikas, Confederate flags and klan flyers while shouting “Jews will not replace us” are not only advocating violence, they are literally killing people.  And they’re killing people because of who they are — over things they have no control over, like their race, sex, nationality, and sexual identity.
  • Antifa people are responding to them. If the fascists go away, the antifa people will too.
  • Some asshole nazi-supporting reporter gets beaten? Yeah, that shouldn’t have happened. But that’s it? That’s the one example? How many mass shootings by white supremacists do we need on the other side to say “That is so minor in comparison”?
  • There is no coordinated antifa organization. It’s just something you identify yourself as, like being a Beatles fan. There’s no dues. There’s no leader… As opposed to the klan and the nazis and the goddamn Republican party, with its leader that has inspired more terrorist attacks in the last two years than any ISIS leader.
  • Throwing milkshakes at people isn’t violence. It’s not meant to harm them, it’s meant to humiliate them. It’s for us to laugh at them, because they don’t know how to handle being laughed at.
  • There is no way to equate milkshake throwing with murder.
  • There is absolutely no evidence of “cement mixed into milkshakes.” That’s a complete lie made up by right-wing fanatics without any proof to it.
  • The reason some antifa people wear masks to hide their faces is because these nazis on the other side have guns and want to kill them.
  • A very small percentage of antifa people have committed minor crimes of violence, but nothing compared to what the nazis, klan members, Trump supporters and fascists have committed. It is possible to be against all violence, from either side, and still be anti-fascist.

Nobody gives you rights

Whenever I read “Lincoln gave the slaves freedom” or “Roe v. Wade gave women the right to their bodies” or “The Supreme Court gave gays the right to get married,” it always sounds strange.

If I steal your car and then return it, you don’t say “Michael gave me a car.”
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You’re supposed to stand up to the bad guys

Now that more information has come out about the confrontation with those Catholic boys and the Native American, it seems clearer to me that it went somewhat like this:

“We’re a bunch of spoiled boys marching to fight against women’s rights! We’re wearing our MAGA hats to show everyone that we’re bigots!”

“I am a Native American veteran and I will stand up to you peacefully.”

“We will defuse the situation by mocking native people and screaming ‘build the wall’ while doing a Maori dance! There, we’re the good guys here!”

Nah, not buying it. The fact that the veteran walked up to people who should be confronted doesn’t make him the bad guy here. He did the right thing. We should all be confronting the haters.

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Not even hiding the bigotry

The Wall was never about security. It won’t stop immigrants from coming here (most of whom come by plane); it won’t stop the drugs — it’s just a way for the bigots in America, led by their Prime Leader Trump, to show their hatred of anyone not like them.

And he’s not even pretending any more. The latest tweet from him warns us that Muslim prayer rugs have been found.

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Muslims! Be very very afraid! Despite the fact that the majority of terrorist attacks in America in the past ten years have been from white male Christians, Muslims!  They’re different from you! A lot of them are brown! Be very very scared and vote for Republicans who will protect you!

But hey, you know, when elected Republican bigots are asking why it’s wrong to be a white supremacist and when they’re hosting holocaust deniers in the capitol, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised.

Just angry.

 

 

The New Congress

New Democrats in Congress include:

  1. About 50% women
  2. People of all races
  3. The first Native American women ever elected to Congress
  4. The first LGBTQ representatives ever elected from several states
  5. The first Muslim women
  6. The first refugee
  7. The first openly bisexual Senator
  8. The first member of Congress of South American descent
  9. The first Latinas ever elected from Texas

New Republican Congress members include:

  1. White people (and only one woman)

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Idiots: “Both parties are the same!”

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Why no “White Pride” Day

Here’s the thing.

If you lived in a society where you were treated as a second class citizen because you had green eyes, I would absolutely be in favor of you having a “Green Eyes Pride Day” to say to the world “Hell, no, I will not be ashamed for what I am, nor will I allow you to treat me poorly simply because of my eye color. I am proud of who I am.”

So if there was ever a time where whites (or men, or Christians) were being constantly discriminated against in our society, I would then say it would be fine to have a “White Pride” day.

But if you’re the ones doing the discrimination, you have nothing to be proud of.

 

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