Whites vs. People of Color

“What I came away from the 2020 election knowing was that when given a choice between the worst president in living memory, who would happily dismantle the country and all its institutions if he could suck a nickel out of it — because he did just that for four straight years — and not that, white voters in their majority chose the worst. White voters will not defend the United States against its worst impulses. White voters will not save the United States from itself or anyone else. They’ll let it burn, to “own the libs,” but in reality because they’d rather be on the top of a pile of ashes than just another part of anything else, with people who they don’t see as being like them…

…Trump won seventy million, four hundred thousand votes. Joe Biden, thankfully, won seventy-four million and won a bare majority (50.5%) of the available voting populace, and the majority of the electoral college. White people did vote for Biden, of course; 42% of those who voted. But others voted for him more, in percentages if not raw numbers. Biden won because of black women and black men, because of Hispanics and Latinos, because of Asian Americans, Native Americans and others, all of whom came out to vote for Biden in much larger percentages than white people. They voted despite racist state and federal policies and ploys established to make it more difficult to vote — for fuck’s sake, the Trump administration started dismantling the postal service to keep early Democratic (read: minority) votes from arriving on time, and Republicans from Texas to Ohio made it more difficult to vote early in person. They voted as if their lives depended on it, because they did.”

-John Scalzi, “The Sound of a Landslide Not Happening.” scalzi.com. November 11, 2020.

How Many Licks…?

On reflection, I look at the support that Donald Trump received during this year’s U.S. election and the inescapable conclusion I find myself coming to:

Given the U.S. population, perhaps socialism isn’t a good idea and people are right to be against it.

Big in Japan (Alphaville) Cover by Ane Brun

Winter's city side 
Crystal bits of snowflakes 
All around my head and in the wind 
I had no illusions 
That I'd ever find a glimpse 
Of summer's heatwaves in your eyes 
You did what you did to me 
Now it's history, I see 
Here's my comeback on the road again 
Things will happen while they can 
I will wait here for my man tonight 
It's easy when you're big in Japan 
when you're big in Japan, tonight 
Big in Japan, be tight 
Big in Japan, where the eastern sea is so blue 
Big in Japan, alright 
Pay, then I'll sleep by your side 
Things are easy when you're big in Japan 
Neon on my naked skin, passing silhouettes 
Of strange illuminated mannequins 
Shall I stay here at the zoo 
Or should I go and change my point of view 
For every ugly scene 
You did what you did to me 
Now it's history I see 
Here's my comeback on the road again 
Things will happen while they can 
I will wait here for my man tonight 
It's easy when you're big in Japan 
when you're big in Japan, tonight 
Big in Japan, be tight 
Big in Japan, where the eastern sea is so blue 
Big in Japan, alright 
Pay, then I'll sleep by your side 
Things are easy when you're big in Japan 
big in Japan
big in Japan