Iowa Is F*cking Cancelled.

“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…..

Identity Politics.

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.

Foreign affairs:

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.

The Gazette:

Julian Castro says he is committed to “speaking bluntly, and being bold and fearless” as he campaigns for support in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.

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.

Rolling Stone:

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.

Also:

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.

From Vox:

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.”

 

 

 

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Liz Warren Sucks On Diversity and Racial Justice

 

Y’all, Liz is wack as fuck.

I haven’t wanted to do a piece on how wack Liz is on race, because for one, everybody already hates me enough. For two, I find Liz entirely too boring to think about for too many seconds at a time. The only thing that keeps me up when she speaks is that weird teachery whisper-yell lecturing she does when she thinks she’s smarter than someone. Which is ALWAYS. But today, I have reached my limit of Liz getting free passes on shit that was straight up not cool.

An aside: That said, I won’t be discussing the DNA drama, because it’s not really my place, I’m not educated about it, and identity is something you live that others outside your culture will never fully understand. If you’d like to know more on Native American Identity, take a look at the brilliant Professor Kim Tall Bear or the insightful and passionate Rebecca Nagle, and listen to what they have to say. They are smart! They know wtf they’re talking about, so, pay attention.

And don’t be an asshole, thanks.

I’ll make this pretty quick, or as quick as I can, cause like y’all, I have shit to do.  I realize that Liz Warren is woker than Sistah Soulja sitting next to Rosa Parks at the FRONT of the bus during Jim Crow Pride Week. But I don’t want to hold this inside.

I have shit that bugs the hell out of me, so I’m going to subject you to it.

At the end of last week, all I kept hearing about was the fact that Elizabeth Warren was (wrongfully) endorsed by a “group of influential black women activists.” White folks acted like it was a super big deal. I said, “Ok. That’s nice” the first few times I saw it, and really figured that would be the end of that since it was actually not that big of a deal. Really, it didn’t seem very important at all. Well, it must have been a big fucking deal to some of the Liz folks in the media, because for two days I had white people flagging me down to make me look.”LOOK LOOK LOOK!! 100 BLACKS for WARREN!”

Um? A whole hundred, huh.

Oh my. Well, that’s a horse of a different color. NOT! I didn’t really want to look at it. But I did. It was more ridiculous than Warren herself. Tell me why damn near everyone on that list was ALREADY either supporting Warren or trending Warren already? Also, why did the group form only recently, and barely put up a Twitter page in August?

Did they form this group for the sole purpose of endorsing Warren? OMG. Bwaaahaaahaaahaa! Haa haa haa haa! Hahahahahaha! HAAA! HAAA! Okay, I’m not really laughing at them, and maybe they have some hugely important work to do, I don’t want to be any type of roadblock. I LAUGH WHEN I’M CONFUSED!

I did a quick search to see if the group had done any work since forming, or what the fuck the group even was. nOPE. What I found was confusing. By that I mean, I can’t really find anything, and that’s weird as fuck. I’m a ninja on the Google, okay? Not really. But I actually worked on it this time.

So, first of all, there are only 3 pages I can find, Home, Endorsement, and About Us.

Let’s read some of the about us, k?

Blaxk Womxn For:

Black Womxn For is a new project focused on creating intentional meeting spaces for Black Women and gender-nonconforming community leaders and activist to talk with each other about the democratic primary and our impact on the 2020 elections.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t most “meeting spaces” intentional?

You know that thing where woke outwokes itself? This is that. Basically, I see that they are all about having discussions with each other and also with other super important and influential Black Womxn. Are all of us invited to give feed back or what?

If progressive Black Womxn are organized, resourced, and feel in their power to support the candidate that reflects our values, then we can take action to change the media narrative about black voters in the primary, tip the scales in favor of our candidate, and reinforce our political power.

Progressive. Media Narrative. Tip the scales. Okay okay, I see. This group caters to the smallest group of Black women in the Democratic Party, those furthest to the left. And we are not invited. Cool cool. Didn’t wanna come to your stupid party anyways. I have my own party that day. Whatever day it is. So there!

NY Post:

The most recent Pew survey of Democratic voters shows just that. Black voters characterize their values as more moderate than liberal, with 40 percent of black Democrats calling themselves moderate, 30 percent conservative and only 28 percent liberal.

70% of Black voters identify as either Moderate or Conservative, with what they call Liberal, and I’ll call “Progressive” for our purposes, at only 28%. Let’s assume the numbers are similar for Black men and women. This sure seems less impressive. Their endorsement is quite a gem y’all. So truthy, so weird, so… hollow?

Well, rather than make you read the entire statement, I’ll just give you the most ridiculous portions.  I can save the rest of my fire for dragging Warren’s scrawny ass later.

Ok, don’t laugh.

