No, we will not "come together"

I've spent two weeks trying to write this post.  Meanwhile, vastly superior think pieces have popped up saying everything I want to say.
It started shortly after Election Day with my Uber driver. I climbed into the front seat of his black sedan and he smiled politely. We weren’t going far, but somehow, the talk quickly turned to Trump.

“I admit, I voted for him,” he said sheepishly, briefly meeting my eyes. “I just care about the economy.” I nodded, too tired to get into a debate.

Then there was the guy who chatted me up during a weekend getaway to Reno. “All this racist, sexist stuff,” he said, waving his wrinkled white hand dismissively. “It’s just been hyped up by the media. You’ll see. I voted for him. Obamacare just needs to go.”

Again, I nodded, trying to be understanding.

But then there was the woman from Folsom who sidled up to me at a bar in downtown Sacramento. “My cousin is gay. Marry who you want. My uncle is black. I’m all for Black Lives Matter.” She stared into her drink and continued, imploringly. “I really don’t think he’s racist. I don’t think he’s going to do all of those things he said.”

I didn’t nod.

For days, I feel like I’ve been listening to people recite a Trumped up version of, “I’m not racist. Some of my best friends are black.” Who are you trying to convince with that mess? Certainly not me.
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By all means, let’s discuss this “white working class” that’s full of “rural resentment,” but if we’re going to tell it, we need to make it plain.

Because where I’m from, these degenerates were called overseers and slave patrols. What they are really saying, what they’ve always been saying, is, “Don’t group us with the Negroes just because we’re working class; we’re still white and we are owed all the rights, privileges and power therein.”

...Yes, they are angry. But they aren’t angry because they’re poor; they’re angry because they are white and poor—and that’s not the American dream. And they will starve and they will waste away and they will die before acknowledging that the world owes them nothing simply because they were born into a world where whiteness is supposed to equal power.

We can’t negotiate with that level of white self-destructiveness.

We can’t bargain with it.

We can’t appease it.

We can’t seek common ground with it.

We fight it and hope to come out on the other side.
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I have no interest in seeing this country heal. And I refuse to come together.

Understand: If this were just about politics, I’d never say something like that. No, I’d do what you’re supposed to when the candidate you favored is defeated. Suck it up.

But my anger is not about any given policy of the new president. No, it is about him, about the election of a fundamentally unsound, unserious and unfit man, a misogynist who brags about sexual assault, a bigot cheered to victory by the Ku Klux Klan. I have no idea how to “heal” woman hating and no desire to “come together” with the Klan.

I am similarly impatient with those who say we must give the new president a chance to lead and hope for his success.

Is that what Republicans did for Barack Obama when they gathered on the night of his inauguration and plotted a conspiracy of obstructionism to cripple his presidency? Is it what Donald Trump did when he spent years questioning the veracity of an ordinary birth certificate?

...Forgive me — or don’t; I really don’t care — if that remains a deal breaker for me. I refuse to participate in this process of organized amnesia, to cooperate in normalizing a man who stands for everything America should not.
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Jon Stewart recently stated that we shouldn't treat Trump voters like a monolith.  Sure.  Okay.  But every single person who voted for Trump...is a person who voted for Trump. Remember, kids, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Impact trumps intent - pun intended.  Every bit of damage he wreaks is on their hands, and we will not be so forgiving or forgetful.  We will remind you of this fuck-up every day that he's in office.

You think a girl being choked with her own hijab cares that in your heart of hearts, you swear you're not a bigot?  To date, over 700 hate crimes have been reported since the election - you think any of the victims care that you only wanted to fix the economy by electing a man facing 400 lawsuits, who's filed for bankruptcy several times, who just paid a settlement for $25 million on a fraud case, and who owes $650 million in taxes?

People who are feeling bad about voting for Trump need to feel bad. They don't get run from this now that they've lost the respect and affection of relatives, and are being shunned by former friends.

POC often hear the claim that we blame White people for everything and never take responsibility for anything.  We don't blame White people. We blame White supremacy, as well we should.
Every single hardship that people of color face in this country is either caused or exacerbated by the brute force of white supremacy. But the “white working class” that cries about being abandoned doesn’t pretend to care about racial equity. Its members want the right to be as oppressive as their wealthier white masters—they just want to do it with more money in their pockets. And this nation is more comfortable with this impotent white rage than with the justifiable rage of black, Latinx and indigenous people that has burst to the fore once again.

