Kaitlin Byrd - GothamGirlBlue

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About Kaitlin Byrd - GothamGirlBlue

American politics is fucked.

Throughout the "Presidency" of Donald Trump, shallowness, privilege and horse-race metaphor have defined our discourse around government. Neglect abounds, problems are pervasive and violence permeates more and more of our institutions. Tellingly, in the wake of these national catastrophes, nothing is changing. We’re still hearing reflexive hot takes that treat Trump as normal; we’re still seeing and hearing news through the eyes of well-off white men; we’re still talking about politics in sports terms, as if our government is really about the right combination of tactics.

But me? I’m working on creating a new paradigm for how we talk about politics, how we see it, how we think about it.

My writing focuses on the outcomes of policy, not merely who “wins” or “loses” with its passage. I talk about good faith, bad faith and who has earned the former or uses the latter. I’m not interested in the illusion of “unbiased” opinion, but transparency in where my biases lead me, and what I can see that others can’t or won’t. I’ve grown up in local NYC politics and tracked national politics from adolescence. I’ve written for the Huffington PostNBC ThinkDame MagazineBustleBetches, and the Boston Globe turning out pieces that interrogate and challenge our current idea of what American politics is and who it is for. Every week, I'm on the Betches Sup podcast sharing my opinions on current (dismal) events. I’m ready for us to reimagine America — together.

I'm Kaitlin Byrd, and I've started this page with the aspiration to do exactly that. I pick topics where I can add insight. Because I want people to feel like politics is for them.

For politics to make sense, to be accessible, to be empowering, it first has to be understood. And for politics to be understood, it must be open. I don't think politics is just for the suits. I don't think it's a man's game. I don't think it's about white voters. I don't think it's all about the money. Politics is, and must always be, about the people.

That's what my project is about. I began writing about politics as GothamGirlBlue on Twitter, unrestrained and unfettered by the notion of what should be. And though my name is now out and about, I still bring the same openness, approachability and sharp-edged analysis to my idea of what our politics can be.

I'll be writing about all the intersections I live at -- race, gender, economics, culture, and politics -- in ways that inform as much as they entertain. I hope you join this journey with me.
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