The lesson is not that we shouldn't have demanded that women, especially women of colour, have the right to fair wages and not be pussy-grabbed.We should have done all those things, and we should keep doing all those things.We're nearly a week in and Trump's America has already turned into a dystopian nightmare.
Well, if you yell fire in a crowded theatre and chaos ensues, you're not absolved of responsibility just because you never believed there was a fire. You can't scapegoat vulnerable communities for 16 months and then pretend it was our imagination.
Nearly a week of this ensued before he addressed it, when pressed, on 60 Minutes, saying "stop it." But before we congratulate him on meeting the lowest of expectations, keep in mind he only did this after feigning ignorance about hundreds of hate crimes and then minimizing them.
I've no doubt that some Mussolini voters were motivated by locomotive punctuality.
But if you support a bigot who campaigns on bigotry, it doesn't matter what your personal motivation was.
The lesson is not that we shouldn't have challenged police brutality.
The lesson is not that we shouldn't have defended our Muslim brothers and sisters.Researchers at George Washington University’s Programme on Extremism analysed 18 accounts belonging to major white nationalist groups and organisations – such as the American Nazi Party and the National Socialist Movement – mostly located in the US.These accounts saw a sharp increase in followers, from about 3,500 in 2012 to 22,000 in 2016.He ignored the news reports and social media posts of hate crimes targeting blacks and gays and Muslims and women.I kept hearing that these hate crimes aren't his fault because he doesn't even believe it.But arguing that if you just didn't challenge straight white male supremacy then they wouldn't have elected a straight white male supremacist is no different than blaming a rape victim for what she wore, or a gay-bashing victim for kissing his boyfriend, or a Jew for wearing a Star of David necklace.