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I'm starting to think that Trump really doesn't need to do anything to distract from his policies. There's a whole lot of dreadful things that happened last week (see below for a summary of some of it), but what's REALLY got everyone up in arms is that someone was ejected from a United flight.

Not saying the United thing is OK; it's not. And certainly not saying the we can't be upset about this outrage when there are other outrages. But given that I found NO mention on FB of, say, the elimination of funding for the forensic science commission, the fact that Trump's chief terrorism adviser expressed support for a violently anti-Semitic organization, or that Trump signed an EO to revoke the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Act.

I did see a few mentions of the destruction of the filibuster & subsequent installation of Gorsuch, and some discussion of the bombing of Syria, but neither of those got anywhere NEAR as much attention as United Airlines.

So... what's up with that?
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posted by [personal profile] desireearmfeldt at 09:24pm on 11/04/2017
I agree with your actual point, but that said...

I imagine what's up with that is that most of the people you know fly enough to already be irritated in a day-to-day personal-experience way with the airlines, and this feels like (a) Last Straw on that particular plot.

Maybe with a side of everyone feeling like the world is uncertain and here's one mundane thing we thought we could count on and, no, they pulled the rug out from under us.

(Me, I am not on FB and have seen only one person flame about the airline thing since it happened.)
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posted by [personal profile] siderea at 02:54am on 12/04/2017
Wait, are we all talking about the same thing? The video of a troop of jack-booted thugs with the word "POLICE" in three inch high letters across their backs hauling a late-middle-aged man of color – who is a medical doctor – along the floor of an airplane, by his arms, with his glasses askew (and a subsequent photograph showing blood streaming down his face) while other passengers yell things like "Oh my god! What are you doing to him?!"

And this, two months after Trump imposes a brown-people-targetting travel ban and there were mass spontaneous protests at airports across the country? Shortly after reports of border guards demanding people entering the US divulge their social media ids and passwords?

This is not about someone being "ejected" from an airplane, and this is not about irritation.

This is about a population primed to expect anti-brown-person and anti-immigrant state violence around air travel actually watching it happen in front of them, and exploding.

Right now, on CNN, there's an editorial titled "Dr. David Dao's United nightmare could be yours", but the link from CNN's home page leading to it is "Asian-Americans, This Means You":

Here's the hard and honest truth about this ugly incident: It is not an exception, but the new normal. Dao's brutalization was shocking to many Asian-Americans, who set Twitter aflame with accusations that he was targeted because of his race. We don't know what might have happened if he had not been Asian-American.

But America knows well the template for this treatment of "the other": Among African-Americans, the incident was simply and tragically familiar — an expression of the same state and corporate-endorsed violence that they have seen enacted against their community for generations.

It's 2017 and America has elected as a successor to the first African-American President a man who believes that the rights of corporations and their owners outweigh the rights of equity-less humans. Who has made it clear that "rules" and "order" are critically important -- not for the wealthy and powerful, naturally! -- but for the plebes who can't afford private jets and are condemned to coach.

In this America, "refusal to comply" with authority -- resistance in the face of oppressive and capricious establishment decrees -- is a corporal offense and, all too often, a capital one.

Hence we have Dao's nightmare. [...]
This is not apart from Trump. This is a part of Trump.
Edited (Added link to CNN opinion piece.) Date: 2017-04-12 02:56 am (UTC)
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posted by [personal profile] hathor at 10:48am on 12/04/2017
I get that. I just didn't get why this is the ONE part of Trump that seems to have gotten people upset. Especially since most of the commentary I've seen on it frames it as a problem with United alone, or occasionally United & the Chicago police, with lots of references to previous transgressions by those two entities (that long predated the current administration).

I've gotten several replies to this here & on Facebook, and it makes more sense to me now.
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posted by [personal profile] desireearmfeldt at 02:56am on 13/04/2017
Didn't mean to say it's *about* irritation. But I venture to claim that a lot of hathor's FB friends are probably people who use airlines regularly (say, at least once a year), and therefore have a "close to home" bonus for paying attention to stories about horrible things done by airlines, over and above their base level of paying attention to stories about horrible things happening in general.
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posted by [personal profile] hathor at 10:50am on 14/04/2017
Yeah, that's definitely the impression I get. People get a lot more upset over things that happen to them - or people they can identify with easily - than they do over things that happen to "those people." Even if what is happening to "those people" is objectively far more egregious


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