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Creative Corner: How a museum curator finds balance in the art world

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Leslie Mounaime stands in the corner of the Target Gallery within the Torpedo Factory, while exhibiting My Queer Valentine. (Photo by Jess Feldman)

Leslie Mounaime never expected she’d be where she is today. She studied art history at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, focusing on Greek and Roman mythology, but wasn’t immersed in the modern art world. But, Mounaime found that a career path within contemporary art was a much better fit. 

Mounaime currently serves as an exhibitions curator at Old Town’s Torpedo Factory Art Center, and she spends her days working with emerging and mid-career artists to curate 11 different galleries at the site. Within each space, the goal is to develop a cohesive feeling or emotion through the artwork, moving the eyes of visitors through the gallery. 

“That’s done through color, shape, size … Every piece of work needs to hold its own weight, while also being complementary to the one next to it,” explains Mounaime of her creative process. 

As Mounaime seeks structure in the spaces she curates, the same can be said of her style. Bold, but put together. Enticing, but cohesive. Throw black, gold and a little glitter in the mix, and she’s sold (as long as it’s organized).

Below, the 31-year-old curator shares how she finds a sense of self in the arts world, the pressures of the industry, recent obsessions and more.

This post is a part of our ongoing Creative Corner series, highlighting the style of artistic Northern Virginians. Read our profile on painter Ann Marie Coolick here.

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Leslie Mounaime’s favorite way to add flare to an outfit is through her accessories. (Photo by Jess Feldman)

On personal style: “People say I have that witchy energy … I like to wear bright eye makeup and black lipstick and I wear a ton of black. I’ve also always been really interested in astrology and tarot cards. When I was younger, for every birthday people would just get me astrology books. I’m a Gemini but I recently got my chart read and I have a lot of Capricorn in me too. That’s where my hardworking side comes from.” 

On creating a safe space: “With exhibitions, I always have to think about who will be viewing the work and what we are trying to articulate. I want the work to be accessible for people. With this one [My Queer Valentine], we haven’t had an exhibition that was LGBTQ-focused and I thought it was something that was lacking in this area. I felt it was needed. I want people to feel like the art center is a safe space for them. My goal with this space and this exhibit is to connect.” 

On home design: “In my own home, I’ve gotten myself into a trap. I have a lot of artwork at my apartment, which is not super big. There is art literally all over the walls. I’ve tended to collect in the color palette that my room is, so I’m in this conundrum where I don’t have a ton of wall space but if I am interested in something and it doesn’t fit the colors, I can’t do it. I just can’t. I have a lot of blue, green and jewel tones; I try to create a calm environment. There are plants everywhere too. It’s my tranquil space where I can decompress.” 

On how she presents herself to the world: “The way I move about the world is I always like things to flow organically, with how I write, how I curate and how I pick out my clothes. With my style I like having a piece of color or a pattern but it always has to make sense. It’s always a structured look. I tend to go out there sometimes because you know, if you work in the arts, we all have a wild-crazy side. For example, I have a holographic sweatshirt that I’ll whip out sometimes, but typically I do things that will complement each other.”

On the pressure to look a certain way: “I think it’s nice working in the arts because you can have tattoos and your hair can be pink—that won’t make you look less professional. It’s one of the fields where you don’t have to be limited in how you express yourself through style. But on the other side of that, I do think, for me especially, I am younger, so I want to make sure I look professional. I try to not go too crazy for gallery openings, but it all depends on the event. Also, Alexandria is classic, but there are certain places where I’m like, ‘This is a black lipstick and glitter-filled event’. But if I am planning on meeting other peers and women in the field, I’ll do a more sophisticated look.”

On the power of Instagram: “What’s interesting is artists don’t need gallery representation the same way they used to, so galleries are adapting to that. I think it can be good and bad … but in reality, we want people taking pictures of the artwork because half the reason they go to see things now is to take a picture of it and document that they’ve been there.”

On her style evolution: When I was younger I was experimenting. I went to a private school for high school so I was super preppy, then I went to art school and it was hipster-y, then I was working part-time art jobs and it got funky. I’ve never been too big on pattern mixing. I have really strong features so if I wear too much it will be overwhelming, in my personal opinion.”

On fashion trends: “I’m normally in black bases, but I’ve been wearing a lot of pink and rose lately, trying to change things up. And I’m always obsessed with my big jewels.”

