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Amanda Hess's article in The New York Times on social network site Gab, titled, 'The Far Right Has a New Digital Safe Space,' concludes with this foreboding sentiment and it's accompanied bizarre simile:
The phrase, ‘Not the Russians' has been popping up frequently in defense of Wikileaks, the integrity of the 2016 Presidential Election, justice and our very democracy. A better defense of our democracy would be the phrase, ‘Even if the Russians did it.'
Representative government is like an emotionally disturbed boyfriend and we its citizens are like his girlfriend, whom we find in the bathroom dragging a razor across his arm, telling her, ‘Look what you're making me do!'
There are some friends who are handy to keep around for the sole fact that they perfectly embody what the masses think.
For every cliché one utters, there is an original thought which could have gone in its place.
My body is my currency. I pay in energy and with the words of my tongue.
The issue of cultural appropriation, as it has been contextualized in our society as of late, is not lacking in concern for those who are considered other. However, the question remains as to whether or not we can engage with and respect the other without clumsily utilizing ever piece of masochistic rhetoric in our grasp.