6/29/16 – New Episode of ‘Talk Sex w/ Podrick Payne’ #GameOfThrones #WindsofWinter #Troy

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Season 6.10 “Winds of Winter” #TROY!!!!!

(00:52) #CelloPianoMusic + #CreepyChildren, The Mountain and The Septa, Sweet Outfits, and terrorism in Kings Landing. Tommen, sigh T_T. The Citadel #OldTown, Life is irregular… #ChekhovsBook #WhiteRavens are expensive. Jon vs Sansa, Little Finger vs Jon? #WinterisComing Sansa > Jon. Daario is gone, eh. #TOWEROFJOY pt. 2 #R+#L=#J and #ChekhovsNurse Arya the smiling Murderer. Joey called it #FireandBlood, also Olenna > Sand Snakes #UltimateFanService and finally Margery played the game well. #RIPTyrells #Troy! #Troy!

(51:04) #RogueMaesterNation Joey, Stephen, and Clare are huge nerds. Who will inherit HighGarden. More Shout outs to Margery. Dany lands in Oldtown? What will Euron do? Magic Horns? Where is Kinvara? THE MANDERLYS!!! Factions up North? Dawn? More of Dorne? Maesters start playing a bigger narrative role?

(01:20:45) “The Light of the Seven” – aka that sweet ass score from the season finale – by Ramin Djawadi

Notes:

Happy Wednesday Everyone! #Troy #SeasonFinales T_T

Another big thank you to Clare Sobetski for joining us this week.

It’s been an awesome season of Television, thank you so much to all our wonderful listeners.

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And so the Tenth month wait beings…

6/22/16 – New Episode of ‘Talk Sex w/ Podrick Payne’ #GameOfThrones #BattleoftheBastards #BattlesofIceandFire #MaritimeLaw

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Season 6.09 “Battle of the Bastards” #BattlesofIceandFire

(00:52) Joey, Dujie, and Stephen attempt to recap this week’s episode! HOLY SHIT. Dany used some Rare Candies to level up. #dragonrage Grey Worm’s sweet moves, and Tyrion sweet words… The progeny get a chance to redeem their predecessors #DanyTyrion2016. Fur looks bad ass. Rickon, one word #SERPENTINE!! Cold Winds up North. Did Sansa fuck up? John is the luckiest man alive, #CreatorsOwnWords Medieval Warfare is crazy, but highly entertaining. BraveHeart Yara + Dany #QueensFTW Ending with fun theories for the final episode (book spoiler free).

(48:59) #RogueMaesterNation Joey and Stephen are huge nerds, still… This is all just fun and short speculation for the final episode and seasons to come.

Notes:

Happy Wednesday Everyone! #MARITIMELAW

Apologies we were extra silly this episode, and referenced the “Inside the Episode” way too much. We will always love you Dave and D.B.

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6/14/16 – New Episode of ‘Talk Sex w/ Podrick Payne’ #GameOfThrones #NoOne #DragonTales

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Season 6.08 “No One”

(00:52) Joey and Stephen attempt to recap this week’s episode! Arya is not dead to Joey’s minor disappointment. Kings landing is still meh, at least a sparrow died #melon, Tommen just ruined Clegane bowl, and Cersei is planning a #micdrop. Telling jokes with Tyrion, Greyworm, and Missandei…thank god Daeny is back. #slaveryisstillawful Varys where you going bra? Proposals for Dorne with fulfillment #milktoast. WATCH #WhaleRider!!! Is Varys a mermaid? #swish Brienne + Jaimie, Pod + Bronn = best part of this episode. Jaime is dyslexic. T_T #RIPBLACKFISH T_T #offscreen. Edumure, WATCH #OUTLANDER! Machismo fuckery…SOO MUCH FANSERVICE #TheHound kills again, #chickens. #BwithoutB is b. Arya escapes fucking TreadStone #JasonBourne. Arya Stark of Winterfell.

