Which is to say, progressives — especially those of color, and those who were either not Christian or at the very least were dissident in the face of conservative denominational hierarchies — are due credit for every step forward in this country on the road to a more perfect union.
…ectation from others that can be hard to fulfill and are not fair to the one getting the adulation. Instead of telling me I am brave, speak up for equal rights for all. Join in the battles being fought by Human Rigts Campaign, American Civil Liberties Union, local Indivisible movements, Black Lives Matter, and other groups. Where are all of the sixties activists, where are all of the Hippies, where is my generation?
An ordinary centrist white dude wouldn’t have done that. A regular white person just wouldn’t do. It had to be Trump; he was the only one who could assuage their grievances by being as White as possible, as idiotic a buffoon as was conceivable, nearly to the point of being a parody, because in the absence of any other qualifying ability, they had to show everyone that it was whiteness, and whiteness alone, that counted. Not ability, not empathy, not intellect, not diligence. Whiteness. And that is precisely why they flock to him and defend him with such vigor.
Senator Rubio and Senator Scott would like to impress upon whites that they earned their spots on the line and worked just as hard as ordinary whites do to get where they are today in a lamentable defense of white resentment and groveling effort to appease it. This is what self-deceit looks like.
Even poor whites who willlingly impoverish themselves mentally by upholding a lost cause would rather allow the 1 percent to continue to disadvantage them so long as they and the government are seen as treating them better than people of color. It’s just stupefying stupidity.
The indefatigable denialism invoked and insulated by this pack mentality typifies the cultural crisis that we are confronted with as a nation under this particular presidency. A man this crass, that unfit, and so inept has managed to become president in this day and era, and to top it off he did so solely and simply by being an uninhibited racist. Even if he wanted to or tried to hide it Trump just can’t help himself from being a bona fide racis…