Dispatch #14 Day 71 Post-Ascendency of White Supremacy & Misogyny

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January 16 2017 Dispatch #14  Day 71 Post-Ascendency of White Supremacy & Misogyny (PAWSM)

Well, I had settled on Cockroach TURD, but then I felt this insulting to cockroaches.  So Naked Mole-Rat TURD seems an apropos opprobrium for the White Supremacist Misogynist Pussy Grabbing Non-Legitimate PEE-PEOTUS — especially since the only living being uglier than the Tangerine Tyrant might be the Naked Mole-Rat. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_mole-rat.

Yup, the Naked Mole-Rat Turd White Supremacist Misogynist Pussy Grabbing Non- Legitimate PEE-PEOTUS decided to tweet-attack Representative John Lewis on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday.

 

Kudos to Charles Blow for a somewhat more erudite condemnation:

Stop and think about what you just read [PEE-PEOTUS tweet]: A lecher attacking a legend; a man of moral depravity attacking a man of moral certitude; an intellectual weakling attacking a warrior for justice. This on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, no less.

Let’s be clear: Donald Trump doesn’t even deserve to stand in John Lewis’s shadow. The spectacular obscenity of Trump’s comment is incomparable and deeply repulsive.

www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/opinion/johns-gospel-of-trumps-illegitimacy.html

THANK YOU Honorable John Lewis for showing us/US what it means to have courage, then during the Civil Rights Struggle, and now at the time of Early 21st Century Fascism.

“I met Rosa Parks when I was 17. I met Dr. [Martin Luther] King when I was 18. These two individuals inspired me to find a way to get in the way, to get in trouble. So I got in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

“Our struggle is a struggle to redeem the soul of America. It’s not a struggle that lasts for a few days, a few weeks, a few months, or a few years. It is the struggle of a lifetime, more than one lifetime.”

 

Dr. King urges us to take courage and act:

“Let us be dissatisfied until America will no longer have high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds. Let us be dissatisfied until the tragic walls that separate the outer city of wealth and comfort from the inner city of poverty and despair shall be crushed by the battering rams of the fires of justice. Let us be dissatisfied until they who live on the outskirts of Hope are brought into the metropolis of daily security. Let us be dissatisfied until slums are cast into the junk heap of history and every family will live in a decent, sanitary home. Let us be dissatisfied until the dark yesterdays of segregated schools will be transformed into the bright tomorrows of quality integrated education.” 

“When you cut facilities, slash jobs, abuse power, discriminate, drive people into deeper poverty and shoot people dead whilst refusing to provide answers or justice, the people will rise up and express their anger and frustration if you refuse to hear their cries. A riot is the language of the unheard.” 

 

A shout out to BLACK WOMEN and their centuries of powerful, unyielding, courageous, and ethical leadership about preserving families and communities, and caring for the most vulnerable. Looking forward to the WMW, recognize and celebrate these women:

 

 

Black Lives Matter was founded by three women of color—Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi. Black Lives Matter, in collaboration with other movement organizations, insists on a broad and complex vision about what justice and equity might look like in America.

 

Alicia Garza: I would describe this moment for the movement as a real paradigm shift. It is a indicator of what is to come. But it also, I think, points to the agency that we have, collectively, to change our conditions. I think if we demonstrate a collective commitment and a collective practice to changing not just how police and policing happens in this country, but certainly to changing the conditions that black communities are living and existing in, then we have a real shot for living in a world that is more just, more equitable — in a world where black lives actually do matter.

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/07/13/485895828/black-lives-matter-founders-describe-paradigm-shift-in-the-movement

 

BLM claims inspiration from the African-American Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power movement, the 1980s Black feminist movement, Pan-Africanism, the Anti-Apartheid Movement, hip hop, LGBTQ social movements, and Occupy Wall Street. Black Lives Matter incorporates those traditionally on the margins of black freedom movements. The organization’s website, for instance, states that Black Lives Matter is “a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes” and, embracing intersectionality, that “Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Lives_Matter

 

Angela Davis: “Feminism involves so much more than gender equality and it involves so much more than gender. Feminism must involve consciousness of capitalism (I mean the feminism that I relate to, and there are multiple feminisms, right). So it has to involve a consciousness of capitalism and racism and colonialism and post-colonialities, and ability and more genders than we can even imagine and more sexualities than we ever thought we could name.”

 

In Dispatch #11 December 20th, I shouted out to Sister Song for their articulation of Reproductive Justice, a comprehensive approach that calls out and challenges the intersectionality of white supremacy, misogyny, classism/economic inequities, and ruthless capitalism and its crippling impacts on women.

Reproductive Justice is the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities. Reproductive Justice is about access, not choice. Reproductive Justice is not just about abortion but instead includes access to comprehensive healthcare services, adequate prenatal and pregnancy care, domestic violence assistance, adequate wages to support our families, safe homes, quality childcare. [you know, like, basic Human Rights] www.sistersong.org

 

Like John Lewis, we will be brave with our language knowing that strong fierce language reveals the truth, promotes disruption and inspires action. We women will be loud and disruptive and fierce. We will not be well-behaved. We will find ways every day to support our sisters, call out misogyny, and demand that economic equity and human rights for women be the foundation for legislation and policy.

During this week that begins with MLK Day, check out  www.disruptj20.org for trouble, riot, and rabble rousing at a location near you. 

This completes Part 2 of two-part meditation on Misogyny and Resistance in the Time of Early 21st Century Fascism.