Okay, as Bill Maher says, “new rule.” Everyone must stop pretending that Trump is not a racist. Facts, and words from his own mouth prove that he is not only a devoted racist, he is the leader of white supremacy in America. Over the last several weeks, his lack of support for black Americans and support of racist law enforcement officers and their policies applied to black Americans adds more proof of my allegation. Two days ago he offered additional proof. His praise for Confederate officers and former President Andrew Jackson, previously America’s most racist president, offers even more evidence that he would have supported the South during the Civil War. (He wouldn’t have actually fought in the war, we know he’s a coward and a draft dodger.) He wants anyone involved in tearing down these ‘edifices to evil’ punished severely. Those white supremacists must stick together; individually they are whiny cowards.
Polls reveal that most Americans overwhelmingly support the protests now happening across all 50 states and in many cities around the world. Republicans have ignored the demands of the majority for decades, but this time they will listen.
Slaves were in the New World long before the United States of America became a nation. Records show that at least 20 African men stepped onto the new continent in 1619; 400 years ago. The truth is that black Americans have been struggling for their freedom since that first day. White people have been unwilling to admit that considering other men and women inferior because of the color of their skin is the purest form of ignorance. This is a part of the one thing I intensely dislike about my country. We are a nation of good and diverse people overall. We are no better and no worse than the people of any other country in the world. We just happen to have the worst government in the developed world. However, many Americans consider themselves superior to those of other nations, especially if they are not white and not Christian. Too many John Wayne movies, and too much Fox News.
This year our nation is 244 years old, but it has not matured. Time for America to take the next step and move forward by honoring the Constitution; all of it.
New York, both its leaders and its people support black Americans and the Black Lives Matter movement. Plans are in the works to create a ‘street mural’ honoring ‘Black Lives Matter.’ The location? It will be painted on 5th avenue, between 56th and 57th streets, directly across from Trump Tower.
“The president is a disgrace to the values we cherish in New York City. He can’t run or deny the reality we are facing, and any time he wants to set foot in the place he claims is his hometown, he should be reminded Black Lives Matter,” Julia Arredondo, the mayor’s spokeswoman, said.
The mural is scheduled to be completed before July 4th. I’m sure you are smiling broadly, and maybe laughing.
Personally, I would like to see it when completed. If I ever get to New York, I will take a cab to 5th avenue.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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