The Cruelty Is the Point

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The Museum of African-American History and Culture is in part a catalog of cruelty. Amid all the stories of perseverance, tragedy, and unlikely triumph are the artifacts of inhumanity and barbarism: the child-size slave shackles, the bright red robes of the wizards of the Ku Klux Klan, the recordings of civil-rights protesters being brutalized by police. The artifacts that persist in my memory, the way a bright flash does when you close your eyes, are the photographs of lynchings. But it’s not the burned, mutilated bodies that stick with me. It’s the faces of the white men in the crowd. There’s the photo of the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Indiana in 1930, in which a white man can be seen grinning at the camera as he tenderly holds the hand of his wife or girlfriend. There’s the undated photo from Duluth, Minnesota, in which grinning white men stand next to the mutilated, half-naked bodies of two men lashed to a post in the street—one of the white men is straining to get into the picture, his smile cutting from ear to ear. There’s the photo of a crowd of white men huddled behind the smoldering corpse of a man burned to death; one of them is wearing a smart suit, a fedora hat, and a bright smile.

The Trump era is such a whirlwind of cruelty that it can be hard to keep track. This week alone, the news broke that the Trump administration was seeking to ethnically cleanse more than 193,000 American children of immigrants whose temporary protected status had been revoked by the administration, that the Department of Homeland Security had lied about creating a database of children that would make it possible to unite them with the families the Trump administration had arbitrarily destroyed, that the White House was considering a blanket ban on visas for Chinese students, and that it would deny visas to the same-sex partners of foreign officials. At a rally in Mississippi, a crowd of Trump supporters cheered as the president mocked Christine Blasey Ford, the psychology professor who has said that Brett Kavanaugh, whom Trump has nominated to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court, attempted to rape her when she was a teenager. “Lock her up!” they shouted.

We can hear the spectacle of cruel laughter throughout the Trump era. There were the border-patrol agents cracking up at the crying immigrant childrenseparated from their families, and the Trump adviser who delighted white supremacists when he mocked a child with Down syndrome who was separated from her mother. There were the police who laughed uproariously when the president encouraged them to abuse suspects, and the Fox News hosts mocking a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub massacre (and in the process inundating him with threats), the survivors of sexual assault protesting to Senator Jeff Flake, the women who said the president had sexually assaulted them, and the teen survivors of the Parkland school shooting. There was the president mocking Puerto Rican accents shortly after thousands were killed and tens of thousands displaced by Hurricane Maria, the black athletes protesting unjustified killings by the police, the women of the #MeToo movement who have come forward with stories of sexual abuse, and the disabled reporter whose crime was reporting on Trump truthfully. It is not just that the perpetrators of this cruelty enjoy it; it is that they enjoy it with one another. Their shared laughter at the suffering of others is an adhesive that binds them to one another, and to Trump.

Taking joy in that suffering is more human than most would like to admit. Somewhere on the wide spectrum between adolescent teasing and the smiling white men in the lynching photographs are the Trump supporters whose community is built by rejoicing in the anguish of those they see as unlike them, who have found in their shared cruelty an answer to the loneliness and atomization of modern life.

The Cruelty Is the Point

This article struck a chord with me. Time and time again it's pretty evident that Trump supporters lack empathy. That they "delight" in "owing" the libs.

And then, of course, no toleration at all to people who are not "just like them" Which pretty much means straight white "Christian" men.

Just spend half an hour and social media and you will see it, over and over again.

It's so sad that some are still stuck in that "mindset". It is so toxic to our country as a whole.
 
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The Museum of African-American History and Culture is in part a catalog of cruelty. Amid all the stories of perseverance, tragedy, and unlikely triumph are the artifacts of inhumanity and barbarism: the child-size slave shackles, the bright red robes of the wizards of the Ku Klux Klan, the recordings of civil-rights protesters being brutalized by police. The artifacts that persist in my memory, the way a bright flash does when you close your eyes, are the photographs of lynchings. But it’s not the burned, mutilated bodies that stick with me. It’s the faces of the white men in the crowd. There’s the photo of the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Indiana in 1930, in which a white man can be seen grinning at the camera as he tenderly holds the hand of his wife or girlfriend. There’s the undated photo from Duluth, Minnesota, in which grinning white men stand next to the mutilated, half-naked bodies of two men lashed to a post in the street—one of the white men is straining to get into the picture, his smile cutting from ear to ear. There’s the photo of a crowd of white men huddled behind the smoldering corpse of a man burned to death; one of them is wearing a smart suit, a fedora hat, and a bright smile.

