And So We’ve Come To The End Of The Road

This is really bewildering to see: the last ever Crappy Hour, as Megan Carpentier is leaving Jezebel for Air America. Since I’ve now deleted versions of this sentence over a dozen times, maybe that’s a sign that I should simply say that Jezebel is a great blog that’s given a lot to a lot of people, but it’s given me one of my most cherished friends. Her talents only improve, and in an impressing — astonishing — manner. I resisted for self-interested reasons Megan’s move to New York but it’s clear that she made the right decision. So, my gift to you: I was wrong and you were right.

This remains my favorite thing Megan’s written: crisp and subtle analysis paired with elegant and emotional writing. I interrupted my vacation last year to read it again and again.

Racial resentment, Geraldine, is racism. Why can’t you see that? People coming up to you and complaining that they can’t complain about black people is them complaining for being looked down upon for being racists! And, yes, their time ought to have passed, it should pass, they should learn and understand that racism should have no place in our society and as a party leader, a stalwart, a barrier-breaker you should be breaking it to them that "getting treated fairly for being white" means losing sometimes, and sometimes it means losing to a person of color. It means you are not always going to come out ahead, it means that the advantages your fathers or mothers faced 40 or 50 years ago (or less long ago than that) because of the color of their skin should disappear and you should lose to better-qualified candidates of color and then you should not ever, ever even in the dark recesses of your small, reptilian brain think "Well, that’s what affirmative action has wrought in this country," because that, Geraldine is racism.

Ages like wine, and the woman knows her wine.

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