Just a few short years ago, this nation seemed like a sane place. Sure, we had problems … plenty of them. But we always thought there were systems and safeguards in place to keep any single person or any branch of government from overstepping their bounds. Never did we dream, say back in 2010, ten years ago, that one person could make such a power grab that the norms would all be shattered within a single administration.
Today, we realize what fools we were … or at least the majority of us realize it. A madman was elected with a minority of the vote, and nothing has been right ever since. The Constitution that every president and member of Congress takes an oath to uphold has been shredded by a president who knows no boundaries, who has been enabled by his sycophants in Congress, in his administration, and yes, even in the Courts. Where are those ‘checks and balances’? They are only as good as the people who are tasked with enforcing them.
The latest thing to send me into a fit of temper is Trump’s order to Russell Vought, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, to cease the government’s racial sensitivity training. Trump calls such training “un-American propaganda”. That’s right, folks … it is un-American to try to teach people not to discriminate, to try to remove the systemic racism that exists within our government and law enforcement community. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. 🤬
Does this man understand that Black people are citizens of this nation with the same rights accorded to white people??? Does he understand that we have a huge problem in this nation with racism running rampant throughout our police departments? Does he realize that we are on the brink of a race war that he will have been responsible for starting?
Trump’s former attorney and ‘fixer’, the man who, for a price, made Trump’s problems such as sexual liaisons just disappear, testified under oath to Congress in February 2019 …
“I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience. I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat.”
He is a racist. Was there ever any doubt? Cohen went on to cite some examples …
“He once asked me if I could name a country run by a black person that wasn’t a ‘shithole.’ This was when Barack Obama was president of the United States. While we were once driving through a struggling neighborhood in Chicago, he commented that only black people could live that way. He told me that black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid.”
Four decades ago, Trump and his father were sued by the federal government, which accused the Trumps of discriminating against people of colour trying to rent the Trump company’s apartments. Donald Trump was also sued for his mistreatment of black workers in his casinos and, according to a former hotel executive, once said “laziness is a trait in blacks.”
Then there was the Central Park Five case. A group of African American and Hispanic teens named Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Kharey Wise happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time back in 1989 when a white female jogger was attacked and raped. The five teens were arrested, tried and convicted on false evidence and coerced confessions, and they served prison sentences until 2002 when the real assailant confessed to the crime. Donald Trump spent $85,000 placing the ads in local papers calling for the five teens to be executed. Even though the five young men were exonerated, Trump has since repeatedly reiterated the guilty verdict of the men and has refused to back down or admit his mistake. What if the teens had been white and the victim Black? I don’t think Trump would have had a word to say about it.
Yes, Donald Trump is a racist, but are we going to allow him to make this nation even more racist than it already is??? How many more George Floyds, Breonna Taylors, Botham Jeans, Atatiana Jeffersons, and Jacob Blakes do we want? How many more will it take until the thus-far peaceful Black Lives Matter protests turn into an all-out race war? We have a serious problem with all forms of bigotry in this nation, but particularly racism, and the very person who should be dealing with it, trying to find solutions for the problem and bring the people of this nation together, is instead pouring fuel on the fire. It should NOT be his decision to cancel the training that might … just might be a start toward a better understanding between the people of this nation.
Trump has assembled a long record of comment on issues involving African Americans as well as Mexicans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Muslims, Jews, immigrants, women, and people with disabilities. He is not only a racist, but a misogynist, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, and more. This is a diverse nation with people of every nationality, religion, and ethnicity. That the nation is led by a person who cannot tolerate any who aren’t white, Christian and male is the ultimate hypocrisy. Will the people of this nation give him another four years to further our global reputation as a racist nation? Remember, my friends, we will all carry the stigma of that label, not just those who voted for Trump. Is this really how we want to be viewed? Is this really a nation we even want to live in?