– by The Shitty Activist
In the wake of the Trumpening, activists around the country are asking themselves the same question: WTF happened?
Many factors are likely to blame, most of which have already been analyzed by people who actually know what they’re talking about: Clinton’s middle-of-the-road positions failing to inspire Democrats. Trump’s speaking to the economic anxieties of the working class. Anti-immigration sentiment, racial prejudice, and Islamophobia.
It’s likely that all of the above issues played a role, with pumpkin spice lattes figuring in there somehow. But I’m joined by a large number of leftists who point to another reason for Trump’s rise: the backlash against shitty activism.
For the last year and a half, The Shitty Activist has tried to expand the influence of activist causes by offering ways to overcome the many (often self-imposed) obstacles to victory. I’ve invited activists to adopt stronger stances that can inspire action that may lead to genuine and lasting change; to put the brakes on the name calling, the crying wolf, the PC language policing, and the censorship; and to take themselves a little less seriously by joining in on a laugh once in a while.
Unfortunately—as was the case during my 12 years as an activist—I failed to change many minds. While resonating with a few, usually my suggestions were ignored, and all too often my constructive criticism was deliberately misconstrued as opposition to the very causes I dedicated most of my life to advancing. Once a shitty activist, always a shitty activist, I guess.