While I give KCS no cookies for writing this too little, too late piece, it's an excellent depiction of journalism's role in directly perpetuating white supremacy.

kansascity.com/news/local/art…
Most notably, it's an admission to and a vindication of the grossly biased coverage Black communities have railed against for generations

We were told that we were being too sensitive, playing the race card, that we had a persecution complex

Gaslit for centuries

But here it is
Journalism is history.

It is where the stories of our society are most commonly recorded.

When journalism erases people or warps their images, it does so not only for the next day's readers, but forever.

The news is posterity.
Journalism drives policy and public opinion.

It can be determinative of where funding goes or how a community is perceived.

It can inflame passions with sensational lies or hamper unnecessary outrage with mundane truth.
America's view of Black people is and has always been shaped by a news media that accepts as a given that Black people are to be discussed as a problem to be solved if at all.

As segregated as America is, the news is the closest many white people ever get to a Black person.

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21 Dec
GOP wants to prove that they're not a Trump cult?

Impeach him. There's plenty of time. No reason they can't.

Otherwise don't believe a word they say.

They're not going to actually be responsible. They'll just pretend they are.
The GOP impeaching Trump right now would show the world that even they have limits and stand for competency and integrity in government.

A unified Congress could get it done in days.

But they won't. And this is proof of their bluff.

They want credit without action.

Deny them.
If the GOP cared about America or even the integrity of their party, they'd take the easy choice -- impeach a lame duck President who's gonna be gone in a month anyway.

It would barely speed things up, but the political effect would be massive.

That they don't shows motive.
Read 8 tweets
19 Dec
Absolutely nothing.

Go ahead. Think of something.

Yep. That too.
We STARTED with "Bought a beauty pageant so he could see naked, underaged, teenage girls backstage"

We just pressed on from there.

It's bizarre that anyone thinks there's a limit.
Around the time everyone saw a Presidential candidate drooling over his daughter and the self-proclaimed avatars of family values said "That's our guy" we should have said

"Welp. They believe nothing. Let's move on without them"

But we pretended morality was still in play.
Read 6 tweets
19 Dec
In America, Democrats are the Left. On the global stage, a party with their platform is correctly considered centre-right.

Even the moderate party platforms of the global left are considered extreme by Democrats as a party.
As European political parties go, the only people I can think of who are further right than our GOP are maybe UK's Conservatives and Canada's People's Party.
At this point though. I don't really know if it's reasonable to consider the GOP a political party anymore.

They're so absurd and nihilistic and unconcerned with governance that the only thing keeping them viable is their entrenchment in a two party system.
Read 5 tweets
19 Dec
How? Please provide an example of "pulling oneself up" in a manner not essentially dependent on government.

(Please do not reference money, property or commerce, none of which exist absent government.)

Go.
If you are really honest about it, you'll note that even the concept of "pulling oneself up"' implies an economic structure within which one is elevating oneself.

That economic structure is wholly dependent on a government that administrates it.
TBF. If you ignore:

How money retains value
How property is defined
How ownership is secured
How business is incorporated
How trade is conducted
How resources are distributed
How socioeconomic status exists

Then sure. Nobody needs government to get by.
Read 4 tweets
19 Dec
Stop taking the GOP at its word.

It does not now and has never actually believed any of the things it says it does

So stop letting them get away with the claim

Would you let a known serial killer babysit your kid cause he says he's "staunchly anti-violence?"

No.
We continue to let people say things like "I don't like Trump, but I'm still for small government and fiscal responsibility..."

The GOP has zero track record of actually supporting "small government or fiscal responsibility"

They get to keep it as a motto anyway.
There is no need to keep respecting as sacred the self-identification of someone who habitually lies about who they are.

Just because they repeat it over and over doesn't mean we have to humor them.

We don't have to play the game
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19 Dec
Only give food to the well-fed. They have proven that they understand eating and the value of food.

The hungry, having no food, clearly do not respect or appreciate it and therefore, do not deserve any.
Never extend healthcare to a sick person. Sick people brought their sicknesses upon themselves in an act of contempt.

We should only allow healthy people into hospitals. They get how important health is.
Do not teach the uneducated, if they had any thirst for knowledge, they would already know anything you would try to teach them.

The only people who should take classes are those who already passed them.
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