If anyone is still my friend when I've finished this, God bless you. You are truly a special person. I have some hard things to say to many people, including many of my fellow liberals and progressives. One thing I need to say to my brethren is, can we develop a different approach when sharing our information with those who, at least, haven't heard it as often as they need to? I mean, right now too many of us, male and female, approach those who, f'r instance, cling to the racial superiority myths (and as I come from the same stock as they on dad's side, I've REALLY hard words for them coming up!) as if they're--well, suffice it to say we ARE the Judge, the Shrink, the Social Worker the Jets lampoon in 'Gee, Officer Krupke'. Our overall attitude towards those who Aren't Getting The Message seems to be that of an irritated schoolmarm Still Determined To Be Enlightened--one who'd like to use the stick but refuses to, but the kids can feel that desire seeping out of us on all sides and try to get us to be honest about it. So far, kids of color have caught a lot more of the explicit verbal stick than whites have, at least to my knowledge. You know the kind of nastiness that says none of you will do anything but clean toilets anyhow.
And I wonder: does Bernie project some of
that? Could that be why he really hasn't gained much traction among
lower-income people of any color? Hillary's shown flashes of that but
flashes are just that, as opposed to something more consistent.
say this right now: I support Bernie because I see him as abler to get
the serious and far-reaching changes we need to make rolling. I also
think he expects more of us to participate in the nuts and bolts of that
change, which is at least part of the reason why he himself is sketchy
on them. If you respond better to someone with a not-so-irritated style
and who is more articulate about the nuts and bolts, I can see why you'd
support Hillary. In any case, both Bernie and Hillary have said that
each is an infinitely better choice than ANY Republican. So let's keep
that in mind.
Which brings me to those of my people who, rather than
make common cause with those darker people who have LONG been ground
down the way you now also are, would rather DIE with their cherished
lying myths of racial superiority. Y'all are in BIIIIG trouble both with
me and in reality!
Let me say right off that I do understand your
irritation with the schoolmarmishness of too many liberals: it gets
under my skin too. But, GodDAMMIT, are you all so FUCKING immature you
can't get past that and hear the truth in their message?! If some of you
bothered to either ask questions or even share your feeling about that
manner with blacks and Latinos, you might be pleasantly surprised by the
response! And what would that be? Well, they might have slightly
different words for it, such as, "We don't want no 'help', but if they
realize they needs to git free too, that's different" you might catch
onto that you are both saying much the same thing. A Native American
woman put it thus to her white liberal allies: "If you are here to help
me, you're wasting your time. But if you're here because you realize
your liberation is bound up with mine, then let's march together."
See, that's the big lie from the super-rich who have long ground others
down and who now grind you: that freedom is a zero-sum deal, THAT'S A
LIE--the more freedom others have, the more YOU will also have! NOW is
the time to THROW AWAY the remnant rags of Jim Crow which never did
anything real for you anyhow and start the honest dialogue with blacks
and Latinos which can and, if you persist, will bring forth a better
life for all of you, your children and grandchildren.
The end to
growth is always death. So there you have it: choosing to grow is to
choose life. You stick with Jim or Jane Crow, you and yours will die.
Throw them away, so that you and your children may live, as Scripture