Friday wrote:Look at that. Look at what MLK had to fight against.
And he won.
Not just him, but the people who followed him.
They fought, they bled, they died. But in the end, they won.
I wouldn't frame it like that. What's the end? What's winning?
I think a lot of people talk about the Civil Rights Movement as something that happened in the past, but it isn't. It never ended, it hasn't been won, we're still living in it.
Which obviously isn't to diminish the hard-won victories of the '50s and '60s and the progress in both policy and public opinion that people like MLK fought and died for. But the work remains unfinished.
Romosome wrote:I know everyone doesn't want to feel like a fool, and that 2016 had a lot of soothsaying that turned out to be bullshit. I went around telling people "it's fine there aren't enough old white voters to elect Trump".
But this is a very different scenario from 2016 and the data is bearing it out. We can be sure Trump's support is eroding because we can see him actually eroding it in real time.
“Trump Could Not Be More on the Wrong Side”: New Poll Shows Trump’s Black Lives Matter Protest Response Could Cost Him 2020
This is still a pretty small sample and we can't draw the big clickbaity conclusions from it that the article does. Even if it was completely accurate, we can't just sit on our hands. But the fact is that the wind is in our favor.
I continue to believe that Trump's best chance at winning in November is a massive voter disenfranchisement campaign. Keep an eye on what's going on in the swing states, Wisconsin in particular.
(Speaking for Arizona: I'm cautiously optimistic. There are likely to be problems, but we've got Democrats in charge of our voting infrastructure both at the state level and in Maricopa County, the major population center. We can reasonably assume they won't try to ratfuck the election in favor of Trump, though that's not to say there won't be problems. Plus, we've got an excellent mail-in voting infrastructure; I put our primary ballots in the mail this morning.)