Yesterday, Derek Chauvin made history in Minneapolis. He may as well have volunteered for a conviction or three for manslaughter, but he didn’t beat a single charge. Derek is the star of a motion picture filmed by a teenager on her phone, Chauvin was doing a job on someone he had known for many years. He followed the book to the nearest fraction and he had a lot of support from his fellow officers of law and order. This could have been his tenth knee to the neck operation and he would have walked at each encounter with a black whose life does not matter to the men in blue or to the citizens who vote for law-and-order judges. The only thing that varied was the only thing gets a notice from the viewing public — a snuff film where Derek was the star. He knew he was being captured on video, perhaps he would be recognized by his superiors as a man of valor, determination, and courage. His knee to a perps neck, the stuff that dreams are made of.
We live in a society where law and order has driven blacks into prison, into the grave, into a lack of respect that has followed from the wild-west sheriff of a militarized and disciplined system that follows the unwritten law of a white supremacism that protects itself from control by a constitution that is mere words on paper, including the poorly written Second Amendment. Get the job done and you get the respect of the gun-loyal second-amendment militia, where any white with an assault rifle commands a large amount of respect anywhere, including the public square. Apparently, this includes the Capitol buildings of the federal government. See January 6, 2021 for videos that document the matter quite well.
It is called lynching, but that word is never used to describe its true measure in a white-supremacist society. Derek Chauvin is a lyncher, but he is not credited with the power of that word. Lynching is a highly respected form of enforcement. Lynching has followed blacks throughout the history of de facto acts of control, wielded by control freaks. The practice traces back to 1619 and it continues to this day with increased frequency. The number of weapons that may be carried on the street is not limited, the Second Amendment is as powerful a document as ever. Despite the ambiguous language, it is the law that gets recognized on the public streets, within the homes of blacks, wherever a white citizen decides that a lynching fits the bill. Control freaks include any white with any number of weapons and with any amount of firepower. As uncontrolled as it has been since 1619. 421 years and counting.
Yesterday, I researched the word etymology of the word “Demigod” in the light of a monotheistic religion that offers explanations eternal. The European belief in their Western Civilization, a product of solidly imperial traditions, casts all other faiths in terms of a Western White Supremacy that infuses explication in terms that treat European imperial histories as special institutions constructed by a disciplined God that acts in very mysterious ways. Missionaries who bring their propaganda to “lesser developed” cultures do not require any additional explication. They already retain an eternal truth bestowed by an eternal God. Eclectic Orthodoxy.
Demigods are described by those Western institutions as driven by a higher level of beings who are capable of explaining miracles and completely inexplicable to a system of beliefs that must be explained as totally explicable. The Easter season seeks to explain the death of a God that was predicted by a Judeo-Christian testament that began with Genesis, a break of testaments within a coherent system commanded by a trinity of three Gods that already existed since that Genesis in their flawless Bible. That system does not include any room for alternative beliefs. The monotheistic faith relies upon the reality of a single exalted being that simultaneously act(s) as distinct entities of a miracle accepted by faith alone. Any belief system that does not accept the monotheist terms exacted by the “wiser” Western Civilization is a pagan threat to a God’s intent.
The concept of a couple demigods acting on a triune stage is made conceivable by dint of revelation, a revelation that may only be ascribed to a Bible that is accepted without qualification and without question. Their God works in mysterious ways, whereas the idea of a couple demigods to explain the impossible is unforgivable heresy.
The Judeo-Christian concept is commanded by a jealous deity that does not suffer the idea of a separate reality — actually a deity that is explained in terms of something else that it does not suffer: heresy. Heresy is understood in terms that draw distinct lines to separate the pagan heretics from the enlightened West.
This Easter Season tells an annual tale that distinguishes the Judeo-Christian understanding of how things work from the perspective of European systems that maintain a church militant to bless the faithful with eternal life while consigning all other “false” faiths with a punishment that exists eternally, meted out with a fidelity that relies upon the enforcement of a faith that leaves no room for alternative explanations. There is no evidence that Apostle Peter ever came within a thousand miles of Rome, but the concept of “tradition” wipes all inexactitude to the side as utter heresy. Saint Paul was a product of the institution that developed out of the remnants of the Roman Empire. Any discovered throne could be declared the seat of Christ revealed by Peter, bones found among the millions of skeletons could be exalted as springing from the bones of the first apostle. Infrastructure left by the millennia of Roman rule makes the propagation of the “faith” speedy at each corner of the former middle-of-the-Earth: the Mediterranean, Middle Earth if you will.
