If you are a progressive Twitter user, you probably have been alerted to the open warfare between Amy Siskind and her (largely white) allies, and Imani Gandy (known as @AngryBlackLady on Twitter,) and her allies. It all started with the tweet seen above.
A lot more happened, including Amy Siskind not owning up to her not-all-that-progressive past, which I am not going to talk about. What I am going to talk about is something underneath all of this – a set of assumptions that are really important to make clear.
The above quoted tweet by Siskind is actually a capsule of the problem. Some progressives think that Trump is the problem. All we have to do is get rid of the Orange Menace, and we can go back to having brunch.
But that’s not the reality. Trump is simply a (horrible, potentially fatal) symptom of this country’s deep disease. The disease started with the founding of this country with stolen land and stolen labor, but most specifically, this disease got its most recent turn toward the worse in the late ’60s, with Nixon’s Southern Strategy.
I don’t really want to go into a lot of detail about it – there are reams of pages written on it. But suffice it to say, the Republican party has been courting and winning voters based almost entirely on fear of people who aren’t white. Trump’s campaign was simply the latest, most obvious, and most virulent. Trump’s presidency has been in the works for literally decades, and people of color know this. We, and other marginalized people, have been the primary victims of this disease, and have been living the reality of it for years.
About 1/3 of people in this country firmly believe in freedom and equality for some, and not all. And they will consistently vote against their own self-interest. And those people, even when we get rid of Trump, aren’t going anywhere. We have to figure this out, and cure the disease, or the country will die of it.