When I was a child, there was one radio station in Los Angeles that played "black" music. That station was KGFJ "the sound of success". When I was six or so, James Brown released a song called "Make it Funky". God I loved that song.
One day, while in the Mustang with my dad, that song came on and I started singing it. My dad stopped at a red light and said to me: "Boy, you say make it stinky"don't say that word". "Funky" was akin to other expletives; I would have never thought that music would include the type of language it does today. That boorishness, loudness, rudeness, discourtesy and profaneness would not only be the proverbial order of the day; but sought after, revered and applauded. I would have never thought that the social paradigm of decency would shift so violently towards indecency in a scant half century.
Burn baby, burn.
From my totally subjective socio-economic standpoint, America has never been institutionally, socially nor morally decent to people that looked like me. However, there was a decency that prevailed among individuals; often regardless of race. It seemed we cared about how we were perceived by others and no matter our personal foibles desired to present an image of decency to ourselves, and the world at large. However superficial it may have been.
We have a President of the United States that has degenerated the office to a point of vulgarity that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. He openly talked, as a married man, about "grabbing p*ssy". The masses responded with "p*ssy hats" and bought tiny little "p*ssy hats" to put on their adoring children. I can only imagine if I had said that word as a child, given that "funky" could send me to the death house. I suppose if I had said it combined with the word "cat" in one, legato syllable I might have avoided certain perdition.
We have a President of the United States that directs his acolytes to beat up people at rallies. A President of the United States whose political trademark is to insult others, be they political rivals or foreign heads of state. A President of the United States that infers there are some "very fine" Nazis and white supremacists. A President that has welcomed a man to the oval office that states, while in that hallowed place, "I'm a crazy motherf*cker" and the President applauds him and says "he gets it". Yeah, but I don't.
There goes the neighborhood.
Donald Trump is a reflection of this society, he is not the catalyst for it. We have become a nation of the indecent at every level and in every aspect. No one is unscathed. I look at young, black men (mostly) with their underpants showing ("saggin", it is called) and I see a lack of decency. I look at news programs on the various networks and it is a shouting match; let's see who can interrupt the other the most. Political ads are not about who has better ideas and approaches, but about humiliating the other side.
Donald Trump is the equivalent of political "saggin", and he is absolutely the same, in terms of indecency and ignorance quotient, as those who do so literally. Be bold and reverse the letters in "saggin" for I did not write this to make any of us feel good. We have no right to feel good.
Aside from mass assassination attempts, mail bombs, synagogue slaughter and the omnipresent murder of blacks domestically, journalist Jamal Khashoggi was kidnapped, tortured and murdered recently. How many people has the United States tortured in its endless wars on whatever is the flavor of the day? Our indecency has neutralized any moral authority we might seek to exert across the globe. The events of the past week in the United States are beyond astounding, yet they are things that I knew would happen. I now fear that the society has become so fascinated by the burlesque that we are not truly cogitating the down range effects of our sickness; especially internationally.
Our society is very, very sick. We can keep fooling ourselves that "we are better than this", but that ain't what's showing up on the ground. And the root of our sickness, is indecency. Not even racism can exist when people are decent. We need to acknowledge our illness and consult with our physicians, so that we might embark upon a treatment regimen that will allow us to reclaim decency and, thusly, become whole. Just as one seeks treatment for ADD, ADHD, RLD, ED, and COPD we must treat our LOAD or we will continue to carry it. Untreated, it will break our backs; for it is the Loss of American Decency.