From Blaxk Womxn For:

And though no one presidential contender can rectify the gross atrocities to which we’ve become accustomed, there is one leader who has shown, through action, deed, and word, that a future of economic prosperity, racial justice, gender justice, and social and political equity is possible. She is a leader with a track record of taking on the predatory policies and practices that harm our communities and implementing structural changes that give power back to working people. She is a partner with a deep understanding of how racism and gender discrimination don’t just compound income inequality but are actually central to maintaining the status quo.  She is a woman who is willing to learn, open to new ideas, and ready to be held accountable by us and our communities.

WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA!!!!!

HOLD THE FUCK UP. What the fuck are you talking about? Can a bitch get an example or two? If you’re using the power of your blackness and whathaveyou, don’t you think you owe the black women you’re trying to convince some actual muthafucking evidence? I see we have some lawyers and writers among the key endorsers. So, why would y’all not hit us with them receipts? Can’t find none?

Cause there AIN’T NONE.

I personally have a problem with several statements written here. Some of us would LOVE to get some evidence that they are at all true. Because, we have been looking extra super hard for Liz Warren’s work on racial justice (not some fucking plan one of her staffers wrote). You know, work that she has done since she’s been on earth? I have found exactly NOTHING that wasn’t half-assed or related to the CFPB, which she never actually ran and wasn’t even about racial justice in particular or even very much at all.

one leader who has shown, through action, deed, and word, that a future of economic prosperity, racial justice, gender justice, and social and political equity is possible.

Where the fuck was I when this shit happened?

Can I get a date? Year? Time? Remember how I said I was going to make this quick because I have shit to do? Okay, well, fuck that. I have this to do.

On actions; what actions has Warren done in the context of racial justice? Gender justice? Social and political equity? For BLACK women?

We can look at Liz’s own history for clues of how she treats racial justice, gender justice, and social and political equity.

From Boston Globe:

A memo with Warren’s file shows the change in her ethnic status was noteworthy enough to merit additional paperwork.

“In compiling the statistics for the annual Affirmative Action report for the University, I spoke with Professor Warren about her ethnic status,” wrote Sue Robinson, who was the assistant dean for academic affairs, in December 1995. “She stated that she self-identifies as a Native American.”

Robinson adds: “Therefore, we have in our current statistics listed her as a Native American.”

WHAT PART OF RACIAL JUSTICE IS THIS?

A white woman changes her race TO PoC on the AFFIRMATIVE ACTION STATISTICAL SURVEY because of Mee-Maw’s stories? HI. This means she counts as a minority for AFFIRMATIVE ACTION purposes. Therefore some poor woman of color would get passed over because Liz “White Woman” Warren has decided to take her place. Mind, this is all based on some strange delusion she seems to have that causes her to believe that having ONE PoC ancestor somehow affected her whiteness. She legit believed their race transferred to her and made her a completely different race. Is this Social or Political Equity, Sis?😒

Harvard Law School also used Warren’s ethnicity internally in December 1995 to bolster the case that they didn’t need to hire more minorities (even though publicly the law school continued to pledge support for diversity)

Y’all don’t find this a BIT problematic??

And, look! I was right. Liz totally blocked some poor MINORITY woman from getting her foot in the door by taking up space as a woman of color. This is where the shit hits the proverbial fan for me. I said I wasn’t going to talk about Native American Identity, and I am not. What I WILL discuss is how her claims affected BLACK women. As you can see, she represented her self as a MINORITY for statistical purposes. Warren was white, had always been white, and will always BE white. Let me remind you that she did this at a time when black people were literally protesting Harvard to make them hire ONE of us women of color. How is this cool? Why are a group of badass Black womxn activists giving her a pass on some seriously harmful shit she has never even admitted was wrong?

Let’s watch what Warren has to say about whatever.

 

No.

I have no idea what the entire fuck this woman believes about race… But a goddamn rumor your Great Paw-Paw heard about your Mee-Maw maybe being an “Octoroon” or whatever? Would NOT BE A PART OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION, you crazy thang!! You are OFFENSIVE as fuck! Holy shit! Honey, what you are describing is some old ass dead and gone fake standards of blood purity.  You are basing identification on the ONE DROP RULE.

Look, y’all. We ain’t NEVER adhered to your stupid ass one drop rule if we could possibly find a way around it. We FOUGHT you every step of the way.  MANY black people who were white enough simply walked off with their knapsacks and waved us a merry goodbye. “I’m gonna try my hand at this being white thing, I’ll be back if I can’t pass!” And we happily waved them a jaunty, “So long!! Be as white as you can, so you don’t get lynched!!!”

They were BORN into oppression and were looking for a way out.

You were born into the racially privileged class. Suddenly identifying yourself as an oppressed person in need of the protections from discrimination you never once faced? Honey. How could you? You know the law, baby. It was your duty to do your due diligence at all times. It’s not just a mistake you can wave off, dismiss, or ignore. The mistakes you made with Tribal Identification are only a small slice of what you did wrong.