On current obsessions: “One artist I’ve been consistently impressed with is Miki Beyer. Their work is very thoughtful, personal, intimate and beautiful. They recently had a solo show at Olly Olly art space and it was their work and self-portraits of them and their partner. It was all about being true to themselves and both them and their partner are nonbinary. It was all about validating this recognition of love; it was so moving. 

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CNN Is Bravely On the Front Lines, Fighting the Racism of (Squints at Story) White Robots

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I take back everything bad thing I ever said about CNN. They truly are a gift that we’ve all taken for granted and I hope they continue to pump out quality coverage of the news stories that really matter, like the racism of white robots.

Earlier on Thursday, CNN tweeted out a gem of a story about how research now suggests that white robots are popular because of racism.

“Have you ever noticed the popularity of white robots? The reason for these shades of technological white may be racism, according to new research,” tweeted CNN.

It only gets better when you read CNN’s article:

“Robots And Racism,” a study conducted by the Human Interface Technology Laboratory in New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) and published by the country’s University of Canterbury, suggests people perceive physically human-like robotsto have a race and therefore apply racial stereotypes to white and black robots.
These colors have been found to trigger social cues that determine how humans react to and behave toward other people and also, apparently, robots.
“The bias against black robots is a result of bias against African-Americans,” lead researcher Christoph Bartneck explained to The Next Web. He told CNN, “It is amazing to see how people who had no prior interaction with robots show racial bias towards them.”
The researchers think this is an issue that needs to be addressed. “If robots are supposed to function as teachers, friends, or carers, for instance, then it will be a serious problem if all of these roles are only ever occupied by robots that are racialized as White,”according to the study.

According to them, they know it’s racism because in a video simulation where you were told to shoot armed robots, unarmed black robots were shot more often. Also, there aren’t a lot of robots with black colors on their exterior.

That’s it. That’s enough to prove that people are racist towards black robots. Robots that aren’t even human yet have black coloring on them. Nevermind that it may have been more difficult to identify an object in the hand due to the darker coloring. It’s just racist.

To make this kind of generalization is ridiculous for multiple reasons. For one, if a video was released of a black robot being kicked around during balance and recovery tests, you’d get no shortage of outcry from the social justice left. Moreover, we see white robots being made around the world from America to Japan, many of them white. Are the Asians making robots white supremacists too?

There’s nothing at all wrong with white coloring, and racism has nothing to do with choosing it. It would be racist if they said something along the lines of “we’ll never make a black robot because we don’t like black people,” but seeing as how they’ve never been said — and I sincerely doubt they feel that way — no racism here is present.

It seems more likely that we need a refresher on what the word “racism” actually is.

With that said, I see people prefer the black versions of technology all the time. When Xbox released its black version of the 360, my friends all ditched their white ones for it. Most of the technology bought by the populace is black, be it televisions, speakers, or even microphones. Most gaming systems are black or darker colors.

This is an asinine article from CNN. I’d say it bugs me that there are teams of people in a newsroom looking over articles like this and deciding that this is the hard-hitting news that matters, but honestly, I think this kind of panic over lack of societal wokeness is hysterical.

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Quinnipiac: 51% believe Trump is racist

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They neglected to ask the key follow-up question: “If you answered yes, are you considering voting for him anyway?”

Another good one would have been, “Can someone be racist if they don’t use racial slurs?”

Lots of interesting splits here, and of course independents are always notable, but the gender divide may be the most interesting.

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White men are -20 on the question. White women are +9. The AP spent some time in suburban neighborhoods this past weekend interviewing women there about Trump’s recent outbursts at figure like Elijah Cummings and the Squad. On the one hand, man-on-the-street interviews touching on race would seem especially prone to social desirability bias, with participants keenly aware that they’re expected to give a particular answer in order to show their own sensitivity. On the other hand, the Quinnipiac numbers are scientific and they are what they are. A majority of white women see racial bias in Trump and they’re a key bloc in the suburban districts that helped Democrats to a new House majority next fall. Whether Trump’s wars with the Squad, Cummings, Al Sharpton, and other minority pols are winners or losers for him electorally may depend on how white women stomach them, but it’s not going well so far if you believe the AP:

In more than three dozen interviews by The Associated Press with women in critical suburbs, nearly all expressed dismay — or worse — at Trump’s racially polarizing insults and what was often described as unpresidential treatment of people. Even some who gave Trump credit for the economy or backed his crackdown on immigration acknowledged they were troubled or uncomfortable lining up behind the president…

“It was mainly when he got into office when my opinion started changing,” said [Emily] West, 26. “Just the way he treats people.”

