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  1. I found the comment on this thread breaking down the crowd reactions to the chant really interesting.
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    NBA Talk

    Yeah, Sefolosha is an option as well. I haven't seen him in recent years in detail. I wonder how well he is as a shooter. I think y'all need gunners more than anything. What's your close out 5? Harden, Westy, Tucker, Gordon, and Capela?
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    NBA Talk

    Yeah maybe. I don't know if I posted it, but I will say now there is a definite chance the Rockets get him. I know I posted something along the lines of 0% chance (can't remember the exact wording, too lazy to look up), but if Memphis trades him Rockets seem eager. I still stand behind what I was thinking at the time, that if he got bought out we would not go there and would most likely be a Laker (relationship to Pelinka + Bron). Still not sure Rockets are a great fit. Westbrook changes that some IMO. I think they would be better off signing JR Smith actually.
  4. Here's a link to the actual study if anyone is interested in exploring the actual findings and conclusions: https://psyarxiv.com/pv2ab/ The research indicates an important racist structure that I know many of my colleagues have experienced in academia, self-confidence downshift. It is patronizing and harmful. I think you would find this evident in peer interactions in many environments. I think @JakePA_Titan has indicated a really interesting parallel here with the school system and shit like progressive passing. I hadn't connected that to downshift (these are really two very different things), but there is a connection there worth thinking about.
  5. I have heard a lot of Trump supporters describe how they are afraid to talk about their political leanings at work or feel uncomfortable when they see Trump being bashed at the Oscars, or feel attacked when people call them racist for supporting Trump. People messaging you on private here afraid to share their opinions--afraid of the debate, afraid of the label, afraid of feeling attacked. No one should ever be harassed. No one should ever be attacked for their identity. I would hope these things you are describing would create a lot of empathy within Trump supporters. Because it isn't about being "right of Sanders" (if that was the case the world pre-Trump would have reflected it), it's about being a Trump supporter and what that represents in our current cultural climate and larger cultural context. From the onset, Trump has normalized harassment with his insulting comments and his refusal to defuse things like the "lock her up chants". He was elected well after he has said the most harassing thing a president has ever said as far as I can recollect (grab em by the pussy comment). His "if you don't like it leave " comments reflect everyday harassment that people experience in this country all the time. Wanna wear your hijab? Get out. Wanna have a spanish language sign on in your grocery store? Get out. Wanna have a picture of your wedding with a safe-sex partner? Get that out of my space. Now that your opinion and this aspect of your identity isn't the overwhelmingly accepted as default you are seeing what it is like to feel unwelcome and unsafe in your community and workplace, what many people have experienced and felt in this country most days of their lives. Wanting this to stop, wanting to be heard and having a seat at the table, doesn't make them or you un-American. To be "other" in this country -to be open, you've had to endure mobs of people calling you a terrorist, racial slurs, homophobic slurs, and many insulting things over your whole life. Online, in public, it doesn't matter. People physically assaulting you for being a minority in the wrong neighborhood, cops called on you for using a public space, followed into the bathroom if you are transgender or queer, calling you a terrorist because you are wearing a hijab, having your home vandalized, being yelled at for speaking a different language, protestors calling you a baby killer outside of your workplace every day, not even having a platform in the first place, being catcalled or touched in an unwanted manner at the workplace--this is a list we could populate all day. Every woman I know has a story of being harassed or sexually assaulted. So many people I know have been sharing personal stories of being told to go back to China, India, or wherever. Let's consider what it is like for them. Let's consider what it is like for people who want more gun regulations because their child was murdered while at school to receive death threats. Let's consider what it is like for Hilary Clinton to be called an ugly bitch thousands of times a day. Let's consider what was going through AOC's mind when learned that border agents had a private facebook group where people photoshopped images of her being raped. For the audacity of being something other than the default. It fucking sucks for those people, if you think about it. A lot of times it is simple and straight forward. A Trump supporter being punched in the face because of a bumper sticker. It's easy for all of us to agree that's bad and discriminatory! But now Trump supporters are feeling microaggressions--being talked about behind your back at the workplace or being excluded, having someone imply you are racist. That favorite character from your childhood is now black and doesn't represent you. You had to attend a sexual harassment training at the workplace and all of the offenders are males (women can harass too). Microaggressions suck, don't they? Feeling like your identity is under attack and having this being dismissed outright sucks, doesn't it? Supporting Trump has put people who aren't usually outside of the default outside of the default and they are starting to feel some of the ways that can cause pain. And it's really getting to them. Maybe not you specifically, but a lot of people I know. It is easy to say others are playing some kind of card (race, gender, victim, etc) or being SJWs/politically correct or need a safe space. But when looking into why people create inclusive policies or discuss issues of identity we can see the harmful patterns that have caused them. I would hope that Trump supporters get a chance to reflect on how their experiences should encourage us all to support building inclusive communities and accepting people and seeing what kinds of laws and policies we build to make our country a better place for everyone.
  6. It is not racist to criticize Obama. You can criticize him in racist ways, which is how Trump began his career with the racist birther movement. This isn't very hard to grasp.
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    MAGA #Winning

