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 asked 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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  • 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
  • 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...)
  • 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...)
  • ...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...)
  • 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...)
  • ...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...)
  • 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...)
  • This problem for Joan Walsh won't go away until she acknowledges what she has "mis-heard" (sorry for that malapropism) and misunderstood.
  • Just read this. Totally on point, Beulahmo. Thanks.
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