Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

America Great Again

Among the numerous reasons Donald Trump won the election was racial hatred.  Racial hatred goes much deeper than white Americans want to admit.  President Obama’s election to the presidency wasn’t a valid indicator of how attitudes haven’t change.

Trump preached hatred, and religious bigotry to eager listeners in white communities across our country.  They’re angry and many also want to restrict women’s rights, and those of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender citizens.

Trump said things Republican politicians have avoided saying.  Racial hatred and religious bigotry have become fashionable again.  It’s a fallacy that they’re committed to making America great again.

As a teenager, I witnessed an African-American Marine being tormented at Parris Island, South Carolina.  During Marine Corps basic training a White Staff Sergeant chased a terrified naked Black recruit, out of the shower room into the squad bay, while threatening to castrate him with a bayonet.  

Off base, I saw water fountains and rest rooms labelled “For Whites Only.”

On a bus trip north, a middle aged African-American woman boarded the  crowded bus, I offered her my seat, which was about 4 rows from the front of the bus.  At first she hesitated, but I insisted that she sit down.  When I got off  the bus in Washington D.C. two Black men, who had been sitting in the last row of the bus informed me that we both could have been kicked off the bus, because it was against the law for Blacks to sit in the front of the bus.

Back in the 50’s there were few, African-American judges, large business owners, mayors, or members of Congress.  Although, racial hatred persists, it’s much less than the so called “good old days.”

How far back does Donald Trump, and his hateful supporters want to go back?  


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