There’s some value in attempting to understand the mindset of a person who cheers explicit calls to harm others. But to give that attempt such priority, with so little effort expended in understanding what it’s like to be a person whose harm is being cheered, is revealing.
The reason there’s so much pushback against this flood of “folks in Trump country” profiles, and it isn’t because such profiles are useless. It’s that the preponderance reveals an outsized gap in our empathy priorities.
Taken together, they create the flipside to the message of the rallies, which is “you rally-goers are the people who matter, and these other people don’t matter.”
American Christians need to forcefully address the sin of Republicanism and until they do they will have nothing of value to say to a culture far more aligned with Jesus than they themselves are.
We should talk more about how much U.S. Christianity has been captured by a fairytale that as soon as things are at their worst they’ll be vanished to a holy gated all-inclusive, leaving the unchosen behind to suffer, and how comfortable this makes them w/the suffering of others.
These guys beat up people last week while screaming slurs, and the NYC police didn’t make arrests, and the news reported that the violence was done by anti-fascists who they falsely framed as the real problem, because we live in a society optimized for self-pitying bullies.
Does it include gay people, or Muslims, or trans people, or native people, or asylum seekers, or immigrants, or disabled people, or those with preexisting medical conditions, or homeless, or any people of color, or any women?
Hey @Marvel I’m canceling my Unlimited account tomorrow and it’ll stay that way until you prove you’ve stopped capitulating to hate nerds.
We’re representing for everyone in 2018.
It’s 2018, @Marvel. You’re inevitably going to piss off someone.
Why not choose to piss off Nazis and bigots instead? They’re readily available, and they can barely read, most of ‘em.
Since people are asking, @Marvel fired @ChuckWendig because he put LGBT characters in his Star Wars books and that pissed off exclusionary hate nerds and Chuck did the right thing and told the hate nerds to fuck off and that wasn’t polite enough for Marvel. So hey Marvel ...
The psychological distress these drama-lords experience at the mere suggestion that we listen to women’s stories and perspective and stop making everything about men for a second has been eye-opening to me.
If you belong to the one major political party in the world that denies climate change, led by a half-hinged dingus w/pee-hair and grab hands and the nuclear codes, then you are actively working to make it likely none of us will die peacefully in our sleep.
I guess that’s scary.
I guess if one day millions of people were dead b/c the ocean levels had risen & claimed cities, and victims’ relatives & survivors were enraged, & my husband spent his career saying it wasn’t going to happen so rich people could get richer off of making it happen, I’d be scared.
So weird that people so passionate about the standard of presumption of innocence, who require tangible evidence before they can begin to believe anything, anything at all, should support a president with no interest in evidence or presumption of innocence, so weird, so weird.
So weird to show such passion about presumption of innocence, yet presume guilt about every unarmed black citizen shot dead by police.
So weird, so weird, so weird.
It seems like hypocrisy, this selective passion for presumption of innocence, for tangible evidence before making any discernment at all.
But it's entirely consistent, you realize, once you know the underlying assumptions of our nation's foundational lies.
If you are a public official and you work for the abuse of people or you're willing to look the other way to make your own life easier you'd better get ready to not be able to go out in public anymore.
Most of us are fucking done with it.
"Is anywhere off limits?" Well, if you attack and abuse women, if you work to kick Muslims and brown people out of the country, if you steal from the public to line your pockets, if you put babies in cages, the Supreme Court isn't off limits. The White House isn't off limits.
It's not conservative vs. liberal politics.
It's not right vs. left politics.
The most precise phrasing in my opinion is this:
It's politics of exclusion vs. politics of inclusion.
Fascist and democratic are also correct, also authoritarian and representational, but "exclusionary" and "inclusive" are more exactly descriptive. They're the litmus that demonstrates the truth of the matter.
It's also this, but these terms are abstractions that require further unpacking.
What makes evil evil is that it thinks most people don't matter, and probably shouldn't exist, or at the least must be controlled.