“Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status isn’t about party affiliation or identity politics.”
What the fuck do you mean by THAT, you plump prick? That is a sentence taken from the joint op-ed written by the Chairmen of the Dem and Republican parties of Iowa. Yeah, they work together sometimes. Contained within that sentence are multitudes; decades of an American history where over time the solidarity Black Americans have formed through centuries of shared oppression, and used to successfully fight our way from Slavery to Civil Rights, became derided by Whites of BOTH PARTIES as mere identity politics. As if identity politics were suddenly a BAD thing once used by non-white people. They are not. Much of politics is Identity Politics. Yet…it rankles when they call our hard fought rights…..
Stacy Abrams also spoke of Identity Politics. In fact, she wrote an article on Identity Politics that relays not only how important identity politics are to “Identity Groups” that fight for civil rights, like the NAACP, but also the ways in which identity politics can strengthen Democracy. As she states, marginalized groups are able to “take the identities that dominant groups have used to oppress them and convert them into tools of democratic justice.” For Black Americans, that means Race, a construct created to subjugate us, became the means through which we gained solidarity, and therefore Civil Rights. Which is now a bad thing, I guess, because we should have ignored how our race affected our treatment.
“Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status isn’t about party affiliation or identity politics.”
Tools. If we take them in their most basic and unadorned form, identity politics are merely tools that we, the marginalized, use to lay the bricks of justice on the road we are building to equity.
But what is the whole Iowa circus, if not Identity Politics? Do White people truly believe Whiteness is not an Identity? Do they believe Whiteness is Universal, The Standard, or to be centered at all times?
What they are saying when they, the Iowa Dem Chair and his Republican equal, speak as one, is that this is a battle in which WE will fight alone. Possibly even, this is a battle that will cause them to find themselves on the opposing side and fight with the GOP against US.
Of course they will. We done seen this shit before.
The marginalized did not create identity politics: their identities have been forced on them by dominant groups, and politics is the most effective method of revolt.
I often say, “Sometimes White Democrats just do not know how racist they sound.”
Well, at least, I hope they don’t know. (They know.) I hold hope in my heart that their vapid dog whistles are mere accidents, that the optics of how Plantation Massa they look simply haven’t occurred to them. (It has occurred to them.) Another obviously false hope I have is that if they were at all aware of negative impact of these things they do, and their implications, they would immediately cease and desist. Perhaps at one time I’d have been secure in my knowledge that White Democrats actually gave one bit of a shit about how Black Democrats see them or feel about their treatment of us. Maybe. Evenso, that time has gone. And I’m watching my OWN back.
Because lately, White Dems have been quietly wilding the fuck out on us lowly people of color. And Castro is NO exception. He spoke out for Black representation. There are consequences for that; we saw how white folks pulled support from Kamala over her discussing bussing with Biden. It is what it is.
So, what did our guy Castro say to cause Blue and Red to join forces in a mayonnaise rich tapioca and raisin pudding flavored struggle of White Solidarity?
Castro made a rather Captain Obvious style observation. That’s it.
And that means telling Iowans things they may not want to hear — like how the Iowa caucuses should not really be first.
“It just doesn’t make sense,” the Texas Democrat said Monday after attending a Veterans Day observance in Cedar Rapids. “That’s the truth. Not a lot of people are willing to say it.”
Okay, I had assumed from all the White Fragility and wan women breaking plates in their kitchens at his “audacity” that he had roasted Iowa for being a corny ass, milk fed, struggle chicken state to start the season in. Shut up, I don’t care, My state would be the all time stupidest place, even worse than Iowa, so I can say this stuff.
Check out how they characterized it in the media, though.
Last week, Castro, the sole Latino in the 2020 Democratic field, railed against Iowa and New Hampshire’s coveted first and second slots on the primary calendar, calling it antiquated and out of sync with an increasingly diverse party.
RAILED AGAINST? Let me go back and look…. Um… Are you quite certain railed was the best word to use there? This ain’t a knock on anyone’s skill, but, uh… It IS antiquated and out of sync!!! He seemed quite measured and quite logical, I noticed a distinct lack of anger or railing. He made an observation. If you want “railing” bring that ass to my timeline at night. I set tripped on half of Dem Twitter, and I still don’t actually give a fuck what anyone thinks about that.
Here they go, Tweedle-Corn and Tweedle- Cow!
I call them that because, what the fuck is in Iowa? Cows? Corn? Des Moines?
In a rare joint op-ed, the two chairmen of the Iowa Democratic and Republican parties fired back at Castro. “Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status isn’t about party affiliation or identity politics,” they wrote. “It’s about the uniqueness of retail politics, and its ability to get the future president to connect with Americans in a way few primaries can.”
