“Oh great, now we’ve got a n****r, a Jew, and a bitch”

That was the quote I overheard in elevator last week. Sometimes I feel like I’ve stepped into this bizarre wormhole that transports me to Stupid Land. Well, this week was a very long and tedious foray into this—hypothetical or not—realm.

Turning on the radio all week was a chore. Our local NPR station was very interested, as most of the nation was, in the rumors that Hilary Clinton was about to be nominated for Secretary of State. I was less than happy for several reasons:

One: I like Clinton, don’t get me wrong, but the mere mention of her name seems to inspire the most vile verbal projectile vomiting in even the most mundane of social conversations. I almost wish, in moments of weakness, that I lived in a Clinton-less world where I never ever had to walk down the street and hear people utilize every gender slur on the book to complain about a female politician they irrationally hate. The daily reminder that no matter how powerful I might become, my genitalia will always be the most pertinent topic is irritating.

Two: If I manage to tune out the sexist bullshit, there’s still the undertone of completely inane political commentary. If you don’t know shit about politics, please don’t pretend you do whilst your eyes roll back into your head and you froth at the mouth with the force of your asinine opinions. Clinton isn’t conservative, nor is she considerably more “hawkish” on foreign matters than Obama. For all the uproar about Clinton’s original support of the Iraqi Occupation (because it’s not a war), Biden was originally more vocal than her. Nobody seemed to give a damn when Biden was tapped for the VP role, even though his legacy is lengthier than Clinton’s, and his penchant for Middle Eastern clusterfucks has been more frankly expressed.

Three: I prefer Obama over Clinton on foreign issues. I do think that she is a tad more hawkish than him, and that his popularity overseas is exactly what the country needs to move back into the good graces of the rest of the exasperated world. I actually like Clinton more when it comes to domestic issues. From her fervent support of gay rights, abortion, and the women’s movement, there isn’t exactly any huge points of contention. Obama, on the contrary, has shown that he is willing to compromise domestic civil rights in the name of “bipartisanship” and to win debates held in evangelical churches. Ideally, I’d like to see Clinton stay in the Senate, or even await a Supreme Court nomination (am I the only one that remembers that she was a lawyer at one point?) rather than serve as the Secretary of State. Ironically, I like Clinton on domestic, and Obama on foreign. I get to see them do the opposite.

Four: Talk of the betrayal of “change”. Look, morons, Obama’s message of Change wasn’t about appointing Yes Men to his cabinet. He has selected extremely qualified individuals with long political legacies and their own opinions. This is a good thing: it prevents the kind of military/industrial coup that characterized the last eight years. Are there better choices? Yes. Do I really truly have reason to be irrationally upset? Hell no. Obama’s picks are competent. All of them could even be President themselves if the unthinkable happens. Part of “bipartisanship” is listening to dissent within your own party. The day that the Democratic party is more willing to play nice with Republicans and social conservatives (shudder) rather than people they actually agree with 80% of the time, is the day that our country goes in the shitter. More than it has already.

Finally: Quotes like the title of this post. Of course, I had to suffer through the same unbearably sexist primaries you all did. Then I had to sit through more stirring of the pot when Clinton’s name was back on the table. Now I got to put up, for the next four years, with assholes complaining about Jews, Blacks, and Women. Goddammit. Look, if you really truly hate women, everyone whose skin doesn’t meet your fascist criterion of whiteness, and those assholes that you claim killed your fictional savior, you can just keep it to yourself. Bigotry isn’t cool and trendy. Shut up and sit down.

Most importantly, I really hate living in a world where someone can say that kind of shit in public and people don’t look at him like he smells like fecal matter, at the least, or punch him in the face, at the most. The morons I shared an elevator with all kept their mouths shut, and three in the corner giggled, including his admiring friend.

The world is really fucked up when people look at people that correct these wankstains, like me, with less understanding than the very pits of human excrement from which such idiocies spew.

In conclusion, I missed two memos: (A) the one issued on November 5th wherein racism was confirmed dead and (B) the one issued at some point where we are instructed to giggle demurely at racial epithets lest we be those poor socially inept fools who correct racist upstanding Americans who express their bullshit opinions in public.

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Posted on November 23, 2008, in America, Feminism, Liberal Dudez, Politics, Racism. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Shocking and maddening. Did you say anything in response? Even though I live in a socially and politically unprogressive area, I’ve never had someone say something disgusting like that in a public place in my hearing. If it happened, first, I would be frightened that someone saying something like that might be not just a bigot but mentally ill, possibly potentially violent, but if there were enough sane-appearing people around I hope I would have the nerve to say something like, “That’s very inappropriate.” I think most people are just scared to be the first to contradict, even if they are shocked by what’s being said and disagree. People can equal “sheeple” at times. Plus. the shock of hearing something this rank can freeze people, too.

  2. “Most importantly, I really hate living in a world where someone can say that kind of shit in public and people don’t look at him like he smells like fecal matter, at the least, or punch him in the face, at the most. The morons I shared an elevator with all kept their mouths shut, and three in the corner giggled, including his admiring friend.

    The world is really fucked up when people look at people that correct these wankstains, like me, with less understanding than the very pits of human excrement from which such idiocies spew.”

    I feel the same way about people who find this guy funny: http://www.youtube.com/user/jonlajoie.

    You know, the kind of people who think gang-raping a little girl while she’s passed out drunk is a memory worth talking about. Criminal scum. But I’m the nutball for pointing out their depravity? Puhleese.

  3. Level Best-
    Yeah, I said, “you might want to talk a little louder so everyone can hear that you’re an asshole”. Apparently calling someone an asshole for expressing racist, sexist, and antisemitic sentiments is more offensive than actually expressing said sentiments. Mad world.

    Syndicalist-
    I really shouldn’t have clicked on that link. I think I did a post a while back about humor that really really blows. I could have lifted an entire doctorate thesis of quotes from that idiocy right there.

  4. I wrote a whole post about guys talking about a gang rape incident they were involved in. I work with these idiots and they read my journals/myspace blogs. Good. I make no apologies for what I said and welcome the consequences.

  5. I am continually astounded by the kind of things people can say without a lynch mob starting. Good for you, calling that guy out on being a prickwad. Maybe he’ll think next time he’s about to say something “funny”.

  6. Crankosaur –
    Ha, that would be the day. There were about six people in the elevator with me, and three snickered at his joke. Three (one of the ones that snickered and two of the ones that didn’t) outright laughed at my quip. So there is some hope.

  7. I have a strategy when someone tells a racist or sexist joke in front of me: I tell them I didn’t understand the joke and ask them to explain it to me, which either humiliates the joke-teller straight off, or forces them to say, “You see, women…” or, “Well, black people…,” in which case they are further embarrassed, whether they know it or not. I highly recommend it. It’s entertaining as fuck.

  8. Thanks Nine Deuce, I am totally doing that next time. Either they pretend that they don’t understand it, or they’re forced to be plain about the racist underpinnings of their joke.

    Ha, how brilliant.

  9. Thanks Nine Deuce, I am totally doing that next time. Either they pretend that they don’t understand it, or they’re forced to be plain about the racist underpinnings of their joke.

    Ha, how brilliant.

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