There is nothing new, revolutionary, legitimate, or nuanced about racism, white supremacy, white nationalism, and everything in between. The same is true of all the talking heads who insist on engaging their pretenses and barely veiled bigotry substantively and applying good faith analyses to arguments plainly made in bad faith. This idea that we need to hang on to the right’s every word, respond to every asinine comment they make, and engage their every popular bad faith actor to be “prepared” for them or to have an idea what they think, is not only precisely why republicans practice a winning politic of distraction; but it’s also false, reinforces the status quo, and wastes the limited opportunities we have to expose the public to the truth, the real issues plaguing our communities, and to normalize ideas that would bring about the radical change we need.
Simply amazing! Your facility with words is abundantly clear here and your assessments, criticisms, are spot on. I thoroughly enjoyed this read; thought provoking and salient.
I don’t know how you do it. I couldn’t, it would eat me up and I’d fall into despair. Thank you for holding out, and getting the important messages out there! I won’t take up space, just know that there are people who esteem your strength of character and hope you see the good you are doing. You’re kinda my hero(ine).
Another brilliant piece of writing. Just when I'm losing hope you give me another perspective to consider. Thank you your fight in the courtrooms and in the media. I know you're busy but if you could consult for the dems... they need your help. 😁
Loved the line, "If you're always replying then you never get to choose the topic" - the right constantly churns out stories from their outrage-machine and we're always stuck playing defense. It becomes exhausting, and that's the point. Taking control of the conversations we have is important.