As an anarchist, I find this woman's language silly and offensive, not to mention lazily progressive.
But seriously, three big problems with this piece:
1) It flies in the face of the far more salient trend that White Americans are losing significant political power. See the short post linked below for snapshot.
2) At no point does Ms. Johnson use any evidence of anything said or done by the Democratic Party. Either she couldn't be bothered to (at the very least) quote some "straw man" Democrat out of context, or she doesn't realize that Democratic Socialists are very, very different from the Democratic Party! All the socialists I know would cringe if you called them liberals. If any of my middle school students wrote something with such sparse supporting evidence, I'd make them re-write it.
Also, I'd love to know who said "victim class," and in what context, since it's in quotes!
3) Finally, does the author really believe that those who hope to improve our country through government need to stop talking about racism and sexism? Really? These social injustices are less problematic than politicians who don't pander enough to White people? I don't know what your experience living in Memphis is like, but I think our community might want to talk a bit more about that White supremacy and patriarchy "liberal blather".
Ms. Johnson, I believe this piece is out of touch with current electoral results, it lacks any shred of evidence from the party in question, and it misjudges the urgent social problems of our time.
Memphis Flyer, I love reading your paper and website, but this is the laziest and most ignorant piece I've ever seen you publish.
By Toby Sells
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