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The capacity to be racist

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The brouhaha over the Netflix series ‘Dear White People’ died down months ago. Why, then, are we seeing a resurgence of rancor towards it?  More to the point, why are so many people of non-white ethnic backgrounds suddenly raging over it?

It may have something to do with the recent reemergence of a HuffPo Black Voices clip. Published in May 2017, Justin Simien, the director, joins lead actress Logan Browning for four and a half minutes of spin:  why double standards around racism simply don’t exist; why a show titled “Dear Black People” would be offensive; why the n-word is off-limits to white but not black people; why minority-focused spaces like HuffPost Black Voices exist but HuffPost White Voices does not; and why there’s simply no such thing as reverse racism. (HuffPo)

In light of the recent uptick of hate crimes against Hispanics - committed by whites as well as by  blacks  - people are questioning Simien and Browning's stance that one group of people can not be racis…

USDA Harvest Boxes

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It's no secret that I loathe the Orange One.  I don't loathe Republicans nor conservatism. Hell, I take a conservative stance on some issues.  I don't dislike Trump's supporters. I like America. I respect the Office of the President. My problem rests squarely with The Donald.  
I've sneered at his infantile antics since the 80s.  I detested everything he stood for - greed, the sexual objectification of women, and excess during a time when the average American was suffering due to a recession.  I growled at the way he treated the Trump Frump (hat-tip to Berke Breathed and Bloom County, there). His behavior back then disgusted me.  

His current behavior isn't anything new but is magnified ten-fold thanks to his ability to promote himself easily on Twitter.  Everything he does is asinine.
Thus we come to another asinine idea put forth by Trump and promoted by his administration: Harvest Boxes.
Harvest boxes are aimed at saving $120 billion in SNAP over the next 10 ye…

Introduction

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 The term "snowflake" did not originate with the Right.  Coined originally by Chuck Palahniuk in his novel, Fight Club, it gained momentum among the Left, a way of criticizing its own for being too sensitive, too easily outraged and too entitled.1

There is no realm quite as surreal as the Internet. Rife with safe spaces, trigger warnings, and political correctness, it's any wonder that anyone can express a viewpoint contrary to popular opinion. Expressing oneself plainly often leads to argument-shutdown labels: racist; white supremacist; misogynist; homophobe; Trump supporter; Christian fanatic; hater.

You will find my viewpoints contrary to popular opinion. I make no apology for offending you. I express them freely, attacking the idea or concept behind it. Do not confuse that with attacking the person themselves.

I have protested shit, seen shit, experienced shit, and jumped into street wars with shit long before the majority of my younger readers were born. I believe i…