Now that we have an adult in the White House, and a First Lady whose tits aren’t plastered all over the Internet, the Reich Wing bullshit machine is in full roar with all the usual lies, fear-mongering, whataboutism, and both-siderism.Typical example. The House wants to start a 1/6 Commission, like the 9/11 Commission, to investigate the Trump-led attempted insurrection by hundreds of domestic terrorists. McConnell rejects this idea unless the commission’s scope is expanded to include the protests against police violence and racial injustice from last summer.
This is “whataboutism” at it’s most blatant, and is flavored with a heavy dose of racism. It’s the kind of shitty two-faced race-baiting that we’ve come to expect from the rethuglicunt party over the past 20+ years. Racism, misogyny, able-ism, homophobia, transphobia, and bald-faced hypocrisy. Toss in a big dose of pathological lying, craven subservience to their corporate masters, and a eager willingness to let others bleed while they rake in millions for themselves, and you have what passes for Conservatism in the U.S. today. Even Zuckerberg has fallen to this low. I fully expect to be in Fuckedbook jail or have my account fully suspended for speaking the truth. But I digress…
My point is that the last 4 years have been hell on my people as well. The LGBTQIA community had been under attack by Trumpletwat and his goons from day 1 of his administration. Short of mounting our own justifiable insurrection and mobbing the White House, we did everything we could. We marched, joined the marches of our brothers and sisters of color, marched when millions of women descended on Pennsylvania Avenue, and we suffered.
And now I’m going to say what may piss off some of you, others may think I’ve lost what’s left of my mind. Think what you will, leave if you must. The truth is what it is, and I will speak it.
I will NEVER minimize the violence against my Black brothers and sisters, but I’m sick of it being the default setting just like I am of Jews being the default setting of the Holocaust. Jews weren’t even the #1 victims of the Nazis – that was the Russian and Slavic civilian population. Neither were Blacks the only “Strange Fruit” throughout our nation’s tortured history… or need I remind everyone of Matthew Shepherd? Or every single one of the transgender murder victims that pile up like cord-wood every damned year? Or the hundreds of queer teens and children who are driven to attempt suicide, let alone those who succeed, because of the hell their own parents, friends and family have made of their tortured lives. I know, I was one of those children.
I do not equate the suffering of our community with the suffering of the descendants of slaves. But I will never allow it to be forgotten that we have suffered, and have been forced – even by some of those very same descendants of slaves – to suffer in silence, unrecognized and without justice of any kind for centuries. The two are not the same, but they have far too much in common for anyone to discount the suffering and pain of one over the other.
Finally, I will say this. Mainly because I don’t care if anyone disagrees – the fact is I’m far too experienced with the human animal, and I know it’s behavior better than Karl Marx or Harriet Martineaux ever pretended to. Unless and until we reach a stage where we leave behind the divisions of race, gender, sex, ethnicity, and able-ism – things which we can do absolutely nothing about because this is the hand that Nature dealt us – and recognize the fact that there is only one race, HUMAN, there will never be healing, and there will never be justice.Unless we can leave behind the artifice of “the other”, and embrace the one thing we have in common – our humanity – then we are dead beings who can know nothing but the suffering we inflict on others and upon ourselves.
To put it in my beloved Gram’s none-to-subtle words, “You can touch a heart with an open hand, or pound it with a fist.”