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Donald Trump is a rude bully. He has been called to task regarding a number of statements he made regarding illegal immigrants. He has been condemned for his statements and he has lost a number of business deals, but he still won’t stop talking. It has been interesting watch his fellow GOP candidates squirm when they are asked to comment on Trump’s remarks. Their condemnation has not been as swift or as brutal as the business interests. Why are they afraid to condemn Trump? They want to stay in his good graces. He will never be the GOP nominee but he has fascinated a fringe of the party and the other candidates want that fringe. So they will keep their hands on their ears and listen to the sounds of silence when Trump is talking. the problem is we hear him and we have to ask ourselves why are they acting like they don’t.
We have truly become a society of selective outrage. Donald Trump has been making some outrageous racial statements and he is paying the price for his statements. The media is on him like white on rice, and rightfully so. Today I saw a statement made by George Takai of Star Trek fame. He called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas “a clown in blackface.” It’s fine to disagee with Thomas, and I often do but to call him a clown in blackface is a bridge too far and more people should stand up and say it.
Donald Trump has been saying outrageous and obnoxious things for years. His attacks on the president were enough for me to stop watching and purchasing all things Donald, but people ignored or applauded his statements. He has touted birther conspiracy theories for years. NBC was his platform and he frequently appeared on the Today Show, and he was a Fox Morning News favorite. So why is Trump a problem now? It’s like the Confederate battle flag. People have been complaining about that flag for years and their cries were ignored, but now everyone is seeing what others saw for years, and calling for the removal of the flag. Trump did not wake up the day he announced his candidacy and start spouting out obnoxious statements. He has been doing this and saying these things for years, and people are acting like they just heard them. The Hispanic community is now the biggest minority community in this country and they are mad and they are not taking it anymore. They flexed their muscles and NBC blinked. NBC his willing co-conspirator has finally found their alliance with the Donald problematic. It is sad that so many of us came to that conclusion along time ago.
Marriage Equality advocates are celebrating all over this country. They are free to marry in all 50 states. That’s the law and we are a land governed by laws. The Supreme Court said it and that makes it so, but what if your religious beliefs conflict with this law? Your religious beliefs should not be compromised by this law. You are still free to believe that marriage is between a man and woman, and as a minister you should not be compelled to perform same sex ceremonies. You also have religious freedom and that has to be respected too, but if you have a business that caters to the public you can not use those beliefs as a means to discriminate. I’m not a psychic but I predict the lower courts are going to be very busy as we navigate between the law of the land and God’s law.
Yesterday I along with the rest of the country watched the funeral of Clementa Pinckney. The bishops adorned the stage and one woman bishop sat among the sea of maleness. I had to leave to run errands but when I returned the homegoing was still going on. As I watched the participants share their memories of the slain senator I was struck by the fact there were no female voices among the chorus of well wishers. This was a man who by all accounts touched so many people but we never heard from a woman. The family has the right to have whoever they please speak at the funeral of their loved one but this is not a post questioning their choices. this is a post questioning the role of women in the black church. This is not unique to the AME this is pervasive within all denominations. The black women in the church is relegated to sporting big hats and the hankerchief big and long enough to cover her from her stomach to her knees. It can also be used to throw it over any woman slain by the spirit who is not wearing the requisite length dress when she falls out at the alter. What is the role of the woman in the black church. Is she just there to be the amen corner? To occasionally sing a song? Do the announcements or read a poem? Are the women satisfied being the backdrop in the drama? Share your thoughts.