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Illustration for article titled Say This Not That - Language As Oppression Machinery, Till We Take Responsibility To Shape It For Equity: Profs Patricia Williams  Eddie Glaude Break It Down

Language matters because it influences our perception. Consider why Republicans keep bobblehead ducking when asked if they’ve seen Donald’s Tweet — which he got from OANN, whom in toto we know used to work for the Kremlin, in part because we already wrote about that last year.

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It’s because they know his words are straight-up propaganda, and they know they’ll be held to account in turn for what THEY say.

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The same reason why the racist response to being held account for well-documented racism is gaslighting. “Nope. Didn’t say it. Didn’t do it.”

When we know they DID.

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Dr Patel, a frequent Deadline White House guest, says there is no reason to minimize the words down that describe the gas the police shoot unbidden at peaceful protesters from “tear gas” to “pepper balls”, when the end result is still state-inflicted damage to the functions of the eyes and respiratory passages in the middle of a GLOBAL PANDEMIC.

But there’s a REASON why the liars who hold federal office right now and the militarized police who continue to lie along with them are doing that.

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“What is this interpretation trying to do?” is something I just heard Professor Glaude ask about some lie Donald just told. It’s worth it to ask that question of anyone, but particularly someone in public life, whose actions have repeatedly demonstrated that we shouldn’t trust anything they are trying to tell us or sell us. Because that will help us understand why – especially when we can see facts to the contrary right in front of our faces – they are trying to sell us that thing (in Donald’s case, it’s trying to stay in office literally by hook or crook when not only do we know, but he knows, that he has literally no interest in serving anyone but his rich white family and cronies while he’s in there and avoiding the bankers’ boxes full of felonies AG Tish James has waiting for him once he’s dragged out from behind that barbed wire (UGH is that not the mo-fugliest eyesore you’ve seen this lifetime) and out of that White House. And then we can guard against it accordingly.

SILENCE = DENIAL

Even as Dr. Fauci speaks of what is potentially his worst nightmare, why do we think the Republicans literally refuse to even talk about the Coronavirus??

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“Who do we understand ourselves to be when we invoke this ‘heritage’ thing?” was another question Professor Glaude asked today.

I know what he meant, and so do you.

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 ACTION ITEM: Call and pester the C-Suites of MSNBC and CNN till they take those Trump Campaign Told & Sold Boxes of Lies they think we’re not paying attention to because they don’t run them in prime time OFF THE AIRWAVES

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They’re talking about Donald’s violent language and harsh rhetoric right now. I’d rather listen to Trevor because he straight up tells us what he sees from a country who’s been through all this before. He sees us when we’re clowning; he knows when we’re awake

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