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Grist Article on Tester, Schweitzer

Matt points out an interesting article that profiles the success of Brian Schweitzer as well as mentioning the prospects of Jon Tester. Overall, a solid piece that talks about Democratic prospects, bu…

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Matt points out an interesting article that profiles the success of Brian Schweitzer as well as mentioning the prospects of Jon Tester. Overall, a solid piece that talks about Democratic prospects, but I found one line troubling:

Tester is homegrown; he knows that guns in Montana are not the same as guns in the inner city.

This criticism is not intended to be one about Mr. Tester, but isn’t that phrase pretty overt coded racism? It seems to imply that guns in rural (predominantly white) states are used the way God and Jefferson intended them, while the only reason to own a gun in the inner city would be for gang violence.

Again—to be totally clear—my concern is not with Mr. Tester, but the casual loaded language of race that creeps into even the discussion of progressives.

Overly sensitive?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

5 Comments

  • I think that sentence could be interpreted that way. It could also acknowledge that the primary reasons for using guns in Montana (hunting, pest control) don’t really apply to inner cities. Or it could also acknowledge that the politics of guns are different.

  • I’d like to be able to see it as ‘politics of guns’ are different, but I can’t, even after a good five hours of sleep.

    I think it does reflect a certain bias that Westerners often have–that ‘we’ are more responsible with guns than ‘they’ are.

    It’s a small point in an otherwise really positive article…but something to think about.

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