Y’all the Republicans are not in power. The fact is that we’re getting a reduced COVID relief package & the passage of new voting rights legislation is in limbo solely because Democrats aren’t fully backing it. You can’t blame GOP for Dems not backing their own party’s platform.
We’ve had years & years of this being the exact problem with the Democratic Party & whenever progressives & leftists point this out, they are attacked with folks bringing up Republicans as a worse alternative. Can’t keep doing that. The problem is within the Dem Party.
Democrats have to make up their minds who they are as a party & stick with it. Do you support a livable wage or not? Do you support healthcare as a human right or not? Do you support voting rights or not? If you do, why are you empowering ppl within your party who don’t?
People seem to forget that, outside of the real limits on earth’s natural resources, “the economy” is a completely human-made invention that we constantly structure & re-structure. The idea that we can’t have a functioning economy & pay living wages is false & makes no sense. 1/
To say people can’t operate small businesses & pay their employees livable wages is the clearest indication of a broken, dysfunctional economy. It means the business isn’t truly solvent & can’t afford its employees. 2/
The entire capitalist economy is constantly choked by wealth hoarding of billionaire class & multinational corporations. This prevents equitable flow of capital to 99% of the population, leaving small businesses & their employees overworked, underpaid & unable to compete. 3/
Our greatest hindrance to overcoming white supremacy is folks not wanting to confront how Western European civilization is entirely organized around it. It’s not some aberrant ideology within the west, but rather the central ideology which has informed everything for centuries.
That’s why folks are freaking out about ✌️cancel culture✌️ & feeling that a world that isn’t shaped solely by the opinions, tastes & preferences of the white elite is an existential threat to civil society
It’s one thing for nonwhite ppl to exist in spaces at the behest of white people who like to view themselves as “tolerant”, benevolent or “embracing of diversity”. It’s quite another to have a world that de-centers whiteness entirely & decouples it from concepts of normalcy.
I’m still confused by ppl framing the unequal targeting of leftists & Black activists by FBI as something new, a potential threat (like it wasn’t already happening), uniquely connected to recent developments or influenced by anything other than FBI being institutionally racist.
We could reject all use of the word “terrorism” & focus solely on literacy & food relief programs in our communities & we’ll still receive greater surveillance than white supremacists b/c the power structure is racist & always positions our organizing & empowerment as a threat.
Black leaders who preach nonviolence & build multiracial coalitions while employing language about “saving the soul of America”, “uniting as brothers & sisters for common good” & “preserving democracy” will have thicker FBI files than white supremacists. Been like that from day 1
Dems make half-hearted attempts at challenging GOP followed by statements about wanting a strong Republican Party & then express shock & outrage when Republicans emerge emboldened, sinking their heels in & laying groundwork for the next atrocity. Y’all aren’t tired of this cycle?
Folks get upset w/ ppl like me who criticized Dems for being enablers of fascism this wknd, then turn around & get upset Mon AM when former Trump officials are getting image rehab on American Idol, Tim Scott is all in, Burr is censured by NCGOP & Meg McCain downplays the threat
What do you expect? If Dems indicate impeachment isn’t worth extending past Valentine’s Day or calling witnesses over, Pelosi says she wants a strong Republican Party & Biden admin keeps saying they just want to turn the page on Trump, why wouldn’t Trumpism emerge even stronger?
Calling witnesses wouldn’t haven’t prevented Senators from going home for Valentine’s Day. It wouldn’t have prevented them breaking for vacation. They didn’t call witnesses b/c they didn’t want to b/c they don’t take the matter that seriously b/c they enable white supremacy.
This decision by Dems to not call witnesses in the impeachment trial should not be swept under the rug. It deserves so much more scrutiny b/c it reveals a lot about the false posturing on the Dem side like McConnell’s BS reveals the false posturing on Republican side.
In all the focus on how Republicans will vote—we’ve known from the beginning—folks are missing that the public has a right to know more details about what happened on 1/6. We’ve gotten one questionable press briefing from the DOJ, if I recall correctly, & that’s it.
