The Election Was Economics VS. Social Rights
Submitted by: lalapancakes⚫ 5 months ago
Let’s talk privilege and also who the fuck is sick of talking privilege? This gal. Yes, I understand the concept and think it does exist but I’ve never been fully on board with its blanket application. And yes, in a way it is liberating to point reality out for everyone but in another way, it's use can be seen as isolating and limiting. One of the most offensive rants I’ve ever heard on privilege actually came from a black bisexual woman on the radio, recently, as she shrieked down a Muslim woman for daring to not support Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Her argument was just fucking crude. She was pissed off at the Muslim girl for having the audacity to vote for her Muslim family’s safety over LGBQT and black rights. The Muslim woman quietly and kindly explained she didn’t want to see another one of her family’s villages burnt to a crisp from the bombs supported by the Clinton war machine. The other lady just freaked out and shut the Muslim down. It was fucking embarrassing.
To not vote for Clinton because you're terrified of the bombs she will drop on your family is a pretty fucking legitimate reason so you have to ask between an angry LGBQT black woman and a Muslim woman, where is that line of privilege? Who gets to define it? From my perspective, the caste system of privilege should fall along the lines as the person with the most to lose gets the most to say. And yes I am not lost to the irony on how being white gives me a higher place in this game of cat and mouse. Again, I’m not discrediting the reality of privilege. It does exist but is it not fluid? Personally, my only motto on the concern for Civil Rights is don't ask for equality if you're behaving like you're above any other group or demographic. This, I believe, is how the neo-left lost this 2016 election to the neo-right. A sarcastic bully for us moderates!
With this concept of privilege and the election and now an international rise in white supremacy, to think the election ran on anything but issues of privilege would be a full mistake. Sure we have to stare down those “heils” in Maggianos and the swastika’ing of Beastie Boy, Adam Yauch’s park in New York but even though there’s an element of racism that backed Trump, I’ve said it before, there’s another element of those who just want the economics of living to make sense. And to them that takes precedent over this fluid concept of “privilege.” From an economic perspective you have to ask - who the fuck has privilege over another, here? The answer is - barely anyone. This will be true, especially after Trump’s tax bracket collapsation.
The bottom line of what I want to say here is the Trump election comes down to two kinds of thought. There were those who wanted human and social rights, whether it be for fucked up nationalism or LGBQT rights, and then there were those who just wanted a fixed economy. The irony here is classism is a unifying social issue, which neither sets of neos are willing to see. Another more brutal irony is Trump is most likely not going to save America's economy. How the fuck do you expect 20-years of hemorrhaging jobs to fix itself in four years? And how would anyone expect someone with six bankruptcies, who is also presumably in the pocket of Russia, to even have the capability of managing such an issue?
The final irony is it wouldn’t have mattered who won. Hillary would have ignored Standing Rock, perpetuated international war, installed more lobbyists into the government, and mocked rape victims in the same capacity Trump and his party are doing. The basic gist of the 2016 election comes down to two schools of thought. We have people who wanted a stronger economy. We have people who wanted stronger social rights. Neither are wrong... well Naziism is wrong but of the Civil Rights vs. Economic debacle, I seriously doubt either of these wishes are going to come true.