Derek Chauvin vs. George Floyd now takes the stage, and with it the same familiar team of white-supremacists standing at the fore. The actions are well-woven into the fabric of racism in the US, this time including a nine-year-old and a seventeen-year-old in a process that will deny their witness. These young and principled participants are already suffering the ravages of PTSD, they will have to live with these events for the rest of their lives.
The accused are always likely to become the exonerated as the judicial process discovers all the ways that a fabric of systemic racism allows in a white-supremacist system. Fiction morphs into undeniable fact when the hallowed myths arise to defend the indefensible, the blue lives that matter will win again against the black lives that must be yoked eternally under a systemic interpretation of exclusion and domination under the weight of darkly unprincipled law.
This time the tale is told by the witnesses first hand, the drama merges the facts found on the ground. The facts report that George Floyd’s neck was pinned between the knee of Derek Chauvin and the asphalt below, all told in less than eight minutes of recorded history. This to serve the system and to protect the criminal police in an injustice system that always spins the wheel to favor law and order. We are asked to forgive the perpetrators and to judge the victimized at every encounter with brute force. Chauvin benefits from the procedures written in the statutes that keep policemen free of any accounting, to find the means to view the socially marginalized as worthless thugs who willfully choose to defy the law — a simple-minded view of law that persuades judges to side with the perpetrator and to toss the full extent of law at the innocent. The system has always been gamed in this way, it is how criminals get to walk from the crime scene and to receive admiration from those citizens who voted for “tough on crime” judges.
The right of the privileged to benefit from spoils is never permitted to change, tradition and heritage insist that the spoils be shared with the very people who game the system. Although the evidence has already been sequestered from questioning eyes, the American interpretation of justice demands that damning evidence never be exposed to the light of day. DNA evidence may determine that the falsely imprisoned must remain behind bars despite irrefutable evidence that they are totally innocent. Please know that whites who are falsely imprisoned are released to rejoin their families when such evidence appears. Damn near no blacks are ever released to return to their families, evidence be damned .
The laws that protect the guilty are the only laws consulted in the statutes that line the walls of the prosecutor’s office. This is not evidence of fate and the blindness of judgement, it is a means to fully remove citizens from public life due to the exigencies of race, to condemn every member of that race as potentially criminal threats to polite society. Polite society to be understood as white society, by force of history.
The Vandals did not need any civic values to sack Rome to the bone. They needed simply to occupy the seat of government held by a ruler who had moved into the emperor’s residence. Upon the god emperor’s orders the unruly lot stormed the legislature to seek objects worth looting. Democracy in Rome had long succumbed to decadence when the place lost its honor and meaning. As empty in value and substance as the stuff offered by the barkers who follow the pulse of a populace amused by bread, circuses and blood.
On the 6th day of January: 2021 of the Common Era, a sorry crew of patriots (to use their own nomenclature) arrived — dressed as expected and looking for some heads of state to roll. Such was their role. A fragile vessel as compromised as the floundering cargo craft presently gripped in the geography of ancient Egypt, the present-day subjects casting about while followed by a plague that may as well be orchestrated by locusts. The command of the empire is as mired in the muck and as deeply imbedded as the Evergreen, a gigantic vessel presently clotting the flow of modern industry, clogged at its aorta.
Odd that the clot is located just south of the Mediterranean Sea, the central water loosely held by the hapless descendants of the Roman Empire that surrounded those waters two millennia ago. Rule of law succumbs to law and order in the instant that a heart loses its pulse. Hollow traditions are not the stuff of solid governance and discipline. They are the vacant stares of the disaffected and the politician’s crave for power and glory.
Rightwing Catholic media dominates the religious broadcasting channels in the US. EWTN is a disciplined orthodox hegemon that suffers no left-leaning voices. It is the media of Groupthink. Their own Pope is a bit more Christlike than the preferred Church Militant tolerates, Francis is not willing to weaponize the faith, to reinvigorate a neverending Crusade on Islam.
If you are not with them, you are against them. In the parlance of white supremacists, you are the antifa — a word used without attribution — an amorphous bevy of leftists who give aid and comfort to Satan. Their demons are BLM, looters, Socialists, Anti-Life participants in the culture of death, ddictators of relativism, Fidel Cuomo or Che de Blasio.