If we say it doesn’t matter what Dems do b/c of what GOP will do, we’re saying that neither has any obligation to pursue the truth once one side chooses to abandon it. We need folks testifying around the McCarthy call at the very least & that’s just w/ regard to Trump conduct...
...Beyond that, we still need a LOT more questions answered about the goings on w/ Capitol Hill security, the DC police, the FBI, the national guard, the Pentagon, US intelligence agencies & their possible coordination w/ white supremacist groups involved in the attack
This is exact thing I mean about USA’s longstanding love of racist tropes of the magical, loyal & tolerant Negro. The entire idea behind it is that Black ppl continually sacrifice themselves to protect a white power establishment that never makes good on its promises of equality
That the chamber can give a standing ovation to a Black LEO who literally saved their lives from a mob of white ppl THEY INCITED, who called him a n***er, then turn around & resume the biz of white supremacy shows they aren’t motivated by a genuine regard for his life.
This is not a new dynamic but is fundamental to how white supremacy operates here. Media is filled to the brim with imagery that celebrates Black ppl for being ever-tolerant in carrying the burden of racism for America...
I’m sorry but I just can’t with the bipartisan effort of using Black LEOs to advance state propaganda regarding racism & policing. If GOP genuinely cared about Goodman’s life, they’d convict Trump. If establishment cared about racism in policing, they wouldn’t attack defund mvmt
From beginning to end, the bipartisan establishment has been most united on one thing since 1/6 & that’s using the Capitol attack to engage in state propaganda around police instead of confronting the link between policing & domestic terrorism.
They have placed enormous emphasis on the murder of a police officer as representing an unparalleled moral offense & have used a Black LEO as the face of Capitol Hill police defending the sacred state building while increasingly ignoring the role of police in plotting the attack.
Black people are trying to break free of a 500+ year global system that is built on our enslavement & reducing us to dehumanized property for the exploitation of every imperialist nation. Please find a way to fight for liberation for all people w/o furthering anti-Blackness.
Our struggle is older than the existence of the United States of America. Please commit to studying more about the struggle for Black liberation before making impulsive comparisons between movements.
Much of the impulse to compare everything & every struggle against oppression to the experience of Black ppl is b/c everyone operates with the assumption that Black ppl must always occupy the lowest tier of society. If we seem to be rising in any way, it’s viewed as disruption.
There is absolutely no equivalent between what happened on 1/6 & the protests that occurred in 2020. The unrest in US cities last summer were all sparked by police murdering ppl & then escalating violence against protesters. JANUARY 6th WAS A COUP ATTEMPT.
Anyone comparing a looted store during a police riot to a coordinated attempt to assassinate the line of succession & overthrow an election can not be taken seriously at all.
The only connection between the summer 2020 protests & the Capitol insurrection is the presence of the same racist police officers who attacked protesters during the summer turning their violence toward the Capitol.
TBH, even the framing of this situation as something Trump led himself misses magnitude of what happened. They’re making it seem like Trump simply goaded a bunch of hapless supporters into violent actions when this was a coordinated coup attempt & the mob was part of the cover.
It’s pretty obvious that staging the rally and then leading the mob to attack the Capitol was about providing enough cover & chaos for targeted assassinations to occur or at the very least create a pathway for them to prevent election certification. It simply failed.
We’re still doing this narrative that police & military leaders didn’t anticipate the storming of the Capitol? Folks still not grasping this was an inside job coordinated by Trump & white supremacist sympathizers? A month later?
Kinda weird that so many folks from around the nation would show up with gear & supplies to storm the Capitol building if it wasn’t a pre-planned event, don’t ya think? 🤔
Folks just happened to have camo & ziptie cuffs, the P—-d B—ys just happened to be at the front breaking the windows....
Once again—the issue is *whiteness* & wealth inequality, not red v blue states. The blue state secession convo always ignores:
-how majority Black & Latino populations are in so-called red states
-Indigenous land claims
-same pattern of racism & inequality exists in blue states
If people really care about democracy, then the solution is to defeat voter suppression & disenfranchisement of BIPOC communities & demand that the white power structures in every state stop exploiting Black & brown ppl as a low wage labor source for the capitalist economy.
