The Truth is Powerful
Trump’s partisan presidency was a lot of things. ‘Tribal’ doesn’t need to be one of them.
Something “tribal” is happening in Washington, D.C. At least, this seems to be the consensus among (mostly) white and (mostly) progressive thought leaders and members of the media ever since the dawn of the Trump presidency .
The word “tribe” has come to evoke images of a primitive, mindless allegiance that “makes thinking unnecessary.”
Take this February critique of Republican partisanship , or this one , from 2018. The word “tribe” has come to evoke images of a primitive, mindless allegiance that “makes thinking unnecessary.” But, in the United States of America, a country that has endured its fair share of proud boys, clans and white nationalist organizations, why exactly are tribes being used to represent political incivility? What does it mean that one of the most damning criticisms of the Republican Party seems to be to liken it to Indigenous, brown and Black peoples around the world who have been historicized and erased throughout history?
Well, sorry to throw a wrench into the catchy alliterative tag line of the “tribal” Trump era, but those of us who descend from tribal lineages are tired of our history’s being repurposed for a political game of chess. While there is a necessary critique to […]