The lifeblood of EWTN orthodoxy thrives upon the deathblood of those who stand in the way of exceptional manifest destiny. Communism is a US hobgoblin. It exists as THE existential threat in the minds of a body politic that fancies itself nonpartisan while promoting jealous right wing political stances.
Presumably, 1960s radical youth gnawed away at Mother Church, but they are now aging Boomers who are responsible for decimating the numbers of faithful and patriotic congregants who are — by dint of birth and privilege — white and right. Why are there so few black congregants (3%) among Roman Catholic churches? Why are so few blacks white supremacists?
Antifa is a label branded onto those who lean left of alt-right. The word antifa is always used without attribution, a hobgoblin that, though a straw-man construct, gets accepted as an unquestioned evil lurking in the midst of an otherwise polite God-fearing society — an existential threat to law and order.
There is a profound difference between the maintenance of law and order and justice under the rule of law. Defending a constitution becomes a sign of weakness, defending those citizens most marginalized in a society is an existential threat to law and order, separation of church and state and recognition of a “natural law” that must expeditiously drive jurisprudence. Religious liberty: code words for a systemic white-supremacist presumption that equates Constitutional law with a God-ordained a-priori natural law.
Fascism infects society in the way of a virus: it jumps from one host to another and jumps back again, gathering strength as it infects new hosts, honing new weapons to inculcate more warm bodies. It communicates via propaganda. The word propaganda originated with the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, an instrument for inculcation of “pagans” who require conversion. It is a mission statement.
A failed putsch against Congressional “antifa” occurred on January 6, 2021 at the Capitol Building, but fascists never fade away — they learn from their missteps and draw up tighter strategies to battle another day. America First is a durable institution. It was a guiding light to the Third Reich, a viral leap. The recent putsch brought some daylight to distinct characters who demonstrate how the virus of fascism jumps to and fro among hosts.
Genuine journalism demands that you fashion an ability for listening to abhorrent voices that disturb the spirit, but integrity can not be obtained by isolating yourself from opposing views. I have been listening to their programming for decades, I know where they stand and what they seek. The time has come for me to share the disturbing voices I find there. Please stay tuned for more.
Western Evilization is a sanctimonious white-supremacist system that justifies its brutal crime scenes with impunity. They employ superior firepower at every stage to ethnically cleanse stolen lands and ancient cultures. Their god works in mysterious ways, but it turns out all white in the end. A jealous whitewashed deity bestows divinely manifest blessings upon a dominant Western European imperial model. It is a system imposed in the name of demonocracy by fulsome imperial overlords who believe themselves manifestly privileged to mete things out. American descendants of slavery are the progeny of human resources deemed “necessary” for transforming an agrarian to an industrial economy. The enslavement of Blacks from Africa began in 1619, it coincided with the systemic genocide of every indigenous tribe, a process begun with the arrival of European empires more than a century earlier.
Originalism: interpreting the US Constitution as the legal instrument of white wealthy propertied men. It is a system of governance that mirrors the actual events of US history. Every treaty signed with every tribe wasted during European colonization has been abrogated — dismissed with wild and wily abandon. How would the founding slavers deal with racial injustice and an exclusionary justice system? How many brutally exploited beings does it take to make a single billionaire?
A Declaration for White, Propertied Men
Here, I reword a section of the US Declaration of Independence to reflect the actual intent of the moral compass that guides thieves, liars, lynchers, and capitalists?
…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all white wealthy propertied men are created equal, that they are endowed by their White European Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among white wealthy propertied Men, deriving their jealous powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these white wealthy propertied Mens’ ends, it is the Right of the white wealthy propertied Men to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect white wealthy propertied Mens’ Safety and Happiness…
Racists thrive by disavowing accurate and unfavorable facts that go against their narrative . The validity of those disturbing historical facts is not the issue, their concern: it casts the Founding Fathers unfavorably. The myth is more important than reality. The Roman Catholic Church in the USA does not have many Black congregants, Black Lives Matter did not matter as soon as news of looting made its way through Mother Angelica’s EWTN rightwing broadcasters. I am not aware of any sizable Roman-Catholically leftwing broadcasters. Does it exist?
Unacknowledged racism is not inadvertent, it is systemic. These two “historians” saved their final salvo for last, the issue of reparations —a magical incantation that clears rooms quickly. Restitution turns upon a qui bono: to whom does it benefit? Following the money does not benefit the myth makers. What of the trillions of dollars of benefits forgone, of dreams deferred until Hell ices over? Does it matter that slavers did receive recompense from the US government? Of course neither of these esteemed “historians” ever owned slaves — QED enough for the audience, QED enough for the host and guest. White Lives Matter, Trump is a God-send.