(59:50) #RogueMaesterNation Joey and Stephen are huge nerds. Varys is going to Faegon still, sadly no dick warts, #rolltide. Arya goes to the edge of the known world? Brienne and Pod heading to the brotherhood? #ladystoneheart it may have been too long… Daenerys Stormborn’s #DragonTales #DragonZord

Notes:

Happy Tuesday Everyone! #DragonTales

Happy Birthday to our Luckswing brother Dujie Thaht and our Luckswing #1 Fan Clare Sobetski

HBO’S Extra – Dance of Dragons – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJVVwWN2zNY

Whale Rider – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtZC5OOxoAQ

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6/07/16 – New Episode of ‘Talk Sex w/ Podrick Payne’ #GameOfThrones #TheBrokenMan #HoundArya2016

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Season 6.07 “The Broken Man”

(00:52) Joey, Stephen, and DUJIE reunite to recap this weeks episode, book spoiler free! THE HOUND IS BACK #FUCKYES ARYA HOUND MUST REUNITE. Margery Tyrell long gaame, #queen. Politics in Kings Landing. Canvasing in the cold with Sansa Stark and Jon Snow. BELLA RAMSAY is Lyanna Mormont! Jon speaks simply, Sansa writes an ominous letter. Kingslayer vs Blackfish. Thank GOD BRONN IS BACK. Arya is just dead, good by Braavos!! #2yearslost THE WORST THERAPY EVER, THEON + YARA #FRATFRATFRATFRATFRATFRAT Redemption, destiny, fuck the #Brotherhood. The Hound has his axe. #AryaHound2017

(50:31) #RogueMaesterNation Joey and Stephen get real nerdy and speculative. Faegon has dick warts. Quaith saves Arya? All landings lead to Dorne…#fuckthesandsnakes Sam and Gilly to Braavos, Arya must be saved? How does Arya get to the Hound, Nymeria returns? #LADYSTONEHEART

Notes:

Happy Tuesday Everyone! #TheHound2016 president.

Hooray! Dujie has returned from galavanting all over the world. #poacheddragoneggs

Arya cynicism continues.

Shout out to Storm of Spoilers for the Waif checking privileged point.

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5/31/16 – New Episode of ‘Talk Sex w/ Podrick Payne’ #GameOfThrones #BLOODOFMYBLOOD #BLOODRIDERS

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Season 6.06 “Blood of My Blood”

(00:52) Joey and Stephen do a post-dim sum recap of this weeks episode, book spoiler free! Arya, the worlds worst assassin, plays with in plays #avatarthelastairbender, and a simpler House of Black and White. #fuckthewildlings at Horn Hill, WTF ARE YOU DOING WITH THAT SWORD SAM? Dany gives the classic “CLEAR EYES FULL HEARTS CAN’T LOSE” in flawless Dothraki. #GoPanthers! FUCKING UNCLE BENJEN IS BACK FINALLY!! #NOELKTHOUGH Lastly RIVERLANDS RIVERLANDS, AND Margery’s long game. Efficiency has come, but plot-lines thought lost are coming back? #hope #ladystoneheart

(55:37) The adventures of Rogue Maesters continue (ignore banana joke…), looking into dem glass candles. Will the wall fall down? Is Aegon Targ coming? Arya much chiller book experiences in the House of Black and White. Will we see HIGHGARDEN EVER?? Oh. and the Blackfish.

Notes:

Happy Tuesday Everyone! Remember you are all Bloodriders.

The Riverlands as described by the Blackfish:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2JJ-KUZbOI

Bonus points to those who got the Heroes reference.

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5/24/16 – New Episode of ‘Talk Sex w/ Podrick Payne’ #GameOfThrones #HODOR #HOLDTHEDOOR

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Season 6.05 “The Door” T_T

(00:52) Joey and Stephen do a recap of this weeks episode, book spoiler free! LittleFinger’s plan always = Teferi’s puzzle box? Episode titles are important? HOLY CRAP TIME TRAVEL?! MANDERLYS!! Pissing contest on the Iron Islands, F**k R’hllor, WESTEROSI BARBARIANS, children vs men, playing tag…and more!!!

