Progressive Democrats Are No Different Than The MAGA Hat Wearing Far Right

Progressive Democrats Are No Different Than The MAGA Hat Wearing Far Right

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Recently I came across this Instagram post by an account ran by Kat Brezer, a Bernie Sanders supporter who ran for the New York Senate seat in 2018.


At first glance, I thought, "well isn't that sweet, Bernie isn't afraid to hire women." Then I wondered how many of these women happened to be black. Seemed like a legitimate question. So of course, me being me, I went ahead and posted my question under the comments.

"Quick question...how many of these women are black?" and I wasn't surprised to see it all go downhill from there. I was called everything from racist, to an asshole, to prejudiced against other women of color.

Someone said I had a "very fucked up belief system," whatever that means, and I was reminded that this was about "all of us, not just [me]" because of course asking if out of 100 or so staffers, a handful happened to be black women, was excluding white men (or women.)

One comment that gave me pause was from a black man who responded with, "why does it matter as long as they're filling some sort of quota? We can't afford to let perfect be the enemy of the good," and it was amazing to me (major sarcasm) that none of these "progressive" Democrats knew how to check their own damn privilege.

I've said before that it would be very hard for the black community to find the perfect candidate. For two reasons, the first is that the black community is extremely divided on fundamental issues such as LGBTQIA rights, religion and feminism/womanism, and the second is that any black leader who got up and stated that "black lives matter," would be assassinated on site.

But that doesn't mean all types of black women---or even black people--- can't be represented in government. No, it isn't enough that women are getting these positions, black women specifically need to be in them as well (and to make anyone who needs to feel better, feel better. Latinas, Muslim women, Asian women, Native American women, LGBTQIA women etc... need to have a seat at that table as well.)

Around 15% of the U.S population is black or African American, and of that 52% are women. If employers followed ethical and fair hiring practices, questions about diversity would not be raised. Black women are incredibly vocal when it comes to community and politics...and we know this from the civil rights movement. Now, I still never got the answer to my original question, but I do know that unless these campaigns purposely exclude black women, there would be plenty on staff.

It is easy to call for unity when you are normalizing your own position, whether it be race, economic status or both, but unity will always rely on diversity when we live in a system that benefits certain groups more than others.

The fact of the matter is that progressive politicians have not aligned themselves with the black and African American community in a significant way. Some may argue that Bernie Sanders marched on Washington and participated in the civil rights movement of the '60s and '70s, but what is he doing specifically for black folk today? We already have voting rights and integrated schools, so is he or any other politician prepared to be allies in the next steps?

Now, I'm not saying that the problem solely lies with these politicians and their campaigns, it lies with their supporters as well. You can be a progressive democrat "economically," and still be anti-black, anti-women, and anti-LGBT, among other things. So why should black people, black women, in particular, join a movement whose supporters are bigoted?

Fundamentally, there is little difference between the new wave of the democratic party and the MAGA hat wearing trolls.

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12 Things Young Republicans Are Tired Of Hearing

A dozen myths about conservatism and what the real deal is.

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As a college student, I know a lot of people my age consider themselves very liberal. It's a rare occasion when you meet another conservative on campus. Being a young Republican, there are several negative assumptions that come along with that.

Here is a list of 12 things we're all tired of hearing.

1. "You're only a Republican because your parents are."

Yes, my parents are both Republican and that's where my morals and beliefs were first taught, but I am my own person. I have done my own research and decided that my views side with the Republican Party. There are several things that even my parents and I disagree on. I wouldn't choose to be a Democrat just so I could be different.


2. "I bet you support Trump."

While many Republicans my age are supporting Trump, that doesn't mean we all are. We're entitled to our personal opinions and assuming we're all the same is incorrect. Just because you are a Republican doesn't mean you automatically support Trump.

3. "You're racist, sexist, etc."

This couldn't be farther from the truth. There are so many Republicans that come from unique racial and cultural backgrounds, both genders included. Take Marco Rubio, Condoleezza Rice, Ben Carson, and Bobby Jindal. These are just a few of the many, many examples.


4. "You're uneducated about the issues."

Just because someone has a different opinion than you doesn't mean they're wrong or uninformed.


5. "You're only a Republican because you're rich."

I am by no means rich. Did my parents have enough money to support their family? Yes, and I'm very blessed for that. However, they didn't pay for everything. As for college, I worked my butt off to get scholarships and opportunities to succeed. I was taught at a very young age that money requires work and things aren't just handed to you. That's exactly the reason why I strongly support capitalism.


6. "Why don't you want free college?"

NOTHING IS FREE. Would free college be awesome? Absolutely! However, I do not believe it's fair to tax working people to pay for it. If you want something, work for it.


7. "The GOP is a bunch of old, white men."

This is so untrue. I mean take a look at all the well-known conservatives in America. Lauren Conrad, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Carly Fiorina, Condoleezza Rice, Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and so many more. Point proven.


8. "You're close-minded."

This is the most common and most annoying. Conservative does not equal close-minded. I love hearing about different ideas and opinions.


9. "You hate immigrants."

I personally feel like our immigration system is broken and needs to be changed so it's more accessible to become an American citizen. However, I don't believe those here illegally should receive taxpayer benefits. I'm all for immigration as long as it's done legally.


10. "You don't support women's rights."

Usually, this is brought up when talking about abortion. What about the rights of the unborn child? It's not just about one person's rights at that point.


11. "You should just #FeelTheBern."

#NO. I do not support socialism.


12. "You only hear the Fox News version."

Fox News is my favorite choice of news programs, but I also enjoy hearing the different views on CNN, NBC, Huffington Post, etc.


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21 Tweets About Anti-Vax Children That Will Make Parents Get Their Kids Vaccinated ASAP

Vaccinate your kids. Period.

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I have compiled 21 tweets about anti-vaccination parents and their children that did not only make me laugh, but made me further enforce my belief that parents need to vaccinate their kids.

These tweets are pretty dark, to be honest, but once you think about the situation at hand, sometimes it is best to approach it in a funny way so you can get your point across.

You have been warned.

These tweets may be funny, but the situation is not funny. Do your research and help people around you not get sick by vaccinating your kids.

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(and probably the most important tweet of all).

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