Sanity and a possible backlash to wokeness?

I saw two things. One is this Think Progress tweet:

Then I saw what might be a regression FROM acceptance of gay rights..among our young people:

Young people are growing less tolerant of LGBTQ individuals, a jarring turn for a generation traditionally considered embracing and open, a survey released Monday shows.

The number of Americans 18 to 34 who are comfortable interacting with LGBTQ people slipped from 53% in 2017 to 45% in 2018 – the only age group to show a decline, according to the annual Accelerating Acceptance report. And that is down from 63% in 2016.

Driving the dilution of acceptance are young women whose overall comfort levels plunged from 64% in 2017 to 52% in 2018, says the survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD.

“We count on the narrative that young people are more progressive and tolerant,” John Gerzema, CEO of The Harris Poll, told USA TODAY. “These numbers are very alarming and signal a looming social crisis in discrimination.”

Among the findings:

• 36% of young people said they were uncomfortable learning a family member was LGBTQ, compared with 29% in 2017.

• 34% were uncomfortable learning their doctor was LGBTQ vs. 27% a year earlier.

• 39% were uncomfortable learning their child had a school lesson on LGBTQ history vs. 30% in 2017.

Note: overall there isn’t that much difference by age group..in some cases the younger group was MORE concerned.

I wonder why. I do think that “here I am, dressed..well, weirdly…and I am NOT here to make you comfortable” approach can backfire. You cannot *force* acceptance and my *guess* is that “in your face” leads to backlash. I could be wrong.

Backlash to Me too? I do have questions about movements being on a hair trigger to lash out against any perceived slight. We saw what happened to Al Franken and we saw “me too” backlash against Joe Biden and against, well, bad sex.

So now, President Trump has a rape accusation. His defense: he denied it..even said “she isn’t my type.” (she isn’t tempting enough, you see). Others have said similar.

And yet, this doesn’t get much coverage, relative to the seriousness of the accusation and who is being accused.

But Carroll’s story, which first appeared in a New York Magazine excerpt released Friday night, got little traction on a busy weekend for political news — which included Trump’s response to Iran shooting down a U.S. military drone and Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg dealing with a police shooting crisis in his city.

As of Monday, Carroll had done interviews on two MSNBC programs with Lawrence O’Donnell and Joy Reid — both staunch critics of Trump — and an appearance on the CNN morning program “New Day.” Carroll also gave an interview to “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” and her story was reported on “CBS Evening News.”

(Trump has said he never met Carroll. But a photo in the New York Magazine piece shows them chatting at an event around the same time as the alleged incident.)

Carroll’s appearances were not enough for a number of media critics who started weighing in on Monday that the story had gotten short shrift — most notably by not getting discussed on the influential Sunday morning public affairs programs. (Trump taped an interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press” before Carroll’s story broke Friday night.)

“Carroll’s story got about as much coverage as the average Trump tweet,” Ryan Cooper wrote in The Week.

Representatives of CBS, ABC and NBC declined to comment.

“I can’t say I know what the correct amount of press coverage for this story should be,” added Jonathan Bernstein in Bloomberg Opinion. “I can say that if the president is a rapist, it should have scream-from-the-mountaintops importance.”

Part might be the old “it is Trump; what do you expect” reaction. But part of it might be; If you scream bloody murder about everything, then the truly serious thing that SHOULD generate screaming gets buried on page 3.

Biden: Oh, the poor wokes..they keep getting outraged and the voters don’t care.
Oh, Biden has his problems, and his age and energy level may well be part of those problems. But it won’t be because of the wokes getting worked up over nonsense or because, well, Biden had to work with racists in the Senate. Yes, “energy” might be a problem, but:

At the Planned Parenthood event, each of the candidates was asked a question by a preselected audience member. A 32-year-old Army veteran named Peshka Calloway, from Parkersburg, W.Va., stood up and, voice cracking, told Biden about being sexually assaulted by her abusive husband not long after having a baby.

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She became pregnant and needed an abortion, and later needed two more. Each was paid for by West Virginia’s Medicaid program, which stopped funding abortion last year. She wanted to know what Biden intended to do to protect and expand abortion access for people like her.

“First of all, a lot of you women, maybe a lot of men out here, don’t realize what incredible courage it took to stand up and say that,” he said. He spoke about his work on domestic violence, and then asked if they could talk privately afterward.

For some of the activists there, the moment was another Biden screw-up — they saw him mansplaining rape trauma to a room full of feminists. But Calloway, whom I spoke to after she met with Biden, was pleased with their discussion. “He’s centered himself on fighting for victims of assault and domestic violence victims,” she said, adding, “I felt relatively empowered in that space with him.”

That’s Biden at his best — undisciplined, but with a big heart.

The “you had better please me or you are toast in the election” type activists can go pound sand. They remind me a bit of students who are shocked when they wrote a bad evaluation on a professor..and then they see that the professor hasn’t been fired.

But the lack of energy…the shakiness…that could be a serious problem.

Author: oldgote

I enjoy politics, reading, science, running, walking, (racewalking and ultrawalking) hiking, swimming, yoga, weight lifting, cycling and reading. I also follow football (college and pro), basketball (men and women) and baseball (minor league and college)

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