(1:00:44) Here is Rogue Maester land: TIME TRAVEL WTF CONTINUES, Jorah to Asshai? Victarion Greyjoy, COLDHANDS AND MORE!!!

Notes:

On-time two weeks in a row!! Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Apologies Stephen is recovering from bronchitis and there is coughing episode pause somewhere in the middle.

There are a lot of weird bits of useless trivia this episode…

Bonus points to those who get the Magic The Gathering reference.

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5/17/16 – New Episodes of ‘Talk Sex w/ Podrick Payne’ #GameOfThrones

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Season 6.04 “Book of the Stranger”

(00:52) Joey and Stephen do a recap of this weeks episode, book spoiler free! Jon and Sansa’s reunion, budding romance between Tormund and Brienne, #fuckthewildings = #Trump2016, Dany’s #throughthefireandflames,GOOD SOUP and, more!

(102:44) Not a ton of book nerdiness this week: more chain jokes, clegane bowl?, fuck dorne, and the Seige of Meereen

Notes:

We were actually on time this week!! Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Hopefully we won’t be as brain dead next week. #birthdays

Shout out to Dujie Tahat, as he is doing extensive food and NBA playoff research in the Bay Area.

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The church of chance: Creating space, making worlds between the lines of Coloring Book

“You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable.” –Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

“If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.” –James Baldwin

“You might not know what it’s like to live your life inside a burning housing, holding your rifle just so that you can continue to hold onto your daughters.” –Ashley Jones, “Chiraq

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This year alone, 200 people in Chicago have been shot and killed with another 1,088 injured. Nearly half of the city’s homicide victims1 were between the ages of 17 and 25. Gun violence disproportionately affects and is perpetrated by Blacks and Hispanics. Black-on-black or brown-on-brown crime has oft been the boogie man for “tough on crime” politicians. Recent work, however, has deepened understanding and is beginning to reframe the issue as a manifestation of post-traumatic stress disorder. More than 40% of patients to go through Chicago’s Cook County Hospital showed symptoms of PTSD. Childhood development makes PTSD in kids difficult understood and unpredictable. Programs around the Chi have recently sprouted to address youth PTSD like the Urban Warriors program, which partner kids “who live in high-violence neighborhoods, with veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan and who might understand what they’re going through.

It’s impossible to remove Chance the Rapper’s music from the context of gun violence and the psychological effect it’s had on the generation of Chicagoans he represents or the city of Chicago itself— and the conditions of the city’s southside that raised him.

Chicago is the most racially segregated city in America. Racist housing policy, irresponsible city planning, and a culture of incarceration2 has collectively lent itself to a generation of fatherless kids who regularly lose childhood friends to gun violence but still give thanks for not getting shot today, wanting nothing more than to simply grow up to be alive.[/note] What are we even doing here? There is no place for this in America.[/note]

Coloring Book is a remarkably grounded exercise in world-building. In the mixtape’s universe, it/he/we are lucky, blessed, consecrated, fortunate, exalted, glorified, all the above to even see the light of day. The unlikely endeavor of being, breathing, and creating is made remarkable and remarked upon.

The album and its creative force Lil Chano have breathed dazzling horns and insurmountable energy into an unprecedented sound coming from a Chi-town hip hop scene still shaking its recent drill music past. As the dominant type of Chicago rap,3 Drill has often been—rightly or wrongly—scapegoated as a primary reason for Chicago’s violent youth culture. It may or may not be, but Coloring Book4 offers a whole other world filled with love, self-reflection, and faith.

Art is either a reflection or a forecast of the culture it represents. With murder rates rising in Chi-town, I hope that that’s the case here.

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One of Chano’s most obvious retreats was and is church. For a boy on the come up, church is a place full of contradictions. Heaven and hell. Sermons and serpents. Jeremiah and Job. The sole pursuit of faith balanced with the need for communion. The holiness of God and the lascivious world of temptation.

