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Franklin Roosevelt is credited for saying “we have nothing to fear but fear itself”. Last night Donald Trump basically said we need to fear everything and he is the only one who can save us. He told us last night that he is the “law and order candidate”. He received rave reviews which included one from white supremacist David Duke (via twitter). Last night Trump danced with the people who brought him to the dance. Sure he did some lame shout outs to gays and blacks, but he saved his red meat for the already converted. He gave a sincere nod to the law enforcement community and rightfully so, but he did not mention the victims of police misconduct. He expressed his rudimentary understanding of foreign policy by slamming NATO. His remarks in a New York Times article have already set off the nerves meter in Europe. The main message of his speech last night was fear me. He said I have the ability to give you your country back and take you back to the days when you were running things. He played to his base and they salivated as he walked them back to pre-2009. He like all candidates criticized the incumbent, but this campaign started 5 years ago when he questioned the legitimacy of President Obama’s presidency. Trump is a birther and in 2011 he appeared a number of times on the NBC Today show floating his theories. So the campaign started then and is probably one of the things his base loves about him. Listening to Trump last night lets us know who he is and what he stands for and it is more than obvious to me that with him as the leader of the Republican party the tent is closed. Zipped tight and there is truly no room for me.
Charles Kinsey is a behavioral specialist and he was attempting to coax an autistic young man back into the group home, but the police were called to the scene. Kinsey decided to lay down on the ground and put his hands up. This was a position that he believed would keep him safe. Wrong. He was shot anyway. He had his hands up and he was on the ground and he was shot in the leg. When asked the policeman why did he shoot him he was told I don’t know, but later in the day the police claimed they were trying to shoot the other young man and Kinsey was shot accidently, but one has to wonder why were guns drawn on two men who had no weapons. There is no question here. So often you hear conservative talking heads say there would have been no problem if the black man had just complied. It would seem a black man laying on the ground with his hands up would be complying but he was still shot. So please share the secret for not getting shot?
I have been watching the Melanie Trump saga today. She addressed the Republican convention last nights and some of the lines from her speech were eerily similar to Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech. In fact it appears to be a case of plagiarism. Well at least that’s how most folks see it but not the Republicans. They say she merely used common phrases but its one thing to be commonly used phrases and its another thing to use someone else’s. Those on the right who might concede plagiarism immediately follow that statement by saying Melania Trump had nothing to do with it. Oh that wonderful presumption of innocence. I wonder if the script was flipped would people so readily say I know Michelle Obama had nothing to do with it? We live in a world where the right and the left agree on nothing so why should this be different. All day long videos have been shown illustrating the problem but the Republican operatives keep trotting to the microphone to tell us don’t believe your eyes or ears. There is nothing to see hear but there is and it is the Trump campaign has bullied its way to the top. Trump has been applauded for his efforts and the bullying is not about to stop and no amount of facts will stop this campaign, but we know the truth. Melania Trump delivered last night too bad she did not write it.
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Black Lives Matters has become the nation’s new pinup for all things racially divisive. They are achieving the status of the Black Panthers of the 1960’s. You would think from listening to Fox News that they actually promote racism. This morning Sarah Palin, failed VP candidate, failed governor of Alaska and one of Donald Trump’s new best buddies shared this on her Facebook page:
Black Lives Matters is a Farce and Hyphenating America Destroys Us Our prayers are with the fallen on that Thin Blue Line in Dallas. America lost heroes last night as men in uniform did their unfathomably courageous job running into danger to protect others from it. Honorable first responders deserve our utmost respect and support. Shame on our culture’s influencers who would stir contention and division that could lead to evil such as that in Dallas. Shame on politicians and pundits giving credence to thugs rioting against police officers and the rule of law in the name of “peaceful protests.” It is a farce. #BlackLivesMatter is a farce. I use her quote because it reflects a lot of the dialogue being articulated on the right. Racism has existed since black people were brought over here in chains. A fact that many on the right dismiss as irrelevant to this conversation but it is still relevant. Many of our ancestors had no choice about being 3/5 citizens. So it is under this cloud that we have famished or in some case flourished. Many of us are blessed and have achieved the dream but achieving the dream does not insulate you from racism. I have a great son. people describe him as a nice polite young man. He is affable and a recent college graduate but how is he perceived by a police officer. Do they approach his car and see a young man who happens to be black or do they simply view him as a potential predator. This is what we black moms worry about on the daily. So this notion of a group standing up and protesting for the rights afforded to all citizens to be cast as the new national boogie man is patently unfair.
