Intersectionality, East Of The River

Fellow D.C. resident Alice Marshall makes an excellent point (boldface mine):

I live in a poor, overwhelmingly African American, neighborhood. The majority of people earn minimum wage or just a little more. Access to health care is limited and people get old before their time. Medicare for All, HR 676 would be a yuge benefit for my neighborhood. Those who earn enough to have to pay healthcare premiums would experience a dramatic increase in disposable income as their payments in to a Medicare tax would be far lower than their current premiums. Ask any Canadian what their Medicare tax is and you will understand. For those of my neighborhood who use Medicaid, the benefits under HR 676 would be far better.

$15/hour minimum wage would have the effect of pouring thousands of dollars into my neighborhood. It would have a dramatic effect upon local businesses as people would immediately spend it on all the things they currently deny themselves.

Free university at the University of DC would dramatically increase the number of people getting an education. People would go to school instead of jail.

Increasing social security benefits would also pour money into my neighborhood, which would instantly be spent on local businesses, thus creating local jobs.

Bernie’s economic agenda would benefit the entire working class, most especially in the lives of women and minorities.

What struck me as weird was how a policy platform, especially on economic issues, that could have been lifted from an activist meeting in D.C.’s wards 7 and 8, became something that was supposedly ‘non-intersectional’, even though, as Marshall describes, it’s precisely what D.C. residents in black neighborhoods have demanded for about forty years. If you want to understand why some Democrats recoil from the word intersectional, this is why.

Despite Sanders’ revolution rhetoric, which I’ve argued was a mistake, what he was proposing was one-part New Deal liberalism and one part Great Society liberalism (with some upgrades for 2017). Yet too many in the Democratic Party hate this stuff, even though it’s quite popular–and not just ‘east-of-the-river.’

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