Thursday, December 15, 2016

Putting the 'White' in White House


How sad that nearly half our country was so enraged that the U.S. had the audacity to elect a black man president that the response was to replace him with someone who built his political brand on trying to delegitimize President Obama. Some insist that political correctness has run amok the past eight years. But what they really mean is they're upset they can't call blacks -- and gays, and women and Mexicans and transgenders and every other marginalized group -- disgusting slurs with impunity the way they could before, as if giving that up were such a huge inconvenience. (Trump's win seems to have reset the epithet clock, as we've seen time and time again.) What might disgust me most is that white women still are very much second-class citizens. Yet enough of them live with the shield of a Straight White Man in front of them that even they choose the "anti-PC" candidate over one that truly represented a huge path forward for womankind. What a sad, sad state of affairs.

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