“I did not think it was going to be as bad as it is — definitely narcissism and sexism, but I did not think it was going to be as bad as it is,” said Kathy Barnes while shopping in the Denver suburb of conservative-leaning Lone Tree. “I am just ashamed to be an American right now.”…

“I don’t think I should say those words in front of my daughter,” [Yael Telgheder] said, her 3-year-old next to her. “To be honest, there are certain things that — he’s a businessman — so I understand the reasons behind them. But all of the disrespect and lies and stuff like that, it’s just too much for me.”

“Trump fatigue” is a real thing, I’m sure. Trump fatigue specifically in the context of him picking fights with minority pols might be a real thing, if not now then eventually. Trump fatigue that’s so intense that people are willing to overlook steady economic growth and roll the dice on a left-wing Democrat is … less of a thing, I’m guessing.

In fact, Quinnipiac also asked voters about impeachment for its new poll. Between the Mueller hearing and the war with the Squad and Cummings, you might expect the majority of Americans who think Trump is racist to be newly eager to oust him. Not so:

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That doesn’t mean they want to reelect him, but nothing he’s done thus far is a firing offense to a solid 60 percent of Americans. As for whether the fight he’s picked with Cummings is off-the-cuff or strategic, sources tell the Times and WaPo that it’s the former. He’s not following some carefully scripted plan to bait minority pols in order to get working-class whites excited (yet?), he’s annoyed that Cummings’s committee issued subpoenas for texts and emails drafted sent to or from Jared Kushner and Ivanka. He was just lashing out.

Several White House officials expressed agreement during a staff meeting on Monday morning that the president’s attacks were a bad move, according to people informed about the discussion, but they were uncertain who could intervene with him — or if anyone would even dare try.

They privately scoffed at the idea that it was strategy rather than impulse, concluding that any political benefit he might derive by revving up his conservative, largely white base could be offset by alienating more moderate voters in the suburbs of states like Wisconsin and Michigan that he needs to win a second term.

Trump himself told reporters today that there’s no strategy, “zero strategy.” Watch below. And if you have time, skim through the rest of the Quinnipiac data to see how Americans responded to questions about conditions at immigrant detention facilities. Democratic attacks seem to be penetrating, with 51 percent of Americans saying conditions at the facilities are inhumane (just 35 percent disagree), 62 percent saying the feds aren’t doing enough to improve them, and 53 percent saying it’s better to release immigrants if facilities are overcrowded even if it means they won’t show up for their court dates versus 31 percent who say they should be held anyway. Americans prefer catch-and-release to what’s happening now.

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Gallup: Plurality of Dems now favor cash reparations for black Americans despite heavy opposition from public overall

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Every now and then I see a news story about reparations pop up and think, “Why are we talking about this now?” And then I remember, “Oh right — not one but two top-tier Democratic presidential candidates have endorsed the idea, and the Democratic House has already held hearings about it.”

Now here’s a new reason: More rank-and-file Democrats support the idea of cash payments to black Americans than oppose it.

New data from Gallup:

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That data comes with the caveat that not all reparations plans involve direct cash payments to individual people, so maybe other forms would have more support. But cash payments is the purest form of the idea, the one that most people think about when weighing the pros and cons of the policy. And this is the first time I’m aware of that a plurality of Dems — a near-majority, in fact — have landed in favor of it. When HuffPost polled the issue in April, Democrats split 34/37, a near-plurality but a very soft one. Now they’re at 49 percent, likely thanks in part to the attention the issue has received during the presidential primary.

To put that in perspective, per Gallup, Democrats stood at just 25 percent in favor in 2002. The wokening of the party has led to support for reparations nearly doubling in less than 20 years, even as Republicans continue to resist almost unanimously and independents say thumbs down by a two-to-one margin.

Sounds like more good news for Trump’s electoral strategy of using racial grievances to mobilize working-class whites next fall. The more lefties can pressure the Democratic nominee to talk up reparations on the trail, the easier Trump’s task is. But there are two catches. One is that, as in every election, the party nominee will shift from base-pandering to centrist-pandering the moment the primary is safely won. That’s especially likely to be the case with the Democratic nominee next summer, I think, sinceTrump is all-in on a base-only strategy, leaving Dems free to court the center. And lefties are so frantic to oust Trump that they’re likely to be extra-forgiving of sins against wokeness by the nominee in the interest of defeating POTUS. There’ll be no reparations talk from Democrats next summer (although plenty from Trump, to be sure).