Also, please please never say if your ancestor had been black and your Grandpa had put his foot down it would mean black was a part of your identification. No. That is very insulting. Black isn’t some story you hear from your Mama. It’s your life; you live black, no matter how white you look, you KNOW if you’re black.

You’re BORN Black, you live Black, you die Black. You don’t become Black. If you belong to us? WE will claim YOU.

SHE’S Black. She passes for WHITE. But…she’s always BEEN Black. She didn’t suddenly become black when she was nearly 40 because she was feeling some kinda way. Certainly not after having lived her entire life as a white woman. That was your mistake, sis.

You are a GROWN ASS WOMAN, Liz Warren!

Why do you have an understanding of race that seems more in line with a child living at the turn of the 20th century? How can we trust you with the multitude of racial problems that will exist in the wake of Trump? Do you understand that we don’t know how you will navigate the waves of change, and riptides of racial angst when you don’t even understand the fundamentals of American racial identification? How will you know which side of the tsunami you should even be on at any given time if you don’t even know who you are?

The idea of Liz in charge is daunting.

There is a lack of curiosity that I find a bit unsettling.

ALSO, did you happen to notice she was straight up asked about being used as an excuse to keep Black Women OUT of Harvard, and off of the faculty?

She wouldn’t even acknowledge Harvard had been wrong to do so. Her excuse? She has never hidden who she is. Um? Honey, you are and have ALWAYS been a white woman, a white person, and you’ve always had the privileges that go along with that designation. As you can see, Liz believed she was entitled to take up space as a woman of color, even if that meant no ACTUAL woman of color would be able to grace those vaunted halls. Liz WAS their Woman of Color, and she didn’t even have the decency to feel one bit bad about representing us, or kicking the ladder over, once she had climbed to the top.

That was a few years back, granted.

In the meantime, perhaps Warren has done some deep soul searching?

A White Woman with black children confronted her about her little games and subterfuge.

 

Strangely enough, I got that from YouTube. It’s not hard to find videos of Liz saying STRANGE stuff. Notice what she didn’t say? She didn’t SAY SHIT about how she had made amends concerning Black Women. Or about how she once stood in our way. On the contrary, she got busy defending her academic career.  Where the hell was the, “partner with a deep understanding of how racism and gender discrimination don’t just compound income inequality but are actually central to maintaining the status quo.” in this video? I didn’t see her.

“It didn’t help my career, and I apologized, so…” Um? When the fuck is she going to acknowledge the Black Women who were protesting for diversity? This was THIS YEAR. She’s SEVENTY. How much longer do we have to wait? Is she simply BLIND to any harm SHE inflicted upon Black people?

More from Boston Globe:

“The utilization for minority senior faculty is 9.94 percent, and the availability is 5.63 percent,” reads the dry language in Harvard’s 1996 Affirmative Action Plan in a section about tenured professors at the law school. “Minorities are not underrepresented in this job group.

Look! They didn’t NEED any MORE women of color, they already had Elizabeth Warren. Therefore, no need to give in to the demands of the protesters.

Awesome job, Liz.

Is this how she showed her “deep understanding of how racism and gender discrimination don’t just compound income inequality but are actually central to maintaining the status quo,” or what? I have never heard Warren come correct on this issue. Lord knows she had to have seen the diversity protests going on. Did she just fucking ignore them? Is she “ready to be held accountable by us and our communities,”?

Because this is a big fucking problem.

As a lawyer, she KNEW BETTER. She taught LAW and EMPIRICAL research, so, I don’t wanna hear, “she didn’t know any better” or “family stories” because, any lawyer worth her salt knows fucking better than to claim minority status when they are WHITE and not entitled to it. It’s kinda fraudulent and is certainly harmful to people of color who depend on affirmative action to demand access to spaces that white people already have access to.

This is a microcosm of what black women say they’ve experienced in their professional lives across the nation. We’ve all heard tales about the proverbial white woman who claims minority status in order to keep black women out of spaces where they’d be competition. Many will say, she didn’t purposely claim minority status in order to hold black women back, or any woman of color back, but the reality is, it doesn’t matter much what her intentions were. What matters more is what the effect was.

So, this quote:

and ready to be held accountable by us and our communities.

Is kinda bullshit, in my opinion, I haven’t seen any accountability at all. When she saw the protests on campus for lack of racial diversity at Harvard, she didn’t go down to HR and ensure that her claims of minority status weren’t holding the next woman back. She should have. She knew which box she checked.

And this part too:

She is a partner with a deep understanding of how racism and gender discrimination don’t just compound income inequality but are actually central to maintaining the status quo.

Where and when did she obtain this deep understanding and why haven’t we been allowed to see it? Some people have pointed out that this is “old News” and Liz has changed, she’s 2 Legit 2 Quit now. She’s woker than Prince in Malcolm X’s Zoot Suit. So, this must mean she has answers for why she did something that was harmful to the progress of other women, of women of color.

