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Re: “On Class, Race, Culture and the Anti-Trump Movement

Your opinion piece reads as if it were weighing both sides of the issue, and then decides that we should put our differences aside and move forward together. However, I think this piece is more about you than about any movement of people.

When you, as a rich college educated liberal/progressive white man, quote from four college educated men, two of them white, yet no women or trans people of any race or class, you are showing that you dont pay much attention to your city: you are yourself living in the rarefied white upper class liberal/progressive bay area bubble, within the bay area bubble we all live in.

The bay area, probably more than anywhere, is already at the intersection of race and economic (in)justice and gender. There are so many people experiencing that intersection and struggling in it and organizing around it.

To visit the example you use, "discrimination faced by Hispanic people in the Bay Area is quite different than that experienced by the transgender community." You dont seem to realize that there are many trans Latinix/Chican@ people within the bay area Hispanic and transgender communities. Do you think all trans people are white, and all Latinix/Chican@ are straight and cisgendered? What about Taja DeJesus, killed in SF last year? Which of your binary oppressions did she experience? Poor? Latina? Transgendered?

Thats one person, but if you were in touch with the bay area I live in you would know that intersectionality obviously includes economic justice for all.

"A deep fear exists among those [white people] who are being left behind economically. If the left dismisses their suffering, they're going to flee just like how once Barack Obama voters abandoned Clinton"

POC and white working class voters alike didnt turn out enthusiastically for Clinton. If you have a economically elitist neo-liberal candidate who gives lip service to POC while supporting horrifying deportation policies and war against POC in the middle east do you think many from the identity politics world OR the economy-concerned white working class would be enthusiastic about her?

"Helpfully, most debaters agree that it is risky to emphasize the distinctions in the 99 Percent. When we make differences primary, people without power are not going to progress, and the dominance of the One Percent will persevere. The only way forward is through a solidarity of the non-elite. It must be a solidarity for a common good, not of "my identity against yours." "

Actually, when you promote utopian, color blind all of us together against the real enemy of the 1% ideas, you make it harder for white people to do the work of acknowledging the systematic racism and white privilege that comes from founding a country on genocide and slavery and that must be addressed before there can be justice, economic or otherwise for anyone.

Im guessing that you may have formed some of your ideas about race during the 80s or 90s when color blindness was in vogue. Thats not where we are anymore. Acknowledging differences is productive and necessary, and choosing to work together across those differences is harder but more effective than pretending they pale in comparison to the difference between us and the 1%. *

Im a 33 year old white man who works a minimum wage job.

I dont have a high school diploma and I didnt go to college. If I can figure out what intersectionality is, you can too.

* I have a feeling that as an owner of a newspaper, a businessman and a lawyer, you are a member of the 1% yourself. Feel free to leave this part out if you print this. But keep in mind that you might not want to be speaking on behalf of the 99%

Posted by Steve Schmidt on 12/05/2016 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

Greg Broderick .... excellent post and right on target!

If you've lived in the unit for 21 years at a low rent threshold, would you have not saved up enough money to purchase a small home/condo for yourself? Although I feel for the tenant, he has no right to live in that unit indefinitely.

City of Oakland Rent Control Just Cause Measure EE needs to be revamped. An example is that it is helping keep the wealthy remain in (low) rent controlled apartments, while affording them the ability to become landlords themselves. I have seen liberal judges rule against landlords attempting to evict tenants for making modifications to their units without consent of the property owner (hello, Ghost Ship fire).

Again although I feel for tenants in bad predicaments, these tenants should have planned for the future.

Posted by Anika Brown on 12/05/2016 at 11:44 AM

Re: “On Class, Race, Culture and the Anti-Trump Movement

You have to consider that those same working class whites in middle America who voted for Obama twice, rejected Hillary and went for Trump. That means that Clinton did not do a good enough job connecting with those folks even though she is one of them. Her lack of attention in this area of the country reinforced the notion of the liberal elites on the coast. In addition, I don't believe that many really wanted a woman, at least not Clinton. The whole FBI Director email stunt one week before the election was significant and a signal that the "guys" were not really feeling a women as commander in chief. What is more disturbing is Trumps populist mantra that somehow we are being over run by immigrant outsiders and that they are the reason for "your" money problem that is really caused by technology and the shift to a world economy. If you saw 60 minutes last night, you saw film of Mussolini spouting the same fascist nationalistic garbage. There is actually tape of Mussolini saying that he would make Italy great again. What progressives have to address is the notion by the white working class that making room at the table for immigrants means less for them, despite the fact that America has always had room at the table for others.

Posted by Gary Patton on 12/05/2016 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

I hope that Alkebulan-Ma'at is getting tenant/legal counseling to assess his rights in this situation and hopefully keep his home!!!!