The other catch is that, while it’s comforting for righties to believe that white identity politics is the secret sauce needed to win the Rust Belt a second term, it ain’t necessarily so. Racial politics energizes the other side too:

A complementary picture emerges from our data in the 2020 battleground states. Those who strongly approve of Trump — represented by the red bars in the graph below — mostly indicate higher levels of racial resentment…

However, among those who strongly disapprove of Trump in these same states … even more likely voters indicate strongly benevolent attitudes on race and immigration, as indicated by the height of the bars clustered near zero. These are the voters who are likely to be offended by Trump’s racist remarks, perhaps becoming more motivated to turn out on the Democratic side as a result.

Some analysts will say that those who oppose Trump would turn out and vote Democratic regardless of Trump’s racist remarks. But history teaches otherwise. For example, African Americans, who overwhelmingly vote Democratic, were less likely to vote in 2016 than 2012.

Turnout matters, and Trump’s record of racist rhetoric may be making some Democrats more likely to vote.

Trump’s rhetoric could also be costing him votes among nonwhites who might otherwise be inclined to support him on economic grounds:

Hard to say where reparations fits into all of that. If Trump’s “go back where you came from” tweets about Ilhan Omar and the Squad is better turnout fuel for lefties than righties, is reparations chatter better turnout fuel for righties than lefties? Gallup’s numbers strongly suggest that it’s more of an electoral liability to Dems than an asset. Both parties may be sabotaging themselves in trying to pander more vigorously to their respects bases on racial lines.

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Trump: Al Sharpton hates whites!

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Trump vs. Sharpton is the quintessence of American political culture in 2019, the battle-of-the-con-men that this country deserves. Or, if you prefer Philip Klein’s formulation, “it’s 1980s/early90s NYC politics — just on the national stage.”

They were friendly in a different time, as Trump himself suggested in his last tweet:

How friendly? Enough that Sharpton attended Trump’s roast at the Friars Club in 2004. This too, via Jeryl Bier:

Their bases are different as can be but personality-wise they’re peas in a pod, two New York BS artists skilled at identity politics and preternaturally good at self-promotion. Doubtless deep down each respects the other as an indefatigable hustler who knows his marks well.

I missed what Sharpton said to set Trump off this morning. He tweeted that he was on his way to Baltimore, presumably to protest POTUS’s comments about Elijah Cummings over the weekend, but normally that wouldn’t be enough to spark a Trump tirade. Sharpton’s been criticizing him since Inauguration Day, after all. So why punch back now?

Maybe it’s strategic:

The assault on Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, prompted immediate condemnations from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. Young and several other top Democrats.

The outburst also undercut efforts by many Republicans over the past two weeks to defend Trump and insist that his earlier attacks were based in ideology rather than race.

But Trump’s advisers had concluded after the previous tweets that the overall message sent by such attacks is good for the president among his political base — resonating strongly with the white working-class voters he needs to win reelection in 2020.

This has prompted them to find ways to fuse Trump’s nativist rhetoric with a love-it-or-leave-it appeal to patriotism ahead of the 2020 election, while seeking to avoid the overtly racist language the president used in his tweets about the four congresswomen.

If the goal is to get blue-collar whites fired up by picking fights with minority political figures, he couldn’t choose a juicier target than Sharpton. The Tawana Brawley and Crown Heights episodes alone will give him weeks of material about Sharpton’s racial demagoguery. There’s a bank-shot criticism of the media wrapped up in it too, namely, how does the press justify rehabbing Sharpton to the point where he’s now considered a sort of elder statesman of the Democratic Party? Here he is just this morning opining on arguably the most influential political talk show in America, where he’s a recurring guest:

The Federalist remembered today that Scarborough once co-sponsored a resolution in the House denouncing Sharpton’s practices, “which seek to divide Americans on the basis of race, ethnicity, and religion.” Now this. It’s quite a legacy for “Morning Joe” to have helped make Sharpton and Trump respectable to mainstream American politics.

Anyway, Trump’s obviously trying to goad prominent Democrats into siding with Sharpton in this spat, hoping to tar them by association the same way he’s trying to make Ilhan Omar a leading face of the party. Too bad for him that serious Dem politicians are too smart to take the b—- [record scratch]

Boy, Kamala Harris really wants some attention from Joe Biden’s base of black voters, huh? This is emblematic of her approach to the primary writ large, though: Say and do whatever you need to in order to win the nomination and then worry about cleaning up all the messes you’ve made later, in the general. If playing Trump’s game by elevating a sleaze like Rev. Al helps her win over some black Democrats, so be it. She can always do the “Al who?” shtick next summer.