Listening to Chance’s latest drop for the first time, you knew to expect church. Coloring Book, it turns out, is cathedral of a mixtape filled with echoes and confession, celebration and sin, supplication and rapture. It’s the highest form of what he’s been reaching for to date.

Chance greets us in “All We Got” as cheerful as ever. The song serves as a life-update,5 a dedication6 and celebration.7

To hear Kanye West say “music is all we got”—and mean it—is an echo of an earlier Kanye. The pink-poloed-All-Falls-Down-backpack-slangin Kanye. We need more of that Kanye, which we caught a glimpse of in The Life of Pablo. The pairing of Ye and Chano is an echo of that opening salvo too. Midway through Chances first verse, he even snatches a rhythm from the earlier tune. At the same time, the song is an open confession that the music isn’t everything—that work must still be done:

Wish I could tell you it’s ready
Tell you it’s ready today
They don’t give nothing away
You gotta fight for your way
And that don’t take nothing away
Cause at the end of the day

We may not have much, but this is all we got. This music that you’re bumping to with the windows down, hauling ass down the turnpike. This love, this family, this song—it all confesses to the miracle of being.

To prove Chano still cares about a mixtape, you don’t have to look farther than the next song “No Problem.”8 Mixtapes and the ubiquity of free music have been a yacht-sized thorn in the side of the industry. “No Problem” is a celebratory fuck you to record labels and their A & R’s. And while they foreshadow a choir of upcoming features, 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne represent two of the biggest rappers to have built their careers releasing 36 combined mixtapes.

Chainz stays weird,9 funny,10 and humbled.11 Weezy turns in one of his best verses in years,12 reminding everyone he is the undisputed champ of the mixtape class and culture.13 In a 40-bar romp, he weaves through the perks of being king and packs a dozen rhymes into two different four-bar stretches. Add Weezy F to the list of rapper resurrections Chance has presided over.14

Church needs faith, and Chance puts faith in the self-evident. I woke up this morning. My life is perfect. You’re special. On “Summer Friends” we see that that faith and enthusiasm emanates from tragedy and loss. Under the weight of layers and auto tune, Jeremih reaches for something incredible. Chance cuts through that suppression with a fun story about growing up in the Chi that turns into an all too real experience for most kids in the summer:

First day, nigga’s shooting
Summer school get to losing students
But the CPD getting new recruitment
Our summer don’t, our summer, our summer don’t get no shine no more
Our summer die, our summer time don’t got no time no more

Tragedy and loss are no strangers to youth of Chicago. Through the heat of a thick August, you can hear Lil Chano crooning, “Summer friends don’t stay.”

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As a new father surrounded by this tragic inevitability, family has clearly taken on new meaning for Chance. This isn’t any clearer than in “Same Drugs,” a tender song about the moment the yellow marble turns a partly blue.15 It’s about growing up, not just for yourself but for the one you knew, the one you love, and the one you raise.

In a clever reframing of the Peter Pan, Chance becomes the boy who never grows up—who Wendy is, on the other hand, has many possibilities. Obviously, she’s the eldest Darling child with a “motherly” personality who eventually chooses to abandon childish things.16 Then there’s Wendy from Kanye’s “Homecoming”—a girl you’ve known since three who you loved and lost but still calls to talk about the kids wanting to be like Kanye.17 Through watching Wendy grow old, it exposes Chance as a proxy for yourself growing old too. “Don’t forget the happy thoughts” turns into a plea for Wendy and self.

Collapse the artist Chance with the person Chance,18 Wendy is both his fiancée and daughter. Despite an emotional proximity, Chance and his fiancée live vastly different day-to-day lives19 that have to be reconciled when they come home together.20 Wendy is the little one you don’t want to grow any older.21

Not unlike “Summer Friends,” “Same Drugs” is fun and easy to sing along to—because drugs—but implicit in the “We don’t do the same drugs no more” is the realization that growing up sucks. Wendy is that girl in elementary school I sold the crack pipe to at the gas station. Wendy is my little sister. Wendy is my 1-year old daughter learning to fly. All you need is happy thoughts.