More:

Warren doesn’t have a direct answer for whether her claims — even though they do not appear to have benefited her during her professional rise — might have harmed the efforts of others to press for more diversity at the overwhelmingly white institution.

Is this the part where she shows her deep understanding on how “racism and gender discrimination don’t just compound income inequality but are actually central to maintaining the status quo” or are we getting to that part soon? I’m running low on patience. That was in 2012, so, surely she has answers on questions of diversity by now?

Oh, sorry, wrong video!

 

Look at her, ugh. First she tries to dismiss the question. Indeed, you can see from the shitty expression on her face she doesn’t think the question is even worthy of an answer. She’s so Miss Milly I could scream.

 

“Diversity? Poo! Fiddle-dee!” She even laughed at the idea of the order of the primary changing, like it was a ridiculous idea. “Look, I’m just a player in the game on this one…” Um? What happened to “Big Structural Change?”

So, Miss “I will FIGHT for you!” has no fight left when it comes to diversity?

You can’t even admit it’s kinda unfair for the whitest states to go first? Damn. Above all, they take up ALL the attention, while also knocking some candidates out of the race. Also?  I thought you were a “partner with a deep understanding of how racism and gender discrimination don’t just compound income inequality but are actually central to maintaining the status quo,” Senator? What happened to that? This was like literally a couple of days after the endorsement of those hundred Black Womxn?

Let’s take a look at what she said in 2012 about fighting for equality when she was a Professor at Harvard and other institutions of higher learning.

Warren argued that she wanted to devote her energy to bankruptcy research and avoided campus crusades over minorities and women.

Well, look at that there.

Warren was no fucking help at the fuck all. Why did they say you had a history of being a partner with Black Women on racial and gender justice? On the contrary, I’m starting to think the wonderful qualities they attributed to you were aspirational, and also, not true at the fuck all.

It bothers me in  real way when people try to sell me on some bullshit instead of keeping it real. I don’t give a fuck what race you are. Above all, I don’t appreciate it when ANY people try to fool MY people. Just admit, like you did back in the day, that you never actually worked on any of your intersections.  Then let people decide whether to take that chance on you. Nevertheless, cut out the bullshit, quit the fakery, no more lies. If you want us to show up if you are the nominee, knock off the “Damsel in Distress” drag. Ironically, for a fighter, you play victim whenever you get called out.

Time to woman up; you better get to owning your shit, Lady.

It’s all out there anyway.

You left all your receipts on Front Street.

 

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Yes Mayor Pete DID Blame Obama For Trump’s Win, He Blamed Hillary Too!

SHUT UP, PETER!!

Pete “the Wunderkind” Buttigieg is having a little problemo with words today. And no, I’m not talking about how he uses 1,500 words when only 75 are necessary, or his sprinkling $10 words in places they really are unneeded. This time, his carefully couched, artful yet harsh, insults of former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are coming back on that ass. All of his oh-so-clever dogwhistles have finally reached ears that heard them for what they were and either accidentally translated them or perhaps heard them perfectly well. We are not sure.

New Age Teddy Ruxpin, aka Pete Buttigieg was quoted saying something extra trash about Barack Obama. When I heard it, I was the opposite of shocked, in fact, my only surprise was he said it in so few words. This was seriously unlike how he usually takes the mealy mouth approach to backstabbing the President he claims to be like. HAHAHAHA! Sit down, Peter.

Pete was quoted in a LA Times article, now “corrected”, as saying Trump is the result of the failures of the Obama Administration. As Peter has said similar before, I was kinda surprised at the push back and eventual correction by Evan Halper. To be honest, I don’t believe him yet. Maybe if I heard the audio myself I would believe Halper wasn’t simply bullied into believing he heard something else. Not only that, but Pete own communications staffer, not sure of her title, maybe communications director, eh? Well, she came out ready to take it to the bricks defending him.

Oh look! The Obama Era failure had nothing to do with Obama or his policies, somehow Obama is completely detached from from the “old way” which was “his” way, of doing business. As Lis clearly states, the OBAMA ERA is what gave us Trump. What does Obama have to do with the Obama Era? Duh.

The “Old Normal” would be? The way Obama did things? Hmmm. So, how is this any different besides he dog-whistled Obama rather than naming him out right? Jinkies! Time for some Blues Clues! Now, where might I find evidence that Pete DID mean Obama? That’s right, Google! See, Pete wants you to believe that the “old normal” that we all lived under and Obama operated under that failed and delivered Trump unto us had NOTHING to do with Obama AT ALL. Nope! How could we think he meant that Obama’s politics were how we got Trump? For Shame!!!!

Let’s see what Charlie Nash has to say!

Mediaite:

Despite recent confusion over whether 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg did blame former President Barack Obama for the rise of President Donald Trump in an interview with LA Times reporter Evan Halper, another video interview with NBC News’ John Heilemann shows that he did attribute at least some blame to the former president.

What’s that now? Pete DID blame Obama? In what respect, Charlie?

