American history tends to focus on the moment and perhaps four years prior — a dishonest practice.
I’m going to help you ride-or-die political partisans focus your thoughts by prefacing this piece with my popular refrain for any mention I make about President Donald Trump: I believe he lacks the intellectual curiosity, skillset, and emotional stability to be President of the United States.
Plus, I stand firmly in my belief that the Republican Party has turned into a fake-Christian death cult.
But America’s current precarious condition has been centuries in the making, and a bi-partisan effort.
For you to fully dig where I’m coming from means understanding that the MAGA movement is only new in name, and America’s failure to stop its original sins of genocide, chattel slavery, economic apartheid, and straight-up White supremacy spawned the President Donald Trump Insurrection this past Wednesday.
Readers of this blog will not be a bit surprised by my opinion.
Reducing what we saw last Wednesday to steroid-laden partisanism or just Trump-era racism is dishonest, if not short-sighted thinking.
I summarized the century-plus pedigree of these White supremacists during the summer.
And here’s the part where race and class struggles collaborate.
Sure, plenty of White people — with or without pockets filled with money — either hate Black, Brown, and Olive people, or wouldn’t care if their President or their neighbors are White supremacists. We have 74,222,958 data points for evidence of this.
But the racist masses are mostly White people of middle- and poverty-class means who’ve been ignored by decades-long American economic policies that favor the rich. The middle class is virtually non-existent these days and many of them are a paycheck away from dipping into the low-income category, which is increasing in numbers. The rise in upper income Americans doesn’t come even close to making up the difference in family fortunes.
And wealth inequality provide a fertile ground for mixing tight household budgets, long-term unemployment, and political messaging that says “Blame the niggas, beaners, kikes and ragheads for all of this.”
This has been the story of America’s societal and political systems for years: situationally promote or ignore White supremacy and provide air cover for the rich’s growing wealth.
White supremacy has ruled national politics for years, where the idea of compromise between the two major political parties means to never, ever, seriously discuss the elimination of White supremacy, or wealth injustice.
For example, the birth and maintenance of Reconstruction-era White terrorist attacks against Black communities, the Black Codes, and Jim Crow would have never been possible without Republican President Rutherford B. Hayes’ compromise with the Democratic Party — before the latter migrated to become the White supremacist Republicans you know today — when he sold out the newly-freed Black community in 1877 for electoral votes. Besides, he was running short of troops to wipe out the remaining indigenous inhabitants for westward expansion since he had a large number of soldiers occupying the Southern states to protect Black people and political systems.
Fast forward to more recent history to see an example of wealth injustice, where we passionately make the case for $2,000 stimulus checks for financially-stressed Americans, while forgetting that President Barack Obama — a twice-elected President whose Democratic Party colleagues occupied both chambers of the legislature during his first term in office, and could have created any type of stimulus he wanted to address the Great Recession — gave out $25 checks(!) to Americans while he and the Federal Reserve collaborated to give trillions of dollars to banks in the form of loans, grants, and securities buybacks.
This form of economic apartheid resulted in massive income and wealth gains for the rich while the rest of America suffered from the weakest post-recession recovery since World War Two.
Mind you, the $25 joke checks happened before the Democrats were wiped out during the 2010 midterm elections.
Action? Meet consequences.
Guess what happened after that?
He saw what I just described: “[A] fertile ground for mixing tight household budgets, long-term unemployment, and political messaging that says … ”
Trump also took advantage of declining voter enthusiasm. During 2008 and 2016, voting statistics show declining numbers of activated Black voters and other groups — arguably a consequence of wealth recovery disillusionment.
And we all know what happened in 2012 …
And then we have the lack of bravery to face White supremacy. Remember when Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder called America “a nation of cowards” for avoiding a conversation on race? The backlash resulted in Holder cowardly shutting the hell up about that topic for the remainder of his time in office.
My short-term lens does not see a possibility for America to eliminate White supremacy, but the country can contain it — assuming the desire exists to do so.
A treatment regime for America’s original sins would be true economic development (notice I didn’t say “growth”), laws that protect marginalized populations from White supremacy, new industry verticals that drive demand for labor, and a Marshall-plan equivalent for marginalized communities that also address the social determinants of health. The key word to use for treatment is “equity”.
Yeah, I can go further to describe treatments but this is still a blog.
Treatments are not cures, and I think this treatment would at least give White Supremacists something else to help occupy their time.
Any alternative solution will mean much more bloodshed …
song currently stuck in my head: “black moon” – yazmin lacey