Post-2012: “Evolve, or don’t. Swallow your resentments, or don’t.”

I have guests visiting from Australia, and they asked what I believe what the gains of the 2012 election mean for the country. I told them that [creator of The Wire] David Simon summed up my feelings brilliantly:

“Change is a motherf****r when you run from it… This election marks a moment in which the racial and social hierarchy of America is upended forever. No longer will it mean more politically to be a white male than to be anything else. Evolve, or don’t. Swallow your resentments, or don’t. But the votes are going to be counted, more of them with each election. Arizona will soon be in play. And in a few cycles, even Texas. And those wishing to hold national office in these United States will find it increasingly useless to argue for normal, to attempt to play one minority against each other, to turn pluralities against the feared ‘other’ of gays, or blacks, or immigrants, or, incredibly in this election cycle, our very wives and lovers and daughters, fellow citizens who demand to control their own bodies.”

You can find Simon’s essay Barack Obama and the Death of Normal here.


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Alex Steed has written about and engaged in politics since he was an insufferable teenager. He has run for the Statehouse and produced a successful web series. He now runs a content firm called Knack Factory with two guys who are a lot more talented than himself.