No, White Friend—You Weren’t “Embarrassed” by Barack Obama | john pavlovitz

If virulent cognitive dissonance upsets you, I recommend not reading the comments section of this uncompromisingly truthful analysis. (Cognitive dissonance being by far the most common response to accusations of being a racist, with frank admission trailing  in a distant second place.)  Otherwise, have at it.

But I don’t believe [your embarrassment at Obama] had anything to do with his resume or his experience or his character or his conduct in office—because you seem fully proud right now to be associated with a three-time married, serial adulterer and confessed predator; a man whose election and business dealings and relationships are riddled with controversy and malfeasance. You’re perfectly fine being represented by a bullying, obnoxious, genitalia-grabbing, Tweet-ranting, Prime Minister-shoving charlatan who’s managed to offended all our allies in a few short months. And you’re okay with him putting on religious faith like a rented, dusty, ill-fitting tuxedo and immediately tossing it in the garbage when he’s finished with it.


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Lost in Trumpslation: An Interview with Bérengère Viennot – Los Angeles Review of Books

A fascinating, inside look at the tribulations of translators, not only in times of Trump, but more broadly at the headspaces they navigate.

For journalistic translator, Bérengère Viennot, who has translated Obama’s speeches and does the same now for Trump, it could, in visual terms, be compared to being snatched from the clean aesthetics of a Mondrian, and being hurled into a linguistic morass, inspired in equal measure by M.C. Escher and Hieronymus Bosch. Continue reading