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Tonight’s Honest Answer Radio Show will be interesting.  I thought I’d share some of the things which are on the table for discussion; so here you go.

All cis-gendered white people, especially males, need to quit their jobs and make room for “oppressed minorities.”  At least, those are the sentiments expressed in this little gem.  I think, after reading the editorial, y’all will understand that Marty and I can’t pass this one by without comment.  Here are a couple of quotes from the piece.

Not to alarm you, but I probably want you to quit your job, or at least take a demotion. Statistically speaking, you are probably taking up room that should go to someone else. If you are a white cis man (meaning you identify as male and you were assigned male at birth) you almost certainly should resign from your position of power. That’s right, please quit. Too difficult? Well, as a first step, at least get off your hiring committee, your curriculum committee, and make sure you’re replaced by a woman of color or trans person. Don’t have any in your department?  HOW SHOCKING.

That’s how the editorial opens; but there is more…so much more.  To wit:

Most of us would not feel comfortable traipsing through a homeless shelter wearing $5,000 worth of accessories, and lighting money on fire. Instead of recognizing our unfair privileges, though, we just build walls around us and project our way of life as normal. Any story you tell about how you got where you are that doesn’t include land theft, profiting off of forced, unpaid labor, illegal occupation, murder, assault, theft, psychological and physical warfare, exploitation, and a culture of complicity is, you know, a lie. How are we going to fight for others when we think we are entitled to everything that was stolen for us?

This is not about shame or guilt. Those things are useless. This is about shifting perspective. I know you’re not going to quit your job, but I want you to understand that you should. And to understand that by keeping your job and your other unearned privileges, you are running a continued debt to marginalized people and you should always be seeking ways to pay us back.

So…yeah, we’ll be discussing that tonight.

Health care is still a big deal, y’all.  You may want to visit this link and bone up on Chuckie Schumer’s comments, because Marty and I have a few notes to give to Chuckie.

Of course we have to talk about the terrorist attacks in Manchester, England.  For an idea about the direction of our thinking on the subject, take a look at the embedded video.  Fair warning:  Sargon, in this video, gets a bit salty with his language, so you may want to cover your children’s delicate ears for this one.  You can be sure that both Marty and I are in total agreement with Sargon, salty language and all.  You know where to find us at 6pm Central tonight, y’all.

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