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"Staying silent in the face of white supremacy will not help Democrats win in 2020," Jennifer Epps-Addison, network president and co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy Action, said in an email. "For many of us, calling out Trump's racism is not a political strategy. It is a survival necessity. Rather than shy away from race, Democrats should be equally unapologetic in their message of inclusion and dignity, as Trump is in his message of exclusion and White nationalism."

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Rather than shy away from race, Democrats should be equally unapologetic in their message of inclusion and dignity, as Trump is in his message of exclusion and White nationalism."
Posted by tonyroma at 10:22 AM | 0 COMMENTS |

Yes. That's going to necessarily make certain people feel like they're being called racists, which they are.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2019-07-20 10:31 AM | Reply

Racism may be an abstract concept or a merely political issue for some people in Congress and the media, but it's not for others. Many of us don't have the luxury of ignoring racism.

"Trump's racism isn't a distraction, it's the problem," said Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, a group that seeks to empower women of color. "The reality is, for more than half of America, racism is what's stopping us from paying our bills, getting fair wages, and raising our families with dignity. For women of color ― and women of color especially ― Trump's bigotry is exactly the point."

Adrianne Shropshire, executive director of BlackPAC, added that saying people should just move on ignores the fact that racism is "the defining feature of this administration and its enablers in Congress." In other words, it is the point. Democrats can't ignore it.

"It is what brought them into power and it is what they are banking on to keep them there. Simply ignoring it doesn't change this fact," Shropshire said. "Elected leaders at every level of government should see rejecting Trump's racism not as a third rail, but as a possibility for unification around who we aspire to be as a nation. Political courage and moral leadership is what voters are looking for in this moment, and politicians should embrace that for the good of the country."

If those unaffected by the strictures of racism and white supremacism are going to turn their backs on the victims of racism because of their own discomfort with the subject, then that again is the point of not staying silent in this moment. Racism will never be eradicated until those who benefit and propagate from its use are stripped of their power and influence to do so.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-20 10:32 AM | Reply

Trump doesn't need help from the Russians when he has useful idiots like this working 24/7 to help him get reelected. Making everything about race and attacking the majority ethnic group in the country will backfire again, just like it did in 2016.

#3 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-20 11:36 AM | Reply

Making everything about race and attacking the majority ethnic group in the country will backfire again, just like it did in 2016.

You self identify every single time you post your insipid blather over and over again. Those who aren't racist know that they are not being attacked, it's only those that are enjoying their white privilege enabling them to be free from personal concern that find the topic a problem. 2016 wasn't am election about race, it became one dominated by the misogyny of the GOP nominee. That was his fault, not the fault of those finding him an unacceptable representative to lead this nation.

Your ilk keep ignoring the real lessons of 2016: millions disengaged who supported Obama in 2012. Without their absence Trump never stood a chance. These people will not disengage again, and 2018 proved that. Winds change and you're ignoring that the tide's already turned against you and Trump keeps farting downwind to remind everyone of just how much his utterances and emissions stink. The fact that the Squad gets the publicity and attention that they command should warn you about what's going to come.

But you keep on criticizing the majority from the comfort of your nostalgic cocoon of yore. That'll insure that 2018 will look like a trickle compared to what's coming.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-20 12:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

2018 should have been a blowout for Democrats. Instead, they lost seats in the Senate, which is a loss for any judicial appointments including the Supreme Court. Here's a hint: the electoral college is based on state majorities, so the trend in the next Presidential election is more likely to follow the results of the Senate than the House.

Here's another hint: a good percentage of former Obama voters were turned off by the #YesAllWhitePeople movement which became visible in 2015 and was never disavowed by any of the Democratic candidates. Many of the current crop of candidates seem to be actually embracing it. If you think this is the path to victory, you're insane.

#5 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-20 01:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Um it was a blowout, they gained 40 seats in the house and gained control of it.
Epic math fail on your part, but you're an alt-right nimrod so it's expected.

#6 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-20 02:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

White people screaming racism. Like all-white antifa.

If you can get blacks marching in the streets, you might have something.
But you don't, because many blacks and hispanics hate each other.

And dems have turned their attention to the next generation of welfare recipients. not blacks.

