Our Society’s Deadly Insistence on Maintaining It Must End
Dear Fellow White Folks,Â
We need to have a serious talk about white supremacy, yâ€™all.
I donâ€™t mean that we need to sit down and have dialogues about race with people who donâ€™t look like us. I mean, thatâ€™s a good thing to do, and we should keep doing it, but thatâ€™s not the conversation we need to have right now.
And when I say right now, I mean yesterday.Â
Our desperate need to hold on to our white supremacy is killing people. Itâ€™s killing people who donâ€™t look like us Â and itâ€™s killing some who do look like us, too. Itâ€™s incredibly deadly.Â
I know youâ€™re saying to yourself in your head that youâ€™re not racist. You might not be, and thatâ€™s great! And you might be, but not know it. Really, I donâ€™t know if youâ€™re racist, but I do know that weâ€™re all part of a society that values whiteness far more than non-whiteness, and unless weâ€™re actively working to dismantle that system of supremacy, weâ€™re complicit in it.Â
It manifests itself in some very frightening ways â€” like this 2011 study that says white folks believe they face racism in higher numbers than black folks do (they donâ€™t), and it shows up in some incredibly absurd ways, as Becky with the Bad Grades showed us at the U.S. Supreme Court just a few weeks ago.Â
The idea that weâ€™re entitled to something simply because weâ€™re white â€” or that we didnâ€™t get something simply because weâ€™re white â€” is what lies at the very heart of white supremacy. White people have lived for thousands of years getting everything weâ€™ve ever wanted. The resentment we feel when we donâ€™t get something we want simply because we think we deserve it? Itâ€™s absurd, frankly.
When we wanted to see the world, we didnâ€™t just explore, we conquered it and colonized it.Â When we came to America, one of the first things we did was import slaves. When our ability to own slaves was threatened, we literally started a war to keep them. We tore the country apart becuase of our entitlement. And once we lost the war? We instituted a system of laws designed to ensure white supremacy.Â Weâ€™ve dedicated centuries of action to keeping black people oppressed.Â
Modern-day white supremacy looks different than the past, but itâ€™s just as prevalent. Itâ€™s the “war on drugs,” which affects people of color far more than white people. Itâ€™s the fact that â€œthe most dangerous thing out hereâ€ for transgender people is the police and that black people face disporportional poverty and risk of incarceration.Â
You might be asking what you have to do with any of this, and why you should care. Thatâ€™s the thing â€” you donâ€™t need to care. You can go through your daily life ignoring all of this and thereâ€™s a very good chance youâ€™ll never encounter it. But that, right there? Thatâ€™s our privilege, plain as day. If we donâ€™t want to think about any of these issues because they donâ€™t affect you, we donâ€™t have to. We can walk way if we want to.Â
And if youâ€™re saying, â€œWell, itâ€™s too hard for me to get involvedâ€ or â€œIâ€™ve got to worry about my own problems firstâ€ or â€œif I get involved, I might get in trouble,â€ that’s white supremacy. Itâ€™s not enough to simply acknowledge that thereâ€™s a problem. Weâ€™ve done that.Â
If we want to end white supremacy for real, we have to dismantle the system that prioritizes our lives over others simply because of who we are and where we were born. We have to use our privilege to give other people opportunities, even when that means taking a back seat. We have to prioritize their lives. It doesn’t make us “less than” to prioritize Black lives. It helps make us equal.
We have to believe â€” and live our lives according to the idea â€” that Black lives really do matter.
We have to say, without any doubts and with full intention, â€œI am committed to the social, political, and economic liberation of Black people,â€ and we have to mean it. And we have to act on it.
Itâ€™s hard to to stand up and challenge the status quo when youâ€™re comfortable. Itâ€™s hard to put ourselves in harmâ€™s way to make the world safer for someone else. It takes a lot of conviction to fight, but I swear, itâ€™s worth it.Â
I want to live in a world where everyone is valued and worthy and safe â€” not just the folks who look like me. As I said last week, I believe itâ€™s a moral imperative. I donâ€™t believe we really have a choice in the matter. People will die if we donâ€™t. People are already dying. Â Â
Robbie Medwed is an Atlanta-based LGBTQ activist and educator. His column appears here weekly. Follow him on Twitter: @rjmedwed
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Listen: GOP Candidate for Congress Says Garland Should ‘Probably’ Be ‘Executed’ – Later Claims He Was Just Being ‘Facetious’
New York Republican Carl Paladino, running for a U.S. House seat, said Attorney General Merrick Garland should probably be “executed” in a radio interview this past weekend, and later when pressed backtracked, claiming he was just being “facetious,” as The Buffalo News first reported.
“So we have a couple of unelected people who are running our government with an administration of people like Garland,” Paladino said in an attack on President Joe Biden in a Saturday interview with the far-right wing Breitbart media site.
Garland “should be not only impeached he should probably, should be executed, the guy is just lost,” Paladino said.
