Hard as that is to believe, it is a reasonable conclusion to be drawn from the overwhelming votes they provided to Hillary Clinton in recent Democratic primaries and caucuses.
Hillary is the candidate of the status quo. Indeed, a compelling case can be made that she is more conservative than is the status quo.
Blacks seem unfazed by Hillary and Bill Clinton’s support of the War on Drugs, private prisons, mass incarcerations of black Americans, and the despicable welfare reform laws that were a cornerstone of Bill Clinton’s presidency.
Hispanics seem oblivious to Clinton’s support of Obama’s policies, which include the deportation of more undocumented Hispanics than any president in history.
Many veterans of the civil rights struggles, who are now supporting Bernie Sanders, are incredulous that any black or Hispanic could support Hillary Clinton.
Staunch allies of African Americans, and other minorities, have been radical white progressives. Many of us are now being repudiated and dissed by the very people we have soldiered for and with over the decades.
Many progressives are so outraged that they are willing to turn their backs on issues important to black and Hispanic Americans, adopting an attitude of “they made their beds, they can lie in them.”
It is an easy, understandable, and emotional reaction to what appears to be betrayal of and indifference to people who worked hard for others for no reason except their belief in justice and fairness.
While this is a an unexpected and unwelcome dissing for Sanders liberals, for animal activists this is situation normal.
Animal activists are champions of universal rights. Women, people of color, LGBTs, labor, the homeless, the poor, etc, are all of concern to animal activists, as the protection of animals and their welfare will always be less important to people than their own plights and troubles. Recognizing that simple fact, animal activists are tireless campaigners for the abused, the exploited, the unfairly treated, the underdogs.
And no matter how often we struggle for the rights of others, a common reaction is that those constituencies we work so hard for are ambivalent or even hostile to animal issues when we seek reciprocal help.
So I say to those white progressives who are pissed off at the black and Hispanic communities, “Now you know how we animal activists feel when you dismiss our concerns about fur, carnism, animal exploitation, trophy hunting, sealing, whaling, rodeos, bullfighting, dog racing, factory farms, the Animal Holocaust, puppy mills, carriage horses, roundups of wild horses, and the murders of wild animals in service to cattle ranchers.”
Don’t misunderstand me, I think you are perfectly justified in being pissed off. And you would be perfectly justified in washing your hands of issues that blacks and Hispanics feel are important.
But I hope you won’t.
Just as I hope you will remember the animal victims of oppression, injustice , and cruelty.
If there is any group of activists who would be justified in turning their backs on ungrateful, selfish, myopic, self-centered people who are oblivious to the plights of others, it would be animal activists.
They alone have the moral high ground. And they alone continue to work for people who do not care about animals.
I hope you will take a few minutes to read an article which explores the issue further, The Hierarchy of Horribles
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