“Well, I guess I would put a twist on it,” replied Buttigieg. “So we definitely have to get beyond fight, fight, fight. But, I also don’t believe that we can go back. I don’t think there’s going back to Obama, I don’t think there’s going back to Clinton. I think that the world we’ve been in, the American political world we’ve been in, from the day I was born, has been blown up.”

Of COURSE we can’t go back, Pete! Why MUST you use so many damn words? Just say what you’re trying to say without getting cute, bro.

After being asked what blew it up, Buttigieg explained, “By its own failures which culminated in Trump.

Oh oh, Spaghetti-O! The Obama AND Clinton world gave us Trump? Not the racism or the bigotry, the xenophobia, and the unfettered sexism, along Russian cyber attacks, white backlash, and fear mongering? So, Trump and his voters are completely innocent? Wow, Pete. Is Petey GASLIGHTING us? Pedro. It’s not okay to pretend you would NEVER blame Obama, When you CLEARLY just blamed Obama. Why are we even arguing about this?

Roll the tape!

On this tape it kinda looks like the statement “The failures of the Obama Era help explain how we got Trump,” sound like an accurate paraphrase of what he’s saying on this video. Hmmm.

On Monday, after an alleged controversial quote from Buttigieg that read, “The failures of the Obama era help explain how we got Trump,” went viral, Halper was forced to correct his interview article and claim that Buttigieg had actually said, “failures of the old normal.”

I don’t believe you. I wanna hear the recording for myself. Even if he didn’t say it then, it’s clear he has said it in the past, it’s just that he used a million words to say the same thing.

From Washington Post Mag:

 “I organized a Union Hall event for her in South Bend,” he says, and shakes his head. “You could just tell the enthusiasm wasn’t there.” The problem, he says, was partly that the stakes seemed too low. “We need a bigger scope of ambition for people to rally around.” A return to the Clinton and Obama style of centrist incrementalism, he says, will invite disaster just as surely in 2020. “Change is something we need to face with clear eyes. It’s scary, but it’s also exciting.”

Hi, Pete. Did you just blame Clinton and Obama style of centrist incrementalism for Trump, sugar? You’re supposed to be the decent, young, honest choirboy in the race, and lying just soils up your image. If someone with my lazy ass google skills can find you talking the same shit, anyone can.

Take a look at this tweet from January where Pete went in on Hillary Clinton.

While Trump was blowing his anti-immigrant, anti-black dogwhistle of “Make America Great Again” Hillary was telling us that WE made America great, that all of the cultures that accumulated here were what made America America, and that no time in the past was greater for all of us that at that time. Honestly, she was right. Pete apparently took exception to that, and issued an attack on Hillary’s assertion that we were ALREADY a great nation and that Trump was trying to take us back to a dark time in history.

From Huffington Post:

Nick Merrill, who serves as Clinton’s spokesperson, expressed outrage Friday over a January Washington Post Magazine article in which Buttigieg, a fellow Democrat, argued that President Donald Trump rose to power “because, in his twisted way, he pointed out the huge troubles in our economy and our democracy.”

Trump rose to power because of his Idiot Savant like diagnosis of the troubles with our Democracy? Why were his MAGA people beating up protesters with Trump egging them on? What about him accusing Mexico of sending rapists? Or him fear-mongering about Chicago? Or the “Build the wall!!” chants that rose nightly at his events? None of that drove his rise to power? Really? It was all the Obama and Clinton Era failures?

Buttigieg then called out former candidate Clinton, adding that Trump “didn’t go around saying that America was already great, like Hillary did.”

Merrill denounced the comments and praised Clinton’s platforms, pointing out that “Trump ran on pessimism, racism, false promises, & vitriol.”

“Interpret that how you want, but there are 66,000,000 people who disagree,” he said. “Good luck.”

Okay? Oh, and Pete? ~66 million voted for HILLARY, not TRUMP, boo. Check your fucking self, Doogie Howser.

As you can clearly see, Peter Buttigieg, or Mayo Pete as I like to call him, is kind of fucking deceptive. Until I hear the recording for myself, I’ll just believe the first version since it’s not like it’s the first time I heard him blame the first Black President for the rise of the worst White President ever. Somehow Pete always manages to blame only Democrats, and usually just a black one and a woman for the horror that is Trump. He never mentions the madness of that racist campaign, the vile sexism, the ignorance of the mobs of xenophobic MAGA men, the cyber war against Hillary, or the anti-black backlash of white America.

If you have ever wondered why Pete does so poorly with black audiences, look no further than his attacks on Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

 

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I’m So Tired of Mayo Pete I Could Eat My Own Face

Pete and them don’t want this smoke.

STOP CALLING BLACK VOTERS HOMOPHOBIC FOR REJECTING PETE.