Here’s Sharpton at a presser this morning with a passable zinger about Trump. It’s true that Trump surrounds himself with loads of shady characters but they tend to fall into formal or informal advisory roles. His cabinet, by comparison, is pretty professional.

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Emotional CNN anchor to Trump: The people who live in Elijah Cummings’s Baltimore district are Americans too

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Go ahead, Donnie from Queens, you’re on the air.

Ain’t no disputing that Baltimore, part of which is included in Cummings’s district, is a dangerous place, with more murders there in 2017 than in vastly larger New York City. But Cummings’s district isn’t poor or a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.” Maryland’s Seventh actually has lots of suburban (and some rural) residents, many of them upscale and at least one of whom you know well.

“No human being would want to live there,” sneers Trump, except for his own HUD secretary. College education rates are above average in MD-7 too, notes Nate Silver. Play around with this widget, which uses data from 2018, and you’ll find that both the mean and median household income in Cummings’s district is higher than it is in Jim Jordan’s, Mark Meadows’s, Louie Gohmert’s, and Matt Gaetz’s, to name just a few of Trump’s Republican pals in Congress.

So why is POTUS lunging at the claim that it’s “filthy” and rundown? One possibility, which is usually the correct one, is that he’s just regurgitating something he saw on “Fox & Friends” without bothering to look into it himself. The other possibility is that he assumes that any district represented by a black Democrat is a ghetto teeming with crime, drugs, filth — a “sh*thole county,” to borrow a famous Trump bon mot. The Times remembered in its story about this today how Trump made his pitch to black voters on the trail in 2016: “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs. What the hell do you have to lose?” Depending on what day you catch him, he’ll tell you either that black Americans are doing better economically right now than they ever have before thanks to the Trump economy or that they’re broke, unemployed, and beset by violent drug-dealing degenerates at every turn.

Except for Ben Carson, I mean. Who, again, lives in the very district Trump is criticizing.

There’s another Trump connection in Cummings’s district besides Carson, by the way. Maybe this helps explain why some of the housing is rodent-infested?

Anyway, this is officially the Trump firestorm du jour, with Pelosi and AOC getting sucked in on Twitter and the media lighting him up for it on various platforms. Most notable is the commentary below from CNN anchor Victor Blackwell, who until today was maybe the only host there who *hasn’t* emoted on air about Trump as far as I know. He tried to stay detached for the first half or so of the clip but lost his composure in noting that he too comes from Cummings’s district and that the people who live there are Americans just as much as everyone else, which of course is the dispute at the heart of Trump’s battle with the Squad. (And really at the heart of nationalism.)

The most interesting thing to me about Trump’s tweets today is how clear it is from them that he thinks crime in Baltimore is very much Not His Problem, never mind that part of his pitch in 2016 as a strongman president was that he’d bring law and order to America — and specifically to Baltimore, per a series of tweets he posted shortly before announcing his presidential candidacy. He didn’t cause Baltimore’s crime problem, it’s not a city that voted for him or located in a state that voted for him, so what does he care? Elijah Cummings can worry about their crime problem. That’s not an attitude you’d expect a nationalist to take *if* nationalism is genuinely about easing social crises that afflict average Americans of every stripe, which is certainly the case with crime. It is the attitude you’d expect a nationalist to take if nationalism is fundamentally about tribalism, specifically making sure that your tribe is dominant over others in defining and directing the nation. Blacks and Democrats have a crime problem in Baltimore? Good, let them clean it up.

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Dear American Left, We Fought a Civil War to Make You Understand You Can’t Own Minorities Anymore

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Imagine being a black individual in this country who, after much thought and consideration, expressed that you align more with the right than you do the left. You express your desire to pull the lever for Donald Trump in 2020 and believe that when it comes to how this country is run, you say that fewer entitlements, lower taxes, and more policing is good for the nation.

Then one morning you wake up and are informed that you’re not black anymore. You’ve been unpersoned. You hear from leftists in Hollywood and social media that your identity as a black person has been revoked!

You receive messages like this one below.

You don’t have to be black for this to apply to you either. You can be Hispanic, Asian, Middle Eastern. It doesn’t matter. Your heritage, experience and more are subject to the approval of the left.

