10 Things Progressives in Texas Understand
Posted by Hanna Foster
February 9, 2016
Being a progressive in the south can be hard, especially in Texas. I know that it’s rough feeling like you’re always met with opposition, but we can get through it all AND affect change if we stick together. So I’ve compiled a little list, with the help of some fellow progressives, of the stresses, trials, and joys that we can all understand.
- You are, more often than not, one of the few (if not the only) members of your family that have progressive views.
- And we all have that one family member…you know who I’m talking about.
- We get called names…a lot.
Ranging in intensity & creativity. Some of my faves are “dirty hippie,” “damn liberal,” & often some variation on the word “communist.”
- Wendy Davis is a queen for her famous filibuster.
- “Ya’ll” is an inclusive/gender neutral term that is apart of everyone’s vocabulary.
- You say things like “God bless” and “Thank the Lord!” whether you’re religious or not.
- You were taught abstinence-only sex education and had to sign a weird document in middle school swearing yourself to abstinence.
- When you meet another progressive and you instantly become friends.
- Our reproductive freedoms are constantly being attacked.
- And we’re always ready to fight back.