Oppose Racism

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No matter the political party to which you might belong, no matter where you fall on the political spectrum, racism is completely unacceptable in the United States of America.

Donald Trump, who has a history of racist tweets and behavior recently attacked Congressman Elijah Cummings in a way that can only be racist. “As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place” (Donald Trump July 27, 2019).  Anyone who is familiar with racist terminology can see this for what it is, and this bigotry must be opposed. If you have any doubt, look at the support Trump receives from people like David Duke and the alt-right.

The Baltimore Sun, in its op-ed piece, wrote a blistering rebuttal of Trump. “It’s not hard to see what’s going on here. The congressman has been a thorn in this president’s side, and Mr. Trump sees attacking African American members of Congress as good politics, as it both warms the cockles of the white supremacists who love him and causes so many of the thoughtful people who don’t to scream . . . Finally, while we would not sink to name-calling in the Trumpian manner — or ruefully point out that he failed to spell the congressman’s name correctly (it’s Cummings, not Cumming) — we would tell the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir Putin and the guy who insisted there are “good people” among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post. Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity. Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one” (https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-0728-trump-baltimore-20190727-k6ac4yvnpvcczlaexdfglifada-story.html).

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Martin Luther King Jr. said “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.” This must be a time to speak out.

All writers must speak out. Racism is never acceptable, and it must not be allowed to be spoken in the name of the United States Of America.

33 thoughts on “Oppose Racism

  1. It occurs to me that people who are offended by speech interpreted as racist are the correct moral authority to judge if that speech is indeed racist. We need to support those who feel offended in such a way and stop presuming to be the ones who better know the history we have so expertly buried and the racism we have so blithely enabled…

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  2. That op-ed from the Baltimore Sun is blistering, and sums up in a few words why no decent person should support Donald Trump. Sadly we now have our own Trump Mini Me over here in the UK, Boris Johnson, who is probably more intelligent, but sadly no less venal.

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  3. Well said, Charles. But what I think is even sadder than the fraud who sits in the White House, are all the frauds who call themselves Americans while supporting The Fraudfather. It’s disturbing to think that there are still citizens of this country who still condone this kind of thinking. :o(

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  4. Great post. You know, I have a different way of looking at all of this. Whoever created this universe and this earth as we know it created all of us, all the people who inhabit the earth. It didn’t ever say that only this color and that race or culture, or this or that religious/spiritual and/or political belief system. It said we were all created in one image. And that is to be understood to believe that we are 1) all sacred, 2) the earth and universe is sacred, and 3) If we were not meant to be here, we would not be here. So we need to stop worrying about this race and that color of people or this language or that religious/spiritual or political belief system. We all just need to learn how to get along and how to respect each and every person on this earth – the good, the “bad,” and the “ugly.” I guess if we never had these challenges, we could never learn to have compassion for others, or to learn to work together for the benefit of EVERYONE in the world, even if we are made to believe that they are enemies.

    My hope is that someday we all can learn to work together for the benefit of all of us in ways that can make a valuable change in the quality of life for everyone (not just a privileged few) on this earth. And I dream of the day when we can all sit side by side as I have at everyday events, enjoying our meals from all over the world, or laughing together at the antics of little children, who know not the prejudices that adults have grown up with. Children certainly don’t come into the world with any of this and children are the future of the world.

    Let’s all work to cultivate love and acceptance for ALL others in this world. Sure, we can all talk about racism and discrimination for others, but if we do not accept everyone as they are, are not we also cultivating our own form of discrimination. Can we find ways to be neutral and to realize that human beings, none of us are perfect, and we all make mistakes. None of us will ever be 100% without some form of racism or discrimination, so I think we are all going to need to look in the mirrors. I am not saying that there are NOT evil people in this world. That would be pretty naive. But we are actually making them more powerful as we even talk about them. If they were simply ignored and no one reacted, how long do you think what they were doing would continue?

    There are lots of people I don’t like and never will, and for me, it is all with good reason, but it might not be someone else’s reason. I agree that racism has no place on this earth, but it has existed since the beginning, and it is clear to me that for all our hatred of such things, it is doing nothing to change any similar situation. So we have to find a different way. Thank you kindly. My post does NOT imply that I am in favor of any person or political party, etc. That would be the furthest thing from the truth.

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