to the Washington Post, the 45th President told 19,126 lies between
his inauguration in 2017 and June 1, 2020. By now, the number has
likely edged toward 20,000, as his Tulsa "rally" yielded
dozens more. This President has no allegiance to the truth, but
that's no surprise. Leading up to his ill-timed gathering, amid the
coronavirus, he projected more than a million attendees. Instead,
the Trump campaign could not even fill the 19,000 seat stadium. And
because the Trump campaign ha no one to blame but itself for its
spotty turnout, 45 instead blamed “bad people," the media,
President’s bizarre bloviation was more evidence of his
instability, but also illustrated his venom toward a sizeable portion
of the people he purportedly represents. I was especially struck by
his constant ridicule of "looters and lowlifes," wondering
if he comprehended the similarities between the behavior he would
describe as "looters and lowlifes" with his conduct in
office. Not only has he derided "looters and lowlifes,"
but he has also threatened the full force of federal law enforcement
t threaten people’s legal right to protest. As soon as he
uttered those threatening words, 45 was a looter who threatened the
civil rights and civil liberties of lawful protestors who have
legitimate complaints against nationwide police brutality.
looting who? If we carefully examine history, it is clear that Black
people have been looted (defined as "stealing good from a place,
typically in a war or riot"). From my perspective, Black people
have been at war with white supremacy forces as long as we have been
on thee hoes. We have been subject to violence, exploitation,
expropriation of fair compensation of our wags, further exploited
through Jim Crow, and other laws. There are documented cases of
economically envious looting Black communities (Wilmington, Tulsa,
Rosewood) because of economic envy, plundering our homes, and then
using the power of the majority media to turn a Massacre into a
"riot." Accounts from Tulsa 1921 survivor document a
massacre, not a riot.
it took to light the match was Black men standing to speak up for
folks could not stand Black self-determination or Black wealth. They
destroyed the thriving Greenwood in 1921, but Black men and women are
still standing up for ourselves. That’s why folks have taken
it to the streets, protesting night after night, wearing shirts that
say "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe."
They aren't just Black folks. If you have a heart, it could not help
but shatter just a bit when you saw the inexcusable 8:46 minute knee
to George Floyd's neck.
I could have just 3 minutes with Mr. Turmp, I’d like to ask
him, "who's looting whom." Changing the tax code to
benefit your friends and the wealthy are looting the rest of us.
Taking food from hungry people is another form of looting. Losing
tax dollars to support your decrepit lifestyle and multiple golf
trips is looting. Taking money from public schools to help your pet
private schools is stealing. You see looting when people set fires
and break windows. Why don't you think about the fire that ran
people out of Greenwood, the broken windows that destroyed Black
presses, the looting that has stolen Black wealth
then there is the term "lowlife." The dictionary describes
such folks as people who have "low social status" or "low
what kind of moral character does a man have who brags about grabbing
women by their genitals? What kind of moral character does a man
have who derides people because of their race or gender? What kind
of person calls people he disagrees with "sons of bitches."
He doesn't' know their mamas, but he has insulted them. At 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue, the House that Enslaved People Built, our tax
dollars are housing the Lowlife in Chief. We have endured over three
years of this man's venom, vituperation, name calling, and contempt
of the people who are merely exercising First Amendment rights by
taking it to the streets.
of the so-called “looters and lowlifes" are descended of enslaved
people who have had enough. I stand with the looters and lowlifes, the
people who, in the shadow of the poet Langston Hughes, ask "what
happened to a dream deferred." It explodes. Since 1619, since 1865,
since 1964, it has been exploding. Still? I stand with the looters and
lowlifes and reject a man whose unfamiliarity with truth is a vexation,
abomination, and a despicable affront to decency.