I might just be a white guy who supports and his supported by the white patriarchy, but why is it that members of the left believe that they have this kind of power? How is it that they believe to have the authority to label who is and isn’t a valid member of this society.

Didn’t we fight a very bloody civil war to get it across to Democrats that we don’t do that here in American anymore? They lost the power to define a minority person’s worth as a citizen. Yet we’re still seeing leftists toss out a minority individual’s worth and look down on them because of who they are.

My colleague Kira Davis wrote an excellent open letter to Hollywood actress Bette Middler who did this very thing to a group of black people at a Trump rally. Middler, without knowing these men or even considering them individuals, accused them of being “blackground” figures who were paid to be seen standing behind President Donald Trump at a rally in order to make him look good.

Davis’s response was spot on:

For all of our talk about tolerance, diversity and how racist those big, bad scary Republicans were, the worst discrimination and stereotyping I ever experienced came from my left-wing brethren. It didn’t take me long to figure out that for many non-Black progressives I was not an individual…I was a box to check on their diversity list.

Ms. Midler, that is what you did with that truly thoughtless tweet – you revealed that you only see Black Americans as quotas while suggesting Trump was paying people to be quotas. Project much?

We see thinking like Middler’s come from the left a little too often, and they seem very comfortable with it. This is because they bought their own lie, hook, line, and sinker, that they are truly the defenders of the minority and Republicans are only out to, as Joe Biden once said, put them back in chains.

Hilarious, since it was the right that broke their chains and fought for civil rights.

To the left, they seem to think that as the sole protectors of minorities they know what’s in a minority community’s best interest and have the authority to tell them what is and isn’t good for them to do. How they should and shouldn’t act. What’s more, they become highly offended when a minority individual thinks individually and decides to side with the very people that they just know hate them.

With that mentality, they unperson an individual without any feelings of remorse. To them, a black person is supposed to fall into a specific box, and if they don’t, then they’re a race traitor and worthy of the worst kind of derision. Middler still hasn’t apologized for her comment despite the fact that she received an astounding shellacking for her racism.

To be clear, this is the definition of racism. It’s the idea that if a person of a certain race can’t be owned by a certain party, then they should be disappeared. The disappearing may have taken on a different meaning decades ago, but the idea is pretty much the same.

This country was based on individualism, and that should be maintained. However, too many Democrats have had, and still, have trouble understanding that minorities don’t belong to them. If a minority individual wants to vote for Trump, he has his or her reasons. People are more than their skin color and don’t have to be in one box or another.

 

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Poll: Pretty much no one cares that Biden was chummy with segregationists in the Senate

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Nate Silver’s wry response to this new Morning Consult poll showing Biden’s lead holding steady made me laugh.

Surely a guy whose support rests on a diminishing cohort of working-class Boomers can’t get elected president in America. Anyway, the new numbers:

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Uncle Joe hasn’t lost so much as a point after days of media coverage of his “civility” as a young senator towards segregationist colleagues like James Eastland and Herman Talmadge. He’s actually gained a few points in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, rising from 40 percent last week to 43 percent now with Bernie Sanders a very distant second at 21 percent. A larger share of likely primary voters said Biden’s comments made them *more* likely to vote for him (29 percent) than less likely (18 percent) — and that includes black voters (30/20). America loves legislative compromise, even with farking segregationists! The only sign of slippage for Biden is in net favorability, where he’s lost five points or so since June 10th. But given that his lead over the field hasn’t declined, those points must have come from voters who were already leaning in another direction or are so pro-Joe that they’re sticking with him even though their personal views of him have slipped a bit.

Steve Kornacki dug even deeper into the data. Last week, before the kerfuffle about segregationists, Biden stood at 45 percent support with black voters. This week, after attacks by Kamala Harris and Cory Booker and days of unflattering news reports, his support with black voters is at … 46 percent. They don’t care. And they’re willing to tell reporters who come asking:

“They need to leave it be,” said Cheri Reed, a 66-year-old Democrat from Columbia as she waited in line with friends for fish at Clyburn’s event on Friday night. She chided Democrats like New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who criticized Biden for his remarks and called on him to apologize.