    I've always found it kind of funny how people subjectively banter about the economy and how it is doing on a monthly to yearly basis when something all parties have been unified in doing is making sure the gains of that economy go to those with the most wealth and political influence. Are we in a pissing contest to see who can increase our serfdom the most? If the economy is not working in the interest of most Americans why the fuck should we engage in these discussions?
  8. We also need to remember that voting in this country is unequal, and places weight on the values and opinions of rural voters because of the electoral college. I am not underestimating Trump's ability to win another election where he doesn't even need a majority of the American people to support him.
  9. We're at a point now in our country where the ideological instinct is to put incidences of violence out there as if we are putting our dicks on the table to see who is bigger, and it's unacceptable. We can think about what inspires extremist groups and empower them to exist, and the role Trump's rhetoric plays in that because, while neither side is innocent, Trump is the worst and most egregious example of what you are describing and has elevated and lifted this kind of discourse to the highest level. Maybe with our own echo chambers focusing in on and dissecting every comment we've forgotten to contextualize this or take time to look critically at it. At this point, this is why it is so frustrating for his comments to be brushed over and normalized and lost in the sea of the fact that the other side always seems to be worse, giving credibility to the "if you don't like it, leave it" which is, at its core, racist and harmful. Heard from a friend today directly about what it feels like to be told to "go back to China". This isn't trap or "gotcha" rhetoric. Trump said that people in congress he disagrees with hate America. Doesn't it start at the top? While we can find examples of demonizing political opponents, hasn't he been the one who kicked the door down and poured gasoline on the fire? It seems, however, is that the prevailing narrative is that people are overreacting to Trump's comments, and that he is somehow a victim of overemphasized criticism? If this is really what bothers you, how can Trump's rhetoric be strategy or 3-d chess, or whatever it is you want to call?
  10. https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/immigrants-facts.cfm?fbclid=IwAR1cb7lb0_8XDL2uLR2g8mliRxAicrZZnR2QuIYUTCsyUAtvZxoepSMbuCo Here is another one for the "explain to me how" via the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission: Harassment Based on National Origin Ethnic slurs and other verbal or physical conduct because of nationality are illegal if they are severe or pervasive and create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment, interfere with work performance, or negatively affect job opportunities. Examples of potentially unlawful conduct include insults, taunting, or ethnic epithets, such as making fun of a person's foreign accent or comments like, "Go back to where you came from, " whether made by supervisors or by co-workers. What's pretty funny to me is there are a big group of people who decry "leftist extremism" and feel like "pc culture" is waiting to "set traps" and that Trump's comments are "trolling". Meanwhile, they refuse to engage with the actual words and context of speakers, distort whatever they want through the lens of outrage and feeling victimized by hypocrisy when basic reading comprehension says otherwise. Then, they fall all over themselves to normalize Trump's comments--which are about as blatant and obvious as you can possibly get--with the only standard of criticism for him being literally indicted for a crime. You can't make this shit up.
  11. AJ Brown, Devin Singletary, Damian Harris, JJAW. I'll take it.
  12. JJ Arcega-Whiteside. @Cornrow Wallace you are up
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