Black and Brown voters especially have no good reason to want to put our futures and the futures of our children into the data driven hands of Pete Buttigieg. Homophobia does exist at far too high a rate in the black community, so too does it exists at too high a rate in ALL communities. There is no acceptable level of fear and hate to hold against a person for being Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, or Queer. Or for any other arbitrary reason your Churches invented and attributed to their Sky Pappy. People are doing THE MOST to try to explain why Black voters rejected Pete, even going so far as to play it like Black People are the only humans left on earth that hold that particular bias. It would be so easy to just find a scapegoat when I find myself unwanted, yet, I know its less likely to be because the people at a particular house party were racist against me, than they were pissed about my anti-Styrofoam crusade. Hey? DON’T FUCKING BUY STYROFOAM! I don’t like it.

I also don’t like this focus group shit that keeps popping back up like a regular Susan Sarandon, and seeks to either guilt trip us into voting for this Woody from Toy Story lookalike, or gain sympathy from well meaning whites who think Pete reminds them of one of their own family members. I get it. But I also vetted him months ago, so, I already know what’s wrong.

Let me tell you about Pete.

When Mayor Pete first came to my attention during the campaign for DNC boss, I rather liked him, just not as much as I liked Jehmu Greene, Tom Perez, or Keith Ellison. It’s hard being the new kid on the block and finding yourself at a house party in a room where everyone already knows everyone else. And since Pete is unwilling to be a wallflower, he jumped right into national politics feet first, and lost quite significantly. Looking back, his run for DNC Chair was merely a test run for today; he dove right into presidential politics from his poor, rustic– yet completely fixed– town, praising himself for a job well done. In his eyes he had Mayor’d the fuck out of his town, his town was the microcosm for what ailed your town, and he would make America more like South Bend.

South Bend is a town that wasn’t as “fixed” as Pete said.

It is a place where the benefits of his policies rarely made it into the pockets of the 40% of black people beneath the poverty line. Those very same black people also bore the brunt of the negative aspects of his policies. I would dig into it now if I thought Pete would lay eyes on my words, and take his own inventory rather than mine. I doubt Pete can change himself any better than a bowl of Malto Meal can transmogrify into a delicious bowl of cheesy bacon grits. I doubt he wants to.

Hubris. So why did Pete, a fresh faced nerdy kid from South Bend, choose to investigate what could be wrong with black people rather than what he had done to turn us away? As I said, I was initially open to Pete in the early Spring. But as Spring grew verdant so too did the vainglory of Pete; for several months he released no policy. He would get to that soon, he promised, instead of coming with policy first, he explained sagely, he was trying to change the discussion, and reclaim words like “Freedom” from conservatives. Oh my. What a boring guy.

I immediately named him Mayo Pete. And y’all call him that to this day because it fits.

His Gayness has never been a factor for me, if anything, it gave him a foot in the door with me and many other social justice inspired black people. What did factor in my opposition to Pete were his own failures as a leader, and his lack of foresight on issues affecting the Black and Brown residents of his town. While I am sure Mayor Pete believed his 1,000 homes program was a complete success, I was finding evidence of systemic racism in his “code enforcement” plan, troubling issues surrounding policing, and children suffering insane levels of lead exposure.

From Govtech:

According to the report, this neighborhood (census tract 6) had the highest elevated blood lead levels; 31 percent of children tested from 2005 to 2015 had elevated levels. This was more than six times Flint, Mich.’s rate of elevated blood lead levels from the previous year.

This both exonerates Pete and convicts him; it’s apparent that the lead poisoning predates his time running that city, yet, what did he do but make it worse?

From Progressive.org:

Despite the mayor’s lip service, black and Latinx residents remain frustrated. South Bend is 62 percent white, 27 percent black, and 11 percent Latinx. Since the conclusion of his 1,000 days initiative in 2015, neighborhoods in northwestern South Bend have complained about the problem of lead poisoning from razed homes and delayed reactions from city hall.

The data driven Oxford educated Rhodes scholar had missed some very important data when planning his overhaul of South Bend. Black and Brown people are not merely numbers, we are humans, and his policies hurt.

Even the South Bend Tribune had taken to calling Pete out on his claims of good stewardship:

Regina Williams-Preston, has argued that Buttigieg’s 1,000-houses initiative relied on aggressive code enforcement that caused “poor people” and “people of color” to be displaced from homes when repairs couldn’t be made swiftly.

Williams-Preston has said she and her husband were victims of the unfair code enforcement, as fines on nine properties they owned at one point topped $72,000 (they later settled with the city, paying off substantially lowered amounts).

72 THOUSAND muthafucking dollars. How the fuck?

Here is an OLD thread from one of my banned accounts, lol!

Candidate for South Bend Mayor says Black Homeowners were unfairly harmed by Mayor Buttigieg’s demolitions.

She says he used code violations to take property inherited by black families over for the city.

Her husband was sued by the city for $65,000.

https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/elections/south-bend-mayoral-candidate-says-her-code-violations-will-help/article_cbd0ec12-9dfe-5422-8b90-fa72b448258a.html …

Aggressive code enforcement was used in historically black neighborhoods to strip away ownership of property that was in need of repair and/or dilapidated.