You have to wonder if Beto and Booker out-spanishing each other turned some off.

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-20 02:27 PM | Reply

Although part of it makes an unfounded assumption, this article nails it when talking about Trump's strategy:

Donald Trump's race-baiting strategy to secure second term

His goal is to force Democrats to unite behind the so-called "Squad" of four non-white congresswomen, whose radicalism is not popular in the US heartlands. Most Americans are not socialist. Nor do they support paying reparations for slavery, or open borders. Most would probably be suspicious of a Green New Deal that aimed to abolish fossil fuels by 2030. These are the kinds of radical ideas Mr Trump wants to force Democrats to support. The more repulsive his attacks on the four women -- led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who, like two of the others is US-born -- the more he compels Democratic presidential candidates and the US media to rally behind them. That, in Mr Trump's view, is his ticket to a second term.

#8 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-20 02:41 PM | Reply

@ SS Sentinel.

If that's his plan it's going to be an epic failure.
The only thing that can remotely have a chance of his re-election is a false flag attack on America the of epic scale, and that may not be enough.

#9 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-20 04:42 PM | Reply

One doesn't have to unite behind anyone to speak out against racism at the top of the government...

First they came for the minorities and the immigrants, and I didn't speak out... because I wasn't much of a sentinel.

While it many be true that his underedumacated base may be more subject to perception over reality politics, playing his game isn't going to win anything.... because it's his game.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2019-07-20 04:58 PM | Reply

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#11 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-20 05:13 PM | Reply

- against racism at the top of the government...
#10 | POSTED BY CORKY

LOL. ..it's at the top of your party.

Racial politics roil Democratic Party - thehill.com

"Allegations of racial insensitivity are flying between the 2020 Democratic contenders, as well as between House Democrats, raising concerns that internecine squabbles over identity and race are tarnishing party leaders and distracting Democrats from their goal of ousting the president in 2020.

The racially charged controversies that have swirled around former Vice President Joe Biden, 76, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), 79, have also put a spotlight on the generational rift within the party."

#12 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-20 05:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"If standing against racists and supremacists is wrong, I don't want to be right!"

-- Vast majority of Americans --

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-20 05:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"#YesAllWhitePeople"

-- Vast majority of useful idiots --

#14 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-20 05:58 PM | Reply

If Cortez was walking down the street most people would think "white lady".

If she's being subjected to racist garbage no white person is safe from such treatment.

#15 | Posted by Tor at 2019-07-20 06:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"attacking the majority ethnic group in the country"

Excuse me? Who is doing that?

#16 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-20 06:33 PM | Reply

"If Cortez was walking down the street most people would think "white lady"."

No, that's not even true. She is easily identified as Hispanic. Decent people don't care. Hispanic people are generally as good of Americans as anyone else. Only a bigot would even care. I have so many Hispanic friends I can't even count them all. One of my best friends is Dominican. One of the nicest people I have ever known.

#17 | Posted by danni at 2019-07-20 06:37 PM | Reply

"No, that's not even true. She is easily identified as Hispanic."

Care to elaborate on how she can be easily identified as Hispanic by looks alone? This should be interesting.

#18 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-20 07:14 PM | Reply

If we're talking skin color I've seen many white people who get darker than her when they tan.

Again the point is if she's being treated so poorly white people aren't safe from such treatment.

#19 | Posted by Tor at 2019-07-20 08:15 PM | Reply

Trump doesn't need help from the Russians when he has useful idiots like this working 24/7 to help him get reelected. Making everything about race and attacking the majority ethnic group in the country will backfire again, just like it did in 2016.

#3 | POSTED BY SENTINEL AT 2019-07-20 11:36 AM | FLAG:

I reject your pet term "useful idiots" to describe people who speak the truth. It's condescending enough to make me think I had you pegged right after all.

Much of America has very real concerns about the direction our country is headed with Trump in office. It's not just about political parties. At some point, people have to choose between making nice so as not to upset delicate sensibilities like yours and saying no to a fascist wannabe. Yes, I want to win at the polls, but I'm not going to ignore reality in the process.

