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Intersectionality Proves A New Path to Victory for the Democrats

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Democrats are rejecting the idea that the party must disproportionately yield to the whims of the white working class.

In what was largely considered a referendum on the Trump presidency, Tuesday’s election swept a robust cohort of liberal and diverse elect officials into office. In Topeka, Kansas, Michelle De La Isla, a Hispanic woman, won the mayor’s race. In Charlotte, North Carolina, Vi Lyles became the city’s first Black mayor. In Minneapolis, Andrea Jenkins, a Black transgender activist, was elected to City Council. Ravi Bhalla, a Sikh man, was elected mayor in Hoboken, New Jersey. And from coast to coast, Latina, Vietnamese, and female candidates won elections.

This week’s victories energized progressives and members of the Resistance, the burgeoning liberal coalition that emerged in the wake of Trump’s election.

“I think those of us who care about the rights of human beings needed this victory,” said Lizz Winstead, cofounder of the reproductive rights organization Lady Parts Justice. “The gravy was so many women, women of color, and trans women won that it gives us hope that we are laying the foundation for the America that we all want to see.”  

Beyond electrifying the Democratic party’s base, Tuesday’s victories shown, senior party leaders that diverse coalitions can win campaigns — an idea thought to be precarious following Hillary Clinton’s loss.

After the 2016 presidential election with Trump taking the White House, many Democratic strategists thought the Democratic party needed to move further right to accommodate white working-class voters.

In an August 2017 Atlantic article titled “What’s Wrong With the Democrats?”, political journalist Franklin Foer argued, “if the party cares about winning, it needs to learn how to appeal to the white working class.” Many liberal advocates were concerned that, these calls to return to the white working-class would mean sacrificing the civil protections of minority groups to win elections.

However, after Tuesday’s electoral success, many Democrats are rejecting the idea that the party must disproportionately yield to the whims of the white working class.

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New York Times opinion journalist Charles Blow touted the victory of an inclusive and intersectional coalition, writing that “Tuesday night’s election results were a major shot in the arm for the anti-Donald Trump resistance and a major slap in the face for all the Democrats who caterwauled last November about how the party had focused too much on courting women and minorities, and ignored angry white men.”

Beyond mobilizing the left and providing renewed direction for the Democratic party at large, this week’s elections have all so stoked fears within the Republican Party. Party power players like Paul Ryan and Steve Bannon, have made comments either trying to reframe the losses or trying to advance a new strategy that would allow them to hold on to the midterm seats after the election.

For the left, Tuesday’s victories provided a much-needed win after marquee losses earlier in the year in special elections like that of Jon Ossoff in Georgia. However, this week’s elections show Americans have been unhappy with the Trump Administration, and that they are showing out in large and impressive numbers.

After a year of prolonged scandals ranging from banning transgender members from joining the military, to supporting efforts to preserve Confederate memorials, to sympathizing with white nationalist, the Trump presidency appears to be showing its first significant political losses.

It’s important to keep this momentum going and to hold the newly elected progressives accountable to their constituents. All skinfolk, ain’t kinfolk. They must earn trust and perform. Moving forward, many political analysts and activists will have their eyes peeled on what the Republicans do with their remaining time before the midterms, and if next year Democrats will repeat a similar sweep on a larger scale in 2018’s elections.

 

 

 

 Featured Image: Vi Lyles via Vi Lyles for Mayor

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Euphemisms for Disability are Infantalizing

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  I have written about the importance of language as it relates to disability before. To oppose the idea that clear language should be avoided in favour of what can best be described as pretending difference doesn’t exist to opposing the replacement of clear language with euphemisms. Euphemisms are rampant in disability discourse. There is […]









