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This is the kind of thing I keep attempting to tell everyone about our political moment. Trump's election, for instance, is the best-possible evidence for the claims of Theory for those who are sympathetic to Theory (or desperate for an explanation). This tweet is the same thing.
The people on the "Social Justice" left really do believe that our society is systemically racist and sexist, etc., and that it all hides immanently, just beneath a nice-seeming mask. Events like a decreasingly diverse Dem pool are interpreted circularly as proof of this belief.
The explanation from within Theory is that society is actually and truly white supremacist, misogynistic, colonialist, patriarchal, homophobic, heteronormative, transphobic, and all the rest -- truly hates "oppressed" groups -- but hides it well. The Theorist exists to expose it.
Put more succinctly, the role of the (critical) Theorist is to assume that society really is a cesspool of hidden bigotry that people just know to try to hide from view and then to interpret everything possible as proof of this hidden, almost invisible "systemic" truth.
Not only was the election of Trump, with all of his gross character failures in full display, an extremely easy way to point and say, "see? society accepts sexism, racism, and all the rest but tries to hide it!" but it also followed polling failures due to people doing just that!
Of course, whether Trump was or wasn't elected, whether the Dem candidate field is decreasingly diverse, etc., all barely matters. Those are just big, easy ways to convince people who are sympathetic to the critical view. The Theorist is going to interpret everything that way.
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