The Trump era is such a whirlwind of cruelty that it can be hard to keep track. This week alone, the news broke that the Trump administration was seeking to ethnically cleanse more than 193,000 American children of immigrants whose temporary protected status had been revoked by the administration, that the Department of Homeland Security had lied about creating a database of children that would make it possible to unite them with the families the Trump administration had arbitrarily destroyed, that the White House was considering a blanket ban on visas for Chinese students, and that it would deny visas to the same-sex partners of foreign officials. At a rally in Mississippi, a crowd of Trump supporters cheered as the president mocked Christine Blasey Ford, the psychology professor who has said that Brett Kavanaugh, whom Trump has nominated to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court, attempted to rape her when she was a teenager. “Lock her up!” they shouted.

We can hear the spectacle of cruel laughter throughout the Trump era. There were the border-patrol agents cracking up at the crying immigrant childrenseparated from their families, and the Trump adviser who delighted white supremacists when he mocked a child with Down syndrome who was separated from her mother. There were the police who laughed uproariously when the president encouraged them to abuse suspects, and the Fox News hosts mocking a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub massacre (and in the process inundating him with threats), the survivors of sexual assault protesting to Senator Jeff Flake, the women who said the president had sexually assaulted them, and the teen survivors of the Parkland school shooting. There was the president mocking Puerto Rican accents shortly after thousands were killed and tens of thousands displaced by Hurricane Maria, the black athletes protesting unjustified killings by the police, the women of the #MeToo movement who have come forward with stories of sexual abuse, and the disabled reporter whose crime was reporting on Trump truthfully. It is not just that the perpetrators of this cruelty enjoy it; it is that they enjoy it with one another. Their shared laughter at the suffering of others is an adhesive that binds them to one another, and to Trump.

Taking joy in that suffering is more human than most would like to admit. Somewhere on the wide spectrum between adolescent teasing and the smiling white men in the lynching photographs are the Trump supporters whose community is built by rejoicing in the anguish of those they see as unlike them, who have found in their shared cruelty an answer to the loneliness and atomization of modern life.

The Cruelty Is the Point

This article struck a chord with me. Time and time again it's pretty evident that Trump supporters lack empathy. That they "delight" in "owing" the libs.

And then, of course, no toleration at all to people who are not "just like them" Which pretty much means straight white "Christian" men.

Just spend half an hour and social media and you will see it, over and over again.

It's so sad that some are still stuck in that "mindset". It is so toxic to our country as a whole.
That is HISTORY. Should be TAUGHT. If History is made into something else ,it will repeat itself. Now,here is the kicker. It ain't happening NOW! I refuse to take responsibility for stuff that happened 60 -250 years ago.
 
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That is HISTORY. Should be TAUGHT. If History is made into something else ,it will repeat itself. Now,here is the kicker. It ain't happening NOW! I refuse to take responsibility for stuff that happened 60 -250 years ago.
Doing what you always do.

Ignoring most of the article.

Now go ahead and try to dispute any part of it.

I doubt you can.
 
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Doing what you always do.

Ignoring most of the article.

Now go ahead and try to dispute any part of it.

I doubt you can.
I did. Most of it is a load of crap. Trump offered the Dems a DACA deal.It was refused by the Dems. Christine Ford was a LIAR. It never happened. No witnesses. No corroboration. No memory of place,time ,or YEAR.Until coached by Feminist lawyer hired by Harris. ALIEN children do not belong here. Should be sent home with REAL parents. And those Football players were protesting AT WORK. That Sucks ,seen as how they were making Millions. And the KKK was started by DEMOCRATS.
 
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I did. Most of it is a load of crap. Trump offered the Dems a DACA deal.It was refused by the Dems. Christine Ford was a LIAR. It never happened. No witnesses. No corroboration. No memory of place,time ,or YEAR.Until coached by Feminist lawyer hired by Harris. ALIEN children do not belong here. Should be sent home with REAL parents. And those Football players were protesting AT WORK. That Sucks ,seen as how they were making Millions. And the KKK was started by DEMOCRATS.
Got it

So you are part of the Trump cruelty camp

Not that I am surprised by that at all.

Looks like you also fine with bullying and mocking people too.

And that is just such a sad way to live your life.
 
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The Museum of African-American History and Culture is in part a catalog of cruelty. Amid all the stories of perseverance, tragedy, and unlikely triumph are the artifacts of inhumanity and barbarism: the child-size slave shackles, the bright red robes of the wizards of the Ku Klux Klan, the recordings of civil-rights protesters being brutalized by police. The artifacts that persist in my memory, the way a bright flash does when you close your eyes, are the photographs of lynchings. But it’s not the burned, mutilated bodies that stick with me. It’s the faces of the white men in the crowd. There’s the photo of the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Indiana in 1930, in which a white man can be seen grinning at the camera as he tenderly holds the hand of his wife or girlfriend. There’s the undated photo from Duluth, Minnesota, in which grinning white men stand next to the mutilated, half-naked bodies of two men lashed to a post in the street—one of the white men is straining to get into the picture, his smile cutting from ear to ear. There’s the photo of a crowd of white men huddled behind the smoldering corpse of a man burned to death; one of them is wearing a smart suit, a fedora hat, and a bright smile.

