God help me, I listen to public radio and read the New York Times. People talk and write in those places in ways that normal human beings just don’t. What’s worse is that the gap between how liberal elites talk (or at least the language they accept) and how average Americans speak is growing and becoming deeper. Literally, we’re losing the ability to communicate across cultural lines.
So, if you’re a Democrat who just wants to win elections, here’s a handy guide.
Here are some words and phrases Democrats should never use.
Harm (when what’s meant is just hurt feelings)
Kindness (when it means hatred for the insufficiently woke)
Any letters after LGBTQ
The male gaze
They/Their (as a pronoun referring to only one person)
White privilege (or privilege of any kind)
White supremacy (when not referring to the KKK or Nazis)
The bottom line: If you hear it on NPR, don’t say it.
Now, just to be clear, I’m not saying that all of the concepts in the speak-no-evil list above are false, though I think some of them are. I’m saying that that language is incredibly politically damaging when Democrats are identified with it. If you want to do something about systemic racism, which I think is real, find a better way to talk about it.
Conversely, here’s some language Democrats should use.
The bottom line: Go anyplace that it is not near a college campus. Listen to how people talk. Talk that way. Link your policies to traditional American values, not abstract, vaguely insulting ideas coming out of the ivory tower.
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