Former slaves and the descendants of those slaves (ADOS) have been adding trillions of dollars to white coffers since 1619. How many trillions of dollars of value brought the USA from an agrarian to an industrial economy? Is it best to issue a check in the amount of $0 trillion? Blacks who have immigrated to the US did not arrive in chains, did not survive the trip from Africa only to be auctioned to the highest bidder — hence the need for ADOS perspectives. The 1619 Project is not subtitled “Mistakes Were Made.”
The only “immigration” papers available to ADOS were the names appearing on shipping manifests and bills of lading. Jamestown welcomed the first forced human resources.
When sold at auction ADOS became slaves in perpetuity, under penalty of law.
In the name of their omni-God and respective flags, the monarchs sent their “exploring heroes” and a well-regulated militia to grace history book soundbites memorized over generations. The coiled snake is a favorite: Don’t tread on me, the white man in the room.
American “educators” instill the same familiar names on the same timelines from school year to school year, from one generation to the next, from one century to the next. Racism has always run rather rampant in the USA. It’s a white-eat-black world.
Received history is sanitized history, thickly covered in whitewash. Is genocide, slavery, rape, and plunder a cultural good? Is it the unavoidable price of progress, culture, and civilizations forced to fit a celebrated European white supremacist system?
“You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.” Walter Duranty, Pulitzer Prize winner and fervid Stalin apologist.
Received histories are tales of white-supremacist conquerors and bounty collectors. Do you need a reason to justify wanton greed, torture, and death when your “civilization” casts its warriors as God-fearing gentlemen eager to bring the “good news” of genocide and land theft to those standing in their path?
Regime change pretty much describes the United States of America’s MO. Venezuela is manifestly destined to become a client state of the US, its enormous oil reserves require a puppet regime. Bolivia was recently blessed with a regime change. It seems that their soil contains the rare-earth element lithium required for a new generation of handheld computers. Capitalism is white-ordained privilege. Greed feeds the needless with the pennies of the needy.
White supremacy is complicity by complexion. The only thing you need to know about European world domination — European facial characteristics. White conventional wisdom — do things in the great white way: get away with as much as you can, with every ounce of guile and greed you can muster. Never accept responsibility. Remember that selfishness is a virtue. Keep a good stock of scapegoats in the barn.
The crime committed by ADOS — existing while Black.
Manifest Destiny: a manifesto condemning indigenous peoples to systemic genocide.
Capitalism and fascism are two political vectors that get the job done, but they are as sausage, citizens do not want to know where it comes from. In case you hadn’t already known, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is now dictator of Hungary. Be assured that Viktor is still a friend of Donald (present leader of the American Empire and a brand accepted by tyrants the world over).
“Making matters worse, the only effective opposition to Orbán and Fidesz is the far right Jobbik Party, an often overtly anti-Semitic and anti-Roma movement that for years had a jackbooted militia that marched through Roma neighborhoods in uniforms evocative of those of the Nazi-era Arrow Cross, the group that murdered Jews on the banks of the Danube.”
The basics have not changed. The celebration of ignorance has been going on here since the 15th Century in the hemisphere of my birth.
Jeff Bezos is the de facto image of capitalism at play in a game, the face behind the treacle. The yoke is on his employees, but capitalism is not a game designed to entertain the worker, it is something to be endured. These are the successful spawners of imperialism — by those who had already perfected the art of Western Civilization. The founders of The American Empire would appreciate t he likes of Jeff Bezos — capitalism abhors anyone who abhors waste, whether it be billions of passenger pigeons, millions of bison, millions of human resources extracted from Africa, or the fossil fuels from the biomass of an earlier extinction event.
The US Empire assumes that every square millimeter on the planet may be subsumed under the foil of national interest. That “interest” includes the right to attack cultures and peoples who are standing in the way, their value gets determined by geopolitical players equipped with unimaginable military force looking to install a puppet regime by force or manipulation. The Monroe Doctrine declared the entire hemisphere a free-enterprise fire zone backed up by the company gunboats for corporations such as United Fruit Company. We come in peace, let us fit you with this here yoke.
White-Supremacists need feel no personal complicity in the devastation that they leave in their wake, the spoils go to the proudly arrogant and/or the abominably ignorant, history books make crooked paths appear straight. Nixon’s revenge came in the form of Fox News.
