The world has never lacked for young, spoiled white people (perhaps mostly men), who grumble ungratefully at their parents (perhaps mostly moms), who’ve done the work of putting food on a Thanksgiving table, and instead return to their onanistic gaming aeries with loaves of bread (no roses) and an absolute assuredness that they know better than everyone else and that one of the great injustices of the world is the ban on them saying whatever vulgar thing they’d like to.
This, from Rebecca Traister’s latest piece, describes me...until after “better than everyone else.”
I’m dumb and I think I’m smarter than everyone else. I’m ungrateful for whatever’s been given to me. I love video games and honestly spend most family functions playing them (I think my family is 60% Trump voters so honestly better than driving a steak knife into my aunt’s left hand).
In recent days, there’s been a call from the new left of the Democratic Party to move away from so-called “identity politics” – that is, championing the rights of women and minorities – to appeal to the so-called“working class.” Really, they mean the Midwest-dwelling white people who used to vote Democrat and probably haven’t since Bill Clinton, if not earlier.
What appealed to me about the party is the very things that are now being blamed for the party’s defeat. Its intersectional approach, its embrace of women’s rights and LGBT rights and civil rights.
It would be a tremendous mistake of the party to step away from the things that make the party a beacon of hope for so many people just to appeal to people like me.
The Democratic Party’s current coalition is strong enough and wide enough to win. With a candidate less controversial, in a year less toxic to career public servants, it would have.
Rebecca Traister’s full piece for New York Magazine is available here.