What the hell is White Power?
Us Americans love a strong marketing hook, but clichés and slogans can’t beat a virus. Donald Trump’s ego has been pumped up by the pundits and talking heads on TV saying how well he hypes and teases what is coming next. To them, everything is a “reveal.” They mention his reality TV roots and his alleged instruction to his White House team to think of every day as another episode of a show. Well we hear that, but this ain’t no television show.
It wasn’t surprising to hear the screams when “our” President retweeted a video originating here in Florida at a retirement community known as The Villages. 123,000 people live there, the same number of COVID-19 dead American bodies. At the start of the global pandemic, TV stations took their cameras to this small city of retirees who were highly vocal about the virus. Echoing their hero, they said it was a “hoax.” The University of Florida did a research project and went into the community to administer free coronavirus tests. We didn’t hear the results of either, but The Villages population is obviously hyper conservative and pro-Trump. The video was a stupid golf cart parade celebrating Trump’s birthday (June 14) and all the vehicles were decked out with Trump signs. One of the locals can be seen pumping his fist while chanting “White Power! White Power!”
After Trump’s retweet hit the internet, liberals and the cable news networks, well, all but one, highly criticized Donald Trump’s repost of the video. Tim Scott, the only African American member of the Senate was quick to decry the action of the President, but Trump took his good old time taking it down. Here are two important questions. 1. How did that video get past the Twitter censors? 2. Why is the President retweeting things that aren’t vetted? He said he never heard the yelled words “White Power!” in the video. Really? So, he’s fucking deaf?
Twitter, like all the other social media platforms, is utterly inconsistent in the way they handle matters of hate, truth, and violence. Twitter banned me for life, claiming I “interrupted conversations.” Excuse my ADD, but why wasn’t a pro-Trump video, featuring a shouted, racially insensitive slogan removed from Twitter? Do they adjust their censorship policy based on the person posting? I use the word “censorship” because that is precisely what it is. Several stories have been written by credible writers saying that Facebook and Twitter executives met with Trump face-to-face and then adjusted their policies to suit him. We have always known these platforms are money whores, but now they seem like political whores as well. Can I say that? Well, I just did.
Let me return now to the stupid things people say. There are two hallmarks of our Trumpean dystopia. One is the automatic acceptance by some of the blatant lies continuously blasted from that unnaturally small-sized presidential pie-hole. The other is the incredible amount of meaningless or hijacked words in the “newspeak dictionary.” I’m hearing the term “unprecedented” so much that I am beginning to wonder if something can be precedented. Then there’s the distraction of claims about Obama doing this or that. What a mindless trick! Most of what the far right says about what happened during Obama’s eight-year term are blatant lies.
Mike Pence stood in front of the press and said the White House refusal to demand or decree that everyone must wear a mask has something to do with the First Amendment. I’m calling BULLSHIT. I can’t smoke a cigarette in some public places due to laws concerning public health. Tell me how these words in any way relate to public health, “…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” Mike Pence and other lunatics like him in this administration don’t know how important the word, “peaceably” is to us.
So, WHAT THE HELL IS WHITE POWER? If you are just lightly aware of American history, you know that for hundreds of years citizens could not vote unless they were white, male and a landowner. White men have long enjoyed the unconditional and unchallenged right to rule. When an old man chants “white power” while riding his $4,000 golf cart, and a sitting president blasts the video of that to more than 80 million people, something is grossly wrong. One might defend this racist stupidity as tongue-in-cheek, but are we totally unaware of the uprising against police brutality and unnecessary death following the violent acts against people of color by law enforcement? Do we need to be reminded that The Villages love Trump, while 125,000 people are dead because of a virus in our country?
This is the big story people!
News broke over the weekend that the Russian government was allegedly paying the Taliban to kill US troops. Was that a clue that maybe someone wanted us to talk about WHITE POWER? If Trump knew about this and didn’t confront his buddy Putin, or take action to protect our soldiers in Afghanistan, he would be guilty of treason, the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government. If the president knew this as fact and did nothing, he put our men and women in danger. Some say as many as twenty soldiers were killed since this report was ignored by Trump.
Orange Boy will probably say he never saw the report or that intelligence couldn’t confirm it. Okay, but the deeper question is, WHO WILL YOU FIRE FOR NOT RAISING THIS MORE FORCEFULLY? It’s time to get serious, folks. We need a Congressional hearing ASAP. Maybe the hearing could take place in the whitest chamber, the Senate. Let’s put the power of all those old white guys to use for a constructive purpose.
Consider these words, “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000.” If Trump did not act on this intelligence, he was giving “aid and comfort” to not only the Taliban, but to Russia as well. Why do all of Trump’s roads lead to Russia?
READ ABOUT FACEBOOK AND SOCIAL MEDIA
The book that tells it like it is…
Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”