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The constant back and forth

Because I'm one of the few last holdouts on LJ, and you can see the tumbleweeds pass over here, I thought that maybe I should repost my thoughts in my last blog on FB. But I decided that the Book of Face doesn't need the opinion of another white person. Writing is the main way I process my thoughts and it's okay for me to do that here, in my own lonely corner of the interwebs.

And that's fine. Maybe? Because perhaps posting on FB my thoughts and opinions is just adding to the cacophony of liberal smugness that my opinion fucking matters. It goes against what I was trying to get to in the first place.

Besides a lot of people on my FB feed are still in an angry place. There are some articles and podcasts and the like calling out the left for our smugness in the election and our closing people down by saying they are racists and therefore the reply is, I'm sorry I won't support racists by engaging with them.

And sometimes that response feels fucking valid because while us white folks in our liberal bubble point  fingers at who is to blame--racist hillbillies, Hilary, Bernie-bros--on the ground for our POC this is happening....

...and this...

..and this...

and when I see that I think, Jesus, the 'other side' are fucking monsters. Maybe the people shutting them out are absolutely right in doing so.

Our side doesn't want to think If we shut each other down and close the debate, close the communication, how the fuck are we supposed to end this? You can't just call people monsters and block them out and they'll come around. Or once you block them out they don't just cease to exist. They're still there and they'll never come around without discussion. If anything they'll increase their racism because they'll feel justified, too.

Further, I've seen folks on my side say that 'anyone who voted for Trump, supports this'. We have to remember, that, if that is the case, then it has to work both ways. In which case, anyone who voted for Obama supports drone strikes. We have to come to terms with that on our side. Especially the folks who were gung-ho Hillary, because that shit was sure as fuck going to continue with her.

It's interesting in the past two days I've seen the left use the words to describe the swath of people who voted for Trump, the rural poor, with the same words racists use to describe the urban poor, (code for black). The most interesting word being 'entitled'.

Maybe we should recognize that entitled is, in the right context, not a bad word. We all, as Americans are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is supposed to unite us. We are all entitled to that much. The minute you deny that from your fellow Americans, you are out of line.

I feel like we are at a head right now. What ails the people in middle America that voted for Trump is what ails communities of color in the city, poverty. The wealth is going too much to the top. We have to come up with a viable solution to poverty or easing poverty. The right, the monied, are not going to fucking do that. The neo-liberals are not going to do it either. It is our responsibility on the left to come up with that solution. We have to sell that solution to the very folks that many of us have cut off from our lives right now if we want to see a change.

It is all up to our side to do this.

But we are not going to be able to do so if we remain indignant and smugly disregard half the population like they don't matter and like they're not struggling.When Hilary said "when they go low, we go high" we, and her campaign, didn't even live up to that! We just smugly disregarded them. Now we really have to go high, and be the ones to try to solve this problem and we can only do that by listening, discussing We have to do that while on top of defending and fighting for the rights of people of color, Muslims, immigrants, women, and the LGBTQ community. That's a lot of responsibility for us to take on the left. Of course, it's going to be twice as hard because we'll also be fighting off the Trump administration (*vomit*) who will be trying to pull back the progress that we have made thus far.

OR

There's option B where we continue being divided. Close each other out. Move away. Try to break from the union, or, hell, things come to a head, Civil War, the sequel. In which case, times will get very tough because they're the ones who are heavily armed for one and they're from the place where our food comes from.

So we'd be wise to use our best talents, our diversity, our education, our open-mindedness and find again our empathy and compassion in order to solve the problem. That is our charge in the century.

Perhaps that's me doing the optimistic American thing. History shows, however, when fascism rises, so does violent strife and uncertainty to chaos and horror.

P.S.
I just realized that this is how I deal with stressful situations. I get this from my mom. When bad shit comes up and everyone around me is going "woe!" or "RAGE!' my instinct is to go, "okay, there's no way around this, what's happened has happened, let's take stock of our options and figure out what action to take. Suck it up and figure out how to cope." That's totally what I'm doing right now as I write these blogs. 

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waldorkio
Nov. 11th, 2016 10:06 pm (UTC)
Well said, sweetie.
freebyrd1979
Nov. 12th, 2016 03:48 am (UTC)

*hugs* I have no advice, because I deleted my Facebook many months ago and I've not regretted that choice. But I don't think you should ever feel silenced. You are not being smug. You are not trying to incite hateful remarks or beliefs. This was a really awful campaign cycle in so very many ways. The worst I've ever witnessed or studied. You should not be worried for speaking your mind though! You aren't elitist, hon!

pandapropaganda
Nov. 13th, 2016 06:56 pm (UTC)
I think about deleting my Facebook but then I remember that I need Facebook for promoting my comedy show. Plus I'm properly addicted.

I just hope, as my friends go through their different stages of grief, real conversation can happen and we can all re-group and work together to move forward from this. Right now so much finger pointing and anger.
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