In brief: I hit my red state shaming breaking point this week with “progressives” telling Hoosiers variations on “you got what you deserved because voting.” Elon James White from This Week in Blackness caught the beginning of my rant, jumped in, and then brought it to TWiB Prime the next day.
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I got a little upset on Tuesday. If you’ve been around my platform for more than a minute, you know I don’t take kindly to red state shaming and I will demand you return your “progressive” and/or “liberal” card if you abandon people who “vote wrong” because they “got what they deserved.” I care about everybody. (Please see my “ICYMI I love Texans and All the People in All the Places” post from 2013.) I’m still waiting to hear what so-called progressives think should be done with the folks who voted wrong, couldn’t vote, etc. Are we going to toss them out into the street? Should they be hungry, homeless, sick? How very progressive of you.
I storified my Tuesday rant, which the lovely folks at This Week in Blackness (TWiB) jumped in on and then discussed the next day on TWiB Prime:
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If you want to scan past the delightful opening banter, the Indiana discussion starts at 15:00.
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