If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that my biggest pet peeve is bigotry in any form. I have written about Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and so many more, and each one brings tears as I write, wrenches my heart, and sometimes causes me to despise much of mankind. My writer-blogger-friend Gronda has the courage to put the monkey on the proper back, to place the blame for the increase in racially-based hate crimes right where it belongs. Please, if you read no other post today, read Gronda’s top-notch piece. Many, many thanks, Gronda!
After 30 years of being a registered republican I, as an older Italian American became an independent voter in 2016, because I felt that the republican party had lost its soul, its moral compass, the knowledge of what is right and wrong, a sense of decency and decorum. And too many, FOR TOO MANY YEARS, in my former party have been party to catering to the alt-right and all hate groups.
In my case, I had been awoken to a strain of racism that had permeated the republican party to where I could no longer remain. It started with the Trayvon Martin case. There were too many in my former party (2012-2013) who were propping George Zimmerman as a hero when any sensible person could see he was a bum. Then there was the demonizing of Trayvon Martin as a pot smoking thug when he was just a kid walking…
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