It has been this way since the first “white man” brought report of plunder to their respective monarchies. Machiavellians stole the land, killed the former land-dwellers, and brought slaves from Africa to man the fields. New Europe “needed” the free labor that a cultured and polite white society enjoys.
Voter-Suppression schemes deliberately exclude Blacks from casting ballots. Trump’s SCOTUS appointments have already tipped the balance in favor of further marginalization. Those two justices have already cast their weighty ballots to create an ever more racist union, gerrymandering is now the law of the land.
This country’s white-supremacist system is steeped in insatiable greed and anchored in unassailable law, it is a colonial/capitalist engine designed to extract ever more from non-whites and to direct the profits into a white-controlled oligarchy that is 100% homogenized. Trumpism = Imperial US White Fascism, a form of racism that prefers to take no prisoners.
Treacle trickles slowly, but the billionaire class sucks up like a Hoover.
Productivity gains should accrue to persons working the longest and the hardest, but those enormous gains flow rather to the self-same coffers of the few and the mighty. For a capitalist, “creating wealth” is like taking candy from a baby — something that only a sociopath would do, not a person with a soul. To the sociopath it’s only the treacling that matters Treacle-down Economics in a treacle-down system.
The history passed on to every generation is whitewashed into that very color and has been since day one of this God-bless-the-whites society; wealth by stealth is the abnormal-normal: the multi-billionaire class. How many billionaires are Black?
The white-written history of this place is filled to the brim with lies and delusions of grandeur, passed on from one generation of white thieves and liars to the next. Telling the truth is unAmerican activity.
Gentrification is colonization.
Colonization and gentrification have run the entire hemisphere since the 15th Century, they had established slavery by the 16th Century, and desire to continue at an ever-increasing rate into the 21st Century. They displace entire tapestries of cultures with breathtaking brutality and rapidity. Gentrification (‘people of gentle birth’, ‘landed gentry’). To ‘colonize’ better describes the dynamic, to ‘settle’ always denotes a white-supremacist narrative. ADOS (American Descendants of Slaves) are systemically marginalized. To gentrify a neighborhood is a radical act that separates Black culture from roots — it had already started in 1519 — on any square millimeter that whites wish to reseed.
As many historians have pointed out, one of the reasons the South was able to exercise a stranglehold on race relations in national politics was the supervention of the famous three-fifths clause, once the focus of abolitionist attacks on the Constitution. When the former slaves were counted as full persons, the former slave states gained twenty congressional seats, a twenty-five-per-cent bump. They also gained votes in the Electoral College. They suppressed the votes of their African-American residents, then got full representational credit for them.
Both conservatives and neoliberals rely upon tight voter-suppression measures to keep Blacks disenfranchised in perpetuity. This is criminal activity made sacrosanct at every level of government — no taxation but over-representation. What gives with that?
Geologically, Palestine rests on the African tectonic plate, located precisely at the only land-route between Africa and Europe. Culturally, the Palestinian people have lived and thrived there for more than 2,000 years. Societally, they have stood at the crossroads of innumerable migrations, trade routes, the comings and goings of empires. The Palestinians are not leaving Palestine to take the (art of the phony) deal of the century.
“A land without people” for “a people without a land”? Propagandists deal in the art of false witness.
In 1947, the British Empire abandoned The Raj — their puppet regime in South Asia. They left vast populations to fend for themselves when imperial ambitions could no longer criminally plunder. Arbitrary partitions were drawn in London by the elites who spewed in the chambers of Parliament — the same chambers Brexiteers presently pollute. Kashmir is merely the most recent victim of European hegemony, of patriotic white supremacist presumption.
A single blowhard elitist, Lord Balfour, issued a document as ambiguously worded as the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The White Founding Fathers envisioned a Manifest Destiny for White European, English-speaking “settlers.” Were Whites endowed by their creator to Black human resources obtained from Africa?
Alexander Haig described Israel as a land-based aircraft carrier that promised a distinct advantage — it could not be sunk. It represented a militarily critical geopolitical footstep in the Middle East. Geopolitical advantage attracts tyrants. Does it not?
The empire of these United States still expresses an active interest in every squeezable square inch of terra firma. The US Treasury transfers ten million dollars a day to further militarize a country that has only been around as long as I’ve been around. Actually, I am eight-months older than Israel, a country still craving “a land without Palestinians for a people who hate Palestinians.”