She says the enforcement was done aggressively in her area, though doesn’t believe enforcement was applied universally.

They were trying to fix up their own community and keep homes they inherited in the family.

After her husband got sick, they couldn’t do the work immediately.

41 code violations on homes that had been sitting for a decade before they purchased them.

He hit the poor black neighborhood with codes to run them off and take their shit.
Because he knew they were too poor to fix them up.

It’s like when police profile black men. She says the process was not legal.

It also violated the Mayor’s Vacant and Abandoned Task Force recommendation that promotes rehabilitation loans.

They were not offered loans.
They were told to pay up. She says some of the cases were dismissed because of guidelines issued by the mayor that said cases like hers shouldn’t be held liable.

But she wants to make sure nobody else loses their home over this issue.

Imagine if she were poor facing this drama?
She’d be fucked.

Some of her cases were dismissed after she fought over it.

But think about all those poor black people paying fines for code enforcement right now because Mayo Pete wanted to take their property to turn the city into a college town…

Is he legit making them pay this shit?

Mayo Pete, you need to cancel these fucking fines and pay EVERYONE back who you targeted in your code enforcement scam.

And why the hell doesn’t Chris fucking Hayes ask him about it?

Where the fuck is the media?

Dude. Wtf is this shit?

Link to code enforcement.

Looks like they have their own fucking department.
I don’t think my Muni code enforcement is its own thing.

Is he bleeding the poor dry?
Black poverty is already at 40 percent…They cannot afford his extreme fines and fees.

https://southbendin.gov/department/code-enforcement/ …

I’m done. End thread.

I’m totally unsatisfied and not pleased with what I have found just by reading one article.

I am also unhappy with the completely uncritical eye the media is using on vetting candidates.

You are not stenographers.
Search for good AND bad.
Don’t be stupid.

That thread was from April. I’ve been told that Pete worked out some solutions, yet do Black people really feel comfortable taking a risk on him?

No. We don’t know him.

A focus group of 24 black people was all it took for our entire race to be painted as the inhumane savages that hold back all of mankind. I, and probably every black person on social media, have been attacked for “my homophobia” by white men with happy rainbow colored banners on their profile We are attacked for zero reason. Even gay black men and black lesbians have been taken to task by their privileged white counterparts; with certain white gay men leading the charge against us.

This is why Kamala Harris had to pull Rep. Jim Clyburn off of the ledge recently and let people know that it’s not okay to spread that shitty ass lie that black people are just a horde of wild homophobes. Clyburn had agreed that “Of course” homophobia was a problem in older blacks. I wonder if he heard me yelling SHUT THE FUCK UP from way over here in Alaska.

From Politico:

“To label one community in particular as being burdened by this bias as compared to others is misinformed, it’s misdirected and it’s just simply wrong,” Harris said on CNN Monday night.

THANK GOD SOMEONE SAID IT!!!! I didn’t actually expect any of the white candidates to defend Black people, and as far as I can see, they didn’t. Black people have to defend ourselves, and we are.

From Johnathan Capehart at Washington Post:

Folks harping on black homophobia conveniently ignore the four straight black men who led on gay rights during the Obama administration — most notably President Barack Obama and then-Attorney General Eric Holder. And folks harping on black homophobia ignore how the Trump administration, since day one, has been laying siege to all the Obama-era LGBTQ equality regulations and protections.

African Americans have evolved on LGBTQ equality just like everyone else. According to the Pew Research Center, only 29 percent of blacks supported same-sex marriage in 2009. Ten years later, a majority (51 percent) now does.

In ten years we have gained 32 points on supporting same sex marriage, and sure that number needs to move up to 100, but we still vote for Civil Rights for ALL people. We are working on it.

From Charles Blow at NYT:

Reducing Pete Buttigieg’s struggle to attract black support solely to black homophobia is not only erroneous, it is a disgusting, racist trope, secretly nursed and insidiously whispered by white liberals with contempt for the very black people they court and need.

I agree.

I’ve seen this unveiled contempt many times over the past few years whenever we choose the “wrong” candidate, like Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden. It’s not just the Pete camp either, not by a long shot. I’ve been called racist against white people far more often for my criticisms of Liz Warren and her faux-struggle campaign and baby power-fist or auntie meemaw sweaters. It’s a strange thing watching white “Liberals” play like they are the struggle victims of black people, even when they have a struggle.

Sure, Pete came out and said he doesn’t think homophobia is keeping black voters away, and it sounds all well and good. I still believe it was arrogant in the extreme for Pete’s mystery person or whoever leaked this garbage to release the results and smear black people to all and sundry. Pete knew he had failed the Black community of South Bend. He is now on track to failing black folks nationwide.

