White Supremacy is in the Small Things

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  Hey, fellow white folk: I really appreciate all the folk standing up lately against white supremacy. Really.  And. Standing up against something egregious is *easy*. You look to your left and your right, and you see lots of people smiling and nodding at you. So it’s easy to chant along.  And. I have to ask. What are you doing about white supremacy when it’s not so obvious?  When Colin Kaepernick takes a knee and can no longer work in his field.  When your uncle (aunt, father, brother, daughter) says “But what about those thugs in #BLM?They’re exactly the same.”…

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Building Rural and Rust Belt Progressivism Through Social Justice

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(Note: Like many of my social justice activist essays, this one is primarily addressed to white people who are exploring activism. The needs and goals and methods of white activists are often very different than their fellow activists who are people of color due to the effects of privilege) My Personal Journey from Libertarian to Progressive: I wasn’t always the left of Lennon lefty lefterson I am now. From my late teens through my early thirties, I was a die hard, but ignorant and OMG hypocritical, Ayn Rand fangirl who considered herself to be the most libertarian of libertarians. I…

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Trumpcare: The Great American Iceberg

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The United States citizenry is in steerage in the Titanic. The Affordable Care Act “replacement” bill (the amorphous one whose name and details keep changing) is an iceberg, and the only people getting a lifeboat from it are the .001%.  The crew is actively blocking attempts to turn the ship away from the danger. Here we are, sitting in the hull, while the engineers and the company that built the ship are taking apart the ship as it’s sailing headlong into the ice. This the situation today. This is the situation in every single authoritarian country in the world. Wait.…

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Reboot and Patreon Announcement

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ReBoot It’s time to reboot. Am I the Only One Dancing has lain dormant now for quite a while. To be frank, I’ve been in mourning since Clinton lost in November, and I’ve been in shock and dismay since Trump took office in January. While all that was happening, multiple rapid changes were also happening in my personal life. To take stock: My husband lost his old job due to physical disability and got a new, lower paying one My youngest son left for the Navy and is now doing well in Navy Nuclear A school. I have hired two…

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