Well, hello there. I believe we’ve met, though one can never be too sure when people just blur into one another; such are the travails of the big City.
I’ve been blogging on Daily Kos since January 2006, overall since early 2005 here in New York on the state blogs. So you might deduce that this is Daily Kos’ MBNYC; and you’d be correct in that assumption. One of the biggest regrets of my blogging life has always been that, contrary to my usual practice, for some reason, at the Great Orange Satan, I preferred the relative anonymity of the simple initial. I think I have enough influence to get that changed without having to give up my prized five-figure UID, but we shall see; among life’s many instances of irksome, that particular subject doesn’t rank all that high.
But enough about me.
I’m here, simply, because the boycott called by robinswing is one that is needed, and deserves my, our support. Why?
Because the party we all belong to, the Democratic one, is emblematic of our society at large. Daily Kos already has a shockingly low percentage of bloggers of color in its user base; the recent bannings have done little to ameliorate that.
Let me tell you a story. My background is largely haute-bourgeois privilege; all the right friends, a good school, advanced degree, nice clothes, haircut, all that. That’s the man MoveOn, bless their pointy little heads, sent to Columbus, Ohio, to walk the streets of the ghetto corralling voters. I had never seen anything like that, until at some point, I just stood on the street with tears coming out of my eyes.
Anyone who tells you that this country is now post-racial, transformed somehow by the transcendent fact that the man in the Oval is dark-skinned, is deluding themselves. It is not so. We see it in the crime statistics, wealth distribution, any metric you may choose.
And we are all of us responsible for this, some more so, some less. But wherever you fall on that continuum, this is cause for all of us to hang our heads in shame.
Surely, we can do better than this.