Understanding Timothy Caughman’s Murder

I think there’s an instinct to turn off the news in “Trump’s America” and hide from it now that the initial shock seems to have worn off, but it’s worth reminding that for a lot of people, that is not an option. There are people who want to be like they’re suddenly woke now, but remember Erykah Badu said to stay woke. Stay being the operative word.

The fact we are living in “Trump’s America” is an everyday reminder that some less than 26% of Americans voted to put in enforcers of racial caste, people who are ready to sell our country – quite literally to Russia and pawn off our national lands to companies who would cause environmental disasters, and make the lives of the vulnerable even more miserable.

As I climb up my career ladder, the more I see into the lives of people who literally have said to me “I’m just going to turn off the TV for four years.” I also won’t forget the absolute hypocrisy of so-called progressives giving these voters undeserved empathy and understanding. I have become even more sympathetic to disruptive protests and actions because people “on our side” (whatever that really means) but aren’t facing the consequences directly would prefer to hide in comfort instead, people who are actually able to actually change the outcome but would rather see incidents like Timothy Caughman’s murder as an unfortunate anomaly rather than for what it really is. Racial violence. Violence against trans people. Trumplandia. It’s more than simple hate.

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Remixed Tribalism and Gomorrah

Weekend reading, passage from Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano. Living a life where I could easily unmoor myself from my different roots if I wanted to, I’m only fascinated more about how tribalism continues to permeate and remixed itself in our psyches despite our modern global lives. Maybe in the end we all have a desire to 落葉歸根, to return to the source. I’ve always lived in port cities and in a country where we’re rootless and encouraged to be so, to be Strangers on a Pier. Maybe it’s why Americans have a fascination with Joseph Campbell Mythologies, super heroes and Star Wars, especially because so many of us increasingly lack common tribes, stories, and kinship with each other. I won’t shake off the ones I belong to, and I realized a long time ago I can’t anyway and don’t have the patience for the respectability politics to accommodate discomforted others. It’s everyone’s unconscious obsession, on this part of my pretty closed life despite always being on the soc meds all the time, I am transparent about that.

Weekend reading, passage from Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano. Living a life where I could easily unmoor myself from my different roots if I wanted to, I'm only fascinated more about how tribalism continues to permeate and remixed itself in our psyches despite our modern global lives. Maybe in the end we all have a desire to 落葉歸根, to return to the source. I've always lived in port cities and in a country where we're rootless and encouraged to be so, to be Strangers on a Pier. Maybe it's why Americans have a fascination with Joseph Campbell Mythologies, super heroes and Star Wars, especially because so many of us increasingly lack common tribes, stories, and kinship with each other. I won't shake off the ones I belong to, and I realized a long time ago I can't anyway and don't have the patience for the respectability politics to accommodate discomforted others. It's everyone's unconscious obsession, on this part of my pretty closed life despite always being on the soc meds all the time, I am transparent about that.

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Trump and Daily Living: Can Americans Take It?

Charles M. Blow ‘First They Came For…

“This has come as a great shock and demoralizer to many Americans, not necessarily because they didn’t think Trump was capable of such depravity, but because they simply were unprepared for the daily reality of living a nightmare. There is an enduring expectation, particularly among American liberals, that progress in this society should move inexorably toward more openness, honesty and equality. But even the historical record doesn’t support that expectation.”

This is my fear about America, most people do not having a living or even a collective memory of what it’s like to live under a daily assault to your senses, dignity, and even for those that do, this is a different animal. There’s a belief things will turn out okay, and that’s just not true. I generally like being positive, but experience teaches me otherwise.