One year after their Sun set in South Asia, the British Empire abandoned the Mandate for Palestine. In a sleight of hand, the terrorists who had bedeviled the British since 1929 began a pogrom to destroy Palestinian businesses, dispossess their families, empty their homes, destroy their towns, rename each town from Arabic to Hebrew, and to begin preparations for a wider geographic footprint — something dreadfully similar to the March of Tears, the Cherokee Nakba.
The sudden appearance of Israel caught a couple thousand years of Palestinian culture in an annihilating squeeze play. The geopolitical juggernaut of American empire played their land-based aircraft carrier card — actually, they are still playing the same card. What does not matter to the various shades of blue and white flag wavers — that the heirs of 2,000 years of Palestine must always yield to a State that did not even exist in 1947.
By comparison, Israel is a nuclear power. Had their Six-Day War faltered, they had a Plan B: set off a nuclear bomb in the Sinai Peninsula to serve as a warning.
Israel is also a white supremacist society that serves white persons and terrorizes non-white persons. Your life and livelihood is destroyed if you criticize Brand Israel.
White Israeli settlers routinely kill Palestinian children, there are quite a few proud boys among those settlers. Israeli soldiers fire expanding bullets at the legs of unarmed Palestinian youth. Israel’s message to Palestinian youth: Live long and suffer.
You would think that descendants of Holocaust victims would be the last persons on the planet who would adopt genocide as a solution. Wishing death to your enemy, to spray paint “Gas all Arabs” on Palestinian houses slated for demolition to house another 100,000 or so Israeli citizens.
White descendants with white-European roots have been victimizing descendants of black Africa since 1619 — that’s 400 years and counting. The enslaved did not immigrate to the western hemisphere, nor did they emigrate from Africa. They were unceremoniously stolen, trafficked from diverse and disparate cultures, and trafficked into the slave trade. They were stuffed into cargo holds. If they survived their ocean transport they were sold as human resources — auctioned for their market value in a patriotically capitalist system to service the whims of a white-supremacist system. White supremacy is a system of nested partners in crime. The system merely asks its participants to refrain from questioning the unseemly exploitation that greases the machinery of “free” enterprise. Simply look the other way, assume that your complicity is self-delusion, judge it as one of those serenity prayer things that you cannot change.
American descendants of slaves (ADOS) learn the same fabricated history as Americans who are not descendants of slaves, the same rote-memorizable pack of lies that forgive all the white criminal Presidents from Washington to W, merely interrupted from 2009 to 2017. Conservative pundits still assign Mr. Obama the honor of “worst President in history.” Racist-apologists recoil at the very idea of a black man in a white house. Trump’s pissing-rights in a Moscow hotel room represent one such reaction.
What happens when your brand of organized religion includes practically no black congregants? I grew up in such an institution and I tune in to their sizable media outlets as a listener with an opposing-viewpoint. An institution that proclaims its message “universal” — while compartmentalizing every conceivable viewpoint as adhering to a “natural law” — loses credibility at every point of departure.
Here is a black memory from a Catholic in Louisiana:
Kids played a game called “black baby,” which involved throwing a ball or doll in the air and trying to catch it. I didn’t interact with African-American Catholics because there were two Catholic churches in town. St. Joseph was the white church. Our Mother of Mercy was the black church. To this day, the Diocese of Lafayette has more racially segregated churches than any other diocese in the United States. I am told that my grandfather went to confession toward the end of his life and said, “I can’t help it, Father. I hate N—s.” He knew racism was a sin. He knew he was racist. I think we all knew we were.
American descendants of European ancestry benefit richly and exceedingly from the system of white supremacy, a system that runs through US history like a red thread — I’m calling it a bloodied chain.
Classroom history texts must first be approved by a Texas committee that whitewashes each text used in all fifty States of its union. Ask anyone educated in an American school — from baby-boomer to millennial — you’ll find that we all learned the same sound bites.
Trump created the Birther Movement to soothe the stomachs of those who benefited most from the white-supremacist system so rudely interrupted from 2009 to 2017. Racism was strong enough to assure a racist triumph of the will on November 8, 2016.
A few bullet points:
The choir does not need a new echo chamber.
The powerful are not lacking a societal voice.
The majority are not tyrannized by the minority.
Whiteous white supremacists are not victims of black supremacists, reverse-racists, or the Breitbart fantasy of civilization-destroying antifa who terrorize proud boys in an inconceivably anti-non-violent atmosphere that is poisoned by libtards and snowflakes.
Society does not only stand on the shoulders of giants, but also on the racist greed of the insatiably privileged.