The secession convo past & present is overwhelmingly white USA talking to itself & pretending that one half is superior to the other. But the entire reason the nation is in the condition it is 156 yrs after civil war is precisely b/c it’s not & white supremacy remains pervasive.
I don’t accept that ppl believe racist ideologies as much as they use it as a convenient excuse in exercising raw power. For instance, ppl were well aware that it was primarily white men assaulting Black women even as they pointed to BM deviancy as justification for lynchings...
...I likewise think we need to stop assuming racists are genuinely motivated by emotions of “fear” when they behave violently. We have enough caught-on-video incidents of white ppl making false allegations against Black ppl at this point to know this has always been the case.
And I’ve said this before, but I’m also not convinced people genuinely believe the election was stolen as much as they have an expectation that whiteness empowers them to make whatever wild proclamation they want & society is obligated to bend to accommodate it.
If you’re not in close enough community with someone to reach out and personally ask them about a situation, you’re not close enough to that situation to assume you actually know anything.
And folks trying to play things out on social media instead of engaging in any genuine fact-finding or communication offline is not rooted in any genuine concern over a situation or the individuals involved.
There continues to be an enormous amount of online performance w/ ppl faking concern about intracommunity harm in activist spaces when the true motivation is a fixation w/ social media clout & there’s not enough genuine concern to be bothered w/ knowing basic facts.
First of all, I don’t know where folks got the idea that we judge athleticism based on # of trophies or rings someone has, especially in case of team sports. Secondly, M Ali, T Woods & S Williams all have more significant victories over an extended time in solo sports.
I’m legit not saying this just to shade Tom Brady but folks are way out of pocket with this greatest athlete convo
Tom Brady is statistically one of the greatest QB’s in a league that consistently denies Black athletes an opportunity to play QB to this day. That’s the most accurate description of his position in both NFL history & the position of the NFL relative to sports history overall.
If people were genuinely concerned about the wealthy getting $$$ they don’t need, they’d support calls for a wealth tax, not a “targeting” of who gets $2K checks... 1/
...$2K checks are a drop in the bucket when it comes to addressing wealth inequality. This deduction, debate & delay on the promise of “$2K checks going out immediately” is doing nothing but hurting those most in need while hurting Dem chances of holding control of Congress. 2/
I’m glad that there is pushback on the idea that $1.9T is too much, however, because that’s without a doubt the most asinine argument circulating right now. You don’t have to be an economist to understand that, you only need a basic awareness of history & current events. 3/
If Biden reduces that $1.9T by a penny, it will not make him look like a successful uniter, it will make him look weak.
Trump never cowered like that. And Biden will be seen cowering for no reason to a party that doesn’t accept the election result & is threatening the lives of members of Biden’s own party. Dems overall will be badly weakened right as Senate moves to acquit Trump.
You’re not showing yourself to be a successful uniter by compromising the needs of millions of Americans for the support of 10 senators when majority of GOP & its base is still completely opposed to you. It’s politically foolish on all levels AND a bad policy move.
You can’t keep begging people to vote for you, demonstrate a total disregard for them once you get elected & then turn around & expect people to turn out again. What is the point of electing Democrats if their #1 priority is compromising with Republicans?
This abusive dynamic between the Democratic Party & Black voters in particular has to stop.
You can’t stand in front of Black voters, acknowledge you only won b/c of them, tell them “I have your back” & then indicate a willingness to throw their interests under the bus so you can compromise w/ 10 white senators from the party that just tried to throw out their votes.
Again, folks can’t blame social media & “cancel culture” & anything else that came into existence in the 21st century for the virulent racism & violence that has been a pattern in this country since its founding, that was prevalent in Europe centuries before that.
Social media & other technology may have an impact on how misinformation & racist conspiracy theories are spread today, but QAnon did not invent anti-Semitism & white supremacists were committing terrorism before social media.
The. Issue. Is. White. Supremacist. Ideology.
Folks keep talking about “domestic extremism”, “Trumpism”, “encrypted apps”... everything except how white supremacy has been mainstream in USA since founding. It’s why the most extreme, terroristic elements were allowed to flourished, why 1/6 insurrection played out as it did.