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Call-Out Culture Is a Toxic Garbage Dumpster Fire of Trash.

“Trash”—as well as its sister term “garbage”—has become the word du jour to describe everything from men to Tinder to, perhaps most frequently, Lena Dunham. It’s a term hurled, not tossed, and the feeling it seems to convey is “You are a terrible person/place/thing, no better than a pile of wet newspapers moldering in a roadside ditch.” While plenty of terms convey exactly the same thing (“scum,” “vermin,” “dregs”), “trash” has an extra bite to it, because it doesn’t just mean you suck, it also means you aren’t woke.
“Woke”—for those of you who don’t spend a lot of time on Twitter—indicates, roughly, that one is enlightened to the social causes of the day. You believe black lives matter (or you believe it enough to put a sign in the window of the palatial $1.5 million townhouse you just built in the Central District); you unequivocally support the #MeToo movement; and you would never, ever, ever, ever vote for Donald Trump (although you might vote for Jill Stein, which is basically the same thing). “Woke” may have entered internet consciousness in the last few years, but according to the invaluable internet resource Know Your Meme, “The earliest known instance of the ‘woke’ as slang for political or social awareness comes from an article in the New York Times Magazine. On May 20, 1962, the Times published a piece on white beatniks appropriating black culture by African-American novelist William Melvin Kelley entitled ‘If You’re Woke, You Dig It.’” Woke, today, is still being appropriated by white people, plenty of whom will happily tell you, if you’re not woke, you’re trash. . . . Progressives used to be able to handle dissent. The Democrats were the party of free speech and free thought. No more. Among far too many leftists, if you disagree, you are wrong. And if you are wrong, you are bad, and if you are bad, you are trash.

The ungrammatical phrase “get woke” indicates the intellectual level of the entire concept. But when sanctimony is your only coin, people will try to accumulate it.
h/t GR

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  1. A ton of “classical” liberals, progressives and socially libertarian leftists are very, very, aware of how much the authoritarian social justice warriors suck and really hate their guts because the SJW’s turn on them worse than they turn on conservatives. It is the classical authoritarian aggressors vs the liberty-freedom minded “classic” liberals. The problem is that the SJW’s have gotten funding and support from the democratic party/George Soros crowd and control the commanding heights of the left/liberal establishment. A lot of cool, countercultural, liberal, freedom supporting people feel isolated and have no support groups. Then you got the liberal/progressives who are basically good people but have their heads in the sand and do not understand what is going on. They do not understand the old paradigm of left vs right is changing and the authoritarian vs libertarian paradigm is more important. It is a truly evil and depressing situation. I hope these SJW’s get what they deserve. One day they will expect the american liberal left to be there for them and they will wake up to find that they have destroyed and divided it. The libertarian classical liberals do not know their own power. Look at the last election. The big four state victory for marijuana legalization was not a SJW victory but a libertarian classical liberal victory. They are the only liberals who won anything amist a conservative tide. In the end the SJW’s will loose because that is what they are. They are losers!

  2. You genetically deficient Trump followers seem proud to be associated with a three-time married, serial adulterer and confessed predator; a man whose election and business dealings and relationships are riddled with controversy and malfeasance. You’re perfectly fine supporting for this bullying, obnoxious, genitalia-grabbing, Tweet-ranting, Prime Minister-shoving charlatan who’s managed to offend all our allies in a few short months. And you’re okay with him putting on religious faith like a rented, dusty, ill-fitting tuxedo and immediately tossing it in the garbage when he’s finished with it. If so, you are just another one of Trump’s followers who are nothing but a motley crew of has-beens, racists, misogynists, neo-fascists, theocrats, pedophiles and idiots.

      • so a run down of demonstrable facts = triggered?
        pffft. – the reason trump won was because there must be enough “woke” leftists who understand that clinton is a horrible warmongering mendacious baby eating biatch that they couldnt possible bring themselves to vote for her, and wouldve voted for ronald mcdonald instead of her..
        the whole left v right bullshit is just to keep the masses fighting amongst themselves. as far as government goes, despite swapping dems for republicans back and forth over the years, the rich still get richer, the poor still get poorer, the illegal wars based on lies continue against those that were never a threat to anyone..
        and all people can do is argue about who is smarter than who, and complain about things like “woke”

        • Of course the rich get richer, they’re better at it: that’s why they’re rich. What else would you expect? You complain about illegal wars and lies and yet you give comfort and assistance to those treasonous deep state villains attacking the one person (the same president you attack) who has more than a snowball’s chance of hell of actually rooting out many of the corrupt traitors lurking in the halls of power. Nobody is perfect but Trump is by far the best president we’ve had in decades warts and all. Who gives a fuck if he ‘grabbed pussy?’ They LET him, which means it’s consensual, which means who gives a fuck? Get it? You bitch about a multi-million dollar business empire ruffling some feathers but seriously who gives a fuck? You want some affirmative action loser or traitor as the leader of the free world? I don’t think so I’ll gladly take the ‘bully’ any day and any American who has any balls and brains will do the same.

    • Hi Edward, This name calling thing is exactly the type of behavior that drove voters to vote for Trump in the first place in order to rebel against SJW and “”PERCEIVED”” liberal authoritarianism. You do not even know this person and here you are branding him as a racist and a fascist. This is why I left the left and now call myself alt.Independent. Have you ever even heard of voting for the lesser of two evils? Of course Trump is deeply flawed. But Hillary was even worse. She was a deep state, Zionist, and pentagon/CIA controlled warmongering globalist sociopath. Until he got blackmailed/bought out a month and a half into his term Trump at least had some independence as he was not part of the secret government club. Gods!! Can all you people do is run around making jerks out of yourselves branding everyone who disagrees with you as sexist and racist?!?! I do not want to be on the same side as you people. If you want to criticize Trump at least make it reality based on relevant issues. Like his tolerance of Jeff Sessions threatening states rights on the marijuana legalization issue. That is more relevant than this name calling and making mountains out of molehills in order to get a weak angle enough to try to paint him as racist and sexist. Why don’t you leave racism and sexism out of it and just try to brand him as a witch and call for him to be burned at the stake. It would be more honest. You SJW’s are the lefts version of right wing religious fundamentalism. You guys are becoming like a negative, secular cult.
      If I can’t have free speech I do not want to be a part of your revolution!
      Have a nice, politically incorrect day!
      Your friendly neighborhood Super Rebel.

        • Thats just the thing Robert, I got sick and tired of muddling. Its time to move beyond the tired old late 20th century cages of political right and left. I piss on both sides in contempt for letting themselves be so easily divided and conquered. I declare the the revolt of the alt.Independents has begun!

  3. Try to remember because you have clearly forgotten.
    If Hillary did not steal it from Sanders we would not be in Syria, Yemen, the Palestinians would still have an ice cream’s chance in hell of a dual state solution and the Iran Nuclear agreement would still be in play.
    Most importantly We–the USA–would be engaged in Socialism for the 99% and not Socialism just for the 1% as Trump has refreshed his allegiance by promising all of the tax dollars we the people can muster.

  4. Red flag words are just ways to manipulate emotions. No one knows what they mean but we cannot communicate without them.

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