On Gag Reflexes And Swallowing Fear

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I was going to include this in my weekly breakdown post, but realized it was going to be longer than a few sentences. I’ve bumped it up to post level.

I tried to stifle a groan and move on, but there’s been a dozen articles in response to some idiot taking up space at WaPo with an OpEd column who claims to speak for the GOP:

People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.

I laughed, not because I think it’s funny, but because Richard Cohen is ridiculous and now because so many people have written responses to one little blurb, this guy is getting the most attention of his career. For the record, he has clarified he likes interracial couples and LGBT folks. White people with black friends can never be racist, afterall! And I’m sorry to add to it, but there’s a bigger point to be made. He speaks the truth according to how some people in this country think – whether they’re in the GOP or not. Whether they’re white or not. Whether they’re women or men. And they can all #haveaseat as the kids say.

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Congrats To First Lady of New York City-Elect Chirlane McCray And The Potential Dominance Of White Men/Black Women Power Couples

V for Victory from the deBlasio campaign last night!

We have the FLOTUS and now New Yorkers have a FLONY who’s also an African American woman (it’s been 20 years since Joyce Dinkins). The world looks up to NYC for many reasons, so this is huge and I can’t remember when I’ve been this excited curious about an election in a city I no longer live in (except when I voted for Dinkins). Obviously the congrats are extended to Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio! Oooh, you know this is going to cause a few heart palpitations for all sorts of reasons! And this will not be a discussion about the individual political viewpoints of the politician in question as we’ve seen how lack of true allies and infrastructure make it difficult to enact “change”. And Mayor de Blasio campaigned on a platform that wanted to shift some of Michael Bloomberg’s policies. The ones that made NYC extremely difficult for true Middle Class folks to live there at all. Let alone the poor. Not to mention the violence. And I’m not talking about crimes committed between the populace, but what many view as “questionable” police action. We’ll see what the De Blasio administration achieves.

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