My friend Ryne Hancock is back. He brings his feud with what used to be called “limousine liberals” to First Draft. They’re the same people Athenae calls purity ponies. In this instance, they’re mostly white middle to upper middle class post-Katrina transplants who live in downtown New Orleans. Their elitism bugs the living shit out of Ryne who is a young Black man from Memphis, Tennessee.
It’s time for me to step aside and present Ryne’s righteous rant.
The Price Of Reading The Room Is Free by Ryne Hancock
For months, one of the people that lived in my complex was a cougar that arrived from the Florida Panhandle. Tan and somewhat attractive, I figured she would be a cool person to be neighbors with, as opposed to the old black guy that constantly talks to himself in my building.
Instead it was anything but.
From the moment she arrived she complained about everything. In fact, when the hotels were filled with evacuees from Lake Charles, she complained about their attitudes.
There was also the time she got a job working at Tulane University and immediately demanded that she get better hours three weeks into getting the job.
The powers that be at the university then rewarded her with a 5 pm-2 am shift.
This line of thinking could be applied to people like the Justice Democrats and Sunshine Movement.
Much like my former neighbor, they use all their energy to complain when things don’t go their way, especially when all throughout the process they refused to get on board with endorsing Biden as well as run purity tests on everyone that didn’t conform to their beliefs.
They’re that relative who complains about you serving Chek soft drinks instead of Coca Cola. That relative who gets mad with people drinking Miller Lite and not craft beers.
“Oh you’re not drinking craft beer? How very poor of you!!!”
Criticize their God and Savior Bernie Sanders and the DSA, whose local chapter is basically 80% of the comedy community in New Orleans, and you get a lot of terms such as “sellout” & “corporate democrat” hurled your way.
And god help you if you criticize AOC, which if we’re being real, is basically every annoying gentrifier in the Maringy or Bywater, you’re labeled as a racist or even worse, a misogynist.
That’s the whole sum of the Justice Democrats and Sunshine Movement.
Instead of reading the room and picking justified fights (translation: the GOP) they’re taking credit for delivering the White House to Biden and managing to shitcan on Biden.
“We voted for you so do our bidding,” they’re screaming from the mountaintops.
First, you didn’t do shit. Your little performative progressive movement shitcanned on Biden & Kamala. And when it became apparent, he was going to be the nominee, you became brave by saying “Settle For Biden”.
Secondly, black women, the most loyal base in the Democratic Party, delivered the White House to Biden, not a bunch of latte-sipping performative allies that are focused more on making headlines than actually picking justifiable fights.
And lastly, if it weren’t for your movement, Mississippi would have been governed by Jim Hood. Alabama would have been governed by Walt Maddox. Florida could have had Andrew Gillium as governor.
But because of your movement and the buzzwords that come with it, those states have shoddy executive leadership.
Don’t get me wrong, the Democratic Party does need some fixing. It’s not perfect.
But the constant shitcanning a party that you allegedly belong to is not going to help your movement or this country in the long run.