Skip to main content

Buy the Print Edition of Radical Second Things!

I Would Have Booed Black Lives Matter Too



A note - Blogging isn't free. Right now I provide gifts to my writers as a way of thanking people for writing. I would like to be able to afford to give them some sort of renumeration, even if it is small, for making this blog what it is. I'm in talks with a friend who may be able to help connect this blog, which has been in existence for one year now, with more religious communities dedicated to interfaith dialogue. Your donation will do a lot toward making that happen.



When I was finishing college in 2010, I had a weird year. I had interned with the Heritage Foundation, where I was blessed to spend my months there around real, genuine white racists who weren't just casually racist but were saying really racist stuff like all the time, in every conversation. It opened my eyes that that was real - that real, principled racism and not just a few comments here and there was really a thing.

Then I got to see the real thing. I was attending a small state school in California and one of my final college credits was a black professor who seemed to intentionally make things difficult for me. There were all sorts of implied stuff about privilege and I got it worse than other "white" students as he layered some anti-Semitic stuff in there. I tried to deal with him and eventually just realized it was impossible. There was nothing I can do or say with this guy - he was an asshole.

It was two different flavors of ignorance and bigotry - white bigotry was informed by entitlement while black bigotry was informed by a view of everyone as a potential perpetrator. Race is a socially constructed concept so people like this are talking the same language of hate even if they think they're enemies.

I didn't get to see Bernie Sanders speak in Seattle but reports have indicated that he got stormed by a bunch of Black Lives Matter activists who started chanting as he spoke. As people booed them, which I would have done to a group that is disrupting something for no reason, they started shouting that the crowd was a bunch of "white supremacist liberals." Yes, I'm sure Sanders, a Jew, and Kshama Sawant, an East Indian, are hardcore white supremacists. I think the real supremacists were the ones who injected that word in to discourse.

Sanders was very critical of the show of force that occurred in Ferguson and of police violence as a whole - I read what he actually said as it happened:

The New York Times and other media have focused enormous attention on the tragedy in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black youth was shot and killed by a police officer. Unfortunately, there has been very little discussion about the economic and social tragedy that has befallen an entire generation of young black men.
Today, more than 5.5 million young Americans have either dropped out of high school or graduated from high school and have no jobs. Today, while youth unemployment is 20 percent, African-American youth unemployment is 35 percent, and in the St. Louis area, it is even higher than that.
Incredibly, there are estimates that if present trends continue, one of every three black American men born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime.
If there is anything that we can learn from the Ferguson tragedy, it should be a recognition that we need to address the extraordinary crises facing black youths. That means, among other things, a major jobs program, job training and vastly improved educational opportunities.

I haven't read anything of his supporting police excess. The hostility he's gotten from black activists just makes me assume that he assumed he's an old white guy and ran with it. He doesn't deserve that sort of disrespect and people make a mistake by encouraging it. I highly doubt the Black Lives Matter crowd read anything Sanders wrote or said on the subject. They just knew Sanders was white and a politician and so they disrupted him because they hate racism, you know? If they really wanted to stop to police excess, they'd build coalitions.

Ultimately nonsense like that won't hurt Sanders though. His momentum is enough to deafen any uproarious crowd.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

No More Rev

So I was working as a transcribor for Rev for the last four months. I stayed on despite a few very bad ratings. Over the last few weeks, my ratings were on point, regularly getting 5/5 and bringing home 3 figures each week.

I got great ratings this week and then abruptly, tonight, I got this message sent to me: 

Unfortunately, we can no longer keep your transcription specific account open. This is due to your accuracy and quality being below our acceptable average. Your transcription account is being deactivated today. If you have any other account type with us, that will remain open. This decision is final.
You will be compensated for all completed work. Here are your performance metrics for August 6 to October 5.
So, given that message, I would assume that it's time to school my self-esteem, right? I'm obviously not fit for this line of work. Well not quite. Look at the metrics they sent me:
MetricYouRevver TargetRevver+ TargetAccuracy4.34.24.6Formatting4.74.24.6% On-time submiss…

The Nix and the Science of a Great Novel

I recently finished The Nix, a novel by up and coming novelist Nathan Hill, which fits all the standards for a really great novel. Great novels, despite the fluidity of good literature, do tend to follow a formula - a formula that a great artist (and writing is an art) is able to adept to and mold in to his own creation.

A great novel is sweeping. Sweeping or sprawling. These are descriptions you often hear of great books. Benjamin Percy described The Nix as "culturally relevant, politically charged, historically sweeping, sad, full of yearning, sometimes dark, but mostly hilarious." This is something that could also be described with another great American novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, which one critic refered to as a novel with "epic sweep."

Chabon's book swept through roughly three decades - the three protagonists met in the 1930s and only resolved their problems and tensions in the 1950s. Nathan Hill's characters …

Evoke Part Nine: An Art Project By Jordan Denato and Orion Deschamps

RST on Facebook

About Radical Second Things

Michael Orion is a blogger, writer, artist and photographer based in the Bay Area. Besides his maintenance and promotion of Radical Second Things, he contributes to the San Francisco newspaper SF Western Edition, where he writes about local non-profit organizations.

Mark Cappetta is a practicing Catholic and active LGBT activist. He has been instrumental in keeping Radical Second Things and updates the Facebook account almost daily.

Eva Gnostiquette is an artist, programmer, "future scientist," bi-trans girl and graphic designer. She voluntarily helped to create the first print issue Radical Second Things and designed our beautiful banners. Thanks so much, Eva!

Jordan Denato is a professional artist based out of Iowa. He took the initiative to illustrate both Jennifer Reimer's story and Michael Orion's Oscar Romero work. He has his own art studio, Tar and Feather Studios, and is a critical part of Radical Second Things.

Radical Second Things is a liberation theology themed blog that has clear cut goals - we see the structural decline of the United States and much of the west and hope to present alternatives that will offer "a preferential option for the poor" as more become vulnerable.

© 2017 Radical Second Things