... What America is doing within her borders, she is doing around the world.
James Baldwin, "To Be Baptized," No Name in the Street
Our liberal friends have done it again! White liberals having spent the better part of four decades appeasing the Backlash, the Nixons, the Reagans, and the Moral Majority, learned to compromise. We can give you the losers. We can create more of them. We can comply as long as you allow us to keep enough of them about to make us relevant, even useful to you. To you! As a class of liberal thinking people, it was never questionable that all would pay honor to whiteness. And to pay honor to whiteness means respecting patriarchal structuring with women, white women, enshrined on the pedestal.
The American liberal class has reigned supreme at fashioning a reality in which the cruelty of their strategies to manipulate the Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities, to repress the progress of those it has been charged to control, out of necessity, indeed, out of desperation, seems to have had no agent. Or rather, the agent is the culprit; the agent is laziness, inferiority, a propensity for violence. So invisible was the crime! Until a few years ago when Michelle Alexander made it visible.
Let us have what we need of these people every four years and sacrifice the rest!
Now we're up front. It's out in the open. Everyone can see it. It's facilitators too. For how long we were warned and warned with anger that silenced us, warned that we had better not use that word. That "R" word. Racism . In that post-racism era, we were browbeaten and hushed with threats of expulsion, termination, chastised, and, if persistent, we were labeled, labeled, mind you, racist ! With no power to piss in the proverbial pot, until granted permission! We've voted for a Black president! Just don't say the word racism! Don't antagonize the Right! Don't rile our sense of guilt! Don't use speak of white supremacy unless you "contextualize it." Show us a photo of a KKK member, maybe?
Well, all right. Here's David Duke and here's Donald Trump! And here's America--gone Red! And not for the socialist, Bernie Sanders. The liberal Democrats wouldn't have it! So socialist! Here it is, and it's unabashedly visible and vocal.
Now, wait! When President Donald Trump runs out of hands to shake, runs out of deals to make with the corporate capitalists, when he finally slaps his own head as he realizes what some of us know have known for a long while--it's the system, Donald! It's the S-Y-S-T-E-M!--what do you think he will do? I f you live in America, if you know, really know history beyond dates and holidays and memorials, you've already caught a glimpse of it: a Black man punched by white supporters of Trump at a Trump rally. And you'd already know how familiar that is and why? But you have been taught not to linger here. Not to dwell on this image.
This incident occurred before Donald Trump received an historical 306 electoral votes to beat his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. So what will Trump do when he feels its all slipping away? Because he's full of the bravado of white American masculinity, Trump will not be undone. Someone or others will be to blame.
Police are investigating a wave of alleged hate crimes against Muslims, Hispanic Americans, black people, ethnic minorities and the LGBT community in the wake of the US election" ( The Independent, November 11, 2016).
And it's not as if something is just beginning. While corporate media moves in waves of sensationalized "events," the violence of colonialism, genocide, and enslavement has been continuous pervading every avenue of our lives. The way to think about racial difference began here. It's traditional! Analogous to America's greatness, yes?
The Trump will give it a whirl. For a while. But when he clashes one too many times with those who would rather blow the world up than give up their right to conquer the market wherever they plant a phallic-shaped monument (much like Trump himself has done), he will turn to his loyal supporters. Who might those supporters be? The ones Trump spoke to first and spoke to with such passion and honesty. He said what they were thinking, and, in turn, they responded by cheering when he told them a wall was going up between Mexico and the US. This mass of American citizenry responded to Trump when he told them that Blacks and urban cities and criminals are linked. And he, Trump, had three little words for this scenario: "law and order." Muslims should be banned! He told them so. President Trump will turn to them, and this citizenry will listen-- They won't let us, folks! And they will respond.
If only it was just about "the economy." If only we could have less by way of contradictions and hypocrisy. But we are awash in both the contradictions and the hypocrisy. The liberals demanded that Americans accept Hillary Clinton and her corporate friends to silence Sander's supporters, to silence Black Lives Matter, to silence Indigenous protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, to silence change in our immigration policy, especially as it relates to Mexicans and Haitians, and to silence climate change scientists because to acknowledge climate change only in passing is synonymous to discounting the urgency and thus the necessity to act, and act now. The party elites gave the people the slogan "Stronger Together" to repeat after Hillary. Stronger together, really!
When liberals need to visit the "Black community," they visit a Baptist church as if Blacks are not Muslim or Catholic, Blacks are all religious and not atheists or agnostic. As if we are all ladder climbers, all mainstream, all striving to be ever whiter than white America and, yet, even that image of Blacks used by white liberals has not persuaded white Americans to associate Blacks with crime in America. The Black woman clapping and shouting "Jesus" is still the mother of a Willie Horton. All these years, it's the same script and the same photos. But eight years ago, someone said change had come to America!
Fifty three percent of educated white women didn't believe Hillary! Even after hearing Trump brag about groping women, even when women came forward to accuse him of sexual assault, educated white women didn't buy it. They want change. So do women of darker hue. But no longer are these women thinking about stronger together--at least not with Black, Latina, Indigenous, and Asian women. What happened to the concern for "domestic violence" and sexual assault in light of rapes of young college-aged women by campus athletics? What happened to all that concern about the human rights of Saudi and Afghan women? It seems that when the prospects for prosperity for the next generation is at stake, we are stronger together with Donald Trump becomes them newest slogan. The cabal of hand-picked Black woman surrounding Hillary the day after probably couldn't wrap their heads around what halted their movement .
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