There is no excuse for following or condoning the words of the ignorant be that in your actions or your silence.
The lust for power, greed, and corruption has been an intrinsic characteristic of human behavior since seemingly the beginning of our time. There has been the need for certain groups to believe they are superior to other groups. America is no different, and while most of us make the conscious decision not to embrace these traits, there is a vocal segment among us who do. This segment is not only vocal in their belief that they are above the law and are superior to the rest of us, especially people of color, but they also endeavor to silence us.
What we as a people must remember is that it is our moral responsibility to foster an atmosphere that strengthen society at large. To point out corruption where it exists and build transparent and accountable systems of governance to ensure that the vulnerable are not taken advantage of.
One would imagine for society as enlighten as we imagine ourselves to be that this would be an easy task, but alas, it is not. As individuals in power persuade, using fear and ignorance, a specific subset of society. That play on their imagined fear that anyone who doesn’t look or think like them is a threat and only they can protect them. They use their group association to convince even those who believe themselves to be free of this type of thinking that any criticism against the bad seeds among them is a criticism on them as a group.
They have an aura of charisma about them that enables them to manipulate some in the media into spreading their message of prejudice and fears so that when confronted with the truth, many will dismiss the evidence believing it to be an implausible degree of corruption with by an individual they have been conditioned to respect.
It is fair to question the motive of the individuals who promote this narrative. It is apparent when one examines their talking points more closely that they are not concerned with society’s good but rather merely in increasing their power, wealth and promoting their agenda of racism and hate.
We must not allow their noise to cower us into silence.
We must remain vigilant and continue to point out with the loudest voice their hate, racism, and corruption at every turn and demand justice.
If we do not, if we allow ourselves to be cowered into, we doom society.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote as much:
“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand-fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations not logical.
I’m sorry, but I’m not drinking the Kool-Aide and rushing to applaud Melanie Trump for giving a nice speech.
Words are words, and actions are real, and her actions speak volume. She is a birther, questioning our first African American President’s legitimacy in lockstep with her husband. She had not spoken about the racial unrest in this country and the systematic killing of people of color until tonight when she was attempting to humanize her morally repugnant husband so he could win four more years in office.
She has not said a word about families fleeing oppression and violence separated at the border and young children locked in cages.
Her public silence for three years and nine months has enabled her husband’s corruption, lying, disregard for the constitution, and lack of empathy for the deaths of Americans, be it by Covid or police brutality.
Her speech was nothing more than a show, designed to fool the masses so her husband can maintain his power, continue to spread his hate, and enrich himself and his family. It certainly wasn’t to speak for those impacted every day by her husband. Until tonight’s act has managed to stay silent on that.
New International Version
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,for the rights of all who are destitute.9 Speak up and judge fairly defend the rights of the poor and needy.
GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM
African-Americans have long heard those words of hatred spewed in their direction by racist and bigoted individuals but they are not alone
Italian American immigrants heard it
Irish American immigrants heard it
Polish American immigrants heard it
German American immigrants heard it
Japanese American immigrants heard it
Mexican American immigrants heard it
Immigrants from various Caribbean Islands heard it
Catholics heard it
Jews heard it
Muslims heard it
And many others have heard it
Ellis Island officially opened this week in 1892, and would subsequently process more than 20 million immigrants from around the world, all seeking a better life in America. Just as our Founding Fathers intended. Millions of immigrants would travel to America, leaving the only home they ever knew behind. Many times leaving family and loved ones and in some cases risking their lives to experience this new nation and idea. To be a part of a society birthed in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all citizens are created equal, theoretically if not literally. For the Founders, immigration was a mutually beneficial process. The goal of which was to create a “melting pot,” in which immigrants successfully assimilate and become representative of our national identity, while also proudly retaining key aspects of their ethnic past. We are all Americans, but in this country we are free to honor the many traditions and customs unique to our ancestral homelands. It is without question what has made America great.
This Sunday a President who ran on the slogan of make America great again, but seems to believe that means dividing Americans more than any President ever has and turning his back on diversity, tweeted that a group of four minority congresswomen feuding with Speaker Nancy Pelosi should “go back” to the countries they came from rather than “loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States” how to run the government. Predictably his base ate it up. Commenting that President Trump is the greatest ever because he’s not afraid to tell it like it is. This group of Trump supporters, the lowest common denominator, haven’t a clue as to what makes this country unique and special among the countries of the rest of the world. America’s greatness has always been rooted in its embrace, sometimes kicking and screaming, of diversity. As Speaker Pelosi bluntly said recently Ms. Pelosi may have offered the bluntest take on Mr. Trump’s comments when she said his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” “has always been about making America white again.”
The silence of so many Republicans on Trump’s blatant racism, sexism and bigotry dating back to the 1970’s when his real estate company was sued by the Department of Justice for racial discrimination to his administration’s systematic attempt to dismantle much of the gains made as a result of the civil rights and women’s movement is unacceptable at best and morally corrupt at worst. Their silence reminds me of a scene from the movie Star Trek Nemesis, it’s true if you look for it Star Trek always has the answers, when a Romulan commander says: Are you truly prepared to have your hands drenched in blood? He’s not planning to defeat Earth. He’s planning its annihilation. …And his sins will mark us and our children for generations. Trump is not planning to defeat the dreams of our founding fathers as it relates to immigration he’s planning its annihilation. And his sins will mark the Republican Party for generations.