My pastor has shared this story with the congregation: You can tie the tales of two cats together and they are unified but they are not in unity.* That is what the call for unity sounds like today. Unity requires an agreement. it is impossible to get an agreement when the two sides view the world from completely different perspectives. Right now we have two camps. One is in despair at what the police have down under the state cloak of protection. The other camp is grieving at the loss of 5 police officers, but there is another camp that shares the grief of both camps. this camp wants answers. they want to know the details of the police involved shootings and they also want to know how a man who served his country would pick up a gun and kill police officers marching with protesters last night. We also know the police were on hand to also protect the Dallas business community. They were doing their jobs and it was pure evil to be killed doing that. So today might not be the day we find common ground but maybe soon.
*Not cats were used for the illustration.
I watched the BET Awards last night to see the Prince tributes. Don’t know the new groups and can’t understand the lyrics or the raps they shared, but the moment of the night belonged to Jesse Williams. He received the Humanitarian Award and his speech was brutally and beautifully honest. It left you uncomfortable and inspired. Watch the speech and share yoxur thoughts.
Six officers were charged with the killing of Freddy Gray. So far no one has been found guilty and more than likely no one will be found guilty. Last year when the city of Baltimore was on fire there was a need to stop the violence and Marilyn Mosby provided the solution. She brought the charges but even then some questioned the timing and the evidence to support the charges. Now one year later the cases are falling apart. There is only one certainty Freddie Gray is dead but so far no one is guilty of the killing.
Racism used to be easy to spot. In the 1950’s and 1960’s signs supported legalized racism. Colored only and White only signs were prevalent throughout the South. In the face of integration of the University of Alabama in 1963, Governor George Wallace stood at the door of the school and defiantly said, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” There were no gray areas in this statement. You knew where he stood and his own words defined him as a racist. Times were simple then, but in 2016 we are puzzled by the kind of political conversation we are hearing. Wallace was ultimately defeated and visual symbols of racism were eliminated. Laws were changed and racists were vilified, America seemed to be ready to go in a more progressive direction, but in this election season we are witnessing the rebirth of the racist candidate. The problem is no one wants to be branded racist even when their own words indict them. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has attacked Mexicans, Native Americans, Women, even the current President of the United States all while receiving more primary voters than any other Republican nominee. So if the candidate was awarded and celebrated for his tone and words during the primary why would he change that tone when he enters the general election? So what happens when this candidate attacks a judge who is over his civil case? The GOP candidate who promises to build a wall between our country and Mexico and says the judge of Hispanic descent can’t fairly judge the case against him because of his ethnic background. So by virtue of being Hispanic he is incapable of being fair to the presumptive nominee. This kind of thinking and speaking is the definition of racism according to the Republican Speaker of the House. So is the nominee rebuked? Are his supporters demanding that he backpedal regarding this offensive attack on the judge? It is interesting watching them try to support him while trying to distance themselves from his more incendiary remarks, but is that really possible? How can you position yourself as fair, rational and non-racist when you still grant tacit support to someone who repeatedly goes beyond the pale when characterizing his opposition? This is the risky strategy that the Republicans are trying this year, and only time will tell if it will actually work, but I still believe if it walks like a racist, talks like a racist it’s a racist, and a racist should never be the occupant of the White House.