I am proud to call myself a Libtard. I don’t have the word “Liberal” tattooed on my arm like Gen-X icon Janeane Garofalo, but I’ve been left of center since college when I joined the Womyn’s Equality Coalition. I’ve remained a proud liberal since the 90s. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become increasingly aware of how much more there is to be done to fight injustice.

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Photo by the Author, Rally To Restore Sanity 2010

In recent years I’ve become a bit uneasy with some my fellow liberals. I’ve always believed that left of center had room for many voices within our ranks and that there is a “spectrum of liberalness.” Sure, there are some litmus tests for being a lefty, otherwise there is nothing to differentiate us from conservatives or anyone else. Yet I always believed that within the overarching progressive framework, there was room for nuance and different points of views and perspectives. …


Why the powerless fall for grandiose antics

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By Tyler Merbler — https://www.flickr.com/photos/37527185@N05/50812356151/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=98641393

When I saw the image of a man with his feet up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk during the riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, I was angry. All I could see was a white man gleefully disrespecting and denigrating our democracy and the first woman Speaker of the House. It was the personification of white supremacy and misogyny. I was livid.

After looking at it many times, I suddenly saw something different in that image: I saw a pathetic man-child acting out. While his privilege as a white man allowed him to illegally enter and leave the building unharmed, he was still ultimately powerless and impotent to have nothing than that stunt for the cameras to show for his failed attempt at being powerful. …


Elizabeth from Knoxville thought this was a movie.

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Photo by LOGAN WEAVER on Unsplash

When armed rioters illegally stormed the Capitol building I can’t say I was surprised. I was angry and sickened. Seeing the confederate battle flag, a symbol of White supremacy in our Capitol was like a sucker punch to my gut. It caused a physical reaction in me.

I’m starting to feel numb when I see the news coverage in the aftermath of the riot. Our nation is beyond polarized. This stopped being about policy and political choices long ago. Now we can’t even agree on the most basic concepts. …


It’s OK to be pissed off even if things could be worse.

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Photo by Dylan Ferreira on Unsplash

It is the first week of January. Time for me to create the year end report of the income and expenses for my business last year. I’ve had such a sense dread and foreboding as I think about looking at those numbers. 2020 was not a very lucrative year for my home based small business.

Then I feel guilty for feeling bad about my pitiful income last year. I am so lucky that my husband, who is the main breadwinner for our family, has kept his job through the pandemic. We have a safe childcare option for our toddler. We are all healthy. No one we love has died from Covid. …


Intentions don't matter when you’re getting punched in the face.

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Michael J. Fox speaking at Lotusphere 2012 photo by Paul Hudson via Wikimedia Commons

In discussions about discrimination, I’ve noticed one of the many things that triggers some White people, especially White men, into extreme defensiveness is the concept of microaggressions. Whenever I’ve referred to it in casual conversations or in my writing, at least one White guy will inevitably comment and “explain” to me that it’s not fair for someone to be upset by a microaggression because they aren’t intentional.

It just doesn’t seem to compute with some people that it’s the impact on the victim that matters, not the intention of the offender. …


The army liberals love to hate

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Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

It’s Christmas eve so I just made a donation to the Salvation Army. I wouldn’t dare share that fact with my friends. It’s not worth the backlash. You see, I’m a firmly left of center liberal, so I can’t admit to supporting the Salvation Army.

About ten years ago a dear friend of mine, who I’ll call Bill, was about to drink himself to death. He needed help and didn’t have insurance. He entered a residential treatment program through the Salvation Army. He was fed and housed and given treatment for free for six months. When he relapsed, he went back for six more months and has stayed sober ever since. …


White parents need to have “the talk” with their children too

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Photo by Praveesh Palakeel on Unsplash

The other day my toddler came home from preschool and showed me his art project for the day. It was a workbook print out that said “We love Police Officers!” I cringed and thought, do I want him to be taught to love the police? When I think about that police officer with his hands in his pocket and the others just standing there as George Floyd called out for his mother with his last breaths, no I don’t want my son to be taught to love the police.

This got me thinking, what should White parents be teaching their children about the police? I don’t want my child to learn what I learned when I was growing up, that cops were always good guys fighting crime to keep us safe. Everything I saw in the movies, TV, and media reflected this idea. Even when the police were portrayed as corrupt they were generally doing it with good motivations, bending the rules to capture the bad guys. If the idea that the police could abuse their power or be unjust was ever presented, I have no memory of it. …


Every System Is Perfectly Designed To Create The Outcomes It Creates

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Photo by AJ Colores on Unsplash

It’s easy to feel nothing but disdain for police officers these days, at least it is for me. Watching George Floyd have his life callously snuffed out by police officers, watching a 75 year old man get beaten to the point of brain damage by police officers, watching clip after clip after clip of police officers pepper spaying and launching projectiles at people peacefully exercising their first amendment right to protest — it’s easy to agree with N.W. A.’s famous song F*ck Tha Police.

Yet I can’t shake the idea that it’s not so simple. Can it really be that every horrible thing we have seen the police do lately is because nearly all police officers at all levels are evil and corrupt? Sure, corruption, lack of moral integrity and individual choices are part of the problem but does that explain it all? Human beings are pretty complex and the more I live in the world the more I realize that things are rarely simple or black and white. …


White people, you’re not allowed to walk away in disgust at racism.

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Photo by Adi Goldstein on Unsplash

I recently published an article here on Medium about White privilege. In it, I shared a revelation I had in the weeks leading up to the election. I was scared our democracy might fail and our nation could descend into civil war and then fascism. My thoughts about the possibility of living life in fear of the police under a fascist regime gave me a new awareness of my White privilege. After all, BIPOC folks have always lived in fear of the police in this country.

I received some applause, several highlights and comments. Nearly all the negative feedback came from other White people. It was surprising to me how some White people expressed intense anger at me for acknowledging this particular revelation about my White privilege. These were not right-wing trolls denying the existence of systemic racism. No, all this anger was coming from other White liberals. Several were quick to point out I should have had this awareness about my privilege much sooner. …


Acknowledging White privilege and systemic racism doesn’t invalidate your achievements.

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Photo by Boards on Unsplash

Few things are more likely to spark indignant anger and a sense of outrage than the topic of Affirmative Action. Well, at least when you are talking to most White people in America.

In my observation, the collective anger at Affirmative Action cuts across class lines, regional areas, rural and urban and across most of the political spectrum. California voters just failed to pass a proposition that would have overturned a ban on Affirmative Action. Even the “liberal left coast” doesn’t like Affirmative Action anymore.

While Affirmative Action applies to many groups of people, it seems to me that when an advantage appears to be based on race it brings out the most rage. It’s really galling to a lot of White people that a person could receive an advantage based on race in particular. Whether it’s school admissions or employment applications, or the assigning of business contracts, White people are pretty quick to get pissed off at the very idea that race could be considered. …

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H. Elizabeth Falk

Proud lefty, libtard, commie pinko. I may disagree with you but I’m pretty sure you’re not Hitler. Hyperbole is killing this country. She/Her

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