Not Going Back To The Plantation
I have not spoken directly in opposition to the president, but Charlottesville was my turning point.
The lack of fitness of Mr. Trump for the presidency and for national leadership is now evident. There is an acute lack of understanding of the history of our country. Perhaps it is because of his gilded past, but I refuse to make excuses for him. A president must know…
There were not two groups of violent people clashing on the streets of Charlottesville; there was a clash of ideologies. Those who marched represent an ideology rooted in the old south where white supremacy ruled slaves on the plantation; what clashed was a Nazi ideology of a superior race demeaning others because of their skin color and religion joined with a willingness to put to death those not like them.
And what clashed with this ideology from the old south with its slave markets and Nazi Germany with its concentration camps? A group of people who say that this ideology of hate will not rise again. These were good people, angry people, fearful people who stood up and said NO. There should have been someone standing with them, speaking without hesitation that all people are created equal—the president—but he was absent, and, in fact, joined the group with their shields, clubs and helmets.
The president is my age, and yet he seems to have no memory of the pain and wounds of the civil rights movement. He cannot see beyond the clash of two groups of people and see with his mind that the clash is of ideas. One idea says one man is better than another, that the happenstance birth of a baby with skin pigmentation we call white makes him superior to another whose skin is black, brown, red or yellow. The other idea is written in one of our founding documents—“all men are created equal.”
We are learning that “equal men” include people of different religions, gender and lifestyle. It has taken us hundreds of years of struggle to make our discoveries of what is means to be made in God’s image and likeness, and we will not go back to the plantation.
Stand with us, Mr. President, even though you do not see this ideology of hate. Trust us, for we remember the pain of our fellow citizens not just in Charlottesville, but, also, in Birmingham and Montgomery. We can smell the burning flesh of Auschwitz. Know this—We will oppose hate until you realize you have become its instrument, and then together we will take another step forward in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.