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Basket of Deplorables: The Death of Empathy

19 Sep

deplorable-basketI have been doing a lot of reflecting on Hillary Clinton’s reference to “half of Trump supporters” as a “basket of deplorables.” Initially, I would have preferred she framed it as: I am overwhelmingly concerned with those people supporting Trump, as he stands for all that is deplorable in our country. However, upon further reflection, I must admit, she is simply calling out bad behavior. Note picture of above–peddlers of hate for profit!

When Trump said: “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” is that not deplorable? Is it not deplorable that people support and encourage that bullying behavior? When Trump made fun of a reporter with a disability, is that not deplorable? Is that not the worst part of our country? When Trump, referring to Mexican-Americans says, “They’re rapists. And some, I assume are good people.” Is this type of racism not deplorable? Trump’s treatment of Khizr Khan and his family was nothing less than deplorable and is a signature moment for Trump, showing his disdain for veterans and those currently serving in the military.When Trump calls for both a mandated registration of Muslim-Americans and a national ban of Muslim immigrants, is this type of racism and Islamophobia not the worst of our country? How awful must this man prove to be? I am nonplussed to say the least.

For all of those people who support Trump’s brand of misogyny, racism, homophobia, and bullying behavior, is this indeed not deplorable? And while I do find it deplorable, I am also exceedingly disturbed and troubled: how do we then reach a population that seems to have zero capacity for empathy or reflection? How do we reach a population full of so much hate towards women, African-Americans, the Latino Community, the LGBTQ community, and the Muslim community?

Sadly, I am able to provide you a map and numbers of people of color harassed by Trump supporters here. I will also provide more disturbing facts from Public Policy Polling: 65% of Trump supporters believe that President Obama is Muslim — this is so troubling in so many ways, I have not the time to fully unpack how awful it is.  59% of Trump supporters believe that President Obama was not born in the United States. Again, this is so very troubling and tells me that there is a certain population that will not be bothered with facts, rather they are fueled by hate. According to Reuters over half of Trump supporters describe African-Americans as more violent than whites and the same percentage of supporters describe African-Americans as more criminal than whites. I’m not sure how to expose racism more blatantly. All of this should be, legitimately, labelled deplorable.

Trump famously shouted at voters of color, “What have you got to lose?” The media gave him a pass, when the answer is clear. We all stand to lose our dignity, self-respect, and shared humanity. Giving in to that would be deplorable.

While it would be quite easy for me to yield to a misanthropic abyss during this election year, I must work hard to reach people and communities and engage in conversations that demonstrate that our country is so much better than Trump and his supporters — that we have so much more potential — that our strength is in our diversity. There is no strength in the politics of rage and separation that works to oppress women, LGBT people, people of color, people with disabilities, and all of the intersecting identities there in. Calling that out, and asking us to be our better selves, well that’s not deplorable at all. Now is the time for us to stand in solidarity against hate!

Another Queen of Mean: Does Hate Sell?

1 Aug

The Queen of Mean

My husband and I usually enjoy watching Real Time With Bill Maher.  While I do consider him, in many ways, a typical white, hetero, frat boy, I like his politics and I like that his ability to be politically incorrect allows him to expose hypocrites.

Sadly, we turned on the television to watch his show only to see Ann(thrax) Coulter on his panel. My tolerance for venom is at an all time low. We see and get enough of it from Michele Bachmann and her “straight” husband.  I was also sad that Maher gave her any airtime, especially since she was on there to plug her new book, DemonicHow the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America.  Quite honestly, when I saw the title Demonic, I was expecting a tell all book about her clandestine affair with the Devil, but then when I last spoke to Satan, he said she was kind of mean and was off putting.

Anthrax’ latest rant is to do some more gay bashing: reporting that she wished there were a DADT policy for society and how she wished we would just go away.  Well, if all of the heterosexuals would quit producing LGBT kids, she could have her wish. I, for one, am glad we are not going anywhere.

From a sociological perspective, I’m curious as to why people are attracted to Coulter? She hates women, she is against reproductive rights, she hates, the LGBT community, she hates Muslims, she seems to hate anyone that is not white, heterosexual and Christian. When will her type of hate stop selling?  When will others turn off their televisions, as we did and say enough is enough? I now point you to a blog from a friend of mine who also anticipates the desirable decline of Coulter.

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