I was reading a post earlier titled What a Privilege. It’s very well-written and I encourage you to check out the blog. He tends to write about interesting topics, and in this particular post he’s talking about the election.
So let’s jump into it.
The first part I disagreed with was this:
As an older white male PoC are justifiably giving me side-eye. I’m trying to appear as disconcerted and troubled as possible (which has been easy to do, because I am), stalling for time to find a few t-shirts emblazoned with something that makes crystal clear that I didn’t support any of this.
This paragraph just drips with white guilt. There’s just so much wrong with this sentiment.
- Why is it justifiable to give you side looks because you have white skin?
- Why are you trying to look disconcerted? You sound like your life is in danger or something. Take a deep breath. You live in a democracy and even if you did vote for Trump, that doesn’t give people the right to judge you based on your skin color.
- Why do you need T-shirts? Such virtue signalling is embarrassing.
Just as an aside, what the hell does ‘Person of Color’ mean?
Such a crap term. I’m ‘white’ so does that make me a person of no color? I’m not actually white. I’m more a brownish pink so I definitely have color. It’s just a term meant to proliferate this crazy ass identity politics that seems so prevalent now. One more way to put people into a box based on skin color.
In the meantime, I’m stuck playing the suddenly popular game “Which of You Crackers Voted for Trump?”
That’s some racist shit. Could you imagine if you changed the word ‘cracker’ in that sentence to a different derogatory term?
Lots of different people voted for Trump. I would hazard a guess that the far majority of people who did vote for Trump, didn’t do so based on the color of their skin. If this ‘game’ you speak of is so popular, maybe try telling the people playing it to stop, because it’s racist as hell.
Nowadays with Facebook, it’s easy to find the proud deplorables amongst family and acquaintances. In the olden days, Know-Nothings would sneak around in the shadows but now they proudly display their ignorance to everyone.
So if a family member you previously respected voted for Trump, you just throw them into a deplorable box? You don’t even ask them why or try to understand their reasoning?
Wow. That’s harsh.
He then goes on to blame White Evangelical voters for Trumps win:
Easily held in thrall by the single issue of abortion allows the expedited, short-circuited, easy-thinking these voters prefer. The issue easily fits into their narratives, allowing the dramatic staged event of decent folks with “values” versus unfeeling, atheistic baby killers.
Come on! Everyone knows babies taste delicious.
Seriously though, you’re going to make me stick up for evangelicals here. Damn it!
Not all evangelicals are single issue voters. Sure, I think Trump’s views on abortion helped him win that voting demographic, but I don’t think that was the only issue. In fact, Trump divided evangelical groups, especially after his video tapes were released:
Trump’s candidacy led to divisions within different evangelical camps. Liberty University Jerry Falwell Jr.’s endorsement of Trump caused division on his own campus. A prominent evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem endorsed Trump, pulled back his endorsement after the video tapes came out, then re-endorsed him.
There was certainly talk going on within those camps, and abortion wasn’t the only topic. Trump wasn’t an easy pill to swallow, but Hillary was viewed as such a bad candidate (and the Democratic party should have known that and almost certainly did before nominating her) that many felt forced to vote for Trump. If the Dem’s had put a viable candidate up there, they almost certainly would have convinced moderate right-leaning evangelicals to vote for them, because they were deeply divided on voting for Trump to begin with.
I debated people who claimed in all seriousness that Hillary Clinton was possessed by a demon. Where do you go from there?
I would suggest atheism. Just sayin’.
These political Christians that are clearly commanded not to hate and slander then lustily spent the past 2 years trashing the Clintons (again), using everything from juvenile ad hominem insults to outright fabrications.
Well, I don’t think it unusual for religious folk to be hypocritical. The bible says all sorts of things that Christians don’t normally do. I mean, Jesus made it quite clear that being rich was not the way to get into heaven and he commanded people to give their wealth away.
Don’t see many Christians doing that, although there are a few who do. Hell, have a look at most large churches. They scream wealth.
They eagerly hopped into the same nasty basket as the KKK, internet trolls, selfish “libertarians”, misanthropic atheists, and outright anarchists, all with a with prideful irreverence for our highest office.
Just because you vote the same way as a racist piece of garbage, doesn’t mean you hold their values. You likely voted for different reasons. Each of you sees the world through different eyes. What’s important to one person might not be as important to another. Some people are more informed than others etc.
People need to stop trying to put others into neatly tied boxes. We are all individuals. We are not prepackaged identity cults.
These hollow, politicized, husks of Christians likely won’t know shame no matter the outcome of this presidency they labored to bring to power. They will start by praying for Trump to have wisdom and end by praying for forgiveness. And they will justify any outcome, good or bad, as being part of the divine plan, for a God whose teachings they so readily sold for thirty pieces of worthless silver and restitution can never be made.
You might very well be right. I’m not big into prayer, since I think it’s basically a waste of time.
However, the Right is rising all over the West. Trump is just one sign of this so we better start paying attention. There are reasons for this and you can’t just stick the blame onto the lapels of white people or white evangelicals. The rise of the Right is even happening in countries that aren’t all that religious.
If I had to guess, two major motivators to this rise in the Right is people’s dissatisfaction over immigration policies. People are prevented from discussing it by charges of racism if you dare to speak your mind.
The other side to that coin is people are tired of PC culture and the identity politics that come with it. They’re also tired of establishment politics. They want change and Trump was that change.
It’s shitty it had to go down that way, but the faster we start talking to one another instead of trying to shame the other side into silence, the more likely the chances we can stem the tide of the authoritarian Right that is poised to sweep across the West.