Saturday, September 30, 2017
Donald Trump and the Bloody Racism of America
Donald Trump likes to claim he's not a racist, despite all the evidence to the contrary.
He likes to claim it's all about saving the white people's heritage, or stopping black athletes from dishonouring the flag or the national anthem.
But it is all just another Big Lie.
Like the the latest one his grubby racist supporters would have you believe.
That these NFL football players are defiling the flag like savages or traitors.
When the truth is quite different.
It is indeed fake news.
And as Charles Blow recently pointed out in two powerful columns.
Francis Scott Key's anthem is impregnated with racism.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave,
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave.
Key was a white supremacist.
As Jason Johnson, a professor of political science at Morgan State University and political editor at The Root wrote on the site last year: “With a few exceptions,” Key “was about as pro-slavery, anti-black and anti-abolitionist as you could get at the time.”
And the flag is soaked with the blood of African Americans.
The overall slave trade in North and South America caused about 1.8 million deaths. There was so much human flesh being tossed over the sides of those boats — or jumping— that sharks learned to trail the boats to feast on it.
From the beginning to the all too recent past...
“From 1882-1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States. Of these people that were lynched, 3,446 were black. The blacks lynched accounted for 72.7 percent of the people lynched.”
One horror after the other.
The youngest person executed in America in the 20th century was a 14-year-old black boy named George Stinney.
The 5-foot-1, 95-pound Stinney was so small in the electric chair that they had to use a book as a booster seat. Some say it was a phone book; others say it was the Bible.
All the way to the present.
I don't know how one could ever forgive a country that has killed so many unarmed black men, or lynched so many others, or could execute a 14-year-old in the electric chair.
But what I do know is that African Americans have the absolute right to peacefully protest, in whatever way they choose, the racism of their country.
And that others have the duty to join them, and say it loud and proud:
Trump is a racist pig.
And he will NEVER be my president.