#20 | Posted by cbob at 2019-07-20 10:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

His 'apparent' racism should get dems to vote against him; I am sure.

#21 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-07-20 10:38 PM | Reply

"Care to elaborate on how she can be easily identified as Hispanic by looks alone? "

Yeah, didn't think so. Because you know what you wrote was BS.

#22 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-20 11:03 PM | Reply

"Elected leaders at every level of government should see rejecting Trump's racism not as a third rail, but as a possibility for unification around who we aspire to be as a nation. Political courage and moral leadership is what voters are looking for in this moment, and politicians should embrace that for the good of the country."
If those unaffected by the strictures of racism and white supremacism are going to turn their backs on the victims of racism because of their own discomfort with the subject, then that again is the point of not staying silent in this moment. Racism will never be eradicated until those who benefit and propagate from its use are stripped of their power and influence to do so.
#2 | POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2019-07-20 10:32 AM

Laughable, providing the GOP advice. The GOP needs to die away entirely. So do all corporate representatives. They have imposed laws to "legally" bamboozle this nation for too many generations, led war after war in the name of profiteering and bloodlust - always using those with the least opportunities for cannon fodder. Now we have extreme poverty en mass once again, ignoring drug dependencies and PTSD while no medical cost is too high and our police are militarized to punish those offenders, staging acts of domestic terrorism. We need to end not only their policies but entire departments of government.

Trumps American garbage haul has yet to conclude.

#23 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-07-20 11:05 PM | Reply

"Yes, I want to win at the polls, but I'm not going to ignore reality in the process."

The reality is that he's wearing down, got you fighting illusory windmills, as well as anyone else who isn't fighting by your side, before you even get to the polls.

#24 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-20 11:11 PM | Reply

wearing *you down

damn autocollect

#25 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-20 11:12 PM | Reply

#24

Donald Trump is "wearing " us down? No more than fire ant nests keep us from pesticides.

#26 | Posted by Zed at 2019-07-21 10:53 AM | Reply

I'd reply but I'm too worn down by Trump's brilliance.

#27 | Posted by cbob at 2019-07-21 12:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Trump is the walrus...

...his followers are the oysters.

#28 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2019-07-21 12:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I'd reply but I'm too worn down by Trump's brilliance."

Don't wear yourself out admiring the brilliance of your own sarcastic internet posts. I wouldn't use that word to describe him, but it's clear that he's still smarter than you are and playing you like a kazoo.

#29 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-21 01:03 PM | Reply

but it's clear that he's still smarter than you are and playing you like a kazoo.

#29 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-21 01:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

Trump's got like two tricks. The one you're talking about doesn't exist.

He may well be president again, however. A majority of his followers just have one trick.

#30 | Posted by Zed at 2019-07-21 01:30 PM | Reply

Who do you think is being "worn down" by Trump? The idea that people abandon who they are just because one ------- is always nasty makes no sense. The fact is, if you hate -------- you hate them forever.

#31 | Posted by Zed at 2019-07-21 01:31 PM | Reply

This.

There is nothing artful or concealed about Donald Trump, which is one of the secrets of his strange success as a politician. His lies are preposterous and glaring and never anything but the obvious opposite of what is actually true; his unquestioned desires and deeply held, deeply unreasoning bigotries and petty fixations are all absolutely untouched from the 1988 Rich Guy factory settings; the sheer mass of his annihilating selfishness leaves no room for anything like subtext. Trump is nothing but what he appears to be, and his superpower comes from this. His superpower is getting upset.

Trump's one advantage is similar to that the of the cat paired against the fox in Aesop's ancient fable: a one-trick pony who knows his trick well can outlast a cleverer creature that can't decide what to do. Trump's one trick has the advantage of sucking up nearly all the political oxygen in the room because of its shock value, and because he holds the office of president.

But his trick is also deeply unpopular. Democrats shouldn't attribute tactical powers to him that he doesn't have, nor should they fear to meet him on his chosen field.

#32 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-21 02:56 PM | Reply

"The idea that people abandon who they are just because one ------- is always nasty makes no sense."

The Muhammed Ali analogy has still gone over your head. Wearing you down isn't about getting you to abandon who you are. It's about getting you to make strategic mistakes, blow your energy on things that aren't going to defeat your enemy, and even recklessly inflict self-harm.