...This is what we are seeing with “white working class” Trump voters. They hope that by voting against justice—by denying the urgency of racial equity in education and health care and housing and employment needed to shatter the framework of a country built on the subjugation and murders of black, Latinx and indigenous people—that they will be more closely aligned with the wealthy white people they yearn to be. They hope that by deporting immigrants from this country—something that Democrats know a thing or two about as well—they won’t have to face job competition and their own mediocrity.
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Poor White people who vote against their interests generation after generation - while throwing the rest of us under the bus - don't get to cry foul. Fuck their "rural resentment".  They are a basket of deplorables.  And we have got to stop handling them with cookies and kiddie gloves when what they really need is a switch.

Heads up, White people; our new President-elect has exactly the sort of temperament that could easily start a fresh new war.  Guess whose kids will be shipped off to fight it?  Here's a hint: not his.

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  1. Word. Fuck these weak ass white devils. Literally as soon as Trump won people were trying to coddle these incorrigble racists like newborns. The reality is that most white people would destroy the planet so long as white supremacy reigned supreme. And that is precisely what they intend to do. They are a cancer. A literal parasite. They don't care.

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  2. What is terrifying are the white evangelicals who support Trump even though there's nothing remotely Christian about him. If they had any morality at all they would have denounced him. They cannot claim to have some kind of monopoly on morality after this. I'll never take them seriously.

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    1. " What is terrifying are evangelicals who support Trump everevern there's nothing remotely Christian about him."

      Bingo! There are lots of people who claim to be such but will bust h--l wide open just like the bible said that false prophets will roam this evil world of ours. Yes..there is nothing remotely Christian about this devil. Its funny that you brought up the part about denouncing Trump.If they were true Christians,they wouldn't support him or that Donald would have to ask for forgiveness.Otherwise knowingly supporting someone like Trump makes him not only a sinner but his supporters also being such.

      Though I'm what the church calls " saved ", Im not quick to blurt out that I'm a Christian. not because I don't want to be one,but you have people like the Evangelicals who support his lies and its easy to get why people don't have a lot a faith in god/ religion because of jive like this.

      Yes,I've been saved for 10 years,but I tell people that " Im trying to do right" rather than saying I'm a Christian( though I try to be).I don't want to seem hypocritical to others if I slip.To be the example, you have to be that and I don't feel that I'm quite there yet but its still all good.

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    2. Christian about this devil. Its funny that you brought up the part about denouncing Trump. If they were true Christians, they wouldn't support him or that Donald would have to ask for forgiveness. Otherwise knowingly supporting someone like Trump makes him not only a sinner but his supporters also being such.

      I agree. Such would require a lot more Discerning’ than many of these supporters have. Just remember, it wasn’t so much the faithless’ who judged our Lord. It was religious zealots that denied him, denounced and condemned him. Go to ten different churches and you may come away with ten different definitions of what True Christianity is. So it was in Jesus’s day. Some of the most devout’ people you’d ever want to meet were the ones who helped crucify him. Hence, Religion & Politics are the true corrupters of faith.

      “But they shouted, "Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!" "Shall I crucify your king?" Pilate asked. "We have no king but Caesar," the chief priests answered.”

      Such rhetoric from The Faithful could just as easily read: “Lock her up! We have no candidate but Trump.”

      Though I'm what the church calls " saved ", I’m not quick to blurt out that I'm a Christian. not because I don't want to be one, but you have people like the Evangelicals who support his lies and its easy to get why people don't have a lot a faith in god/ religion because of jive like this.

      “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”

      An Apple Tree doesn’t have to run around proclaiming, “Hey I’m an Apple Tree!” All one need do is look at the branches to discern what you claim and how fruitful you are. So it is with those who claim’ Christianity. We shall know each other by the fruit we bear, not by what comes out of our mouths. Better to have faith in an Invisible God than man, because frankly, man can’t be trusted. Best not to boast it (as the Sadducees and Pharisees did), as your testimony should suffice; simply Live it, and let God do the rest.

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    3. If they were true Christians,they wouldn't support him or that Donald would have to ask for forgiveness.Otherwise knowingly supporting someone like Trump makes him not only a sinner but his supporters also being such.

      Well said. There's a reason why 2 Thess 2:3 speaks of a falling away, though, and I have a feeling we just saw it happen. I don't know if I've ever seen someone fit so much as a man of sin. And I still can't get over the Isaiah 45 cult members pushing him as King Cyrus, or "pastors" wearing "Deplorables for Trump" shirts.

      But as M. Gibson eloquently stated, "All one need do is look at the branches to discern" - so I find it interesting that DT supporters have willingly chosen to gleefully promote sin by proclaiming that they're deplorable and, in the t-shirt situation, branding themselves with a man's name. Mark of the beast, indeed. :/

      As for his supporters in general, if they're okay with voting for someone whose self-evaluation of his own voters are that they're so lacking in morality and scruples, that he could shoot someone and not lose their votes, he's also correct in his assessment of them being uneducated, and they deserve every bit of totalitarianism he's promised to give them.

