A Black president, Birthism, Tea Party, Insurrection

    January 12, 2021

    “And then I remember Obama’s words, after the murder of George Floyd, to the effect of: “Think of what it takes for a black person to love America.” And it makes me weep.”

    -Francis P Detweiler

    ‘It feels sometimes like we’re dragging America kicking and screaming toward its own creed.’ Baratunde Thurston explains how Black Americans show up for America and implores Republicans and others to, ‘join us because we’ve been fighting this a long time.’

    Black Americans consistently show up for this nation an implores Republicans and other Americans “join us because we’ve been fighting this a long time.” [MSNBC]

    -Baratunde Thurston

    Link to Baratunde’s soundbite:

    https://www.msnbc.com/11th-hour/watch/baratunde-thurston-black-americans-consistently-show-up-for-this-nation-99182661664?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma

    Recently posted podcast, Why Is This Happening, with Ta-Nehisi Coates and host Chris Hayes:

    ‘One day after the attack on the Capitol, Chris Hayes and author Ta-Nehisi Coates sat down to process what we witnessed as a nation and what it reveals about the fragility of American democracy.’

    https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9wb2RjYXN0ZmVlZHMubmJjbmV3cy5jb20vd2h5LWlzLXRoaXMtaGFwcGVuaW5nLXdpdGgtY2hyaXMtaGF5ZXM/episode/Z2lkOi8vYXJ0MTktZXBpc29kZS1sb2NhdG9yL1YwLzBGc0JSbWVUSFBScGxPdTFLek1QVmZlM0c0YVpOY0ZDU1hWdmwyVjNqNWs?hl=en&ved=2ahUKEwjcw8vsqJfuAhWUKM0KHZcACCoQieUEegQICRAF&ep=6

    RELATED READING:

    Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy by Chris Hayes

    We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    ‘You cannot stand for “law & order” while waving away lawlessness, or champion the pro-life cause while waving away murder. You cannot support police by the murder of police officers. You cannot support religious liberty by trashing the US Constitution.’

    -Russell Moore

    ‘Last week’s attack on the US Capitol was like watching the death flowering of a rotten right-wing ideology. A death flowering tree might look bright and draw attention, but that very flowering signals it’s actually diseased and rotten to its core.’

    ‘It might take months or years, but the tree is doomed. Those rioters are the death flowers of a racist patriarchy. Their chaotic growth, bursting energy with no direction, the urgency against losing entitlements, and the omni-directional anger based on lies.’

    -Eric Holthaus

    “Certainly anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.” (Certainement qui est en droit de vous rendre absurde est en droit de vous rendre injuste. [Beinecke Library/Yale]

    -Voltaire. Questions sur les miracles, 1765.

    MAY NEW LEADERS ARISE.

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