 

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Tone Deaf Bernie Tells Black Kid To Be Respectful So Cops Don’t Blow His Head Off

Bernie Sanders showed up at the Presidential Justice Forum at Benedict College wearing his most tone-deaf set of Archie Bunker ears and a pitifully myopic lens to view race and criminal justice through. Bernie “I was chained to a Black Woman” Sanders was a long way off from those halcyon days of yesteryear when he was still somewhat up to date on “The Black Experience” and it showed. Already Old, White, and from Vermont, he decided to show up and answer some basic ass predictable questions.

From NewsOne:

An audience member who identified himself as a student studying sports management at Benedict asked Sanders a question that by all measures should be pretty standard in 2019.

See, I’m not just being and asshole because Bernie gets on my damn nerves, the questions were super softballs, so easy a Biden could answer them without looking like a deer caught in the headlights.

Here goes the easy ass question…

“If I was your son, what advice would you give me the next time I’m pulled over by a police officer?” the student asked.

Perfect! Bernie will say that his daughter wouldn’t have to deal with such bullshit, and that’s the problem. We shouldn’t have two sets of rules in the Year of Our Lord 2019! Bernie will declare then that this injustice SHALL NOT STAND, he will sympathize with the young man, and then discuss some solutions that he prepared when doing research for this appearance. Right?

But Sanders seemed to be a bit caught off guard judging from his answer, which finally came after an awkward delay that included asking the student to adjust the microphone and repeat portions of the question more than once even though it seemed to be heard just fine by everybody else.


Whoa now!! Hot damn, that was a mess and a half! How embarrassing for the inheritor of the legacy of MLK Jr. Y’all. Bernie straight up acted like he ain’t heard the words that I heard come from my laptop from WAY WAY WAAAAY across the room. I get that he was stalling for time, but come on man! You had to know that question was coming, Bernie. It kinda looked like he didn’t even want to answer, and with how much he loves talking and being centered, I found that to be quite the surprise.

Sanders responded in part by saying that he would tell his theoretical Black son to get the cop’s information “in a polite way” and “respect what they are doing so that you don’t get shot in the back of the head.”

Um? Whoa. Did Bernie just tell a Black man to be polite and respectful so that he doesn’t “get shot in the back of the head?”

He legit says he’d tell the kid to respect the job the police officer is doing so they don’t get shot in the back of the head. OMG. Please tell us how a scared black kid would be able to get the cop’s info? Wouldn’t making demands simply antagonize a racist asshole cop?

As far as being polite as possible is concerned….

Bernie. We already ARE polite as possible. Stop.

I, of course, had much to say about this to Twitter, so here you go, a nice tweet from the handle I am currently using. I am in my incognegro phase while I hide from the dumdum that reported me to the FBI.

Okay. I got an amazing amount of stupid-ass answers that cycled between “Bernie is a GENIUS!!!” and “Why are you so MEAN TO SAINT BERNIE JESUS THE GOOD?!”

Many Berners seemed to find eternal condemnation in the line, “How is this one bit helpful?” because they are still showing up to complain. Lucky for me, I used Twitter Block-chain on Katie Halper’s account, so most of my usual trolls have to make brand new accounts to fuck with me. That’s called “work” so most of the Bros don’t even bother with it.

Most people expected Biden to bust out with a new installment of “The Life and Times Of Corn-pop and Smokin’ Joe” when he got his turn at the mic. But it was not to be. Sadly, for all the silly ass Joe haters, Joe Biden really is a decent guy, just like Kamala said in the first place.


See Bernie? You didn’t have to say the part about being polite so the cop doesn’t blow the back of our heads off. Those words coming out of the mouth of an older white male of power and privilege sounded unempathetic and seriously out of touch. We are some of the world’s most polite people when it comes to police interactions. You didn’t need to go there. We don’t even NEED you to come up with a very good answer. All we need is for you to give a shit about the injustice of it all. I, for one, KNOW you do give a shit. It’s just not really your priority or the lens you view America through. Biden has looked at this from many perspectives; there was a time he was on the wrong side of criminal justice issues that affect Black Americans. And while Biden still has some shit he needs to own. But if we look at him side by side with Joe Biden 1989, we see that Joe has come a long fucking way.

Maybe that’s a part of the problem when it comes to Bernie Sanders and his tone-deaf outbursts. People constantly tell me that Bernie never changes, Bernie has always been the same guy saying the same things. Yet, the world has moved on.

 

No one has ever seriously accused Sanders of being racist. In fact, Sanders routinely makes it a point to call Trump “a racist.” That’s probably why people were finding it curious that a presidential candidate who has long-billed himself as being a “progressive” voice offered what sure seemed like an outdated perspective on how Black America is policed.

Maybe being progressive on economics while opposing the mass incarceration of millions of Black Men and Women isn’t enough if you want to truly understand the day in day out battles we fight against white supremacy. Let’s get real for a second, Bernie frames black issues as though prisons and poverty are the totality of our existence. He is wrong. Hopefully, in the future Bernie will gain a deeper understanding of the richness and rewards, as well as the perils and permutations of oppression we face.

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