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How the politics of racial resentment is killing white people
Why do many working-class white Americans support politicians whose policies are literally killing them?
This is the question sociologist and psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl tries to answer in his new book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland. The book is a serious look at how cultural attitudes associated with “whiteness” encourage white people to adopt political views — like opposition to gun laws or the Affordable Care Act — that undercut their own health.
The book is not about racism at the individual level, though you can certainly read that into it. For Metzl, the key question is how did a politics of racial resentment become so powerful that it overwhelmed even the basic instinct for self-preservation? To get answers, he spent years talking to voters in Southern and Midwestern states, asking them to explain their political choices. The answers aren’t terribly satisfying, but they are instructive.
I spoke to Metzl about what he learned and what he thinks we can do to solve this problem. A lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows.
R. Kelly’s ex insinuates he might be “into boys” because he enjoys playing receiver in the bedroom
R. Kelly’s ex-girlfriend Lisa Van Allen recently sat down with DJ Vlad to talk about her experiences with the mired R&B singer and things quickly took a homophobic turn.
In the interview, Van Allen talks openly about her sexual experiences with Kelly, explaining in graphic detail what happened during their bedroom romps, and using them to raise questions about his sexual orientation.
“He likes dildos,” she recalls. “I know he likes fingers in the butt with him on all fours. You going in and he’s throwing it back at you.”
“I know that’s a little graphic, but that’s what he does.”
Samuel L. Jackson Doesn't ‘Give A Fuck’ If You Stop Watching His Movies Due To His Politics
Samuel L. Jackson does not care what you think of him. And he drove home that point in a recent interview.
“I know how many motherfuckers hate me,” he told Esquire. ‘I’m never going to see a Sam Jackson movie again.’ Fuck I care?”
“If you never went to another movie I did in my life, I’m not going to lose anymore. I already cashed that check. Fuck you,“ he added. ”Burn my videotapes. I don’t give a fuck. ‘You’re an actor. Stick to acting.’ ‘No, mother fucker. I’m a human being that feels a certain way.’“
Barack Obama Says People Confident in Their Sexuality 'Don’t Need 8 Women Around You Twerking'
On Tuesday, ex-president Barack Obama and Stephen Curry combined their powers for a town hall event that urged youngsters from minority backgrounds to develop confidence without feeling compelled to build self-worth based on chasing women and money.
The event unfolded in Oakland, and it also marked the fifth anniversary of Obama's My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. Both Curry and the former president talked about challenges they faced in their formative years, while also speaking about broader ranging topics, such as hip-hop, policing in minority communities, discipline in schools, male role models, and manhood.
Obama addressed societal pressures that young people face to act a certain way because of hip hop's frequent portrayal of what it means to be successful. The President's remarks on that subject were described as one of the event's "more humorous moments," as he blended making his point with some shade.
"We live in a culture where our worth is measured by how much money we have and how famous we are," Obama said to the capacity crowd made up of youth flown to the Bay from throughout the country. "I will tell you, at the end of the day, the thing that will give you confidence is not that. I know a lot of rich people that are all messed up."
Dolly Parton just slammed nonbinary & pansexual people (?)
Country music legend Dolly Parton has supported LGBTQ issues for a long time. She was one of the first major country stars to publicly support marriage equality and regularly says that gay men are her biggest fans.
She’s even gone so far as to say if she were born male, she would have “been a drag queen because I love all the flamboyant stuff.”
With more entertainers and celebrities defining themselves as gender fluid or bisexual, including her own goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, Parton is finding it hard to come to terms with the uptick.’
“For me, I’m still an old timer. Sometimes I think it’s just become kind of fashionable to speak out like that. I think some of them even say more than who they really are,” Parton told the tabloid.
“I think they just want to be part of that whole movement to make people think that they’re so free and all that. But I don’t really know how they feel inside. I know how I feel inside,” she said. “Miley, she does a lot of stuff for effect, and I think a lot of them do.”
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Jackson is captured in astonishing video deposition squirming, giggling and quoting Bible verses as he's questioned about molesting boys in unearthed footage
Squirming in his seat, Michael Jackson is asked directly on camera whether he's a pedophile in newly unearthed video footage obtained by DailyMailTV.
The King (Perv) of Pop is quizzed by lawyers about allegations of child sexual abuse in what's understood to be the only time he was ever filmed being questioned on the subject during his life.
The iconic singer, who at the time was 37, appears nervous and laughs, giggles and jokes his way through questions about molesting children in the astonishing footage dated March 1, 1996.
