The protests continuing today began after the murder by cop of George Floyd. They have become a movement to change our judicial system, most critically the way law enforcement treats black Americans differently than whites. However, these marches are also forcing our nation to take a serious look at racism overall in America.
In 1619 the first slaves set foot in the New World and racism became a reality. Uninformed white people falsely believe that it ended with the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Because prejudices and bigotry are the result of chosen ignorance, a law changes very little.
Whites also believed that in 2008, when Barrack Obama became our first black president, America had moved forward in its battle against racism. To a very small extent, that was true. However, for eight years hate groups crawled back under their rocks and slithered back into the swamps. They are coming out of the shadows in large numbers with their leader currently living in the White House.
The KKK, the Aryan Brotherhood, and the Boogaloo Bois, are just a few of the fascist hate groups who support Donald Trump. The truth is the number of these hate-filled groups has increased by 55 percent during the “Trump era,” and he has refused to denounce their message of white supremacy.
I discovered that many of our presidents were ‘closet racists’ after reading accounts of their private statements. However, three stand out as openly racist; Andrew Jackson, Woodrow Wilson, and in first place, Donald Trump.
In just the first half of 2020 Trump made decisions proving his support for the white nationalist movement.
On June 1st, after he railed against the protesters outside of the White House in Lafayette Park, he decided to teach these Black Lives Matter supporters a lesson. He assembled members of the military, led by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, along with local police and began a slow march to St. John’s Episcopal Church. Ahead of Trump’s entourage, rubber bullets were fired at peaceful protesters as tear gas canisters were exploded. The purpose of this violation of first amendment rights? A photo op.
Last week several statues of Confederate leaders were toppled. Just outside of the White House, a crowd attempted to destroy a statue honoring racist President Andrew Jackson. Inside the Capitol building a few members of congress called for the removal of statues located in the foyer. For the first time this year Trump took immediate action. He re-formed his gestapo and forced the protesters away from Jackson’s statue. Then he signed an executive order protecting the statues of men he called “heroes,” but are actually men who committed treason by attempting to destroy the United States of America. Their primary purpose was to protect their ownership of slaves.
Real Americans are fighting against white nationalists. Princeton University will remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school over “racist thinking and policies” the former president had championed, the university says.
When America is finally freed from Trump’s oppressive reign of terror, historians will expose the real Donald Trump. His family history and his current claim to be your president are filled with acts of racism. This old, obese, white man is indeed the leader of white supremacy in America.
America must grow up and follow the lead of other developed nations and renounce racism and bigotry in every form. Americans can no longer accept the fact that overall we are the least informed, and the least enlightened people in the world.
Turn off the “boob tube,” and read. Vote for the best candidates, not for a party which does not represent you and those you love.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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