February 3 2017
These two tweets are a perfect distillation of one of the many things ailing “the left” these days:
It’s possible that Murtaza isn’t old enough to know what the “decades of struggle” he is talking about were actually about. They were not about getting racist speech out of the public sphere. They were about voting rights and discrimination in housing and employment.
One of the side effects was to make public expression of racism impolite and extremely unattractive and uncool.
People like Murtaza apparently think it’s the side effects that matter. And that politics can be conducted as a class in deportment and etiquette, and so long as saying racist things is uncool, all is right with the world.
Question: What if they instituted a new Jim Crow and no one ever said the n-word?
January 29 1917
Well here we are at last, ladies and gentlemen. America is waking up.
America is waking up to the shocking sight of itself in the mirror provided by Mssrs Trump and Bannon and– surprise, surprise– much of America doesn’t like what it sees.
America and Americans and the thuggo halfwits they call “the troops” slaughtered and tortured and napalmed their way through SE Asia back in the day, but America is shocked by Mssrs Trump and Bannon because that was only 4 million non-white folks that died.
America and Americans have funded and trained and armed and provided tactical support for death squads and rightwing insurgents bent on overthrowing popular governments throughout Latin America, but America is shocked by Mssrs Trump and Bannon because banana republics are like that, don’t you think?
America is missing its most recent President because he glided through 8 years with dignity and grace and a lovely family and America just loves to watch that kind of reality TV while the thugs are out acting on the orders of President Dignity-Grace, killing kids and sustaining brushfire wars wherever The Dignity decides.
But America is shocked by Mssrs Trump and Bannon because one or both of them seems to think that all the hiding of what Amerika really is is no longer necessary and so might as well let it all hang out.
So fuck you all America. Let’s see how you like it.