The Intersectional Presidency
Tressie McMillan Cottom
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I can only speak for myself, but the reason why I was so blindsided by the Trump presidency was based upon hope and belief.

I hoped that the majority of people as a nation would never vote for a person like that. I believed that although many people can act in racist ways, when push came to shove they wouldn’t rationalize or justify their racism, but would instead recognize that they were the ones that had to improve.

But with Trump’s election I understand that it was foolish for me to hope that the the momentum of equality and justice would run by themselves. I understand now that there are people who will gladly rationalize away their ethical duties based upon fear and a sense that “Someone owes me something” to the point where they would elect someone who is clearly unfit to be president.

I don’t entirely understand the concept of intersection analysis. All I care about is that this horrible thing that has happened be effectively contained, effectively mitigated and never happens again.

Since Trump’s election, I and many other people have adopted the mentality of homeowners watching our house catch fire.

We’ve gone from political science/philosophical theory mode to full on applied sciences mode! We need some concrete, goal oriented strategies here!

Sure, we want to know how the fire got started, but that is not the first thing on our minds! The first thing we need to know are the necessary steps to putting out this thing!

After the fire is out, then we can talking about rebuilding and preventing this from happening again.

So, what I want to know is how is intersection analysis going to a) get Trump out of the white house, and/or b) get enough Democrats into congress to stop him from pushing through horrible ill-thought out laws!

How do the ideas you’re writing about translate into an actual strategy for achieving these things?

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