George Takei: "Welcome to the Resistance"


mentalfloss
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After they impeach Trump, he should consider running for office.

Canada > America


George Takei: "Welcome to the Resistance"

In the wake of Donald Trump's election victory, many have written to me asking how to move forward. It is understandably difficult for our community to accept this setback, from the risk of our hard-won rights being eroded to the fear that dark forces of hatred and intolerance are now emboldened and have begun to strike. Our concerns are not diminished by the president-elect’s reassurances over marriage equality, particularly as he continues to name some of the most outspoken bigots to important posts within his cabinet and inner circle — and as we consider the record of his vice president, Mike Pence, while governor of Indiana, or Jeff Sessions, an enemy of equality he has nominated to head the Justice Department.

As both an Asian-American and an LGBT American, I have borne witness to some of the most egregious injustices and tragedies of our national history, where both the public and the politicians turned against us to devastating effect. Many know that I grew up in internment camps where we were held without trial or even charge for years, simply because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. Fewer remember that, as a young man, it was illegal for me in many states to marry a Caucasian person due to antimiscegenation laws. And as a gay man, I stayed deeply in the closet out of fear that I would not find work as an “out” actor. That same fear rendered me silent even as the scourge of the AIDS epidemic in the '80s and '90s took so many of our community, while the government turned a blind, callous eye.

But know this: I do not look upon all those difficult years solely as blights in my life. To the contrary, they helped forge who I am today. As both an ethnic and sexual minority, an “outsider” in nearly every sense, I was forced to learn the rules of society very early on. Unlike my straight white male counterparts, out of pure necessity I grew keenly aware of the way our society was ordered. I had to take note of the system so that I did not run afoul of it. That meant that, without realizing it, I became highly self-aware as well as a careful observer of others, far more so than those simply living out their lives, who blissfully had nothing to hide, nothing to fear. With that came a certain social adeptness; I learned how to model and shape my world as a result.

And I grew tough, my own self-critiques far outpacing anything society could level at me.

In today’s political environment, we find ourselves again outsiders, forming a core of those opposed to the powers in Washington and in many of our state capitals. But this is not unfamiliar territory. It is, in fact, where movements were born. The greatest moments in civil rights, from Selma to Stonewall, Seneca Falls to Standing Rock, sprang forward not from eras of harmony, but out of bitter conflict.

It is axiomatic that little worth fighting for has ever come without a fight. New veterans of our struggle will emerge from the coming clashes. And while we all wish that future generations would not have to face the terror, isolation, and even deadly effects of hatred and bigotry, we are reminded today, more than ever, that the struggle may truly never be over. Enemies of progress, equality, and justice often slip away unnoticed for years, regroup and change their names and strategies, then re-emerge to challenge what we have gained.

This does not mean, however, that we are starting again from ground zero. When they came for my family and my community back in 1942, very few others stood up for us. The Japanese-American community felt alone. Similarly, when drag queens rioted at Stonewall in 1969, the LGBT community also had few allies. But today, when the incoming administration threatened Muslim registries and racial profiling, the progressive response was collective and swift to say we would register as well. When Native Americans camped out in the freezing cold to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline, veterans came to stand with them. And when Trump began to name a cabinet of homophobic and hateful bigots, communities of all colors and creeds decried it. We truly have grown stronger together, and with each new assault upon our dignity and humanity, we will grow stronger still.

So welcome to the resistance. It’s where the next heroes of our movement will emerge. Be ready. Be vigilant. Be strong.

George Takei:'Welcome to the Resistance | Advocate.com
 
Dixie Cup
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sob, sob
 
mentalfloss
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Don't be racist please.
 
Cannuck
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I generally like George but so much of that was tripe.
 
taxslave
Free Thinker
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There are far more important issues in the real world than someone calling a gay a faggot. Better go back to your safe space.
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

There are far more important issues in the real world than someone calling a gay a faggot. Better go back to your safe space.

It must be tough going through life with so much hate inside
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

There are far more important issues in the real world than someone calling a gay a faggot. Better go back to your safe space.


Yes, climate change is a bigger problem.

But as we've seen since the 60s and 70s, when America was last 'great', racism and xenophobia are still rampant.

These are issues that will continue to be resolved though, regardless of politics.


As a white guy, I'm doing my part.


Are you?
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Yes, climate change is a bigger problem.

But as we've seen since the 60s and 70s, when America was last 'great', racism and xenophobia are still rampant.

These are issues that will continue to be resolved though, regardless of politics.


As a white guy, I'm doing my part.


Are you?

You are actually part of the problem. You believe in equality of outcome. That suppresses equality of opportunity which inevitably creates division and feeds bigotry
 
DaSleeper
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Yes, climate change is a bigger problem.

But as we've seen since the 60s and 70s, when America was last 'great', racism and xenophobia are still rampant.

These are issues that will continue to be resolved though, regardless of politics.


As a white guy, I'm doing my part.


Are you?

Like most progs you just pay lip service to it all....
You are a deluded closet racist....
You would make a big show of hugging a gay man, then take a shower as soon as you got a chance,,
Last edited by DaSleeper; Dec 22nd, 2016 at 08:31 AM..
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

You are actually part of the problem. You believe in equality of outcome. That suppresses equality of opportunity which inevitably creates division and feeds bigotry

No, I believe in equal opportunity.

Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeper View Post

Like most progs you just pay lip service to it all....
You are a deluded closet racist....
You would make a big show of hugging a gay man, then take a shower as soon as you got a chance,,

Big fat no to all of this nonsense.
 
DaSleeper
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Nobody here believes you....you don't get it do you?
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

No, I believe in equal opportunity.

Based on what you post here, you don't

Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeper View Post

Nobody here believes you....you don't get it do you?

You are such a simpleton
 
captain morgan
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I feel bad for ya Floss... 4+ more years of you being full of angst and salt.

Brace yourself for January, Trump will officially be taking office then
 
Cannuck
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The Trumpites will be the salty ones. Donald is already backtracking (or as Das would say, back peddling) on many of the things that his supporters wanted. All the Trumpites have to look forward to now are massive deficits and higher taxes
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

I feel bad for ya Floss... 4+ more years of you being full of angst and salt.

Brace yourself for January, Trump will officially be taking office then


Trump won't last 2 years whereas Trudeau is in for 12 so I'll take that trade-off.
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

The Trumpites will be the salty ones. Donald is already backtracking (or as Das would say, back peddling) on many of the things that his supporters wanted. All the Trumpites have to look forward to now are massive deficits and higher taxes

OMG!... A politician that breaks promises!!

Say it ain't so

Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Trump won't last 2 years whereas Trudeau is in for 12 so I'll take that trade-off.

Your track record in the predictions dept ain't so great.

... I'd wager that Trump sits for 2 terms whilst tater-tot is ushered out of office in shame after 1.
 
mentalfloss
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I normally don't make predictions.
 
captain morgan
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Hilarious
 
mentalfloss
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Why?
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

OMG!... A politician that breaks promises!!

Say it ain't so

Come now....Donald hadn't just broke promises. Putting Hillary in jail, building the wall and cleaning the swamp were THE three key things he used to twist his supporters into a dither. They and you are exceptionally salty but I can understand your desire to not admit that
 
captain morgan
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The Don hasn't taken office yet.

Get back to me in 3 and a half years and we'll talk about the election promises.

... Till then, try and reduce the salt in your diet; terribly unhealthy it is
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

The Don hasn't taken office yet.

You're embarrassing yourself. He's not going to be putting Hillary in jail. He's not going to be building the wall. He's not moving forward on any of the hot button items that got you all frothy. What he is going to do, quite clearly, is hand over tax dollars to Carrier(a la Liberals and Bombardier) and increase tariffs (aka taxes). You were lied to. Donald has even admitted it. If you're salty and you know it clap your hands....Everybody sing!!!
 
captain morgan
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I can tell that the Trump win is driving you absolutely bat-sh*t crazy.
 
DaSleeper
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He's frantic and so is his buddy "Dumpy"
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeper View Post

He's frantic and so is his buddy "Dumpy"

I know.... It's almost sad to watch, but then I see it for the comedic relief that it really is and have a great long laugh.

Comedy gold I tells ya
 
mentalfloss
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My my this thread really got you guys in a tizzy.


Huh.
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

My my this thread really got you guys in a tizzy.


Huh.

By tizzy, do you mean laughing my balls off at you?
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

I can tell that the Trump win is driving you absolutely bat-sh*t crazy.

On the contrary, as an Albertan, Keystone is going ahead and Trump is a friend to oil so things are good. I don't hate Mexicans. I don't care about Hillary. The swamp doesn't concern me (not that Donald is going to do anything about it anyway). Since I'm not American, I don't have to put up with the increased debt and taxes he will bring. Trump's good for me. Not so much for you.

Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

My my this thread really got you guys in a tizzy.


Huh.

It's so hard for them to accept that their hero lied to them. They're almost as bad at the SJWs that are upset at Justin because he isn't making it rain pixie dust.
 
pgs
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

You're embarrassing yourself. He's not going to be putting Hillary in jail. He's not going to be building the wall. He's not moving forward on any of the hot button items that got you all frothy. What he is going to do, quite clearly, is hand over tax dollars to Carrier(a la Liberals and Bombardier) and increase tariffs (aka taxes). You were lied to. Donald has even admitted it. If you're salty and you know it clap your hands....Everybody sing!!!

BOOM BOOM hey are you related to BOOMer ?

Is that BOOM BOOM driving you batty ? Or is something else causing your pain .

Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

On the contrary, as an Albertan, Keystone is going ahead and Trump is a friend to oil so things are good. I don't hate Mexicans. I don't care about Hillary. The swamp doesn't concern me (not that Donald is going to do anything about it anyway). Since I'm not American, I don't have to put up with the increased debt and taxes he will bring. Trump's good for me. Not so much for you.


It's so hard for them to accept that their hero lied to them. They're almost as bad at the SJWs that are upset at Justin because he isn't making it rain pixie dust.

No you just have to put up with the increased taxes and debt that Trudeau will serve up . BOOM BOOM >
 
Cannuck
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It's pretty early but hell, have another drink

Quote: Originally Posted by pgs View Post

No you just have to put up with the increased taxes and debt that Trudeau will serve up

Yup! Trudeau's a disaster. Higher taxes and deficits are bad...Unless you're a Trumpite