Trump has been in office less than a year and the country is a disaster. One thing I will give him credit for, is forcing Americans to discuss race! Race has long been the 800 lb gorilla in the room. In the past, we have done practically everything to avoid ever discussing this uncomfortable topic. Now that Trump is in office, it’s impossible to avoid discussing race.
He as insulted gold star families, he was practically coddling white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia stating that there were good people on “both sides.” However, when it came to black ballplayers in the NFL protesting racism and police brutality they were “sons of bitches.” This action only exacerbated an already volatile situation spurring even more protest. Continue reading Trump and Race→
Now that Trump has been sworn into office, what next? Almost immediately after taking the oath of office, the world erupted in protest. From Washington DC, to Europe, South Africa and Latin America people voiced their displeasure at having a demagogue as the leader of the free world.
The hateful rhetoric Trump spewed during his campaign has been difficult to let go for most people. Most of us who are sane don’t see Trump as a good thing for the planet, much less the United States.
Among people of color particularly, the slogan, make America great again is interpreted as make America white again. It’s part of the coded language that many take an affront to. Not since the founding of the republic has then been such a rejection of an incoming president. Trump and his supporters are in denial of this. Continue reading Make America Sane Again→
With the election of Trump, there have been unintended consequences -maybe not. The rise in hate crimes and most troubling, the alt right. Trump was able to tap into the xenophobia, racism, anti-immigrant and white nationalism that had been on the fringe or lying dormant. He single handily brought all of this to the mainstream. He is the epitome of a demagogue.
For those of you trying to figure out what is the alt right, here you go! The alternative right was born out of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that “white identity” is under attack by multicultural forces. Alt- Righters dismiss “establishment” conservatism and embrace white ethno-nationalism as fundamental value.
The most concerning thing about the rise of the alt-right and other extremists is that they have been emboldened because of the “green light” they have gotten from Trump’s racist rhetoric. Is Trumps ascension to the presidency a foreboding of things to come for our country? People of color are concerned for their safety and where they fit in this new paradigm.
American history is and will always be a touchy subject. This may seem cliché but it rings more true than not. Why is this so? It could be that the political heroes we idolize as children are exposed as being more flawed than we thought once we get to college classrooms. It could be that everyone’s ancestors in this country get separated into categories such as the oppressors and the oppressed or the enslaved and the slavers.
Then of course there is always the definitive “history is written by the winners” line. This could ring true for a lot of the standard history textbooks used in K-12 classrooms around the country. In regards to my own educational experience I always tell people I learned two histories growing up: the one they taught in the classroom and the one that was taught to me at home. My parents saw this as a necessity because my ancestors where the farthest thing from “winners” in the eyes of history. Therefore who better to teach the lessons of the oppressed than their descendants? While both of these lesson plans were vital to my upbringing, the history taught in my household is one I hold in much higher regard. I understand that the curriculum from the school was supposed to be inclusive and could not pander to any one demographic. Still, without my parent’s intervention I never would’ve had an appreciation for what African Americans had to go through in this country. Continue reading American History and Slavery→
The horrific massacre at Mother Emanuel last week is yet another reminder that we are not living in a post-racial society. The loss of nine innocent souls, including its charismatic pastor, Clementa Pinckney was truly tragic.The media is tripping over themselves not to call this a terrorist attack or a racist hate crime. Fox news is spinning the narrative as an attack on Christianity. Let’s call a spade a spade. The 21 year old racist targeted Emanuel AME specifically to “kill black people.” How much more evidence do you need? Our reluctance as a society to call it what is only speaks to our deep denial about racism in America.
America has been unrepentant in acknowledging it’s original sin: slavery. Therein lies the problem. Whenever I have a discussion with white colleagues on this topic, their response is always, slavery has nothing to do with today’s problem. My retort is, it has everything to do with our interactions today. We are seeing the vestiges of this evil institution play out almost on a daily basis in America. For example: Racial profiling by the police, police shootings of unarmed black men and women, being followed in stores, whites locking car doors when they see black men, black teenagers brutally handled at a pool party because racist white neighbors thought to many black children were someplace they didn’t belong. I could go on and on. You get the idea.
The following article was written by Leonard Pitts Jr.
In September, I received an email that should have left me feeling vindicated.
It was in response to the nonfatal shooting of Levar Jones, an unarmed African-American man, by Sean Groubert, a white South Carolina state trooper. Groubert would later claim he shot Jones because Jones came at him in a menacing way. But this lie was unmasked by Groubert’s own dashcam video, which shows Jones complying with the trooper’s orders until Groubert inexplicably panics and starts shooting.
No one is going to argue that Donald Sterling is a despicable human being. He has a long track record of discrimination against Blacks and Latinos as a convicted slum lord in Los Angeles. There are already attempts to discredit the messenger, his long time mistress V. Stiviano. No matter where the recording came, it doesn’t lessen the damage that was done by [Stirling’s] racist comments.
It’s a curious irony that Sterling is the owner of an NBA franchise that has risen like the Phoenix of Greek mythology. A long time laughing stock of the NBA is now a contender. These allegations couldn’t have come at a worse time. The NBA is overwhelming African-American. His team is mostly African-American; not to mention that is mistress is bi-racial (African-American and Mexican-American)
Crime is big business these days, or should I say prison is big business. Ever since prisons began to privatize, it’s been a boon to investors and states who wanted to relinquish the operations of major prisons across the United States. This niche market has become so big, it’s even traded on Wall Street. Making millions for its investors. The largest of which is Corrections Corporation of America, ticker symbol CCA.
All of this commotion is the unintended consequence of the war on drugs. At least that’s the argument. Anyone with half a brain can see that the war on drugs has had a devastating impact on communities of color. Some such as Michele Alexander, who authored, “The New Jim Crow” claims that this is social construct by design to control people of color.
As we continue to endure more frequent horrific shootings, the debate rages on about gun control. Should we focus on getting rid of high capacity assault weapons or look more closely at mental health issues.
There is a curious history about gun control and how it was enacted in California. Ironically, California has some of the strongest gun control laws in the nation. Very few people are aware of the evolution of California’s tough gun control laws and how they came to be.
During the 60’s the Black Panthers were professing their second amendment rights to protect themselves from a tyrannical government (Police) that could not or would not protect them. Does this narrative sound familiar to you?
If you recall, the Oakland Police Department was wreaking havoc on the inner-city, most notably the African-American community. Huey Newton, one of the founders of the Black Panther Party was a law student who carried a copy of the United States constitution with him to advise the black citizenry of Oakland of their constitutional rights during frequent police stops.
Ever since Mitt Romney’s infamous comment about the 47% tongues have been wagging, and it’s not all good. Romney is notorious for political mis-speak. This comment is the latest example of his political ineptness. The good thing is, he has shown his true colors and what he truly believes. Many who support him now feel alienated, because many of them are part of the 47% That Mr. Romney looks down on from on high.