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Will the current GOP leaders ever learn to accurately label their biggest grievance?

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What deadnaming is, why it matters, and a few steps anyone can take to avoid doing it

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Here was a 10 year old child, grasping the notion of who they were at their innermost core better than most adults I knew, including myself.

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Let’s talk about what you’re *really* worried about instead

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Why we’re so resistant to it, and why we should definitely “check it”

A hot topic and label that’s accused of being insulting, presumptive, condescending (and even “racist”), ‘white privilege’ is possibly one of the most polarizing terms for white Americans today. Yet, it’s not a slur; it’s simply a fact — backed with research and statistics. To think of it otherwise is to vastly misunderstand the concept, and moreover, to outright dismiss an opportunity to foster empathy. If ‘white privilege’ is not pejorative, then why are we so resistant to acknowledging its presence in the first place?

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“What more is it going to take? What more do we have to do to make up for what our ancestors did decades ago? Slavery is over! We all have the same opportunities now. People just need to quit complaining and pull themselves up by the bootstraps!”

We become advocates out of necessity, not out of desire

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But finally, some light is breaking through

screengrab from HRC YouTube video, The Human Rights Campaign Endorses Joe Biden for President 2020

The answer is… politics in the era of reality TV show presidents

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Setting: Sometime in the not-too-distant future; on set recording of TV game show “Jeopardy.”

The circus sideshow has overstayed its welcome. It’s time for the Ringmaster to exit stage right.

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