The fact that our president-elect appealed to both class and race in this election is beyond any doubt – it’s all on video. Yet, there are those who want to defend him as if the way he used race is somehow separate from the question of whether or not he really is a racist.
They’re really defending themselves – they don’t want to admit that they’d vote for an open racist. They don’t want to accept their personal responsibility for the resulting rise in crimes against Muslims, people of color, and LGBT people that has followed the permission their chosen candidate has thereby given for people to act as open bigots.
They’d prefer to deny that they themselves hold enough racism to give someone who appeals to white racism a pass, as if playing on racism, xenophobia, and homophobia isn’t important to them. They don’t want to think of how their votes evidence their lack of empathy for anyone but themselves.
Both class and race figured at a basic level in the rise of this president-elect who lost the popular count by over 2.8 million votes. That loss is a point we’ll always need to remember – of the Americans who voted and whose votes were counted, over 50% did not support his campaign. To the majority, he’s a loser and his campaign strategy was offensive and embarrassing....
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-- Letter to the Editor in the Liberty Press where "Minor Details" has appeared monthly for 18 years, written by veteran LGBT activist (since 1959) and a founder of LA's Homosexual Information Center in 1968, Billy Glover
I Had Time to Read Only One Other Article This Week,
Most Helpful One for My Work Would Be —
Former Congressional Staffers: "Indivisible:
A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda" (January 2, 2016)
From the Intrioduction:
"The authors of this guide are former congressional staffers who witnessed the rise of the Tea Party. We saw these activists take on a popular president with a mandate for change and a supermajority in Congress. We saw them organize locally and convince their own MoCs to reject President Obama’s agenda.
Their ideas were wrong, cruel, and tinged with racism— and they won.
We believe that protecting our values, our neighbors, and ourselves will require mounting
a similar resistance to the Trump agenda — but a resistance built on the values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness. Trump is not popular. He does not have a mandate. He does not have large congressional majorities.
If a small minority in the Tea Party can stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump.
To this end, this brief guide offers a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations looking to replicate the Tea Party’s success in getting Congress to listen to a small, vocal, dedicated group of constituents. The guide is intended to be equally useful for stiffening Democratic spines and weakening pro-Trump Republican resolve...."
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I have heard people answer with the belief that a new year is their real chance for new beginnings. It’s as if this date is the only time to start anew, to change one’s direction and to leave the past.
It’s as if it’s the calendar itself that gives us permission to make the changes we want in our life. More often New Year’s resolutions fade first in practice and then in memory. Some people seem to give them up for lent.
Calendars aren’t what change us. Our decisions to change are what make the difference, and we can make them without regard for time, day, or year.
We’re powerful enough to decide to be what we want to be. We take back this power by the decisions we make.....
more in Dr. Minor's latest column: "We Don't Need a New Year to Take Back Our Lives"
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