Wide eyed kids being kids
When did you stop?
What did you do to your hair?
Where did you go to end up right back here?
When did you start to forget how to fly?

The end of childhood is tragic. It’s at that precise moment—the inflection point of every childhood—that “We don’t do the same drugs no more” turns from a fun, meme-able refrain into a chilling diagnosis for how we got here and how we ended up so far apart.

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 Coloring Book is simultaneously responding to its environment while closing the trilogy. Chano has a real sense of scope and legacy, and he’s spoken on the desire to complete a holy mixtape trinity. He told Complex recently, “Everything you write as an artist is about your legacy and your catalog, and how you would look in a museum.”

If you hung up the cover art of Chance’s mixtapes like it were a museum installation, you’d get an indication of how much each of Chance’s works speak to each other.22 The tryptic gives us a small arc of Chance’s career and growth as an artist. A young rapscallion on 10 Day, Chano was fixed on something higher—warm while the world remained cold.

On Acid Rap, he’s looking right23 at you, eyes wide open, straight ahead. He becomes purple24 as he seeks balance throughout the mixtape. He is the color of an august album that learns to celebrate not in spite but exactly because of the “kid’s toetagging” and “everybody dying in the summer.”

In the three years between Chance2 and Chance3, he became the first independent artist to perform on Saturday Night Live then did it again. He negotiated a rare deal (for a friend) with the largest music distributor in the world that guaranteed his music remained not just free but for freedom. He lectured at Harvard. He starred in a VICE short film.  He graced tracks for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, West, Madonna and Mike Tyson, Busta Rhymes, James Blake, Lil Wayne, his actual brother Taylor Bennet, and like 20 other folks. He put on free shows all over his hometown and surprise-chaperoned Chicago Public School field trips. He constantly raised up his community. He had a daughter.

It’s no wonder that on the cover of Coloring Book, he is now cool one, and all that warmth, he’s imposed upon the world.

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Chance makes the music I wish I had. Not just because it’s genre-bending but because it has a force of faith and enthusiasm I wish I had the tenth of to put into any work I’ve ever made. To do and create a Great Thing requires not only imagining it but a full-hearted belief that it is achievable and that I am the only one capable of making it so. In the deeply personal space of creating art, it is an act of faith in one’s self. Being and doing and acting on that faith is a radical form of self-love, and now is the time for self-love in Chicago and across a country dealing with the worst political identity crisis in a hot minute. This is all we got.

Part of Chance’s gift is his comfort and conviction of metaphors like serpents and mustard seeds, but what makes him truly special is the sweeping world he’s able to build out of his faith. Chance is the master of the cold reference and uses them to create worlds—pulling as easily from Western literary canon25 to modern black street art26. He’s just as comfortable calling on Harry Potter27 as he is speaking Hebrew.28

We expect from art—and especially faith—to be whole and irreproachable, but Chance admits freely that it’s all broken, fragmented, and rarely purely his. Instead, he arranges and rearranges until it rhymes. He’s the kaleidoscope, the unity of disparate things that refracted against each other make something else entirely.

But it doesn’t end with the end. The work of Coloring Book is constantly in motion, drawing and redrawing spaces for folks to believe in a not-too-distant world filled with grandmothers and childhood friends, a world of summer schools and rolling rinks, a world where loss leads to enlightenment. For doing that, this mixtape is more church than church.29

It’s not the intro it’s the entrée to something bigger. It’s a deeply personal connection to something higher, but just as church is not complete with faith alone, making a better world means doing better things. It’s always been yours and mine to fill in. It’s a Coloring Book, after all, and the book don’t end with Malachi. It’s a call to action, and now, finally, we have a musical language—at least a soundtrack—to sing and dance about the fruition of hope and change. This is a god dream. Welcome to the Church of Chance.

