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Sat Mar 3, 2018, 05:34 PM

"The Right Can't Fight the Future" By Joy-Ann Reid

Source: The Daily Beast


In every way, Donald Trump is a president built for the past; a benighted, late 19th Century figure who spun his supporters a tale that he could restore a bygone era when coal fires burned, factories hummed, steel mills belched out soot and opportunity and a (white) man with a sturdy back, a high school diploma and a song in his heart could buy a little house, marry a little wife and have 3 cherry-cheeked kids he didnít ever have to cook or clean for, plus if he can afford it, a hot mistress on the side. Trump is the slovenly but brash, gold-plated emblem of a time when in the imagination of his followers, black women hummed a tune while they cleaned your house or did the washing, black men tipped their hat on the street but didnít dare look you in the eye, and neither would dream of moving in next door. A time when women asked their husbands for an allowance, not their boss for a promotion, men were ďallowed to be menĒ complete with ribald jokes and a slap on the fanny for the pretty secretary at work, and there were no gays, no trans people, no birth control Ö they somehow just didnít exist! The rural folks were the salt of the earth and we only let in ďa certain kind of immigrantĒ whose only goal was to shake off his ethnicity and ďassimilate.Ē Everyone went to (separate) church on Sundays and everyone ďgot along.Ē Itís a plasticine world that for many must feel like it truly existed, though of course it never did.

Going backward, to a world without ambiguity on race, gender and work is a powerfully attractive idea, particularly for those who fear losing their cultural and social hegemony as the nation browns, and their economic ascendancy as technology creates new industries they scarcely understand.

But hereís the thing: the past really is past. Coal is still a dying industry and America will never again have an industrial revolution. Itís other countriesí turn to do that now. Black and brown people arenít giving up our dignity, including the right to protest and to survive mundane encounters with police. Immigrants arenít going away (and in fact we need them to keep the economy and the safety net flush). LGBT people arenít going back into the closet. And women are staying in the workforce, with many aiming to become the CEO, while insisting on hanging onto our reproductive liberty. There is indeed a sizable minority of Americans who want to go back to the old times. But we arenít going back.

More at https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-right-cant-fight-the-future

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