Honey, there ain’t one goddamn thing UNIQUE about Iowa retail politics besides the fact that you’re privileged to have a lot of it done there since 1972. Oh, and for a Dem to co-write an op-ed with an “Identity Politics Used As A Slur” style attack on a brown Presidential candidate who is speaking out for Black representation is GODDAMN SAD. You, like many White Dems, are a goddamn disappointment, and I’ll just say you did nothing to make your state seem welcoming to us “Identity” people. Sit the fuck down, and don’t you ever in your life write another fucking op-ed with a goddamn Republican, stupid.
Nothing Castro said was wrong or new information, Iowa. You know GODDAMN well your state is whiter than most, so you should have seen this shit coming years ago. Rather than make some agreement to rotate with a diverse state, you (Not ALL Iowans, lolol!) cling to your privilege, and ganged up with a GOP against my boy Castro.
You fragile muthafuckas.
From White Fragility:
Thus, pointing out white advantage will often trigger patterns of confusion, defensiveness and righteous indignation. When confronted with a challenge to white racial codes, many white liberals use the speech of self-defense (Van Dijk, 1992). This discourse enables defenders to protect their moral character against what they perceive as accusation and attack while deflecting any recognition of culpability or need of accountability. Focusing on restoring their moral standing through these tactics, whites are able to avoid the question of white privilege
That is EXACTLY what happened here. Nothing about diversity OR fairness was even mentioned
I’ll post some more of the “joint letter” that these two men of White Bread Mayo Sandwich Privilege, one a Democrat and the other a Republican– both assholes– wrote in tandem. All as a swipe against the calls for diversification of the primary, from the only Latino man in the race. SMH. I just want to note that this joint op-ed is said to be a rare occurrence, yet and still, they joined together to present a united White Front against the Brown politician.
SO WHAT IF I’M REPEATING MYSELF. I’m Mad.
More from Gazette:
There will always be attempts to undermine the Iowa Caucus, but rest assured, those attempts will consistently be met with significant resistance from both parties. And if we truly value democracy, hard work and giving voters a voice in this process, we will all work to preserve and protect Iowa’s incredibly unique opportunity to go first.
Calls for DIVERSITY will be “met with fierce resistance from both parties?” So, you’re willing to go to war against PoC and stand as a bulwark against our representation? REALLY, DUDE? Remember this part from White Fragility?
When confronted with a challenge to white racial codes, many white liberals use the speech of self-defense
This definitely happened.
Focusing on restoring their moral standing through these tactics, whites are able to avoid the question of white privilege..
It’s strange, isn’t it? How is preventing diversity so urgent that the Iowa Party Chair would join his ass up with the GOP to attack a PoC?
One last thing, and I’ll let you go, I promise.
And if we truly value democracy, hard work and giving voters a voice in this process, we will all work to preserve and protect Iowa’s incredibly unique opportunity to go first.
What the hell is this fuckmook bullshit, Iowa? Bitch, are you gaslighting America? Does democracy only fucking happen if Iowa goes first? No, muthafucka. It does not. Is Iowa the only state that appreciates hard work? HELL NO. And how the fuck is letting your unrepresentative voice speak first, loudest, and longest giving the bulk of voters a voice in the process? IT’S NOT! That’s the GODDAMN problem. Your voice havers are way fucking whiter than the collective voices in other states. We are tired of never having OUR voices heard first, loudest, and longest like you’ve been privileged enough to have yours.
And no. We will not let you stupidly and clumsily gaslight us into agreeing to “all work to preserve and protect Iowa’s incredibly unique opportunity to go first.”
Castro, for his part, thought it was some wild ass shit that Dems would be hostile to the idea of diversity. I’m not one bit surprised.
“There’s something seriously wrong with that,” Castro said by phone on Sunday. “If we’re not going to fight for everybody having a place at the table, why the hell are we Democrats in the first place?”
Dude, if they’ve said it once they’ve said it a million times.
Democrats could make the cold calculation that even if they neglect identity issues, people of color and other marginalized groups will have nowhere else to go, since they certainly can’t go to a Republican Party with a history of standing against civil rights legislation, criminal justice reform, and immigration reform.
Democrats seem to be doing a version of this right now. Rather than rhetorically erasing identity groups, they are instead only supportive of minorities through rhetoric. 2 of the 3 frontrunners are whites with either terrible relations with black voters, or they are Liz Warren who has almost zero history with blacks in 70 years. White voters are, for the most part, only willing to vote for white candidates, and the worse those candidate do with PoC, the better they do with White Democrats. Cough! Mayor Pete! Cough! I have had many conversations with Dems who flatout state that I have nowhere else to go, so whites can force whoever they want onto us. They say it as smugly as one can on social media.
One thing White Dems seem to forget is that even though we have nowhere else to go, we need a reason to go to the polls, just like they do. Smug taunts about our lack of power to force change, and their ability to survive on white privilege just don’t fuel my voting fires. Iowa is a microcosm of the issues we face as minorities in a post Obama Democratic Party.
I am not fired up. I’m not ready to go. Especially to Iowa.
It’s CANCELLED. Time to end “Iowa First.”