 

 

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5/14/16 – #PodGoal: Game of Thrones!!! – ‘Talk Sex w/ Podrick Payne’

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Season 6.03 “Oathbreaker”

(00:52) Joey and Stephen do a recap of this weeks episode, book spoiler free!

(45:08) Putting on dem heavy Maester chains and going into book details on Dawn, House Dayne Legendary Sword, House Umber being sneaky?, Ned’s homies who died at the tower, Maester Marwyn, and more??

Notes:

Like the Dragon’s doing shit…it might be a while but, hopefully soon: Efficiency is coming.

Still expect these normally on Tuesdays…mebe..one day…when Bran finds out whats in the tower…

Sorry for tardiness my laptop was in the shop…

Happy Saturday

Bing bing bong: The identity politics of Donald Trump supporters and the security of the free world

“Ultimately, they don’t recognize other people. They suffer from a form of political narcissism, in which they don’t accept the legitimacy of other interest and opinions. They don’t recognize restraints. They want total victories for themselves and their doctrine.” – David Brooks, New York Times

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Donald Trump had a great week. Ted Cruz dropped out Tuesday night. Jon Kasich dropped out Wednesday morning. And a +184K romp in Indiana punctuated a 15-day, seven-state streak of winning majorities of the popular vote1 Within the span of 24 hours, Trump became the head of the Grand Old Party.

This is the natural point of a presidential cycle when new-found coalitions are forged, overtures of party unity are made, and a certain strain of politics that respects and desires to preserve the polity are called upon.

Naturally, it being 2016 and all, reactions were mixed. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus did everything he could to seem conciliatory, delaying the moment he sets himself on fire:


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems kerfuffled by the whole affair. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan still refuses to hump Trump.

And defacto Maester Aemon of the Republican Party, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is chugging 40s, hurling molotovs, and riding the wrecking ball from the Miley Cyrus music video while flipping off the whole world:

23 candidates. 1 and half years of campaigning. Hundreds of Best Westerns and Quality Inns. 10 months of conservative self-loathing. 8 months of fighting for the soul of the Democratic primary. Thousands of cans of Red Bull. 79 primaries and caucii. The table is set for the matchup we’ve been waiting for our whole lives: Trump v. Hillary Clinton.

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Now that we’ve completed the race for who gets to be in the race for president, who’s excited for more race stuff?

Donald Trump becoming the second most likely person in the world to be president is the type of shit that happens when you let evil in. As David Brooks of the New York Times writes, “Trump is the culmination of the trends we have been seeing for the last 30 years: the desire for outsiders; the bashing style of rhetoric that makes conversation impossible; the decline of coherent political parties; the declining importance of policy; the tendency to fight cultural battles and identity wars through political means.”

That broiling intransigence/machismo/xenophobia bubbling beneath the surface broke through in 2008 when America elected its first Black president during the toughest economic hardship of the modern era. White Americans—mostly blue collar conservatives in manufacturing and energy—felt economic pain in muscles they didn’t even know they had. The transgression of economic frustration into hateful rhetoric and bigotry is not a new idea. Politicians have been using it for centuries to win elections, however, a concurrently shrinking White citizenry contributed to the unprecedented levels of steaming vitriol hurled at President Barack Hussein Obama.2

Of course Obama being America’s first black president, it’s all unprecedented.

The Obama White House was seen as an immediate and direct threat to the way of life that had built the socioeconomic landscape and set of values we call America today. That’s because it was—and remains—a direct threat to the white-heterosexual-middle-class-nuclear family that has been the main body in that interminable national ideal of ours—the American Dream.

If Obama is the changing complexion of the American body politic, Trump is the bile we vomit as we overcome the infection of hate.

