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James Carville is my spirit animal

Nowadays, I try to avoid politics in this space, as there’s enough of a cesspool of it elsewhere on the Internet. But as a pro-life Catholic who usually votes Democratic but often finds some of the party’s overly earnest fellow travelers irritating, I can’t help but link to this interview with James Carville in Vox (emphases below mine).

You ever get the sense that people in faculty lounges in fancy colleges use a different language than ordinary people? They come up with a word like “Latinx” that no one else uses. Or they use a phrase like “communities of color.” I don’t know anyone who speaks like that. I don’t know anyone who lives in a “community of color.” I know lots of white and Black and brown people and they all live in … neighborhoods. …

We have to talk about race. We should talk about racial injustice. What I’m saying is, we need to do it without using jargon-y language that’s unrecognizable to most people — including most Black people, by the way — because it signals that you’re trying to talk around them. This “too cool for school” shit doesn’t work, and we have to stop it. …

Wokeness is a problem and everyone knows it. It’s hard to talk to anybody today — and I talk to lots of people in the Democratic Party — who doesn’t say this. But they don’t want to say it out loud.

Incredibly glad that somebody is saying it. Out loud.