The Trump era is such a whirlwind of cruelty that it can be hard to keep track. This week alone, the news broke that the Trump administration was seeking to ethnically cleanse more than 193,000 American children of immigrants whose temporary protected status had been revoked by the administration, that the Department of Homeland Security had lied about creating a database of children that would make it possible to unite them with the families the Trump administration had arbitrarily destroyed, that the White House was considering a blanket ban on visas for Chinese students, and that it would deny visas to the same-sex partners of foreign officials. At a rally in Mississippi, a crowd of Trump supporters cheered as the president mocked Christine Blasey Ford, the psychology professor who has said that Brett Kavanaugh, whom Trump has nominated to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court, attempted to rape her when she was a teenager. “Lock her up!” they shouted.

We can hear the spectacle of cruel laughter throughout the Trump era. There were the border-patrol agents cracking up at the crying immigrant childrenseparated from their families, and the Trump adviser who delighted white supremacists when he mocked a child with Down syndrome who was separated from her mother. There were the police who laughed uproariously when the president encouraged them to abuse suspects, and the Fox News hosts mocking a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub massacre (and in the process inundating him with threats), the survivors of sexual assault protesting to Senator Jeff Flake, the women who said the president had sexually assaulted them, and the teen survivors of the Parkland school shooting. There was the president mocking Puerto Rican accents shortly after thousands were killed and tens of thousands displaced by Hurricane Maria, the black athletes protesting unjustified killings by the police, the women of the #MeToo movement who have come forward with stories of sexual abuse, and the disabled reporter whose crime was reporting on Trump truthfully. It is not just that the perpetrators of this cruelty enjoy it; it is that they enjoy it with one another. Their shared laughter at the suffering of others is an adhesive that binds them to one another, and to Trump.

Taking joy in that suffering is more human than most would like to admit. Somewhere on the wide spectrum between adolescent teasing and the smiling white men in the lynching photographs are the Trump supporters whose community is built by rejoicing in the anguish of those they see as unlike them, who have found in their shared cruelty an answer to the loneliness and atomization of modern life.

The Cruelty Is the Point

This article struck a chord with me. Time and time again it's pretty evident that Trump supporters lack empathy. That they "delight" in "owing" the libs.

And then, of course, no toleration at all to people who are not "just like them" Which pretty much means straight white "Christian" men.

Just spend half an hour and social media and you will see it, over and over again.

It's so sad that some are still stuck in that "mindset". It is so toxic to our country as a whole.

If we ever reach the point of mass extinction, never let it be said that we didn't earn it.
 
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Got it

So you are part of the Trump cruelty camp

Not that I am surprised by that at all.

Looks like you also fine with bullying and mocking people too.

And that is just such a sad way to live your life.
This is the attitude of a majority of the Trump supporters I suppose. I have yet to talk to one of them who shows more intelligence than a slug.
 
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There is no doubt there is no shortage of cruelty in this world and America has seen it's share. The OP did a good job of listing acts of cruelty, but then made a somewhat clumsy attempt to tie it all in to include all people who support Trump. Of course many cruel people support Trump. Many cruel people supported Obama as well. (Please reflect on this last sentence before dismissing it out hand.) However I believe that by far most of the people that support Trump (and Obama) are likely to be good people, working hard to be good people that love their neighbors. To portray almost half of our people as cruel, racists that take delight in other people's anguish seems "over the top to me".
 
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There is no doubt there is no shortage of cruelty in this world and America has seen it's share. The OP did a good job of listing acts of cruelty, but then made a somewhat clumsy attempt to tie it all in to include all people who support Trump. Of course many cruel people support Trump. Many cruel people supported Obama as well. (Please reflect on this last sentence before dismissing it out hand.) However I believe that by far most of the people that support Trump (and Obama) are likely to be good people, working hard to be good people that love their neighbors. To portray almost half of our people as cruel, racists that take delight in other people's anguish seems "over the top to me".



Spin all you like. The fact is no president in U.S. history has governed with the malevolent bigotry and divisiveness Trump has embraced since Day One. Add in his hatred of the press and disregard for our laws and Constitution, and he sounds like a wannabe dictator, IMO.

Now, you want to discuss who cheers on this dangerous maniac?
 
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There is no doubt there is no shortage of cruelty in this world and America has seen it's share. The OP did a good job of listing acts of cruelty, but then made a somewhat clumsy attempt to tie it all in to include all people who support Trump. Of course many cruel people support Trump. Many cruel people supported Obama as well. (Please reflect on this last sentence before dismissing it out hand.) However I believe that by far most of the people that support Trump (and Obama) are likely to be good people, working hard to be good people that love their neighbors. To portray almost half of our people as cruel, racists that take delight in other people's anguish seems "over the top to me".
"All people who support Trump" was never said. And "almost half our people" didn't vote for Trump. Not by a long shot.

But if this forum is any indication it is certainly tolerated and usually minimized by MOST of those who support Trump.
 

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