Sunday, March 12, 2017

We face, therefore, a moral crisis as a country and as a people

I have been grazing James Baldwin's writings and speeches, since watching the documentary that I blogged about yesterday.  I had always wanted to read his works.  Especially because Ta-Nehisi Coates always spoke and wrote about Baldwin in nothing but the superlatives.  Perhaps later this summer I will sit down with Baldwin.

For now, even the grazing has been immensely enriching.  Like this paragraph that I came across:
The American Negro has the great advantage of having never believed the collection of myths to which white Americans cling: that their ancestors were all freedom-loving heroes, that they were born in the greatest country the world has ever seen, or that Americans are invincible in battle and wise in peace, that Americans have always dealt honorably with Mexicans and Indians and all other neighbors or inferiors, that American men are the world's most direct and virile, that American women are pure. Negroes know far more about white Americans than that; it can almost be said, in fact, that they know about white Americans what parents—or, anyway, mothers—know about their children, and that they very often regard white Americans that way. And perhaps this attitude, held in spite of what they know and have endured, helps to explain why Negroes, on the whole, and until lately, have allowed themselves to feel so little hatred. The tendency has really been, insofar as this was possible, to dismiss white people as the slightly mad victims of their own brainwashing.
Keep in mind that Baldwin wrote that in 1963.  Count them years since--54 years!

Here is an example of a white person as a mad victim of his own brainwashing:
"somebody else's babies" ... OMG!

King--a member of the Republican Party and a representative in the US Congress since 2003--openly tweets about white nationalism/supremacy in this tweet that is in support of the Dutch trump!
The tweet was in support of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has risen in the polls on the back of similarly virulent anti-Islam and anti-immigrant rhetoric to the point where Wilders’ Dutch Freedom Party could come out on top in parliamentary elections in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Trump supporters and far-right politicians across Europe have found common cause in their shared belief in a brand of ethnic or racial nationalism. UKIP’s Nigel Farage kicked off the recent political resurgence of the extreme right with the Brexit vote in June 2016, which was followed by Trump’s victory in November. Elections in the Netherlands next week, France in months’ time
White nationalism is no longer a fringe thing in the US; it is out in the open and in the House of Representatives too!

Surely the rhetoric of trump, and his election win, did not embolden such assholes, right?  And when churchgoing white Christians voted for trump even here in Oregon, they knew so well in their hearts that bad white people simply do not exist in this country!

In his address to the country in 1963, President John F. Kennedy said:
 But legislation, I repeat, cannot solve this problem alone. It must be solved in the homes of every American in every community across our country.
We shall overcome, some day in the goddamn future where the long arc of the moral universe apparently bends towards justice! :(

   

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