In 2010, with the help of major donors, ordinary people suddenly had a way to turn their very real frustration into action against the specter of the “hopey changey stuff”—the tea party movement. That rhetoric, agitation, and social movement gave way to a real political entity, the Freedom Caucus, hell bent on slowing the advance of the federal government, thereby feeding the dissatisfaction of the federal government and the man at the head of it.3

And as the Republican Party fed the Tea Party beast—accentuating Obama’s blackness, stripping him of his citizenship, making him other—it was inevitable that a vapid figure like Trump would emerge as its leader. If you actively characterize of the leader of the free world, then of course it’s conceivable to elect a caricature as the leader of your party. If you make people believe the president is a fool, then every fool begins to look like a candidate for president, and when it’s time to pick the next one, people won’t have to look all that hard.

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We are in the midst of a perpetual culture shift. The plurality promised in the melting pot of America is only becoming more apparent because melanin is involved. Before, it was Irish and Italian and Polish immigrants, and communities of color were more easily segregated. Now, the browning of America has become obvious. It’s even harder to ignore when the President is an example of it.

If Obama is the changing complexion of the American body politic, Trump is the bile we vomit as we overcome the infection of hate.

Does this mean America is racist? Yes. But being a racist is a losing proposition. We have a biracial president. And for the first time ever, White Americans will make up less than 70 percent of the American electorate. Soon, White Americans will make up less than 60 percent, and eventually, less than 50 percent. Something about the moral arc of the universe being long and bending towards justice.


Averting a Great Depression. 14M new jobs over a 74-month streak of job growth. Healthcare for 15M more Americans. Repositioning America as global leaders on energy. Strengthening the force of diplomacy through focused relationship-building. A federal government equipped for the digital age. Government and policy victories aside, this video illustrates the most important part of the Obama presidency—his impact on an American psyche undergoing a violent demographic shift.

Demographically, he’s literally the perfect man for the perfect time.

America is squarely in the midst of a cultural identity change. Identity politics are violent acts, constantly breaking lines and redrawing them.

  Welcome to the world of identity politics my white friends. This stuff is hard, but good news: America is browner and more educated than we ever have been, so I like our chances.

The heterosexual nuclear white middle class family 4 has long been the symbol upon which we hang our aspirations of socioeconomic opportunity. As either a destination or a step on the way to becoming a self-made Rockeffeler, Morgan, or Carnegie, it has come to be the most powerful political evocation.

The power of that symbol persists, but it’s waning. And we are seeing the very last throes of it.

For the first time ever, white voters make up less than 70% of the electorate. Romney won 59 percent of the white vote and still got whacked 332-206 in the Electoral College. For comparison, Reagan won a similar 60 percent of the white vote in 1980 and went on to claim the one of the largest Electoral College victories in history.

If Trump should barely win the white vote at 59%, he will win no states. If he meets the eternal conservative threshold that is Ronald Reagan and hits the 60% mark of all white voters, Trump wins the 16 whitest states in the union5 for a total of 88 electors, coming up short by 182.The only way Trump hits the magic 270, is if he wins an unimaginable 75% of white voters. If he somehow managed to do that, suddenly 36 states are on the table along with their 295 electors, and this country ceases to be the country my parents thought they’d moved their family across the world for.6

Trump and the exclusionary politics he forebears have to find a path to the presidency despite a shrinking white voter share. On top of that, the coalition he has managed to cobble together is an over-performing bunch.

In the Republican primaries, Trump has 11M supporters. If you bore out Hispanic favorable/unfavorable across the whole demographic population, for comparison though, you’d find 44M Hispanics opposed. That’s the type of sentence that leads you to post something so stupid as:7

This is the face of a Republican Party who has realized they’ve been cow-towing to a shrinking demographic in the basest way possible, that white people will never again, alone, deliver them the White House, that exclusion and self-preservation doesn’t work.

Donald Trump won’t be the next President of the United States. Trump may be the first presidential candidate to lose all 50 states. We will have to continue to have the long, difficult discussion about who we are and where we’re headed. Welcome to the world of identity politics my white friends. This stuff is hard, but good news: America is browner and more educated than we ever have been, so I like our chances.

I still believe in a politics of optimism and inclusion—the kind a younger, more naïve Junior Senator from Illinois promised, begged for us to hope for, and leaves for us to carry forward.

There can be no other way.

 

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