The Monday Morning Teaser

This week’s Sift is dominated by my attempt to meet white conservatives where they are on racial issues, “Sadly, the national conversation on race has to start here”.

I read the in-your-face conservative responses to President Obama’s call for a conversation, ignored the barbs and insults and slanted facts, pieced together the worldview that seems to lie behind most of them, and answered as if I were talking to a misguided-but-well-intentioned cousin or uncle or friend from the old neighborhood.

It’s a long piece — largely because I think it’s necessary to establish that I really get the conservative view I’m responding to before I respond — but I think it’s worth it. I hope it gets forwarded to a lot of people’s cousins and uncles and friends from the old neighborhood.

That doesn’t leave much space in the Weekly Summary for talking about the cracks forming in Republican solidarity as they plan a last-ditch defense against the looming success of ObamaCare. And no space at all for the week’s biggest story — the royal baby. Not that I’d have given it space anyway.

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  • velvinette  On July 29, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Awww. I like the Royal baby. I like seeing William and Harry try to lead normal lives. And Kate try to help them bridge the gap. I like the joke about how all teenagers think their parents are the most embarassing people in the world, and at a certain point, their parents actually were the most embarassing people. (I won’t bother to repeat Charles’s overheard conversation with Camilla, for instance.) And people say they don’t do anything, but they do. They raise money for charities and William and Harry are especially supportive of the armed forces. Also the queen or king advises the leaders across generations, which can be very helpful in leading their country. I think we could use a little more of that continuity sometimes. And in some ways being focused on them as a society is nicer than the fixation we place on addicted “celebrities” (talk about doing nothing, like the Kardashians), actors and musicians with little or no talent except for getting in the news. The “indentured servant” line from the film about King George was true–they are born into jobs they cannot quit, or roles they cannot relinquish. (Edward did quit.) Against the common wisdom, it’s not easy being rich or famous, and the Royal family remind us all of that. They do it so we dont’ have to, and can go about our lives in peace and freedom.

    • weeklysift  On July 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

      I am helping the royal family live normal lives by paying no attention to them.

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