Robin Renée, Mary McGinley, and Wendy Sheridan all got together at Wendy’s place this week to contemplate “wait your turn” politics. Often in the name of progress, women, people of color, those who identify or are perceived to be LGBTQ, and other marginalized people have been told to wait. If the time for their or our justice is not now, when will it be? Is being asked to wait always an insult and an injustice? Are there times when a “wait your turn” plan is strategic and valid? How much does an acknowledgment of the pain caused by being asked to wait matter? Robin invites listeners to check out “More Perfect: Sex Appeal,” a story in which Ruth Bader Ginsburg convinces an all-male Supreme Court to take discrimination on the basis of sex seriously — and uses an instance of “wait your turn” politics along the way. The conversation winds through these questions and others, teasing out even more and inviting continued reflection on a very old problem.
Also in this episode, Wendy goes over Robert Reich’s survival guide for two more years of Trump. It serves as a useful follow up to the summer survival guide in Episode 6. Robin shares the news that since the beginning of February, New Jersey residents have the right to change their gender identity on a birth certificate. A third, nonbinary gender option is also available for the first time. If that wasn’t enough reason to celebrate, there’s also Random Acts of Kindness Week, National Do a Grouch a Favor Day, Presidents Day, National Drink Wine Day, and National Engineer’s Week. Birthday shout outs go to Henry Rollins, Peter Gabriel, and the late social reformer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Wendy sends out special birthday wishes to her daughter, Ariel Berenzon.
The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Wait Your Turn? (Episode 35).”