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Circle Of Friends Needed To Fight Racism

May 29, 2018

Valerie Jarrett, who was an adviser to former President Barack Obama, and made the part of a most racist and ugly tweet by Roseanne Barr, has spoken out about her feelings.  ABC sacked the white trash Barr which sent the three-thumb conservative crowd flailing about–not knowing if they should publicly support racism by backing Barr or stay quiet and keep their white sheets dry for another day.

What Barr did today was simply one of the lowest examples yet of where this nation now finds itself.   Barr posted a racist tweet denigrating Jarrett.   But Jarret, true to form, has used her mature self and poise to win the news cycle.

“First of all, I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment,” Jarrett said on an MSNBC town hall about everyday racism. “I’m fine. I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers coming to their defense.”

Like the Muslims who have been caught in the nasty trailer trash tirades of Barr for a very long time.  No one came to their aid, and ABC even allowed the low-brow ‘humor’ of Barr to get a show this past season in spite of her racism.

Barr’s television career is over but sadly the deplorable actions she took resides in too many of Trump’s followers.    The lesson we learned today, however, is that we can rally together and combat the racism and hate.

And win.

2 Comments
  1. May 31, 2018 12:03 PM

    Tom,

    Tere is a portion of the electorate that is beyond having a conversation with about many issues.

    I do, however, know conversations are important and listening to various opinions has merit. I like to read the WSJ OP/Ed pages, for example, as they offer great arguments for the stands they take. But in 2016 and since there is a slice of America which threw logic and worse still, facts, out the window. Those are the ones who I simply can not engage in conversation as there is no way to have an intelligent back and forth.

    I had one of the best times with a former boss at a radio station because he was the GOP county chair while at the same time I served as the Dem county chair. Boss/employee with on- air jobs and then also politics on the side could have been awful–but it was grand as we talked and even made joint efforts to get out the vote at election time. In the statehouse I had more real and true friends on the GOP side than my side of the aisle–though my best friend was also a Democrat.

    A large part of the citizenry over the past years decided that it was easier to grouse and complain about ‘China taking jobs’ or’ immigrants have more rights than I do’ than do the hard work that so many have done to make their mark in the world. There has been many tech changes and folks have been left behind and the govt does have a role to bridge that matter–but I sense more outrage, esp, from white men, that is cultural than economic. And to be honest, and I hope not harsh sounding about the topic at hand, but I am not willing to lower our national ideals to allow for those who hold fact-less beefs to feel better about themselves.

    So while all are citizens it is also true that denouncing a whole faith (Islam), or bashing the press, or taking ethnic jabs at members of the judiciary will not win anyone many invites to the next dinner gathering. Perhaps the Trump voter who is not getting talked to is just because the rest of us is shunning that person. So many have culled their FB pages and even limited family time to stop the Trump types from taking even more of our time. And every insane headline that Trump makes creates even more remoteness from Trump voters. After all, they did this to America.

    At the end of the day I fully grasp this is not good for the fabric of a republic. I do think this tide will turn and just like Joe McCarthy and the Confederates, and the Know-Nothing Party this will be just a part of our past. How long before the tide turns is the question—and how much damage is created before then is the unknown.

  2. Tom permalink
    May 31, 2018 10:52 AM

    “The lesson we learned today, however, is that we can rally together and combat the racism and hate.” Really? One type of hate cannot end another. You cannot refer to Barr as “white trash” and part of a ” three-thumb conservative crowd (whatever that means)” and then say we can come together. You can’t have an honest conversation with people you hate. Or, at least it is too difficult to expect it to be fruitful.

    I think the greatest problem America faces right now is rhetorical–we can no longer talk to each other, but only to our own tribe. Barr, and people who may agree with her, despite how much we may disagree with them–are people. I suspect they are more insecure or afraid or traumatized than some others, but they are still our fellow citizens. For the sake of our democracy, some way must be found to communicate on the issue of race and a host of others, but dehumanizing them while patting oneself on the back is not going to work–because you are talking about your fellow citizens.

    When you think back to the large conference rooms of your younger days, remember first that the people there could be moved because they considered themselves part of the conversation. We live in an age where liberalism has made room at the table for so many groups that were previously shut up or shut down. What astounding progress! But things are also very fragile and tense.

    I think Trump was elected because a kind of succession has already taken place. A great part of the citizenry looked around and decided it was no longer welcome into conversation. Of course they were furious, so they elected Trump. If this is the case, how do we get them back to listen? To put it simply, just as the country must be a place for people or color or members of any minority group, so too must it be a place that can talk through what is necessary to make this possible–because we are all citizens.

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