A look from inside the America the Tea Party doesn’t believe exists.
Dear GOP, Tea Party, John Boehner, and anyone else who’s angry and White,
Hi. My name is Greg. You don’t know me, but, you should. Why? Not because I think what you and your crew (The Republican Party) are doing with this government shutdown is insane, because it is. You shouldn’t know me because the Speaker of House, the de facto (very tanned) face of your party, repeatedly embarrasses my home state (Ohio).
You should know me because I’m Black. And young. Your children dance to my music, speak my slang, and wear my clothes.
You should know my gay friends. You wear fashions and hairstyles designed and created by them, and your kids look up to them (even your brawny, straight sons and grandsons), and you take part in a pop culture they heavily influenced.
You should know my female friends with careers and influence. Because they’ve changed the idea of gender roles, and wielded power in new, brilliant ways.
You should know us, because we are America. The current America. The new America. America for the foreseeable future.
I have to admit, I find the fact that you guys (the “Right”) never took the time to get to know us pretty funny. You never saw “us” coming.
Why? How? Because the three races/sexual orientations/genders I mentioned are what you and your cronies have spent years building voting platforms on. You never took us seriously. These “groups” I mentioned are the very people you are trying to now, at this very moment, to hurt with your clumsy tantrum of a government shutdown. Your ilk saw us as germs with a pulse. You guys never took us seriously.
But, if you had been smart, instead of using us and our communities to scare the Red States into voting for you, you would have noticed the strides women, gays, and brown people have made. Hip-hop (and Black youth culture overall) became the most successful non-religious culture ever created. The gay community re-shaped American standards of beauty and aesthetics (gym culture, manscaping, men watching their waistlines, HEAVILY influenced by gay culture). Women ascended to positions of power within corporations and their communities.
Meanwhile, you guys, especially more recently the Tea Party, scared the shit out of everybody.
But, here’s where it’s really funny. Gut busting, actually.
We influenced the YOUTH of this country.
That’s right. Hip-hop spoke to a young White male growing up in Michigan, and told him he could escape his bleak life, and make something of himself as an artist. You might have heard of him. His name is Eminem. If you haven’t heard of him, your kids surely have. The gay community empowered homosexual youth thorough out the years, creating POWERFUL openly gay people. Where did you think “Glee” and “It Gets Better” came from? And the women who influenced this country? How many people do YOU think watched and were inspired by “The Oprah Winfrey Show?”
Speaking of youth…frankly, you guys don’t look too good on that front. I saw the Republican National Convention last year, and…damn. The average age at your event was, like, 68. From what I’ve seen, it doesn’t look like America’s youth is really interested in the Tea Party, or the GOP. Did you guys happen to see the Democratic National Convention? I’ll put it like this: The MTV Video Music Awards came on the same night. On one channel was a show full of young, sexy, dynamic people on stage and in the audience. On the other channel was the MTV Video Music Awards.
So, Mr. Boehner, you Tea Partiers, and the GOP. You can continue your silly, ugly halt of the government. You can continue to attack President Obama, and you can keep on spewing hate in the media.
Just know, that Jay Z can drop a new single online that can rally the masses…against you , in 24 hours. Understand that and Rachel Maddow can swiftly dissect anything you say, and Ellen DeGeneres can render you un-cool with a quip. And the ladies? I wouldn’t want to mess with a heavy hitter like Arianna Huffington, or even our First Lady, Michelle Obama.
Thanks for your time,
Greg Simms Jr.
P.S. You guys should smile more. Is it a right-wing requirement for conservatives to frown on every media platform? Like I said before, you guys honestly scare the shit out of people.