We don’t need a rookie in the game right now. Because it’s the anti-Christ that we’re up against,” Reed said, referring to President Donald Trump. “He’s despicable. He’s destructive. He’s a liar. He’s trigger-happy. He’s everything that you don’t want in a President.”…

“Like Biden said, you’ve got to work with everybody to get along,” [Isaac] Moore said. “Back in those days, that’s all there was — segregationists. So what he’s saying is perfectly all right with me, because it’s still that way. You still have to go across the aisle and work with those types of people today to get anything done.”

Bloomberg got same of the same responses in interviewing black South Carolinians (“You have to be able to work with everybody”) and noted, as CNN did, an age gap in views of Biden. Older black voters who experienced segregation seem more willing to shrug off Biden’s comity with segregationists than younger black voters do. Which is good news for Biden on balance: “[T]he generational split may not matter much in South Carolina, where primary voters skew older, according to exit polls from 2016, which show that 47% of voters were between the ages of 45 and 64. The next largest group, 20%, was between the ages of 30 and 44, while voters 65 and older accounted for 19%.” Whoever ends up as the alternative to Uncle Joe in SC will need to turn out younger Democrats en masse or they’re on track to get crushed.

Exit question: Will political media, me included, learn anything from this latest reminder that the only Democratic subgroup that seems to care much about crimes against wokeness is educated white progressives who are Very Online? Exit answer: No way. There’s too much easy bloggy content to write about by pretending otherwise!

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The Word “Racism” Has Lost All Meaning

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In 2006, Michael Richards was very angry when he was continuously heckled while he was on stage doing a stand-up comedy show. Richards, unsure of what to do, began doing what some comedians do when they feel up against the wall. They immediately go to shock value. Richards began throwing around the “n-word” as a way to try to get cheap shock-laughs while freaking out on some hecklers and was labeled a racist for it. The hecklers were black, making Richards’ screaming of the “n-word” a racist act, and fair enough.

Richards has had the label of “racist” attached to him ever since. Thing is, I’m not exactly sure that Richards could be considered a racist. He committed a racist act, to be sure, but in subsequent interviews spanning years, I can only conclude that the guy isn’t actually harboring animosity toward people of different skin color. He was just a bad stand-up comedian who had a moment of panic-induced rage that made him cross a societal line in an attempt to gain footing.

It happens to comedians all the time in varying levels. It recently happened to Whoopie Goldberg. It doesn’t make what Richards did right, but it does offer us context, and context is exactly what seems to be thrown out in almost every accusation of racism nowadays.

As I wrote earlier on Wednesday, Tim Allen topped trending lists on Twitter because of accusations of racism being thrown at him. Why is he racist? Because he doesn’t know how to play spades, and six years ago he tried to reason that saying the “n-word” in a specific context should be allowed if the context has zero racist connotations.

Years of the “n-word” being used by all sorts of people proved Allen correct. One shining example is Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park making an entire episode centered around the Richards incident where they used the “n-word” openly many times. There was little to no blowback over it. Stone and Parker even made the argument in the South Park episode that Richards wasn’t racist, he was just a bad comedian. Richards himself has made that observation.

Here we see four white men using the “n-word” in various contexts, and yet none of them actually are racist when nuances are considered.

Yet context and nuance are given no quarter in today’s social justice infested society.

People are labeled “racist” left and right for simply opposing a person of color in any way regardless of the subject. I was recently labeled a racist for pointing out that twerking on cop cars and sticking your butt out at a camera at a Pride parade does nothing to help acceptance or tolerance of LGBT peoples.

The people in the video and pictures just happened to be black, but being black wasn’t the issue. It didn’t matter. I opposed something black people happened to be doing.

But you don’t even have to be doing anything to necessarily be labeled as racist. Are you a white Republican? You’re a racist? Are you a doctor or a nurse? Kamala Harris thinks you’re a racist. Did you vote for Trump? Clinton thinks you’re a racist. Are you a Hispanic woman wearing a MAGA hat? A white SJW will be along shortly to label you as racist. According to the activist left, Veggie Tales is racist too. Oh, and Lord of the Rings also causes racism to magically appear in people.

Most recently, Steven Crowder was labeled as a racist for daring to call Vox’s Carlos Maza a Mexican, which he is, and is something Carlos Maza proudly calls himself.

What isn’t racist? Anything that the left does.

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace claimed there wasn’t a “strain of racism” on the left. Yet leftists activists and politicians embrace rabid antisemites like Nation of Islam hate preacher Louis Farrakhan, who think Hitler was a great man and that Jewish people are termites. CNN’s Don Lemon called white men the number one threat to America.  Leftist “comedian” Kristine Wong made a YouTube show that openly teaches kids racism against white people.

