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[personal profile] crazyjane
Read it, or not. Either way, I've had it.

Oh, it's so fucking easy to just 'blame the Left' for Trump, or the Tories, or Australia's Liberal government, isn't it? As if there's some monolithic group called 'the Left' who sit in their elite cafes with their chai lattes and refuse to 'understand the plight of the working class'. As if people who can't even claim the right - the fucking right - to get married are at fault because others bitch that it's somehow evil. As if people who just want to live through their own faith - and this is the important part - and not try to force others to do the same, somehow threaten the country.

Wake. The fuck. UP. Maybe there is a fundamental disconnect at work here - but blaming 'the Left' and insisting that they need to change achieves nothing but further repression and licence for bigotry. We're supposed to look to our leaders for guidance on how to behave. When those leaders either tacitly give the nod, or actively encourage the kind of behaviour we've seen in the last year, it is not incumbent on us to roll over and show our bellies, and apologise for being in the way of someone's fist or someone's screamed Nazi slogan.

By now, everyone's aware of the immediate effects of Trump's victory in the US Presidential election. Look at the Lefties out in the streets! What are they protesting against, if they didn't want Trump as President, they should have voted for Hillary, don't they know that? Typical professional protesters, never satisfied. That's what we're hearing now from most media, who are falling all over themselves to preserve their ad buys and their access to a new administration.

What they're not saying is that in just a few days, hate crimes have skyrocketed. Go and check out Shaun King's Day 1 in Trump's America for just a sample of how some people have become emboldened to the point of flagrantly assaulting others in broad daylight - and all for the 'crime' of being a person of colour, or a woman (especially a Muslim woman with her oh-so-offensive hijab). Read LGBTI news for the stories of people afraid to show any form of affection for their same-sex partners, for trans people wondering whether it would be 'safer' for them to pretend to be the gender they've never felt they were. Read about the people frightened to the point of being suicidal - and those who already have killed themselves.

This is not confined to the US, though. Go back and read about how British people turned on each other after the Brexit vote. The ones who thought it was somehow perfectly acceptable to scream that those who 'looked like Pakis' (excuse the term) were going to be forcibly booted out of the country. The ones who though it was a good idea to heave bricks through the windows of grocery shops, or follow Muslim women down the street threatening to rape them.

Oh, and just in case it wasn't clear to any of my fellow Australians ... we are no better. Remember the anti-Muslim protests that led to white supremacists assaulting those who stood in solidarity with community members who had legally bought land and received permission to build mosques? (And oh, how jocular that was, when the same people who condemned Muslim women for wearing the hijab covered their own faces with beanies, sunglasses and Australian flag bandannas.) And that's not all. There's the continual anger and despair with which our own LGBTI people have to live because our Prime Minister keeps caving in to those in his government who think there's nothing wrong with denying them equal human rights. The inbuilt prejudice against indigenous people, infantilised by having their benefits sequestered without their consent. The automatic assumption that people with mental health problems are either dangerous, or malingerers who don't 'deserve' our help. The fear with which trans people live every day, because somehow, if they can even muster the courage to report those who assault them to the police, they are to 'blame' for what happened to them.

These are the people that are supposedly 'the Left'. These are the people who live in cities, who get out of small rural communities are soon as they can - because it's the only way they can survive as themselves. Because there's a chance, even just a small one, that in the cities, they can find communities who support them.

These are the people who wept when Trump won the Electoral College (though not the popular vote), and then took to the streets. Who cried out in fear and anger when Britain barely voted to leave the European Union. Who punch walls in frustration and wonder whether marching yet again is ever going to move an Australian government that cares more about lobbyists who seem to have a permanent hold on its policy.

Don't tell me that the Left are to blame. When I see hundreds of queer people hiding their faces and beating the hell out of a bunch of white supremacists, then maybe ... maybe I'll concede that there's equal blame for this shitty fucking situation. I'll own my intolerance for those who refuse to let me, and my friends, live our lives and love as we wish.

The difference - the crucial, essential difference - is that I don't try to make others live as I live.

You want to hate me? Fine. Just don't think that voting in some candidate gives you licence to act on that hate.

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Date: 2016-11-12 12:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tcpip
What you said.

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Date: 2016-11-12 01:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mysterysquid

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Date: 2016-11-12 11:11 pm (UTC)
megpie71: Impossibility established early takes the sting out of the rest of the obstacles (Impossibility)
From: [personal profile] megpie71
I think the saddest thing about the whole "blame the Left" memeplex is the folks who identify as being "on the left" are much more willing to turn around and accept this blame. To think all the problems of the world are things which arise out of them being insufficiently empathic and kind, and the solution to them, therefore, requires them to bend over backwards (further than they already are) to try and fix everything. To surrender more, to concede more, to conciliate more.

Which is the big difference from the folks who identify as being "on the right" - they're largely not prepared to accept anything which happens to them is (or could conceivably be) their fault - and why should they, when the folks on the left are so eagerly claiming responsibility for it? Think about the way the Liberal party under Abbott behaved during the Gillard government - think about the collossal sulks they collectively threw (led by a Tony Abbott who threw his toys out of the pram at every opportunity), the way they quite literally refused to perform their job of representing their electorates in an adult manner but instead tantrumed and stamped their feet and did the political equivalent of holding their breath until they turned blue (or bluer, considering their electoral colour). Bullies flock to the political right, because it means never having to say they're sorry - or indeed, admit they've done anything they might potentially need to be sorry for.

One thing I learned (and I'm a self-confessed leftie, have been for years) in my time as a bully target is this: there is no amount of appeasement which will be enough. A bully will never get enough surrender, enough concessions, enough concilliation - and attempting to sate their needs for those is a losing prospect, because you can pour your entire self into those gaping maws in their soul, and it will still never be enough. But when you stand up, when you strike back, when you glare them down and swear at them and hit back hard, and make sure they are afraid of you in turn, they will respect you enough to leave you the fsck alone.

Another tip I learned as a bully target: when you get a bully away from their audience - when it's just you and them, and their friends and your friends can't see them, they can be nice to you. They can act friendly. They can be understanding and kind and reasonable, and you can start to feel you've gotten through. But that will change as soon as their friends come back into the picture - because as soon as their friends come back in, their essential fear and cowardice will show through, and they'll start in on tormenting you again. This is how they can be nice as pie when there's only one of them, and terrifying in a mob.

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Date: 2016-11-14 12:15 am (UTC)
sheramil: Jack Vance alien by Phillipe Caza (Default)
From: [personal profile] sheramil
Don't blame the left. Blame the several thousand people who voted for Harambe, or Snoke, or Pepe.

if all you have is a bow, every problem looks like a skeleton
- me

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