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"You should have listened to the peaceful part"

Posted by StarfishSaver | Sun May 31, 2020, 09:18 AM (20 replies)

This Isn't Just Like 1968

I’ve heard and seen several people compare today to 1968 and to suggest that Trump, like Nixon, will benefit from the social unrest to win the election. But this is very different.

Among other things, Trump is not comparable to Nixon. 1968 Nixon was outside of government and capitalized on that, promising to step back in to restore the “law and order” he claimed the current government had failed to provide. He was running against the sitting vice president and, by proxy, the incumbent president, whom he painted as responsible for and unable to contain or correct the mess they created.

Conversely, 2020 Trump is the sitting president who is seen by pretty much everyone as deeply involved in and largely responsible for the chaos. Unlike Nixon, he’s not running against the current regime. He IS the current regime. He can’t promise to give us law and order or to step in and fix the mess because he’s already in position to solve the problem but has failed and refused to do so.

Not only that, but unlike in 1968, it is impossible for him to successfully employ Nixon’s tactic of painting this as anti-American hippies and violent blacks threatening a peaceful, patriotic “silent majority.” That won’t work because the right is widely and correctly seen as a hostile group, prone to violence and disruption just as much and, in fact more than, those on the left.

In 1968, Nixon was able to convince frightened white people that he could protect them. But any white person who believes Trump can protect them is already wearing a MAGA cap. But I am pretty sure that very few white people who feel frightened about what’s going on but haven’t decided to vote for Trump are likely to vote for the man who has proven himself incapable of protecting them from all of this because he himself has caused all of this.

On the other hand, Joe Biden is much more in the position Nixon held in 1968: a former vice president who has stepped back into the arena. He is offering an alternative to the madness we’re engulfed in.

But Biden’s no Nixon – he doesn’t have to fear monger or divide or demagogue about law and order because Trump has already done that and has led us to the brink of disaster. He needs only show us how he plans to return us to decency and competence and honesty and voters on the fence will flock to him.

This is not just like 1968.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Sun May 31, 2020, 12:48 AM (30 replies)

To many, "peaceful" means silent and invisible

Often when people call on others to "protest peacefully," they mean "don't make me see you or hear you unless I want to, don't get in my way, don't make me feel uncomfortable and don't inconvenience me in any way."

Posted by StarfishSaver | Sat May 30, 2020, 11:48 PM (3 replies)

Black Twitter: The difference between and "ally" and an "advocate"


Be sure to read the replies. They're priceless!
A few examples:
Posted by StarfishSaver | Sat May 30, 2020, 10:46 PM (3 replies)

And now, a Sarah Cooper break

Because her tweets are among the few things keeping me sane these days ...

Posted by StarfishSaver | Sat May 30, 2020, 03:15 PM (8 replies)

They're closer than you think

It looks like much of the violence we're witnessing is being started/exacerbated by white provocateurs.

Surely their work is not limited to looting and setting fires in the streets.

I wonder how many of them are also online stirring up sh!t ... Given what I've been reading online the past couple of days, I suspect some of them are closer to us than we think.

Posted by StarfishSaver | Sat May 30, 2020, 11:28 AM (52 replies)

How to respond to "riots never solve anything!"

1) “Rioting never solves anything!”

This country was founded on rioting (and looting). The colonists didn’t politely ask to be independent — they started a war. Gays threw a brick. Black people rioted all over this country. Please let go of that falsehood and pick up a history book.

2) “Rioting just gives people a reason not to support your cause.”

Only if you equate property damage to human lives, and in that case, were you really supporting our cause anyway? If all it takes is people stealing from Target for you to say “well…now I don’t care about dead Black people” then why are we even speaking?

Posted by StarfishSaver | Sat May 30, 2020, 07:37 AM (82 replies)

Since people LOVE quoting MLK about violence, he also said "a riot is the language of the unheard"

But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention.

And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.

Posted by StarfishSaver | Thu May 28, 2020, 12:34 PM (14 replies)

The Grio: "An open letter to my white 'friends' who remain silent"

We did our part, now do yours... And so today, as I let go of any misgivings that my community alone can fix this problem we didn’t even create, I am very directly writing this open letter asking my white friends to SPEAK UP.

Come get your entitled cousins, problematic uncles, and “spooked out” auntie Karens off my lawn! Tell them that they are full of s**t and that in this social climate, calling up the police on a “threatening African-American” for NO REASON is tantamount to attempted murder. Flip over the dinner table when grandpa makes a racist joke ... Shame the devil even if s/he shares your DNA! We are now well past the point of politeness and it is time for YOU to disrupt that Lilly white bubble your kinfolks keep retreating to after killing us.

But don’t you DARE… in 2020, hide behind your face mask and convince yourself that it’s ok to remain silent. Because if you do, in my eyes… you are complicit in this mess. A mute accomplice, but an accomplice nonetheless. And no amount of “but I’m a liberal, I just don’t know what to say” rhetoric is going to make me see otherwise.

Cowards like you are how we got here in the first place. No more excuses. SAY SOMETHING BEFORE THEY KILL ANY MORE OF US.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go log off and let myself cry for the third time today while I try to reconcile why I even have to say any of this to begin with.

Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed May 27, 2020, 07:38 PM (5 replies)

Wanda Sykes is truly a goddess


Wanda Sykes✔

Oh! Hey Chachi. Apologies, I didn’t see you. I’ll keep it short. Joe Biden didn’t say, “Then you ain’t an ape.”

Well, let me get back to work...I hope you enjoy whatever it is that you do.

Scott Baio✔

Hey @iamwandasykes why is it okay for @JoeBiden to say something clearly racist but @therealroseanne gets kicked off of her own show that YOU are a writer on, for making a mistake? Is it because you're a full of shit, hack liberal?

Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed May 27, 2020, 02:59 PM (29 replies)
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