For some reason, I continue to read the comment section of articles. I am not sure why because the comments only aggravate me. But, at the same, they help me gauge where people are. And this place, to quote Trump, makes me, “Sad.”
One reoccurring comment about racism always baffles me. I see it a lot. I see a lot of comments where people blame President Obama for the state of race relations in this country. They claim before President Obama, we didn’t have these race issues. As a person of color, I sit back and wonder what world they had been living in. Racism was alive and well way before President Obama, and I think what followed were people showing their true colors. I was appalled by the reaction of people. Although Trump claims no other president has been treated worse than him, I can name one: President Obama. I don’t care whether you supported President Obama or not, memes of a president with a noose around his neck was telling. The noose represented one thing: lynching. A way to say get back in your place, or else. The number of threats against President Obama were unprecedented.
And, of course, the rhetoric of Trump during and following the election have given people the license to be open with their hate. Take the events in Virginia. You have men and women marching with the KKK, neo-Nazis and skinheads, but, when they are called on the carpet and exposed as racists, they somehow become the victim. And we also see an increase of hate crimes. During his campaign, Trump sowed fear and racism. The Bible talks about sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind. If people want to place “blame,” the rise in hate crimes lies at the feet of the current administration who used the rhetoric of hate and fear that brought out the worst in people.
There is never any responsibility taken. Only deflection.
The KKK, neo-Nazis and skinheads are racist white supremacy groups. It should not be hard to label them as such. The KKK has a history of lynching and harassing black people for decades. They want to keep people “in their place.” But instead of addressing the fact that the groups above are violent, racist groups, the deflection was, “But what about Black Lives Matter?” I am not quite sure why BLM has been labeled a hate group. Is it because “all lives matter”? I am puzzled because I am not aware of a history of hate crimes against non-black people committed by BLM such as let’s say the lynching and terror the KKK has raged against black people for years.
Before I go on, I would like to go back in history and mention the Black Panther Party, full name the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. The BPP started when the black community in Oakland was tired of police brutality, which is still alive and well today, enter BLM. So you are offended by the BLM movement that came forth after unarmed black man after unarmed black man was killed by police, but never address the systematic racism that created the movement in the first place?
I suspect some people have an innate, irrational fear of black people. And because of the killing of unarmed people, black people have a lack of trust against police. And the cycle continues. A lot of comments surrounding black death is a list of things the person should have done or not done. Unfortunately, I can’t stop being black, which as it turns out makes me guilty until I prove otherwise. Meanwhile, because of their white skin the group in Virginia were marching with weapons. Meanwhile, peaceful marches by people of color are met with mace and tear gas.
If I were to be truthful, I would have to say that silence is support. I don’t care what Hillary did or didn’t do. What President Obama did or didn’t do. I can’t understand anyone supporting a president who the KKK considers their guy. I can’t understand anyone supporting a president who doesn’t take responsibility and has blatantly told so many lies. Someone I would describe as vengeful, chaotic, unstable, unhinged and irrational. But that’s right, it’s fake news from the fake media. And a question I ask myself time and time again is what will it take?
I struggled writing this. The thoughts have been on my mind for a while. The country is greatly divided, and I certainly don’t want to add to the division. At the same time, I think silence is not the answer. For years, people have quietly accepted racism, brutality and being less than. What we see now is an eruption of emotions. My generation is in a weird place. Our parents taught us to keep quiet, keep our heads down and work hard. I think the current generation is addressing it head on, which might not be a bad thing.
The country cannot be left in the hand of extremists. It is time for rational people in the middle to stand up for what is right, regardless of party line, race, religious affiliation, gender and all else that others would use to separate us.
The article ends here, and you may want to stop here. But there are a few other areas I wanted to comment on but don’t have the energy to expand on currently.
We can debate all day, but I find it odd that people are more outraged by someone not standing for the national anthem than they are about the reason he is sitting down. The KKK, neo-Nazis and skinheads have the right to practice “free speech,” but Colin Kaepernick can’t. Oh, that’s right. They had a permit.
The White Evangelic Church
I will say it again. How is the candidate of David Duke the candidate of the white church? The pastors acted like Trump was God’s man and to not vote for him was a sin. Hmm. Not sure how a church representing a God that emphasizes love supports a candidate that has a hard time condemning hate and actively pursues division.
If your answer to the questions surrounding collusion with Russia is “but Hillary’s emails,” I am not sure what to tell you. People who screamed “lock her up” are mysteriously not interested in pursuing the Russia story.
The Democratic Party
Yes, I know that the “democrats” didn’t attend Lincoln’s inauguration and that Lincoln was a republican. I also know that during the time of slavery, the south voted “democrat.” In fact, the south turned republican after the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s. So, the same demographic, different party. And as a black person, I will never side with that demographic.
If a terrorist act is done by a brown person who is Muslim, there is a quick move to label them a terrorist. Meanwhile, “domestic” terrorism is brushed over, if addressed at all.
Please don’t complain about people flying “other” flags in the U.S. and call yourself a “patriot” when you are flying confederate and Nazi flags.
“Taking our country back”
How does a country of immigrants take “their country” back?