Dispatch #54 July 22th 2019
Day 988 Post-Ascendency of White Supremacy & Misogyny
Day 913 Post-Installation of White-Supremacist-Misogynist-Pussy-Grabbing-Self-Aggrandizing-Demagogic-Bully-Illegitimate-PeeeOTUS & his White-Nationalist-Fascistic-Christian-Supremacist-Quislings
Lacking the irony of Casablanca’s Captain Renault, we are just SHOCKED, SHOCKED that the PeeeOTUS is gleefully, and with full-throated uproar, weaponizing white nationalism, dehumanization of nonwhite others, and fascism as patriotism.
Really people?! After 900+ days since his installation – not to mention recent revelations about babies in cages and camps — how can there possibly be surprise and shock?! If we didn’t already understand the endgame, this is a heads-up about the 2020 campaign.
And somehow, despite numerous recitations about four women of color, 4 congresswomen of color, four first-term congresswomen, the outrage and denunciations are only about race and racism. WTF?! Can anyone spell M-I-S-O-G-Y-N-Y? NO we refuse to see it.
It is not incidental or accidental that it is four women of color who are fiercely acting and advocating for justice and equity. Four courageous women of color who are the target of white-supremacist-patriarchal rage. Can anyone say Misogyny? NO we refuse to name it.
The rally chant “send them back/send her back” is decried as so chilling and shocking as to be without precedent. Really?!? We apparently have amnesia about the vicious misogyny that stalked Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016. “Lock her up” was the ubiquitous chant back then. Michael Flynn proclaimed HRC guilty of treason and noted that execution is appropriate for traitors. Huh, I guess we though that this vitriol was harmless….or perhaps what a woman who dared to run for President deserved.
Democrats have learned NOTHING from 2016. How else does one explain the ascent of Mayor Pete? Any white penis is preferable to a woman, even a gay one.
I have written so many dispatches about the consequences of ignoring/accommodating misogyny. Here are a few greatest hits.
Excerpt from May 8th 2018 39th Dispatch
The most egregious recent narrative premised the neat trick of ‘denying-misogyny-while-imposing-misogyny’ is of course the 2016 Presidential election. Despite the normalizing and fictional analyses that were spun immediately about Hillary’s failures as a candidate and the economic grievances of the working class, the fact remains that the majority of middle and upper income white men and women, including white evangelicals, preferred to vote for racist hate-mongering misogynist ignorant criminal con man, whose life reflects the singular purpose to enrich himself, rather than to vote for a woman. The media and the Democrats continue to regurgitate the lie about Hillary’s election loss, a warning and a threat to other ambitious women from those empowered by Misogyny.
Excerpt from March 18th 2018 38th Dispatch
And while we are on the subject of specious and demonizing working class narratives, we can remember how the misogynist-driven analysis that Hillary lost the [white] working class vote — and lost the 2016 Presidential election — relied on these narratives. ‘Hillary didn’t have a message for [white] working class voters who went instead for Trump’s message of hate and fear.’ Note the repeated normalized lie: working class voters instead of WHITE working class voters.
The New York Times continues its prominent role as the purveyor and normalizer of this fictional narrative. During the recent discussions about the House election in Pennsylvania, reporters constantly slipped in the assertion that Hillary lost the [white] working class vote, either as a predicate or a closing add-on comment to sentences. Drip, drip, drip, language that posits a LIE, but remains a favorite trope of the so-called white liberal establishment.
Ok, so let’s review ONE MORE TIME the voting distribution from the election:
November 2016 Results Trump Clinton
White Men 63% 32%
White Women 53% 43%
Black Men 13% 80%
Black Women 4% 94%
Hispanic Men 33% 62%
Hispanic Women 26% 68%
White (71% of voters) 58% 37%
Black (12% of voters) 8% 88%
Hispanic & Asian (10%) 29% 65%
By economic class, Clinton won 53% of voters with annual incomes below $30,000 and 51% of voters with annual incomes between $30,000 to $49,999. While a majority of white Trump voters did not have college degrees, the annual incomes of these voters were $50,000 and above ranging to $250,000; definitely NOT working class.
Clinton lost the election for these reasons: (1) Voter Suppression aimed primarily at minority and low-income voters; (2) Misogyny because our rabidly and viciously misogynistic culture cannot allow a woman in the White House; (3) White Supremacy because our rabidly and viciously White Supremacist culture allows a loud and proud white supremacist in the White House; (4) Educated and/or middle and upper income white women did not vote for her; (5) Educated and/or middle and upper income white people and white Evangelicals voted for Trump.
In America, white married women cannot be counted on to support other women running for office. A body of research shows that marriage trumps sisterhood with one notable exception: black married women always seem able to value the larger social/structural issues. https://qz.com/1019349/for-the-2018-us-elections-candidates-shouldnt-rely-on-women-to-vote-for-other-women/; www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/25/white-women-husbands-voting
Misogyny is powerful and pervasive. Researchers found that participants in leadership training never drew or described a leader as female. Researchers found that men and women were unable to hear/see or identify women as exhibiting leadership even when the women uttered the exact same words and/or displayed the exact same behaviors as the men. www.nytimes.com/2018/03/16/health/women-leadership-workplace.html
Excerpt from June 30th 2017 26th Dispatch
Post Script: Although I approvingly quote Krugman’s 6/30/2017 column, I must object that his column does make reference to the Trump-supporting white working class. Democrats and their allies/pundits constantly use this trope to justify ignoring the pivotal roles of White Supremacy, Misogyny and Voter Suppression. HOW MANY ANALYSES ARE NEEDED TO DISLODGE THIS IGNORANCE?! Wealthy and upperclass white men and white women along with Christian supremacists represent his base. Sigh…OK, dear reader, let’s review the evidence AGAIN:
Among white people without college degrees who voted for Trump, nearly 60 percent were in the top half of the income distribution earning more than $50,000 annually…one in five white Trump voters without a college degree had a household income over $100,000….the narrative that attributes Trump’s victory to a “coalition of mostly blue-collar white and working-class voters” just doesn’t square with 2016 election data…white non-Hispanic voters without college degrees making below the median household income made up only 25 percent of Trump voters…a far cry from the working-class-fueled victory many journalists have imagined. Lack of college degree does NOT equal working class….www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/06/05/its-time-to-bust-the-myth-most-trump-voters-were-not-working-class/?
“We live in a society of an imposed forgetfulness, a society that depends on public amnesia.” Angela Davis