First, let’s do one jibby jab at the consultant class, which now with Biden’s ascension, all of them want a job with the DNC:
I continue to find it genuinely bizarre that wealthy & well-connected media pundits & DC operatives log onto Twitter or go on cable news on a daily basis to scream at young, debt-ridden, working-class and/or lower-income people that *they* are "privileged" for not cheering Biden.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 15, 2020
MSNBC’s Joy Reid recently made headlines by teaming up with Al Jazeera‘s Mehdi Hasan to dogpile progressive commentator Kyle Kulinski on Twitter for saying he refused to support Biden and was fine with Democrats blaming him for a Trump re-election.
“What this kind of thing says to me is that these are not ‘left-wing’ voters. They are privileged white voters who demand to be bowed down to, no different than Trump’s voters want those who are not white and Christian to take the knee for them like in the ‘good old days,’” Reid tweeted Monday evening. “These are voters whose primary concern is that everyone else kneel. That’s it. Kneel. Or they threaten the rest of us with the endless torment of Trumpism. Caged children. Viral death. Poverty. Want. Voter Suppression. Muslim bans. Of course none of this harms or impacts them.”
“Well here is [reality],” Reid continued. “No one is going to kneel. Those who get the danger of Trumpism are going to vote and find enough fellow voters committed to doing the right thing. The danger to living, breathing people is real. Most don’t have the luxury to pout over their preferred candidate.”
There are two problems with this “privileged” narrative, the first being that it is objectively false. As The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald explained in an article published last week, those who participate in America’s two-party voting performance are overwhelmingly richer and whiter than those who decline to participate, with a comprehensive Pew Research Center survey finding that “Nonvoters were more likely to be younger, less educated, less affluent and nonwhite.”
Which makes sense. Wealthy Americans have two mainstream parties which represent their interests to an extent that is directly proportionate to their wealth, while everyone else is aware to a greater or lesser extent that they do not.
And that is the second problem with the “refusing to support Biden is a sign of privilege” narrative: not only is it objectively false, but the exact opposite is true. Refusing to participate in a system you know doesn’t serve you is not a sign of privilege, a sign of privilege is feeling that you can afford to continue to suppoberrt a status quo which murders, exploits and oppresses disadvantaged groups at home and abroad regardless of which party’s sock puppet occupies the White House.
Wild theory here: sneering at progressives and calling Medicare for All proponents “grifters” while promoting candidates, think tanks and front groups bankrolled by Wall Street executives is probably not a good way to unify the Democratic Party.
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) April 16, 2020
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