#33 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-21 03:03 PM | Reply

I will ignore advice to back off on the criticism of Trump. I say that's a posture that fails both morally and politically. Trump cannot be normalized.

Could we be smarter and more focused in our approach? No question. But I'm not interested in the undecided voters or the Trump supporters. They're a lost cause, just like the David Duke supporters and undecideds were in his races. We simply have to outnumber them with motivated voters who recognize the danger of leaving Trump in office.

Writer Tim Wise published a series of tweets earlier today that reflects my views well. Here's the thread, rolled up into a single link:
threadreaderapp.com

#34 | Posted by cbob at 2019-07-21 05:00 PM | Reply

"Could we be smarter and more focused in our approach? No question."

This is pretty much what I'm saying. Call Trump out for the stupid stuff he actually says and does, which there's plenty of, but crying 'racist wolf!' every time he barks will undermine you, and will ultimately fail just like the constant Nazi and Communist comparisons did against GWBush/BHObama/BJClinton.

#35 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-21 06:16 PM | Reply

And here's a perfect example of the type of reaction that Trump was fishing for:

www.washingtonexaminer.com

I can't stand people who take too many items in the express checkout lanes.

#36 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-21 08:05 PM | Reply

Sentinel is what they call a useful idiot.

#37 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-21 11:07 PM | Reply

Behind the opaque curtain of Trump's sinister style of politics, I wonder if he really is more racist than anybody else who worries about the criminal side of the black community.

Or is he just capitalizing on the inherent beliefs of his base ~ using "racism" as a sledge to drive the wedge deeper into an insecure society that is already looking for validation of their own irrational mindset.

Lincoln said, "A house divided cannot stand." No truer words have ever been spoken.

It seems to me that Trump's fear mongering isn't so much about his own racism but rather is a tool designed to destroy the foundation of America by creating enemies and exacerbating hate and fear where none existed before on such a wide scale.

In other words . . . A house divided cannot stand. It's like opening the door for an authoritarian (no matter how inept) like Trump to enter.

#38 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-07-22 06:59 AM | Reply

Trump branded himself racist two years ago during the Trump University fraud litigation. The judge made rulings against him, so he wanted a new judge to try the case. His argument to have the judge replaced? Simple: "We're building a wall. he's a Mexican."

As if it should be expected that in an unrelated case, a judge of Mexican decent naturally would be biased against him because he was building a wall between Mexico and the U.S.

You have to be racist to think like that.

#39 | Posted by nimbleswitch at 2019-07-22 09:52 AM | Reply

Yep, just like trying to equate racism, nationalism, and xenophobia to be the same thing ALSO won't make it true. But, here you are Dems, still trying your little snowflake hearts out to make it true.

#40 | Posted by humtake at 2019-07-22 12:36 PM | Reply

NIMBLE

The wall was never a real thing anyway. It was just "vote bait" to help create one of the many enemies Trump needed to keep his base united. The fact that the judge was of Mexican decent was a convenience that Trump could capitalize on to keep the hate alive. Plus, as usual, he needed to put on his victimhood act.

Trump University was a failed scam. When has Trump ever taken responsibility for ANY of his failures? He just keeps blaming others and firing people until nothing is left but the dredges and empty offices.

So far, Obama, Hillary, Pelosi and Mueller are his favorite enemies and he's just the poor unfortunate innocent who's trying to crawl out of the swamp THEY created.

Nothing is EVER his fault.

#41 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-07-22 01:41 PM | Reply

"The wall was never a real thing anyway. It was just "vote bait" to help create one of the many enemies Trump needed to keep his base united."

Build the wall and repeal and replace were just gimmicks to appeal to enough people so he could pass through tax cuts and get conservative judges confirmed. Even people here who support him here acknowledge this.

#42 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-07-22 02:00 PM | Reply

HAGBARD

"Even people here who support him here acknowledge this."

Fine, but that's not enough.

I've been watching the riots in Puerto Rico to force their corrupt governor to resign.

Too bad we can't do that here in America.

#43 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-07-22 04:38 PM | Reply

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