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we are currently living in a period of what is called a "backlash."
Backlash is a reaction to considerable leaps forward in civil rights for minority groups (hence why conservative and "performative-progressive" politicians are often called "reactionary"). 1/
As a result of backlash, there is an increase in violence and hateful rhetoric towards minority groups, perpetrated by people in places of power and privilege. This is not some "sjw identity politics theory," this is a real, quantifiable social response by reactionaries to... 2/
...minority groups gaining more representation and civil rights.
The election of Barack Obama is around the time this backlash started, and it's only grown in amplitude since then.
Backlashes normally start as short-lived fringe movements and die off just as quickly. 3/
It's normal to see reactionary and fake-progressive politicians pander to these fringe movements, like how the backlash to the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s and 70s resulted in President Reagan downright exacerbating racial violence in urban areas in response to these... 4/
...fringe groups. However, there has never quite been a backlash of this magnitude before. This civil rights backlash made its way into the office of the president, under the name Donald Trump.
And as a result, Trump's politics are a direct reflection of that backlash. 5/
Since trump has been historically apolitical and has historically run for president in both major parties (because he doesn't care about any issue), this makes perfect sense. Why come up with your own platform when you can just hijack the most startling and news-making one? 6/
And still unlike those previous backlashes, the sentiments they inspire have not been directly codified into a major party's platform quite on this scale, which means that this backlash will not die on the historical timescale as the previous ones have. This is obviously bad.. 7/
...if you care about human rights and the rights of minority groups because no backlash has ever been defined by such a lack of remorse or apathy as this one.
Reagan's was powered by a weird antithetical combination of neglect and deliberate sabotage, but the Trump backlash... 8/
...is powered by a lack of caring, a total absence of empathy. The procedure is "Act as strong as possible and don't care too much."
So imagine what this does to kids as a reflection of the original fringe movement sparked by racial fear and toxic masculinity.
It's scary.
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