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Response to NoGoodNamesLeft (Reply #83)

Tue Jan 10, 2017, 01:11 AM

95. It's unfortunate you think the post is a personal attack against all white people:

Race, Gender and Class impact us and sometimes they intersect.

Those who experience bigotry are more aware of it than those who don't. To draw an analogy: My experience of sexual harassment is a shock to the men I describe it to, some are compassionate and empathise but some deny it's a problem because they don't experience it,* are blind to it and they haven't walked in my shoes so to speak. The poor experience class discrimination more keenly than the affluent. Dark skinned people are more aware of racism than whites generally. And if dark skinned and poor, socio-economic deprivation is a daily reality.

Acknowledging these realities isn't a way to make you, a white person, feel bad. Similarly, when I point out sexual harassment issues to men I know, I am not trying to put them on a guilt trip, I am raising awareness.

It is important we pay attention to the way bigotry has infected our institutions, how it has shaped the allocation of resources, and how it is used as a tool to distract, divide and exploit the poor.

The point isn't to admonish or make anyone feel guilty. Those who engage in divide and rule rhetoric want guilt and anger to be the response, instead of thoughtful engagement.

The GOP succeeds because they have boldly pursued a political strategy appealing to people's irrational fears. It explains why so many Trump supporters believe "illegal immigrants" voted by the millions in California, that Obama is a Muslim Agent, and those Mexicans are stealing all the jobs, and the exit polling data confirms these fears. Those who prioritized the economy favored Clinton, those who prioritized terrorism and immigration favored Trump.

Frame the OP within those parameters, in the context of Trump's xenophobic campaign rhetoric - Trump appealed to the ID of resentment in the hearts of millions of Americans.

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