Culture Warriors category archive
David reports on teens in Australia who are defying their anti-vaxx parents in order to get vaccinations.
I’m old enough to remember images on my telly vision of children stricken with polio in iron lungs.
I have no patience with the stupidity and gullibility of anti-vaxxers.
The Las Vegas Sun concedes that Sarah Huckabee Sanders may have a point in stating that God wanted Donald Trump to be the American President. It examines the evidence. Here’s a bit:
- Plague of fiery hail. What is Trump’s Twitter account if not the modern, digital version of this form of torture?
- Plagues of flies and lice. See Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, Rick Gates, Roger Stone, Scott Pruitt, Ryan Zinke, the Mooch, etc.
Follow the link for more witness.
Writing at The Roanoke Times, Nancy Trussell recounts her experience at the Women’s March in Washington, D. C. Remember that the Women’s March was on the same weekend as the annual anti-abortion march, which gave us the Covington Conundrum. A nugget:
At the train station late Saturday, I was chatting with a couple of young black men about the red hats we were seeing all around Union Station. I asked them what they thought MAGA meant. Before they could answer me, one young man, probably 15 years old, and wearing the hat, came over to me, jutted out his hip, and said loudly “What did you just say?” I calmly said to him, in return, “What does MAGA mean to YOU?” He stood back, raised both hands with one finger raised on each hand (not a nice finger) and said… “fh you, lady.” Well, I do believe he answered my question.
I got no patience with the persons who have endeavored, apparently successfully, to minimize the conduct of the Covington creeps.
There is no way that using a weaponized smirk to invade the personal space of an old man is anything but disrespectful and offensive, regardless of what may be going on the background. Focusing on the conduct of those Black Israelites over there —–> on the sidelines is an example of the misdirection play at its best.
David and Tom Gjelten discuss the history of American immigration policy. It’s dirtier and more twisted than you might have thought (at least, if you have not studied it).
I think I have mentioned before in these electrons that the history of American immigration laws is a tutorial in applied racism.
In the Portland Press-Herald, Victoria Hugo-Vidal relates an encounter with one of the fellows who inspired that now notorious Gillette commercial:
One day at work last week, I was stocking shelves in the feminine hygiene aisle when three men in their early 30s walked by. One of them grabbed a random box of tampons and went, “Hey, Scott! Don’t forget your tampons!” They all laughed. Then the jokester made the mistake of looking me in the eye. I wasn’t laughing. . . . We were both frozen for a moment, clutching our boxes of tampons. “Ha, ha,” I said in a voice that was about three octaves higher than it usually is. He put the box of tampons right back where it belonged and scuttled away.
Where is the humor coming from? Boiled down, the punchline seems to be basically “Ha, ha! Vaginas!” And that’s part of where the problem is.
Follow the link, where she reflects on what the meaning of being a “real man” in this culture is and what it implies implies.
Over at Delaware Liberal, Pandora points out that the reactions Farron discusses do indeed validate the message in the commercial.
Mike Brooks suggests that the tribalism of our contemporary politics is rooted in humans’ evolutionary past. He points out that, until very recently in the sweep of history, humans lived in tribal groups of up to a couple of hundred persons. Even when persons were absorbed in the realms of empires and kingdoms, day-to-day transactions were confined to villages with few inhabitants. He suggests that Donald Trump’s desire for a border wall both symbolizes is fed in part by a toxic hyper-tribalism. A snippet:
There is a certain level of absurdity to our tribalism when we think more deeply about it. When it comes down to it, we are much more similar than we are different. Most of our differences, such as what language we speak the color of our skin, whether we are male or female, what foods we like, and even how and to whom we pray, were determined by factors beyond our control. After all, none of us had any influence over when and where we were born, who our parents were, the color of our skin, and the era of our existence. Somehow, each of our consciousnesses are in their own particular bodies at a certain place and time, and we have had no control over this.
In one sense, it can be okay to take some pride in this affiliation (e.g., “I’m proud to be an American,” “I love my university”). However, it’s easy to slip into tribal, us vs. them mentality when we start saying versions of “me and my group are better than you and your group.” Arguably, this is how patriotism (e.g., “I love my country”) can turn into a more tribal nationalism (e.g., “my country is the best/greatest”). A look back through history (e.g., Nazi concentration camps, genocides, slavery, ethnic cleansing) offers hard lessons about what can happen when hyper-tribalism runs amok.
I commend the entire article to your attention.
If the image doesn’t display, click “alt text” to go to the original. Frankly, I’m baffled; I can’t find any errors in the HTML. Normally, I’d
sweep this under the rug make the post “private,” but the image is too powerful to abandon. (Later) Darn thing seems to be working now. Electrons. Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. Furrfu.
Robert N. McCauley explores the implications of evangelical “Christians” embrace of Trumpery. A snippet:
Follow the link for his reasoning.
Gina Barreca muses on how to start a conversation. A snippet: