Two Different Worlds
Category: Op/EdBy: john-russell • 5 days ago • 10 comments
When I started looking through my news feeds for this morning, I couldnt help but notice all the conservative media defense of Jon Gruden.
Donald Trump Jr is trying to turn Gruden into a hero
Don Jr backs disgraced coach Jon Gruden: ‘Let’s see the emails and texts of Goodell and every NFL owner’
To the political right, there is no issue related to what Gruden said in emails denigrating blacks ,women, and gays, to the political right the only issue is Gruden being "cancelled" for his bigotry. To "conservatives" he must be defended, completely.
Sometime in the past 10- 15 years , but moreso all the time now, the Republican Party is no longer a party of trying to make working people lives better, it is exclusively a party of grievance, a grievance usually associated with defense of white males.
The Democrats propose programs to help working people through expanding programs related to health care, child care, free community college, senior care, expansion of medicare, etc, and the Democrats want a society of diversity and inclusion.
The Republicans today are completely enmeshed in grievance. Instead of simple acceptance that Gruden stepped way over social boundaries and doesnt belong in a high profile entertainment job, the right actually promotes Gruden as the "real victim". Does that sound familiar? Many white racists believe that they are the real victims, but based on what? The fact that people oppose racism now instead of just ignoring it?
We have one of the two major political parties whose existence and appeal is now entirely to the butthurt "patriots" , coincidentally enough, just like Jon Gruden. Gruden vented about women refs in the NFL, black players kneeling in protest, gay players drafted by NFL teams, and he objected to NFL rosters that contain guys who had run ins with the criminal justice system (another anti black thought) .
It is very appropriate that right wingers leap to the defense of Jon Gruden, he is exactly who they are.
One side wants to help "the people". The other side wants to attack "the wrong people".