A young woman gave everything she had so that all people may live in peace, with dignity and respect.
She gave her life.
She was white!
Who didn’t see this coming?
What did you think the demonizing of colored immigrants was about? What did you think packing the courts with white male right-wing judges from the Heritage Foundation was about? The purging of voter rolls which summarily removed black voters who may have exercised their right not to vote in every election? Redistricting. Lies about illegal voting, restrictive voting rules, to include the massive lessening of early voting days, mass inceration, and the resultant laws which take away the right of felons to vote?
Ask yourselves, what useful purpose is served by taking the voting right of people who have already paid their debt to society?
Yet these and the many other glaring red flags have either been missed or largely ignored by the black community.
For its part, the brown community has done it’s level best to ignore the signs which ought to have informed it to align itself with the black struggle.
Instead, the brown community hid in the background convincing itself it is safe, they are only after the blacks, look at me I am almost white.
All of that, however, was before that June 16th, 2015 escalator ride in which Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the American Presidency.
Jonathan Capehart opinion writer for the Washington Post wrote.
The nightmare began on June 16, 2015. Donald Trump descended on an escalator to the gilded lobby of his eponymous tower on Fifth Avenue to announce his candidacy for the Republican Party’s nomination for president. Little did we know that that opening scene would be the perfect metaphor for what was to come: A low and ugly campaign that defined deviancy down in presidential politics by playing on fear, racism, xenophobia, misogyny and a general disdain for anyone not white, straight, Christian, able-bodied and male.
Ah, Jonathan…..Little did we know that that opening scene would be the perfect metaphor for what was to come?
How could you not have known?
No, Jonathan, the nightmare did not begin on June 16th, 2015, the nightmare has been in existence since the beginning of this republic, you simply chose to close your eyes to it.
As I laid out in the first paragraph, and so much more that I left out, the signs have always been there. The pretense is not a workable strategy. Black people are not that silly, they may be resigned to the bludgeoning, after all, its difficult to withstand four hundred years of what we have withstood without displaying some degree of wear and tear.
But what is the story of the brown people, what is their excuse?
We could ask Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz, we could ask Nikki Haley or Bobby Jindal.
Nah they are too busy pretending to be white.
And so now the Browns are forced to deal with their own vulnerabilities in a country which has a minority of the majority so insecure it cannot exist outside of venomous hatred.
It is from that group that Donald Trump emerged. It is on that discontent, resentment, and perpetual victimhood on which Donald Trump rode into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Browns never bothered to find common cause with the struggles of African Americans. Their lighter shades convinced them that hey would eventually be assimilated into white society like the Irish, and Italians and the Catholics even some lighter skinned Arabs have.
Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Arabs, Muslims, and everyone not in that group Jonathan Capeheart so eloquently spoke about now find themselves in the crosshairs of a new era of American fascism.
In other words, there is a whole slew of new n*****s now.
Decades and decades of marches and militancy is the trademark of the Black American existence, yet for the most part that existential struggle has seen far more white Americans struggling and dying with their black brothers and sisters for the simple right to live lives of dignity and respect than it has attracted brown people.
As white nazis get ready to march on Washington tomorrow to commemorate the one year anniversary of their infamous Chorletsville tiki-torch march, we must never forget the life of Heather Heyer.
A young woman who could easily have stayed home confident in the built-in protections guaranteed by her white skin. She chose to stand up to bigotry and racism, fully conversant that we rise together or we die together.
Her life was snuffed out by a worthless piece of trash who lacked the basic understanding of the values she so bravely stood for.
There is much going on in America which may provide glee to some. To those, I suggest a little research and reading up on Adolph Hitler’s rise and the inevitable fall of Nazi Germany.
It is inconceivable that soldiers of all colors, including American soldiers, gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy in 1944 to defeat Naziism and to prevent the extermination of Jews just so that Nazis can continue to kill as they did last year right here in America.
The storm clouds are rising. The demagoguery about football players, Mexicans, Muslims, Immigrants and everyone not white male are in no way dissimilar to the demagoguery and deportations which preceded the extermination of Jews in Hitler’s Germany.
We ignore them at our peril.