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  3. From: White flight from reality: Inside the racist panic that fueled Donald Trump’s victory

    "The soft racist gets along with his black and Latino coworkers, waves to the Arab neighbors, and gives a friendly greeting to the parents of color at his child’s school, but all the while he feels that America is his country. The virtue of his whiteness gives him ownership. Should a black president, or a Black Lives Matter protest, or a Latino presence in his neighborhood threaten his sense of entitlement, superiority and authority, he feels resentful, even hateful. Outwardly, the white soft racist treats people of color as if they are equal, but she actually believes that they are inferior — less worthy of liberty, opportunity and protection under the law.

    Most black and Latino Americans suspect as much, and they don’t need a white millennial to tell them the news, but I would say that what I have heard from white neighbors, family members and coworkers confirms your worst suspicions. Now they have exposed their racism, no matter how soft, to the entire world, because a vote for Trump expresses, at a minimum, tolerance for bigotry, xenophobia and misogyny. The best defense available to a Trump voter, among a wide range of pathetic options, is to claim that he or she voted for Trump despite his disrespect of Hispanics, Muslims, the disabled, African-Americans and women. Tolerance translates to the cold message: “Because your suffering and exclusion do not affect me, I’m going to vote for the guy who will cut my taxes, nominate anti-abortion Supreme Court justices, and isn’t a woman who used a private email server..."

    The bedrock of White Fear lies in the long-held assumption that Black Supremacy will one day replace White Supremacy. That whites will get their comeuppance once People of Color are in power. So for many, an Equality of the Races means Oppression’ for the dominate culture, just as whites feared during the onset of Reconstruction. Many bristle at the notion of a black family living sumptuously in the white house as if they were royalty, "and its all at their expense," they quip. You can hear their teeth grind at the thought of People of Color living a better life than they. Its why many complained whenever Obama & family went on vacation, "when he should be working, those lazy blacks." In contrast they can live their lives through Trump & Family with the hope of one day faring as well as he. There are no grey areas when you’ve enjoyed power over others for almost three-and-a-half centuries. You’re either on top (that being the natural order of things) or you’re not. To many Whites who opted for Trump, 'Equality' is a delusion, pandered to the masses by Liberal Race Traitors.

    Poor White people who vote against their interests generation after generation - while throwing the rest of us under the bus - don't get to cry foul. Fuck their "rural resentment". They are a basket of deplorables. And we have got to stop handling them with cookies and kiddie gloves when what they really need is a switch.

    Oh my yes. When the Devil comes to Washington Whites won’t see him, because he looks just like them, he acts, just like them'. Much like the Hosts' in Westworld who can’t see what hurts them, Hubris and Privilege leaves Whites blind to their own faults, and prone to their worst fears.

    Heads up, White people; our new President-elect has exactly the sort of temperament that could easily start a fresh new war. Guess whose kids will be shipped off to fight it? Here's a hint: not his.

    Severe bone spurs in all four of his adult children? What are the odds of that?

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  4. Hallejuah..praise god!

    I'm quite sure that there are of Black people, minorities and religious minorities who may have felt this way at one point in their lives..feeling like an abused wife..where they're being told how worthless they are, sometimes you hope they will get you, they may say they're sorry and they accepted. Things seem to go well for a while, then they're up to their old ways again. You only take it so much.Then you come to your senses, grow up and tell your abuser " It's over,I'm finished with your BS".They beg for you to come back home but no can do.Its over..for good.

    This is how I'm feeling about White society right now. We tried to be friends with them,tried to tell you to understand our pain and wanted help during our good/ bad times but nooooo.We were ignored.. accused to playing the race card,separating your problems from ours,accusing us of just wanting to be depressed, not wanting to progress...they just took us for granted.

    Far as White feminists.I've never been one,but after looking at them showing out for Trump,they made me sick and vowed that it will be a cold day in H--l before I support them.I hope that they never look my way because I will just look at them up and down and will walk away.They are nothing to me.Why should Black people stand by people who they just threw under the bus? Those elections showed me that they could care less about my life as Black/ POC woman.Why should I support them.I only support people who support me unconditionally

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  5. We have to face the facts that these fools are beyond help. They would rather die a million deaths or plunge the world into darkness so that they can be more like their wealthier counterparts.

    And just as bad are the ones who didn't vote for Trump who tried to portray themselves as "good white folks" who are nothing like those other guys. And the so-called "allies" who say or portray themselves as working with the cause, but are too afraid of getting their feelings hurt.

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