Terrance Crutcher was a man trying to get home and he didn’t. We heard police officers who were in a helicopter talk about how he looked like a “bad dude”. Why did they say that? He was a bad dude because he was big and black. His physicality is reason enough to classify him as bad. Crutcher is dead and now we are witnessing the demonizing of the victim. Shoot first and create the narrative to justify the killing. We have seen this play out before. Trayvon Martin , Eric Turner, Freddie Gray and now Terrance Crutcher. Sure they were killed but they were “bad dudes” and we have the post-mortem narratives to prove it.
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What Do you Have to Lose and Vote for Hillary Clinton or you insult my legacy…which one of these is insulting?
A few weeks ago Donald Trump appealed to black voters by asking them “what the hell do you have to lose?”. Many in the community including me found his approach insulting. He was not presenting a positive message. It was a message seemingly tailored to one segment of the black community, but Saturday night President Obama seemingly took a strange turn. The first part of his speech worked but the “insult to my legacy” was downright myopic. So I should vote for Clinton to preserve his legacy? I get the underlying point a Trump presidency would undo gains made but voters vote for candidates that will work hard to make life better for others not to preserve a legacy. It is also interesting that throughout his presidency and his run for the office President Obama has tended to lecture the black community rather than appeal to our better angels. Please tell me who else he has used this approach on? Share your thoughts.
Alex Castellanos talked about the President’s otherness on Meet the Press this morning. What does otherness mean? Why is the first and likely the only black president we will ever see constantly asked to defend his right to the presidency? People we are almost 8 years in and people are still challenging the legitimacy of his tenure. Share your thoughts.
Donald Trump was famous before he embraced the birther movement, but when he did he became a cult hero. This has been going on for over 5 years but now all of sudden he says the President was born here. What is making him move from the extreme to the mainstream? Votes. Who will fall for this nonsense? Share your thoughts.
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For the past few days Donald Trump has told his crowds that President Obama and Hillary Clinton were the founders of Isis. He made this statement strongly and often. When given opportunities to reel it in he didn’t. So today via Twitter he declares his statements as “sarcasm”. It’s the media’s fault for taking him seriously. Let’s say this is true and that’s stretching the definition of truth. It is sarcasm. Would a serious candidate actually do this? He got his message out to his people and they will take his statement to heart especially when he employed the president’s middle name to his statement. He got the impact he was looking for and for him that is a win.
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.
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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.
How does a nation react when 49 of their citizens are murdered? Do we start implementing new gun control laws or do we simply call for a moment of silent prayer? Over the past few days I have seen people offer prayers for the victims and their families. I believe in the power of prayer but I also believe in the part of the Bible that says faith without works is dead. We can’t keep mumbling prayers or having moments of silence. We have got to do something. What citizen needs a machine gun? Why are we allowed to purchase guns that are only suitable for war? At this point we are beyond shocked we should be enraged. We can no longer simply offer silent prayer we have to do something or we will be right back here again.