Joan Walsh Kerfuffle: Resentment Here, Resentment There, Resentment Everywhere

Joan Walsh and I had words. Rather than retract her statement about resenting black folks who call themselves "THE BASE" (which I originally took to mean "exclusively" and then ask Read More
ed her who was making such claims), she proceeded to race-bait while accusing the black folks who called her out of race-baiting. Then, much later, she claimed that the Twitter character limit prevented her from using a word other than "RESENT." I call bullshit. Will he answer? (It's a long one and I tried my best to include all relevant tweets.)
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  • Laura @Beulahmo 08/04/2011 05:33:12 WIB
    Looks like Walsh has been reflexively defensive going all the way back to Ishmael Reed's article. He wanted white progs to understand that shared experience means black progressives understand and accept Obama's style better than they do. Asked white pro
  • Laura @Beulahmo 08/04/2011 05:35:55 WIB
    progressives to consider that black and brown Americans have HAD to be patient about progress. I saw NOTHING resembling Walsh's assertion of Reed's "pernicious line" she deeply resents (more...)
  • Laura @Beulahmo 08/04/2011 05:39:15 WIB
    that Obama's base is "actually not white progressives but people of color," though it's disturbing that she UNDERSTOOD it that way. His point is that black and brown progressives relate to Obama's (more...)
  • Laura @Beulahmo 08/04/2011 05:42:22 WIB
    ...calm pragmatism, and understand why he cannot put up more of an impassioned "fight" from his "bully pulpit". In short, Reed calls on Walsh to employ empathy to Obama, our progressive *black* president. (more...)
  • Laura @Beulahmo 08/04/2011 05:44:45 WIB
    I am a white progressive and I don't think the request is unreasonable. I am not offended by Reed's column, but Walsh apparently is deeply resentful. She is hearing from Reed and from Truthrose1 (the tweet that started this) (more...)
  • Laura @Beulahmo 08/04/2011 05:48:46 WIB
    ...something that wasn't said. She HEARD that the base is "not white progressives but people of color..." What's being said, though, is "Don't ignore us and don't speak for us. We're part of the 'base' too, and our opinion is different..." (more...)
  • Laura @Beulahmo 08/04/2011 05:52:04 WIB
    Like it or not, Walsh has a powerful platform and a big megaphone, so she speaks for the base on the national stage. If she's ignoring a huge section of that base, and resents being called out on it, that's a problem. (more...)
  • Laura @Beulahmo 08/04/2011 05:53:37 WIB
    This problem for Joan Walsh won't go away until she acknowledges what she has "mis-heard" (sorry for that malapropism) and misunderstood.
  • Imani Gandy @AngryBlackLady 09/04/2011 08:28:42 WIB
    Just read this. Totally on point, Beulahmo. Thanks.

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