While reading the news today at Common Dreams, one of the few online sites that prints the unvarnished truth I can trust. I read an article:
It was about the investigation into the justifications Trump’s White House gave to warrant the use of tear gas and other abuses showered on peaceful protesters at Lafayette Park near the Whitehouse.
Another black man, in a long list of people of color, George Floyd, had been cruelly murdered by police while onlookers begged them to stop. They didn’t. As far as the police were concerned this man had no humanity, no family who loved him and he had no right to life. It was the final straw. It was never going to stop. The people knew it. It wasn’t safe to walk the streets. The next cop could look at any person of color, shoot them and tell the court it was they who feared for their life.
No matter how many people were murdered it was going to continue with little consequence. So they let America know they weren’t going to take it anymore. It spread across the world. When there is a president who looks at white nationalists as good people, he knew he could use the opportunity to feed his ego by proving the military could be used on citizens he temporarily governs.
Trump craves chaos and dramatic entrances. The police carved a violent pathway through the protesters so he could make a show of walking across to a boarded church and hold up a prop – a Bible – insinuating that God was on his side. Now was the time to pretend to be a good Christian.
When I saw the photo of the protesters, clutching each other frantically, trying to get away from the horses with police who had large plastic coverings on their helmets to keep tear gas from getting into their own eyes, I flashed on a memory of the painting of George Washington Crossing the Delaware. They were making their way over an ice-filled and perilous river, freezing cold, hungry and wet.
I remembered then, in recent years, how deeply Washington had been discredited because of his abuse of the real Americans who lived here before we laid claim to their home. Until this day we continue to believe we have the right to take from anything we want because we are the biggest bully on earth.
People no longer want to celebrate the birthday our first president. The man we were taught as children could never say a lie. Our current president seems more like him with every sentence I write. The Federal holiday, with closed banks and post offices has no meaning except a day off work. No more holidays celibrated in his name. Instead it is called Indigenous Peoples Day. A celebration for the original people of color.
Likewise, our 45th president will not be celibrated except maybe by his racist followers (unless they are too embarrassed to admit it) who think they are better than non white Americans. He will be scorned, as we scorn every other fascist, racist and killer of his own people if it serves a purpose of helping to get him re-elected. If anything, we will celebrate the day Trump and his family are escorted out of the White House in disgrace and await trial for crimes against humanity. Wealth cannot buy honor and he is an honorless person.
Our country was founded on racism long before we started kidnapping people in other countries to make them our slaves. To this day racists continue to keep their knees on the necks of people of color to make sure they continue to know their place, or the president will send the military to put them down. He will threaten the governors to do as he says, or he will send the military and make them do as they’re told. America is unrecognizable.
On July 4th we will celebrate our independence from England. I doubt most children know what we are supposed to be celebrating, or even that it is a celebration. It’s just a day for fireworks and backyard cookouts. When will gain our independence from the wealthy who have enslaved all of us to make them richer while the rest of us get thrown crumbs.
Soon. . .