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Solidarity Amongst The Rich: Isaac Mizrahi Endorses Fascist Bloomberg

Solidarity Amongst The Rich: Isaac Mizrahi Endorses Fascist Bloomberg

Isaac Mizrahi’s ahistorical support of Michael Bloomberg illustrates that solidarity amongst the wealthy is more important than the lives of marginalized people.

On Tuesday, American designer Isaac Mizrahi announced his endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate, oligarch and all-around-terrible person, Michael Bloomberg. 

Mizrahi, who has a net worth of 20 million dollars, explains that during Bloomberg’s time as mayor of New York, he fought “every day for the LGBTQ+ community.” Many were quick to point out that their experiences and the experiences of poor, working-class, Black, Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ communities of color were severely impacted by the billionaire’s pro-police, surveillance and mass incarceration decisions and policies.

Mizrahi’s support of the racist, sexist, capitalist, transphobic Bloomberg, demonstrates a point that many writers at Wear Your Voice have illustrated in their pieces, that shared marginalized identity (Mizrahi is openly gay), does not automatically translate to politics which support oppressed peoples. 

Endorsing Mr. Stop-and-Frisk and lying about his supposed “support” of LGBTQIA+ communities strengthens the argument that the upper-class and 1% have solidarity only for each other. These election-fueled lies that we are told and the solidarity and unity amongst the rich is crucial to the continued existence of the mega-wealthy so that they may persist in their wealth-hoarding without hindrance, without interrogation and without needing to admit that our struggle against capitalism is also a struggle against queer/transphobia, patriarchy, imperialism, and white supremacy. Their energy is dedicated solely to ensuring that the marginalized do not revolt against them. 

On Wednesday, shortly after Mizrahi’s endorsement, #AskBloomberg began on Twitter ahead of the next democratic presidential candidates’ debate as a push for the moderators to ask the questions that need answering. Many included vital information about the oligarch whose mayoral term was rife with ensuring that Black and brown people, the poor, working-class, disabled people, LGBTQIA+ folks and other marginalized people continued to suffer under the boots of capitalists, fascist cops and white supremacists. 

It’s increasingly clear that the Democratic establishment is in favor of ensuring that someone like Bloomberg becomes the democratic nominee for president. The rich, much like Mizrahi, are increasingly aware that we’ve had enough of their parasitic way of life. This, like many other instances over the past few generations, are proof that capitalism is putrid garbage and we deserve a world without billionaires. 

Lara Witt (she/they) is an award-winning feminist writer who primarily writes about feminism, racism, pop-culture, mental health, and politics. Witt received her BA in Journalism from Temple University and interned for Philadelphia CityPaper’s arts and entertainment section and the Philadelphia Daily News covering local news, court stories, and crime. Following her graduation, she became increasingly committed to writing about gender, race, and queer identity by using Black and brown feminist theory to analyze current news and politics. Witt freelanced for national and local publications, which led to her working with Wear Your Voice Magazine eventually becoming their EIC and rebranding the site to focus primarily on using the analytical framework of Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw’s theory of intersectionality. Video Player is loading. Witt’s goal is to provide platforms for marginalized voices with a focus on having other Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) writers tell their own stories and explore their own narratives. Witt has spoken at local Philadelphia events, such as the March to End Rape Culture (2017) and curated a yearly series of events called The Electric Lady Series. These events highlight women of color in Philadelphia by exploring gender, rape culture, entrepreneurship, art, self-care, sex, and culture.

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