GLORIA ALLRED I Have No Doubt ... MICHAEL JACKSON MOLESTED KIDS
Barbra Streisand Reveals Rough Relationship With Her ‘Jealous’ Mother
After years of stardom, Barbra Streisand Opens a New Window. has finally revealed her secretly rough relationship with her mother, who died in 2002.
The famed singer, actress, and director, now 76, told the Daily Mail Opens a New Window. that after her father Emanuel died of an accidental morphine overdose when she was only 15 months old, her mom Diana had to care for her alone.
“I think there are parents who don’t really like themselves,” Streisand remarked in the new interview.
“They don’t like their offspring either. My mother meant well. She loved me as best she could. She had dreams of her own and she wanted to be a singer. She was jealous, and that was staggering for me to learn.”
Justine Skye: I Didn't Name My Abuser Because Rap Culture Doesn't Care
Singer Justine Skye's harrowing new music video opens with a disclaimer that it's "based on true events." The video for "Build" is a poignant yet painful look a young woman's relationship with a man who physically and mentally abused her, and ends with a black screen and the italicized words: "United in the fight against domestic violence."
In a Monday interview with The Breakfast Club, Skye explains why she elected to keep her alleged abuser’s identity private, though fans and sleuths have taken a look at her social media activity and speculate that "Build" is about rapper Check Wes, who recently appeared on Saturday Night Live.
Drill gang jailed for plotting a machete attack on rivals make NEW violent rap video only weeks after being released
50 Cent Shuns His 'Son' 6ix9ine Following Arrest: 'Call Ya Momma'
NCAA athlete disowned by family able to keep GoFundMe donations
After her parents learned she has a girlfriend, Emily Scheck, 19, a college sophomore and Division I athlete, was disowned by them in August, right before the start of the school year. She said she was left with just $20 to her name.
In an interview published last week, Scheck told LGBTQ sports site OutSports that her mother had given her an ultimatum after finding out that Scheck has a girlfriend: come home and receive therapy or be cut off from the family. Scheck chose the latter.
Lead singer of The 1975 Matty Healy says he 'kind of' wants to kiss guys
The 1975’s lead singer Matty Healy has revealed he ‘kind of’ wants to kiss guys.
The ‘Chocolate’ singer from Manchester has opened about his sexuality in a revealing interview.
Speaking to Shortlist magazine, the 29-year-old said he has kissed men in the past, and would happily do so again.
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Barbra Streisand & GLAAD Send a Message to Voters: 'America Is Better When We Stand Together'
Barbra Streisand has partnered with GLAAD to encourage LGBTQ voters to hit the polls on Tuesday for the midterm elections.
Barbra Streisand Says She Has to
Figure skater Joe Johnson came out without a big coming-out moment
Joe Johnson has been quietly out for years.
CHRIS EVANS SLAMS DONALD TRUMP IN MOCKING TWEET: ‘NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN TREATED SO UNFAIRLY’
“There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue,” Evans tweeted. “The level of unapologetic conjecture I’ve encountered lately isn’t just frustrating, it’s retrogressive, unprecedented and absolutely terrifying.”
Jon Bon Jovi Slams the ‘Real Housewives’ and Kardashians in Rant: ‘I’ve Never Given 60 Seconds of My Life’ to Them
Jon Bon Jovi is clearly not who you’d call if you want to binge on reality TV. The “Livin’ on a Prayer” singer dished on his feelings toward the current celebrity culture in an interview on Sunday, October 28, and didn’t hold back.
Stars Who Got Their Start on Reality TV Opens a New Window.
“I think it’s horrific that we live in that world and I can tell you I’ve never given 60 seconds of my life, ever, to one of those Housewives of Blah Blah and Kardashians,” the 56-year-old singer told Australia’s The Sunday Project.
'Supergirl' star Mehcad Brooks says that being on the show made him realize that he was sexist
Mehcad Brooks says that starring as James Olsen on The CW's "Supergirl" helped him realize that he was sexist, and hopes that the show can encourage other people to reevaluate their beliefs.
"Playing James Olsen has made me a more complete, inclusive, and better person," Brooks, who stars as the acting CEO of CatCo Worldwide Media and vigilante The Guardian, told INSIDER.
The 37-year-old explained that previous roles he's taken on "were beneath my character, and started to affect me, so I had to take a step back and figure out who I am and do better work." With his CW character, the experience has "been the opposite."