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"...just got back and didn't see your message until just now. Sorry! -- TIME THIS MESSAGE SAT HALF-FINISHED IN DRAFTS FOLDER: 3 days, 2 hours, 45 minutes."
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"...just got back and didn't see your message until just now. Sorry! -- TIME THIS MESSAGE SAT HALF-FINISHED IN DRAFTS FOLDER: 3 days, 2 hours, 45 minutes."
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Also here's a typo you didn't notice before you pressed "Send".
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NOOOO
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Oh hey. 47 minutes is FAST.
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A full edit history would show all sixteen ways I rewrote each individual sentence because I was trying to figure out the best way to word it, what details to include or omit, etc. And a couple of structural rewrites.
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When we started distributing special status tokens that signify which people are important enough to join an elite group, we never could have imagined we might be creating some problems down the line.
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When we started distributing special status tokens that signify which people are important enough to join an elite group, we never could have imagined we might be creating some problems down the line.
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Originally it just meant "this is really who it claims to be" to prevent fake accounts of high profile people from fooling users. Twitter themselves chose to make it political, and this mess is their own fault.
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Not really. Lots of people who requested the checkmark and had valid credentials were denied the checkmark. If twitter gave you the checkmark, it meant you weren't a fake account *and* they had deemed you worthy in some way. Just because they kept their reasoning secret doesn't mean they weren't conferring extra status intentionally.
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So what you're saying is it was secretly political all along. Still makes it entirely their own fault.
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What's alarming to me is that Twitter doesn't seem to have figured out that's what happened yet.
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When we started distributing special status tokens that signify which people are important enough to join an elite group, we never could have imagined we might be creating some problems down the line.

What Kevin Spacey Did Has Nothing To Do With Being Gay

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Spacey’s actions have nothing to do with his sexuality — like anyone who makes unwanted sexual advances on young teens, it is about one thing and one thing only: Power.

By Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins

With the news of actor Anthony Rapp alleging that fellow actor Kevin Spacey made sexual advances towards him when Rapp was 14-years-old, many are more than upset with the way that Spacey responded to Buzzfeed’s article.

In a statement released on Spacey’s personal social media account, his response was more focused on his sexuality and his alcohol usage than how his actions affected Rapp. With this type of gaslighting that happens very often to young men who are sexually abused by adult men, many on social media have been left asking: Why do we as a society always conflate homosexuality with pedophilia, ephebophilia and hebephilia?

We have to acknowledge the danger in what Spacey said. For years, society has always found a way to make the point that young men are molested by other men because of older men’s sexuality. But what Spacey allegedly did to Rapp, and what happens to thousands of young men, has nothing to do with sexuality and all to do with a pyschosexual disorder. Gregory Herek, a well known researcher and psychologist of gay violence at University of California Davis has noted this in their work, stating that pedophilia is a “pyschosexual disorder characterized by the preference for prepubescent children as sexual partners”. Herek points out that we must focus on the “actions” rather the “makeup or the motive of said perpetrator”.

Spacey’s actions have nothing to do with his sexuality — like anyone who makes unwanted sexual advances on young teens, it is about one thing and one thing only: Power.

In most situations, child molesters and sexual abusers are usually in some type of powerful position and use said power (be it social capital, strength or otherwise) as a way to control their victim. For most perpetrators, it is never about the one’s sexual orientation, but having the said power and ability to control the victim. Research shows that most often pedophiles aren’t hung up on the gender of their victims, but the accessibility.

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We have to acknowledge that in this case, Rapp — like many of those who are victimized — trusted Spacey and that is why Spacey may have taken the course of action that he did. His sexuality has nothing to do with this conversation — we have to acknowledge that when anyone is sexually abused, regardless of age or sex, what is happening to them is an act of sexual violence, regardless of who the person is perpetuating the crime. When men molest young girls, we never refer to them as heterosexual — we have to confront the fact that society still has an aversion to homosexuality.

We also have to acknowledge that what Spacey did was use his coming out to mask what he allegedly did to Rapp, instead of taking ownership over the fact the he, as an adult, violated a young teenager. On the flip-side, Spacey’s statement will validate what many folks believe about queer men and we have to push back against the homophobic narrative that sexuality, pedophilia and child molestation are synonymous, because it is false, and conflating all three of those things together is dangerous.

Sexuality, regardless of the perpetrator, has nothing to do with sexual violence and everything to do with the person who is committing said act. Men, regardless of their sexual orientation, are taught to revel in toxic masculinity.

Children, especially queer children, are extremely vulnerable to different kinds of abuses and we have to do our best to protect them at all costs. We must continue to acknowledge that the news about Weinstein and others has been and will forever be about what men in positions of power can get away with. If we continue to focus on one’s sexuality over the act and crime that was committed, no one will ever be truly safe.

 

 

Author Bio: Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins is a speaker, writer and activist. His work focuses on the intersections of Black and queer identity and ways to eradicate systematic oppression. Follow him on Twitter: @DoctorJonPaul.

 

 

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