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To Neoliberals Using Trump’s Ban to Attack Progressives: Shut the Hell Up

Because She Wasn’t There for Me

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I’m done with the lame finger-pointing and the “We told you so” movement of thinking that this Trump nightmare is somehow the fault of those who didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton and her campaign team are to blame for not getting any votes she failed to acquire.

I didn’t give a damn about Hillary’s emails or Pizzagate; I put all that in the bucket of the Benghazism that became the religion of the GOP. I cared about her actions in relation to Haiti and when she stood for laws under her husband’s administration that decimated poor communities, in particular, communities of color, under the guise of welfare reform.

How I wish there had been large crowds like those I saw at the Women’s March and in protest of the Muslim Ban turn out for Black Lives Matter. But most of y’all weren’t there for us. You were only moved when it finally dawned on you that all of this affected you too. What you are really saying is that you want to go back to a time when the establishment nightmare was once removed from you. When you could gather at your book club meetings with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, discuss from a place of privilege the intricate workings of racism and classism, share a spoken word piece on social media, you and your BFF could buy cute, matching t-shirts to show how you were an ally, and call it a day.

It is not my job to make sure your future is secure because you finally woke up. You slept through the killings of people who looked like me and mine for centuries. To paraphrase a common saying, your failure to protect yourself does not constitute an emergency on my part.

You were the ones who waffled in your commitment to Black Lives Matter because of “violence at the protests” but I noticed that no one batted an eye when white women reported that people were being led toward violent areas during the Women’s March by outsiders, that outsiders were sent in to cause disruption, why? Because deep inside you still believed the lie of how violent black people are naturally and you didn’t want to support violence and some of you shared your lukewarm support on social media but left it at how violence wasn’t the way. Dredging up your MLK, Jr. memes to directly or indirectly blame black people for their own situation. Never giving credence to the reports that outsiders were brought in to initiate and escalate violence at our marches.

You failed to make your stance on feminism intersectional, with your “why do you have to make everything about race?” Now suddenly you are in a complete panic because you can see the danger you are in.

Welcome to the club.

Written by Pamela Getz

Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Elaine is a Senior Writer for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

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jk Lemoine
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Feeling attacked even though I don’t drink lattes. Liked this and thought it was funny but…
as a Lesbian, would say that the black community has tended to be on the wrong side of history for us.
That said, as the BLM movement gains clarity and people have a better understanding of how you want us to help, I expect we will be there.
The club needs to get Yuuuge real quick. Let’s do this together and work toward getting to know each other better.

Dame
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Hi, Pamela! I want to say I share your feeling–100%. However, as a once upon a time Berner, I think its incumbent on us to find a way to relate to the awakening process of the HRC supporters in a way that encourages them to move along the path we ourselves have found. No question they voted as neoliberals by voting for HRC, but they are still potentially progressive voters. Its a challenge for me to set aside the resentment I feel toward the DNC and the way our Bernie delegates we treated at Convention. But we ARE in danger.… Read more »
Sylvia
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Yes, the awakening process is difficult, even painful. However, we as progressives cannot go through that with them. Nor should we try to ease their discomfort. This is something they alone need to come to terms and we need not to stay silent. It’s the giant democratic elephant is the room that won’t go away on its own.

Kevin K.
Guest

Beautifully Said. Agree 100%.

Reluctant Epiphany
Guest
Interesting piece! What did you think about that this Women’s march attempted to be intersectional? It is written into their mission and vision. I was pretty surprised to see that it was there and attempted (even if some of those Latte drinkers don’t know about it). I always march with BLM, which often also lacks real intersectionality (trans women of color are the biggest target of violence and often face police brutality, but that issue is pretty invisible in the BLM groups I’ve been around), but I’m not certain intersectionality is a necessity for every group protesting a thing everywhere.… Read more »
angry old hippie
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Fuck, yes. For me it begins and ends with war and the corporate, inherently racist, military-industrial complex that drives this country and spreads terror around the world. Not only does it disproportionally affect women and persons of color domestically and abroad in the first degree (as a direct result), but it’s indirectly but intrinsically connected to a whole host of other social ills, including the para-militarization of police and the prison industry. I cannot overstate my respect for BLM’s manifesto on this. For all the liberals who are waking up and reassessing their understanding of the world, I applaud that.… Read more »
Michael Wilk
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Preach, my friend! My donor-daughter just turned seven months old today. Her mother is Black, and because of the color of their skin and the shape of their noses, they get to spend the rest of their lives wondering if today is the day some pathetic little boy with a badge and a gun will end them because his balls feel too small and he can only make them feel big by assaulting innocent, defenseless Black and Brown people. You struggles are my struggles because they are also my daughter’s struggles. The fake left is a disgrace and we must… Read more »
Charles Glisson
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Hey Pam,
Because of all the crap YOUR movement caused with the DNC corruption, and the “Railroading of Bernie Sanders”, the comment of; “I TOLD you so” is NO CONSULATION considering the RESULTS that you caused. And yet it YOU who decides to throw a “Belly Ache” about it?
Hey Pam,
Would you like some CHEESE with that “Whine”?
#NativeLivesMatter #ProgressiveLivesMatter #MarissaJohnsonSucks
#NoDAPL #RunThePipeUpMarissaJohnsonsAss #JohnLewisSoldHisSoul

Educated_democrat
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Your a completely selfish idiot

Pamela Getz
Guest

You’re*

Steve Magruder
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But enough about Hillary Clinton. What do you think about this article?

Dame
Guest

So the best comment an “educated democrat” can make is to call someone a name? That is SAD!

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