Welcome to the fourteenth issue of Blaxplaining, a sporadic newsletter examining the nuances of Black contemporary life and current affairs. If you like this newsletter, please follow @blaxplaining on Twitter, and share it with everybody and their momma, and then some.
Happy Sunday folks,
In case y’all haven’t heard, we have a new President 😝. Do y’all know how relieved I feel? My anxiety level has been off the charts for the last *checks calendar* eight months, but for one day, I finally felt peace and pure joy knowing that Trump is about to lose his job. But I know that from here on out we are going to have to deal with shenanigans until January 20th, and that misinformation, racism, wealth inequality, and the ‘Rona aren’t all going to immediately disappear in one presidential term, but I’m feeling largely optimistic. This week also provided some interesting takeaways that I will probably ponder over for the next four years, starting with…
Black people, especially Black women, saved America’s ass once again.
My home state Georgia might be tied with Florida for taking the most Ls, but hey, at least we turned blue! ANNND WE HAVE A CHANCE TO CONTROL THE SENATE.
Trump and his Keystone Cops of White Supremacists really did a number on the “Master Race” theory (See Four Seasons Total Landscaping).
My obsession with the whole MSNBC nightly crew has been solidified (Shoutout to my mans Steve Kornacki).
70 million Americans are probably racist. Also, water is wet.
I’m also side-eying the Democratic leadership for blaming progressives for their losses this week, and the people who suggest that we should reach out to Trump voters to expand our base, but that’s a conversation for another day ☕.
Either way, for Trump and company...
Recommended Reads (Election Edition):
She Did It by Jemele Hill (The Atlantic)
Black People Repudiated Trump Like He Was a Piece of Used Gum by Elie Mystal (The Nation)
What Black History Should Already Have Taught Us About the Fragility of American Democracy by Jelani Cobb (The New Yorker)
America Hates Us by Michael Harriot (The Root)
That’s all for this week. If you like this issue, please forward it to your friends (or enemies if you like being petty), and leave a heart. And if you’re not a subscriber, go ahead and subscribe. Remember to wear your mask and partake in some self-care. Thanks for reading!
Until next time,