Even Virginia governors doing blackface seem only elicit a finite outrage from racially obsessed activists.

The word “racism” is no longer a description, and hasn’t been for some time. Now it’s simply a political tool with no meaning. The word doesn’t need context to be used, and you need not worry about dissecting nuance in order to toss it around. Just find something you don’t like and apply liberally. No pun intended.

This isn’t good for obvious reasons. For one, any actual racism gets lost in the minutia. We also lose sight of what actual racism looks like, and soon actual racism gets pardoned as reactive defensiveness against another race over accusations of racism that never happened. We clown ourselves and call it “being woke.”

This is why the word is losing its edge. People having the accusation of racism nowadays are more likely to laugh it off than actually go through the time-wasting process of proving they aren’t. Why should they? The vast majority of people accused of racism did nothing racist at all and have nothing to answer for.

What’s more, the general public isn’t asking them to answer for it either. The only people stomping their feet and demanding a pound of flesh are the mainstream media, politicians, and activists, and they’re losing the public’s ear thanks to overuse of the accusation.

The word “racism” just doesn’t mean anything now, and the left has only itself to blame.

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Buttigieg: Let’s face it, identity politics doesn’t get us very far

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An interesting mild departure from progressive orthodoxy, conveniently designed to blunt one of the core criticisms of his candidacy. Yes, he’s openly gay, but he’s also a middle-aged white guy with an exceedingly elite education. Go figure that a would-be nominee who’s worried about being ruled out by voters on grounds of race and gender thinks maybe we should all focus less on race and gender.

Although, really, he’s not encouraging people to focus less on race and gender. That would make this more of a true “Sistah Souljah moment,” as NBC is touting it. What Buttigieg wants to do is stretch the concept of “identity” so that race and gender no longer have as much potency as they do among the left. We can’t know what it’s like to walk in the shoes of a trans woman of color, he allows — but we also can’t know what it’s like to walk in the shoes of an auto worker who just got laid off and has a family to feed.

“When an auto worker, 12 years into their career, is no longer sure how to provide for their family, they’re not part of the country we think of ourselves as all living in together. That’s why we can’t seem to get on the same page,” Buttigieg said.

Such “divisive lines of thinking” have entered Democrats’ mindset, Buttigieg said, adding: “Like when we’re told we have to choose between supporting an auto worker and a trans woman of color, without stopping to think about the fact that sometimes the auto worker is a trans woman of color, and she definitely needs all the security she can get.”

At least in the room at the Human Rights Campaign gala, his remarks appeared well-received.

We need to tear down the silly Trumpian walls we’ve erected to divide us, he tells the crowd, presumably starting with the wall that makes white male Rhodes Scholars a nonstarter in Democratic primaries.

He’s not going to get anywhere with this among the woke brigades, who’ll remind him that inborn identities are different from trades, as in the auto worker example. He might have done better with them to frame his point in terms of “privilege”: The dispossessed working class of the deindustrialized midwest may be largely white but they know what hardship is, if not the same kinds of hardship as blacks, gays, etc. You can belong to a historically victimized group and still enjoy certain kinds of privilege thanks to your personal wealth that are unavailable to poorer whites. Essentially Buttigieg is trying to elevate class to a capital-I Identity too — something you wouldn’t think parts of the American left would need encouragement to do, but which some do need encouragement to do given how central inborn identity has become to the movement.

I don’t think he’s aiming this message at black voters, though. I think he’s aiming it at the extremely white Bernie brigades, who agree with him that class deserves a much higher priority in American politics generally and on the left especially. Watching this, I wondered what Sanders thought of it. He has a “white guy” problem in the primary too, and as an old-school lefty Bernie’s been invested in class consciousness for decades. Nothing would make him happier than for Democratic voters, especially the black Democrats who remain lukewarm about him, to dispense with identities as an organizing concept and to go all-in on class. Bernie wants to lead a working-class revolution; now here’s Buttigieg nudging identitarian lefties to give the working class at least as much attention and race, sex, and orientation get. I think Bernie would like his speech, unless it ends up with Mayor Pete poaching even more of his voters.

Whatever else you think of his five minutes on this subject here, “crisis of belonging” is a sharp phrase and an apt summary of identity mania in America 2019. Oh, by the way: In the South Carolina poll I blogged yesterday, Buttigieg took 18 percent of the white vote, good for second place — even above Bernie. Among blacks he was at zero.

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