Five Star Mixtape 386: Four Great Blog Posts and a William Trevor Quote
This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by the loss of meaning, our new narrative, how to be a better friend, whiteness, and the late William Trevor:
"When Words Cease to Matter" by Marianne Constable at Medium's Amor Mundi:
The gravest problem at this moment then lies not in the hate- and fear-mongering racism and misogyny that critics accuse the Republican candidate of engaging in, although these are indeed frightening for many. It lies in the willingness of the President-elect himself and of others to disregard things he has actually said. Such disregard of language goes beyond lying and giving offense. It ruptures the possibility of a meaningful political sphere. Dialogue and discussion, including civil disagreement, depend on words. All become impossible when words cease to matter.
For 15 years, we taught our kids to be respectful. We talked about the high road and the greater good. We talked about the importance of working towards justice. This was our work - to give our kids a moral compass. Now, our country seems to have lost its own. Hate and fear won and we have to explain that to our kids which is not a simple thing.
"Good Housekeeping" by Rowan at CrossKnit:
Friends do exactly what you haven’t been doing. They make sure nobody hurts their friends. It doesn’t hurt your racist homophobic misogynist friends and relatives one bit to be told they’re doing wrong. And yet you haven’t done it, have you? Or, you know… you have… sort of… you participate in a lot of conversations online, okay? But it’s different when it’s Aunt Becky.
Newsflash: it isn’t
I know you’re lazy, American Whiteness, because all those years ago when my dad didn’t have a box to check, you told him he was white. And 30 years later, some guys who were the same religion as my dad but not even from the same part of the world killed 1,000 people in New York City, so you took whiteness away with the same lack of effort with which you gave it.
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