“I voted for him, and he’s the one who’s doing this,” Minton told Mazzei. “I thought he was going to do good things. He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.”

White Americans keep telling us they don't give a shit about a healthy nation. They just want to hurt people they don't like. That has been most prominent motivation for the white vote since the country was founded.


@Are0h very few people have an appreciation for how deeply ingrained this mentality is. Indeed it still catches me off guard, when I see--in 2018--someone publicly admit they believe there are specific people that "need to be hurt" like this.

What is also disappointing to me is what usually passes as "inclusive" and "progressive" amongst my peers, which amounts to "stop hurting people" and "include people" but goes no further. An example I'm most familiar with is how First Nations are treated.


@Are0h ...that is a good start but not a solution. It is a half measure. It is fine to have "consultations" and "negotiations" and what not. It is wonderful to hire marginalized people. But these things are just a coat of paint.

When it comes to actual structural changes that give actual ownership and power to non-white people too many of us fall silent. It isn't enough to stop kicking someone in the head and ask if they are OK; we need to lift people up.

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