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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cartoon by Clay Jones

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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A proposal for the Confederate Statues

Let the Nazis and confederate traitors buy the statues and put them on their own property and let’s stop using taxpayer money to upkeep monuments to people who advocated holding others as property.

No one is trying to outlaw statues (or confederate flags). We just don’t think we should be paying for them with our tax dollars.

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“But Jefferson had slaves!” someone always responds. “Next you’ll want to tear down the Washington monument, too!”

No. Neither Washington or Jefferson declared treason against the United States and were willing to kill people in order to keep their slaves. We can make that distinction easily enough.

Many of these statutes were erected in the Jim Crow days, years after the Civil War, by southerners who insisted on celebrating the losers and the racists who caused the bloodiest war in American history.

Imagine having a statue to the KKK in the center of your city, complete with hoods and a burning cross in the background. Imagine how the Jewish residents of the city would feel walking past that every day. That’s how our black Americans feel when they pass by the monuments honoring people who committed war in order to hold blacks as property.

This isn’t censorship.  The statues can still exist. Let the bigots move these to private property and let them take care of them, in the same way we need to remove Ten Commandment monuments from public property.

Bottom line: We should not be using taxpayer money on people who rebelled and declared treason against that same government that now pays for the statues.

 

Thoughts and Memes about Trump, the American Nazis, and the Klan Rally

If you ever said to yourself “If I had been around when the nazis started to rise, I would have fought them!” — now’s your chance to prove it.

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Tolerance is a good thing when we’re talking about people’s lifestyles which hurt no one else.

It does not mean tolerating hate, discrimination and bigotry that does hurt people.

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The two sides are not “equally at fault.”  Nazis and Confederate supporters are wrong. We fought wars with them both in the past. Wars they started in which millions died.

There is no way to claim that those who fought against them, who defended freedom, were at fault.

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Should I wear a safety pin?

“As a show of support, groups of people across America are attaching safety pins to their lapels, shirts and dresses to signify that they are linked, willing to stand up for the vulnerable” says the New York Times. pin

While I clearly stand with that group, I have not yet worn a pin.

And mostly it’s because I am not sure the “vulnerable” want me to. I mean, it seems kind of condescending to me.  Am I wrong there?

Some are saying the pin is a meaningless gesture, like sending your prayers and thoughts after a tragedy. A friend of mine recently pointed out, however, that as an attorney, my pin may mean more to someone–because I really am in a position where I might be able to actually help someone who needs it.

I’d really like to hear from my friends on this, especially those who will be impacted by Trump’s policies, such as the LGBT community and the Muslims and racial minorities and women and atheists and … okay, everyone except for Christian white males, I guess.