Posted by EASt on 12/05/2016 at 12:07 AM

Re: “On Class, Race, Culture and the Anti-Trump Movement

From "Market Watch":
Trump is fattening the bank accounts of the elite, but he also may have saved 1,000 jobs at Carrier... on President Barack Obamas watch the U.S. economy generated 8.6 million net new jobs equal to 2,945, or about three Carrier deals, every day, including Sundays, for going on eight consecutive years. And who can forget all of those patriotic Republicans congratulating Obama for that?

Posted by Terra Wilson-Kaysser on 12/04/2016 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

Not sure that someone over 60 can be thrown out without the LL taking proper measures to do so. The Trump sign has nothing to do with laws protecting tenants.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 12/04/2016 at 8:16 PM

Re: “On Class, Race, Culture and the Anti-Trump Movement

For the people who said the Republican's obstructed Obama, what was accomplished in the years that the Democrats did hold all 3 branches? There were many campaign promises during his "Hope" tour that didn't materialized (I'm looking at you Gitmo).

Also consider this and ask yourself, why did the Democrats lose the House and then Senate? Was his accomplishments so great that people rallied to still vote Democrat?

Posted by Robert Hope on 12/04/2016 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

Trump and his supporters never write "Make America Classy" on their hats.

Posted by Lily A Jafarian on 12/04/2016 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Oakland Warehouse Fire: 'It Was A Tinderbox. I Don't Recollect Anybody Coming Out.'

So sad, this is devistating. I pray for all the familes and friends who lost people in this fire.

Posted by Maria Navarro on 12/04/2016 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Oakland Warehouse Fire: 'It Was A Tinderbox. I Don't Recollect Anybody Coming Out.'

Gary this just isn't your scene (nor mine), but many, many such events take place in safe venues providing community and a healthy outlet for people in a wide age range. I do agree about the piles of junk being a big problem and we can blame the occupants, the landlord, and city of Oakland for that, BUT NOT the part goers.

Posted by dhaag23 on 12/04/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Oakland Warehouse Fire: 'It Was A Tinderbox. I Don't Recollect Anybody Coming Out.'

Unlike you, Garry, who apparently entered into this world as a crusty adult who elected to have his sense of tact surgically removed

Posted by Andrew Cone on 12/04/2016 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Oakland Warehouse Fire: 'It Was A Tinderbox. I Don't Recollect Anybody Coming Out.'

Garry, were you there? Ever been there, no? STFU then

Posted by Crispin Mccabe on 12/03/2016 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Oakland Warehouse Fire: 'It Was A Tinderbox. I Don't Recollect Anybody Coming Out.'

Kids, plus rave, plus cigarette. plus piles of junk= disaster.

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 12/03/2016 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Oakland Warehouse Fire: 'It Was A Tinderbox. I Don't Recollect Anybody Coming Out.'

Excellent reporting - thank you for this

Posted by Kerry Hamill on 12/03/2016 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

Is he doing this to attract arson and therefore have the house burned down to collect insurance?

Posted by Santiago Rizzo on 12/03/2016 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

Imagine if the landlord spent as much time and effort protecting a human being as he has that Trump sign...sigh.

Posted by Charlie Gall on 12/03/2016 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

This is a flagrant act of unlawful harassment, discrimination and even a borderline Hate Crime.

A lawsuit is definitely in order. If not (as an absolute last resort with nothing else left to lose) burning the property down in an act of civil disobedience.

Posted by alpha omega on 12/03/2016 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

This sucks for all parties involved. For the tenant, it's impossible to find decent, affordable housing in the Bay. It would also suck to have to live in a place with a TRUMP sign stuck to it (yes, even Trump Tower).

While this new landlord sounds like a royal a$$, we have to remember a couple of things:
1. He does own the property
2. There is no right to affordable housing
3. When it's convenient for an entity (public or private), the entity will shut down an "illegal" or non-registered unit
4. Rent control is fantastic in theory, but it really does distort the market in a coveted location city
5. The current housing frenzy is part of a larger cycle that cannot be changed by one or two good-meaning rules
6. We all pay for rent control, and we, as a society, have to decide how and how much we are willing to pay
7. Real estate companies are like any other company - they're there to make money
8. The new arrivals to Oakland have generally been making it a much nicer, safer and more livable city (despite higher housing costs). I've only been here for 10 years and have seen enormous positive changes. We still have a long way to go, though.

Finally, I personally hate hearing statements about how, "I should be able to live here because I grew up here" or other arguments in that vein. Nobody has a right to live in any particular city nor should anyone be excluded from a particular city because of some accident of birth.

Posted by greg broderick on 12/03/2016 at 1:33 AM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

Get a lawyer and contact rso and call the city and have them inspect to see if it is he is old and only 3500 to relocate hell no

Posted by Jackson Janet on 12/02/2016 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Art Gallery Grifter: How White Walls Owner Justin Giarla Scammed Artists Out Of Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars, Then Disappeared

What a loser piece of shit! Using people is bad enough but fucking with their art is deplorable. His ass deserves prison time for sure. Karma will follow.

Posted by nanabriggs on 12/02/2016 at 9:50 PM

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