This is a slightly altered version of an earlier post. That’s how quickly things can tumble from bad to worse to total shit in Donald Trump’s America.
In the time since I wrote “Have Racial Bias, Will Travel,” (about a week) Donald Trump has once again used the presidency as an arm of his 2020 re-election campaign, throwing raw meat to his racist base with two imperial decrees.
First, cancelling a government-wide racial sensitivity program, then prohibiting all U.S. schools from adopting a NYTimes-developed classroom program called “1619” that attempts to honestly teach America’s children about her unsavory history of slavery.
By this time next week there will probably be more affronts to the nation’s attempts to heal its racial divisions. You can count on it!
Trump is like the Paladin character in “Have Gun, Will Travel,” a TV western from the sixties. But instead of travelling out from his home base to right wrongs, as Paladin did, Trump takes his traveling shit show to wherever he can stoke the flames of bigotry, fear and hate.
In that regard, Trump is clearly addicted to the sound and fury of his supporters’ Fear, Hate and Prejudice…
The Three Horsemen of Trump’s American Apocalypse!
America’s racist-in-chief is clearly determined to smash any attempt to heal our racial wounds, instead turning our long-overdue effort into one more lie-driven reason for racists and frightened American voters to put a check next to Trump’s name on the ballot.
Yes, America’s President of the moment is actively seeking to turn American against American in his pursuit of re-election. Had Trump worked this hard to fight Covid-19, he might have deserved re-election. As it is, he deserves to be placed on top of the shit pile America History reserves for its worst offenders—rapists, pedophiles and traitors.
Move over Benedict Arnold, there’s a new pariah in town!
It won’t be Mike Pence, Melania Trump or even Ivanka Trump who come to mind when History looks at Trump’s partners in his presidency, but Vladimir Putin, the man who allegedly placed a bounty on American soldiers. That is Trump’s legacy, along with a trail of incredibly bad decisions, most of them leading to his real legacy of…corruption, unimpeded viral devastation, an impoverished American treasury, and the reinvigoration of Trump’s two fellow travelers: Hate and Fear.
How many more Black Lives will we need as martyrs before Trump realizes that Black Lives Matter is not the problem, but the door to the solution?
Sadly, we would run out of Black Americans before that could ever happen.