Fandango outdoes himself today with his provocative question. But before I begin, let us review my comment policy.
Please note that I have an ongoing policy of deleting comments at my whim, whenever I find them irritating in any way. My comment box is not a free speech zone ~ if you have something disagreeable to say, then go post it on your own blog.
How do you feel about what is going on in the United States in regard to racism? Do you see any way of reconciling the concepts of White Replacement Theory and Critical Race Theory?
Regarding the first question, the United States is and always has been a terribly racist country. How does it compare to other countries in that regard? I don’t know, and who cares about other countries anyway? RAH RAH USA! Just kidding. Now, I know things are worse than ever and turning into a massive catastrophe because the media tells us this 24/7 so we daren’t look away from our screens, but…
While things are undoubtedly bad, are they really worse WRT racism? I would say no, which should be taken with a grain assault, since I am a clueless karen. What I mean is that there was a time, in my lifetime, when there existed institutional barriers for POC in housing, education, employment, etc. That is what we mean by “institutional racism,” a key teaching point of Critical Race Theory, and it is a fact, jack, no matter how many rightwingers want to deny it. But those barriers are largely illegal now, which is progress. That does not mean people are free of racist attitudes, but it is a good start, albeit a slow one, toward becoming a better society. Do we have a long way to go? Oh yes!
As an aside, what I see now is not so much a society divided by race but one divided by class (money), which is ironic since the white bewigged men who began this whole shebang wanted to get away from all that pesky class nonsense. OR DID THEY?
In any case, it seems harder than ever for peeps not born into wealth to attain it or even to achieve a comfortable middle class lifestyle with access to good healthcare and retirement funds. Sure, we all have fancy phones, but so many young folks are stuck with massive college debt and have no hope of owning a home, which has always been the traditional way to build assets here. May I be so bold as to say this is affecting people of all races in the US? Of course, if you have less to start with, it’s even more difficult to build up wealth, which is the case for many POC.
Please do not quote me out of context, thx. This essay is to be taken as a whole, with each point relating to the others.
How does this segue into the second question? Very smoothly. Here’s the thing: women and/or couples who see no path to a financially secure lifestyle are deciding to have fewer (or no) children. They also may make this decision because of the violence humans continue to wreak upon each other and the environment. This low birth rate situation leads the wealthy white faux news folks and their puppet politicians to screech that we are being “replaced” by immigrants (WRT), though of course the US has had waves of immigration since its founding. The faux news screechers mean immigrants of color, however, not ones from Sweden, and unfortunately their racist speech does influence the minds of their listeners. (Yes, I am quite aware that similar brainwashing happens to MSNBC, etc., viewers on other issues.)
But I do see a reconciliation coming, and it will take 20-30 years. That’s when the right will have their dream fulfilled of no abortion access whatsoever in the US, and there will as a consequence be zillions of new voters who will turn all Republicans out of office. What a win-win!
The faux news types may believe that only blonde college girls have abortions because they don’t want to gain weight or change their vacation plans. Ha ha ha ha. Those girls and their families will always find a way to terminate unwanted pregnancies, and they have the funds to leave the country for healthcare, if necessary. It’s actually poor women and women of color who will mostly be fulfilling the so-called WRT, with children who will become adults of limited means ~ and they generally vote Democrat. Unintended consequences, anyone?
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