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I agree in totality with your commentary @gruffstuff .  You have spoken truth here.  

 

To this nation's shame, we must acknowledge and admit that our so-called fearless leader is neither, but he is without doubt a racist who has emboldened many other Americans to embrace the horrid legacy of this nation's history.  And so we find ourselves a divided nation. On the one hand we have the virulent, deep-seated, hate-filled racist folk whose numbers have increased due to the hawking of this president's rally calls and the actions he has put forth here at home and abroad.

 

Trump is mean, intolerant, angry, vengeful, and, yes, he is racist.  A racist!

 

Racism is an ugly word and concept.  It basically extols the superiority of one group, race, people over another.  And the usual enforcement of that superior positioning in the hierarchy of things, generally results in violence against the hated group.  The racists' intent and purpose of said violence being to "keep THEM in their place while keeping US one or two steps above and ahead."   What a shame, a blight, a sin on the face of a nation who from it's very inception perpetrated the most vile and violent acts against this lands native people and then others deemed less than the invading strongmen.  Those acts were unacceptable and neither are the actions of this president.

 

And so, yes, I say we as a nation of American citizens who wish to see America continue to move forward towards those ideals of the brotherhood and equality of all men (and women too), must speak up and out for what is right and fair and good.  We must not allow the loud voice of ignorance and hate to drown out the voices of reason, tolerance, inclusion, and love.

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https://theweek.com/articles/853507/calling-racism-isnt-political-moral-imperative

 

Calling out racism isn't political. It's our moral imperative.

 

 

President Trump's bigotry is ugly and obnoxious, but it sure seems to be popular with his biggest fans.

 

 

On Wednesday night, the president held a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, and renewed his attacks on "the Squad" — four rookie Democrats in Congress, all women of color — and the crowd responded with chilling enthusiasm, erupting into chants of "Send her back!" as Trump singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

 

We don't use explicitly biblical language much in our increasingly secular society anymore, but sometimes it comes in handy. This is one of those times. We need to be clear about what we saw at this rally: It was racism. And racism is a sin.

 

 

An abomination. Wrong. Evil.

 

 

It is not merely a breach in decorum. It is not a case of bad manners. It is not just a risky political strategy. It is a sin. Where racism is empowered — politically or culturally — you will mostly find terrible violence against minorities, as well as a proliferation of cages. Racism powered the Holocaust, slavery, and Jim Crow. Racism inspires ethnic cleansing, church shootings, and synagogue massacres. So when racism presents itself to us — particularly when it is justified and encouraged by people in the highest precincts of power — we must push back and fight, even if there is a political cost.

 

 

Perhaps that hardly needs to be said in the wake of this week's House vote to condemn Trump for last weekend's racist tweets directed at Omar and the Squad. But the controversy over those tweets has given rise to a genre of hand-wringing punditry and reporting suggesting that Democrats have given the president exactly what he wants by confronting him so forcefully — that appealing to racism is Trump's path to re-election in 2020.

 

 

"While Democrats were publicly unanimous in their support of the resolution, some moderate lawmakers from Republican-leaning districts that backed Mr. Trump in 2016 privately voiced their discomfort," The New York Times reported. "They said that while the president's comments had been racist, the party was playing into his hands by spending so much time condemning his remarks."

 

 

"The principled case for denunciation is strong. What though of the politics?" Jonathan Freedland added at The Guardian, noting, "Trump's calculation is that he can repeat in 2020 what he did in 2016, winning an electoral college majority by winning in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania — and that he can edge a victory in those states by appealing to white voters stirred by racial resentment."

 

 

"Anything that takes away from bread and butter issues is playing into his hands," an anonymous Democrat in the House of Representatives told CNN's Jake Tapper.

 

 

So what? Racism is wrong. You fight it, you criticize it, no matter the electoral consequences.

 

 

Politicians, though, are often cowards. They need to be encouraged to do the right thing. It will be easy for many of them to look at Trump's chanting crowd and decide it's best to avoid the matter. So it should be noted that while fighting racism is the right thing to do, in America it is — thank God — the broadly popular thing to do.

 

 

A new USA Today poll says that 59 percent of all respondents — including roughly two-thirds of independent voters — called the president's tweets "un-American." Sixty-five percent said the tweets were racist. Similarly, a Reuters poll showed the president's approval numbers dropped 10 pointswith independent voters following the controversy.

 

 
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