Paladino called Garland, a former U.S. Supreme Court nominee and former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, a “lost soul” who is “trying to get an image and his image, his methodology is just terrible.”
“To raid the home of a former president is just, people are scratching their heads and they’re saying, ‘What is wrong with this guy?’ ”
Later in the interview Breitbart Radio host Matthew Boyle asked Paladino, “Carl, what you just said about Garland, you said you think ‘he should be impeached and probably executed.’ Can you explain that? What do you mean by that?”
“I’m just being facetious,” Paladino replied. “The man should be removed from office. He’s shows his incompetence. He wants to get his face in front of the people. And in short, he’s got some mettle to him, but his choice of issues and his choice of methodology is is is very sad. And then he wants to take full blame for it, you know he’ll he’ll stand there.”
Paladino, who is strongly endorsed by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the Chair of the House Republican Conference, has a long history of controversial remarks and actions.
Just last month the New York Post reported he “has a convicted sex offender on his company payroll who also now works as ‘assistant treasurer’ of his campaign.”
“Joel Sartori was controller of Ellicott Development when he was busted in 2013 for accessing child porn on a company computer,” The Post adds. “Sartori was convicted of two felonies — possessing and promoting kiddie porn — and sentenced to 10 years’ probation in 2017, court records show.”
As CNN has reported, Paladino has called Black people “dumb and hungry,” claimed they are “conditioned” to only vote for Democrats, while insisting he’s not “a racist.” He also said a woman who had accused Donald Trump of sexual assault “probably enjoyed” it.
Stefanik, the third most powerful House Republican, on June 3 praised Paladino as an “inspirational” leader, a “doer,” and “the kind of leader we need today.” That endorsement came just days before it was revealed Paladino in 2021 had called Adolf Hitler “inspirational,” and “the kind of leader we need today” (audio.)
Stefanik later doubled down on her endorsement despite Paladino’s praise for Hitler, a genocidal fascist responsible for the murders of approximately 17 million people.
As CNN also reported, in 2016, “Paladino had said he would like to see Michelle Obama ‘return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla,’ and that he hoped Barack Obama would die of Mad Cow Disease after having sex with a cow.”
Listen to Paladino’s remarks about Attorney General Garland below or at this link:
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When Donald Trump announced that the FBI was raiding Mar-a-Lago his fundraising operation went into high gear, and produced tremendous results: up to $1 million a day, and still trending higher than usual more than a week after federal agents removed 20 cartons including at least 11 sets of classified materials.
“Contributions to Trump’s political action committee topped $1 million on at least two days after the Aug. 8 search of his Palm Beach, Fla., estate, according to two people familiar with the figures,” The Washington Post reports, calling it a “cash bonanza.”
“The daily hauls jumped from a level of $200,000 to $300,000 that had been typical in recent months, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss nonpublic information,” The Post adds, noting more than 100 fundraising emails have been sent. “The donations stayed unusually high for several more days and are still above average, both of these people said, though they have leveled off in recent days. There are more contributors than usual, these people said, and the average donation has climbed.”
Describing the Mar-a-Lago themed fundraising emails as a “firehose,” The Post offered some examples: “THEY BROKE INTO MY HOME,” “They’re coming after YOU,” and “THIS IS INSANE.”
“One message included a poll asking, ‘Do you agree that President Trump is being politically persecuted?’ Another promised ‘an exclusive 1300% MATCH today only!,’ a common tactic used to encourage people to respond immediately.”
The Daily Beast last week reported Trump’s “campaign wants to cash in on his Florida residence being raided by FBI agents. ‘My home, Mar-a-Lago, was raided by the FBI,’ an early Wednesday morning fundraising email stated. ‘These are dark times for our Nation,” the message continued. ‘WITCH HUNT,’ another email sent out by Trump’s Save America PAC declared, while soliciting donations.”
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Former President Donald Trump is posting vintage rants attacking investigators on his Truth Social platform.
In a late-night tirade, the former president lashed out against the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office just hours after Rudy Giuliani testified before a special grand jury that’s probing the Trump campaign’s efforts to illegally remain in power despite losing the 2020 election to President Joe Biden.
“So, let me get this straight!” Trump’s rant began. “In the Great State of Georgia, if you want to challenge or protest Election results in any way, shape, or form (despite the fact that in Atlanta, murders and crime are the highest in the Nation, with many people dying each month – at numbers never seen before), they will charge you and put you in jail. But if you kill people, you will quickly be set free to murder again. Isn’t there something ‘slightly’ wrong with this scenario? A PERFECT PHONE CALL!”
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“The WAPO story that ‘Trump is scrambling to add seasoned lawyers’ to the Mar-a-Lago Raid case is, as usual, FAKE NEWS,” he wrote. “I already have excellent and experienced lawyers – am very happy with them. This is highly political prosecutorial misconduct, I have not been charged with anything and, most importantly, I did nothing wrong. Thank you!”
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