h/t: Occupy Democrats
As the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides-”Democrats failed to understand white, working class, fly-over America.” Trump supports are saying this. Progressive pundits are saying this. Talking heads across all forms of the media are saying this. Even some Democratic leaders are saying this. It doesn’t matter how many people say it, it is complete bullshit. It is an intellectual/linguistic sleight of hand meant to throw attention away from the real problem. The real problem isn’t east coast elites don’t understand or care about rural America. The real problem is rural America doesn’t understand the causes of their own situations and fears and they have shown no interest in finding out. They don’t want to know why they feel the way they do or why they are struggling because the don’t want to admit it is in large part because of choices they’ve made and horrible things they’ve allowed themselves to believe.
I grew up in rural, Christian, white America. You’d be hard-pressed to find an area in the country that has a higher percentage of Christians or whites. I spent most of the first twenty-four years of my life deeply embedded in this culture. I religiously (*pun intended) their Christian services. I worked off and on, on their rural farms. I dated their calico skirted daughters. I camped, hunted, and fished with their sons. I listened to their political rants at the local diner and truck stop. I winced at their racist/bigoted jokes and epitaphs that were said more out of ignorance than animosity. I have also watched the town I grew up in go from a robust economy with well-kept homes and infrastructure turn into a struggling economy with shuttered businesses, dilapidated homes, and a broken down infrastructure over the past thirty years. The problem isn’t that I don’t understand these people. The problem is they don’t understand themselves, the reasons for their anger/frustrations, and don’t seem to care to know why.
h/t: Left Action
A woman breastfeeding at a Target, was accosted by a man who was offended by her actions. He called her a ‘whore’ and later stormed off.
“Jessie Maher was enjoying a casual trip to Target on Monday when she paused to feed her child. That’s when a complete stranger started to berate her for breastfeeding in public, according to a post she uploaded to Facebook.
“Before the video started rolling he looked at me and said (very angrily), ‘can’t you do that somewhere else? … That’s fucking disgusting … You are nasty,'” Maher, who lives in Canton, Connecticut, wrote. “I responded with, ‘I am feeding my baby, and I have the right to do it here … walk the fuck away … leave me the fuck alone.'”
Donald Trump might be the most outspoken Republican racist today, but he’s certainly not the only Republican that holds deeply racist beliefs.
There’s no denying what kind of people support Donald Trump, so it’s time to start calling them what they are: Racists. But still, there seems to be so few in the media willing to tell it like it is. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins and political analyst Chauncey DeVega discuss why it’s so important to call these Trump supporters what they truly are.