When oppressed people have the playbook of bigots, don’t shut them out, listen to them!
In recent days some people who I considered to be friends have described me as “nuts” or “delusional” for being concerned about the Donald Trump candidacy, especially in light of his using propaganda from white supremacist websites. Some people even asked if I really believed that it could happen here.
OF COURSE it can happen here. It can happen anywhere! And it is much more likely to happen when people who have never had to deal with bigotry in their lives silence those who have. There are people who are members of various oppressed minorities. The levels of oppression have differed over the years. But they have still seen things and experienced hatred that the privileged class has not seen before.
Let me be clear, if you are fortunate enough to have been born into a setting where you haven’t experienced hate and bigotry then I am happy for your good fortune. However, other people have not been so lucky. And I become less and less happy about good fortune when you not only ignore the please of people who have seen the hate and bigotry, but you actively seek to silence them. I was told by one of my friends that he was concerned about my paranoia and that I should “get off social media”.
My experiences are far from the worse being experienced today in the United States. I was raised Jewish. I learned in my Hebrew day school all about the Holocaust. When my teacher (who had survived the Holocaust) had to leave the room during Holocaust presentations, that effected me to my core. The human brain cannot fathom the atrocities when it hears that millions of people died. But it can definitely see the pain of one soul who lived it. I had people act in horror when an ex girlfriend told them that she was dating a “jew”. I have seen and witnessed many examples of people who want to kill other Jews. It terrified us that a Louisiana election for Governor was between a crook and a former grand wizard of the KKK (and at the time we lived in Maryland). Despite all what I have witnessed and been through, I am still pretty well off comparatively on the oppression scale. But there is that little alarm in the back of my head that goes off when something seems wrong. And this Trump candidacy is sending off warning signals.
And it is not just Jews. Many other oppressed classes are sending up their own warning flares about what a Trump presidency would mean to them. Yet the non-oppressed classes just want to silence them.
I came up with a sports metaphor and I think it is fairly spot on. We have seen how people use bigotry rise to power. We have that playbook. We can go through it and see what the next move is going to be. We are jumping up and down, screaming that they are going to be doing a pass play next. Yet you insist on shoving 8 men in the box and defending the run when the other team has put 5 wide receivers out there. You lose the game that way. Well, we are fearful that we will lose the game here. We fear that the neo-nazis and white supremacists Trump panders to will have a voice in his administration.
If you ignore us and silence us, what will we be able to do when they come after you next?
Donald Trump has made it clear what his feelings are about Black people, women, Jews, Muslims, LGBT, and Latinos. If you support him you will prove to me that you don’t give a crap about me or people I care about.
This is the line in the sand. If you don’t realize what a piece of garbage Trump is, open your damned eyes. Stop making excuses for racism, antisemitic behavior, or other forms of bigotry.
#AltonSterling #ClosedForEssence and #Potus2016 will be the topics for discussion tonight on Liberal Dan Radio, Talk From the Left, That’s Right. Wednesday at 8pm Central.
Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police. I will discuss issues pertaining to this shooting in a line of dead black people at the hands of police.
Essence Festival was in New Orleans last weekend. Some places were “Closed For Maintenance”. Is that legitimate? Or is that code for something else?
Also, several items are on the table for discussion in the presidential election, including the FBI deciding to not recommend charges and Donald Trump’s use of anti-semetic propaganda to further his campaign.
Those topics, tweet of the week, headlines, and more tonight on Liberal Dan Radio: Talk From The Left, That’s Right.
After Orlando, gun control has been in the news and I will be discussing that topic, both as a general issue and how it pertains to the Presidential election.
I will also be discussing Donald Trump, who his campaign needs to pick as a VP candidate, why he is in “yuge” trouble at the moment, and why the Democrats might do well by picking Elizabeth Warren as the VP pick.
I will also be doing an update on SourceFed and their lies about Google.
Those topics and more at 9pm Central on Liberal Dan Radio, Talk From The Left, That’s Right.
When I posted my criticisms of SourceFed, some people had some questions as to my methodology to proving them wrong. I am ignoring the stupids for the time being and am only focusing on the reasonable questions. I explain why I didn’t respond to parts of SourceFed’s video.
I also provide more evidence as to why SourceFed is completely wrong.
Not only did I create a Youtube video on the subject.
But other people are getting into the act as well. Rhea over on Medium has a great article about the issue as well. Please check it out. I don’t know Rhea from Adam, but this is about getting the truth out.
Google is claimed to have a Hillary Bias. #JumpTheSharkActivism raises its head again. And a look at the 2016 Democratic primary and where we go from here. On a special Thursday edition of Liberal Dan Radio: Talk From The Left, That’s Right.
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Meanwhile Donald Trump gets a bump, but will it last? How will he run a successful campaign while pissing off the media the entire time?
The Libertarian Party already has its nominee, and to nobody’s surprise it was Gary Johnson. Does he have a chance this year? Or will he be a spoiler.
Those topics and more this week on Liberal Dan Radio: Talk From The Left, That’s Right.