been years since we embarked on a family road trip to South Dakota to
visit the Crazy Horse monument, the mystical Black Hills —
venture down the scenic Needles highway again — and oh yeah
check out Mount Rushmore. We were planning on visiting the area on
White folk’s Independence Day next month. However, so is Lord
Donald Trump. Maybe, it depends on how very hurt n’
broken-hearted the 73 year-old boy-king is after his pathetic,
trifling White Citizens Council rally last weekend in Tulsa has left
the little fellah. Here’s guaranteed a crowd here so this may
be a no-brainer for the brainless one.
Trump showing-up is the Green light to fly the Confederate Battle
flag, helmany of his cult members are yearning-to dust-off and
hang-up the vintage 1933 ‘No Dogs/No Niggers/No Mexicans/No
Jews’ signs which used to dot the landscape of the “Land
an Afro-American family living in, perhaps more apropos
enduring these “interesting” times we’re
bearing witness-to, I simply don’t feel comfortable
attending what will no-doubt transform, or more-likely regress into a
“Make America White Again” jamboree. . . Unquestionably
and undeniably complete with “Confederate flags” hoisted
high and blowing in the summer breeze. There’s no debate about
it — this is a common site at his rallies, and with Trump
doubling-down on his defense of both the racist and treasonist symbol
— rationalizing, minimizing and justifying its dark, menacing
presence — we as Black-Americans, Mexican-Americans,
Asian-American, Native-Americans, i.e., Americans-of-Color just don’t
feel welcomed, let-alone wanted, desired and respected at such a
partisan and deliberately racially polarizing spectacle. A display
which would be much more suited to ”Stone Mountain”
Georgia. I’m just saying.
the son of a Military Policeman, grandson of a little guy who built
ships in LA during WWII, great-grandson of a WWI Black Doughboy. My
wife, the daughter of a Navy man, the grand niece of a “Colored
Rosie Riveter ''. . . Both as the descendants of slaves who picked
cotton and labored, if not poured their blood, sweat n’ tears
onto the sugar and tobacco fields for generations. . . In order to
construct this virtually overnight empire, we feel as most Black
Americans feel — we’ve, as a people, more than earned our
citizenship, our piece of the rock and all which comes with it. Which
entails the right, the liberty to feel not threatened on a
road trip to Mt. Rushmore, yet logically we’d fear for our
safety. . . Our children's safety.
distressed by what I know is going to be the “Jim Crow”
feel, flavor, texture, sound and taste of this Independence Day
gathering, so very disgusted I contacted the National Park Service,
the Governor's office and the South Dakota Tourism Industry in an
effort to gain “clarification” on the status of
displaying the Confederate States of America Flag . . . The
Governor’s office has informed me restricting the presence of
the flag is “out of their department,” while the National
Park Service which operates the monument has informed me there is a
list of items banned and restricted, however the flag isn’t one
of them . . . and as I finished writing this piece the South Dakota
Office of Tourism had yet to return my call.
the “Confederate States of America” isn’t merely an
historical geographical location. Instead, it's a never abandoned,
never forsaken, never disavowed nor rejected mindset and way-of-life.
Rather it’s a racist Neanderthal philosophy of traitors which
lives-on and breathes deeply in the cold hearts, small minds and I’d
submit soul-less souls of millions upon millions, upon millions of
White Americans who proudly wear the designation on their sleeves.
Folks who live not only beneath the Mason-Dixon Line, but
rather reside all across these no-longer seriously considered to be
‘United” States — from Oregon, Maine, Arizona,
Alaska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Hawaii — Boston to Austin. . .
LA to the Chesapeake Bay.
Confederacy isn’t simply a holy, hallowed and yet morally
hollow location, it's what Trump’s America holds as an official
political and social perspective, it’s their scary as hell
collective cultural attitude and universal point-of view of history,
of people and of the future of America.
at this already “done deal” it appears this is a ‘damn
the fact-filled torpedoes” situation: The South Dakota
legislature recognized the serious threat to life and property
decades ago when it passed a law banning fireworks sales and use
within the ‘Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District.”
Bill Gabbert, a former fire management officer for Mount Rushmore and
six other national parks in the region, said the fireworks show,
which could attract 7,500 people, would be “ill-advised”
even when conditions are not as dry as they are now.
need I mention the obvious: State officials have said that COVID-19
safety measures recommended by the federal Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention — such as limiting large gatherings,
requiring people to be six feet apart and the wearing of masks —
will not be required of attendees at the Rushmore show. “How
and why” is that so? I’d suggest because Trump is more
than willing to put his “unwashed masses” in harm's
way, pimp and exploit their desperation to “take-back”
their personal, “tailor-made” only for white
people's country. This is exceptionally the case for the “little
people” after 8 years of damn near unbearable “Black
rule.” And lest we forget Trump’s mission is to “make
America White again.” by any diabolical means required. This
is what his Trumpian cult, a collection of willing rank n’
file pawns desire, and they’re wiling to die to maintain
21st-century minority-ruled American Apartheid
it seems they made a dastardly deal with the devil.
this con-man/bully is willing to risk twenty to sixty thousand
supporters in Tulsa Oklahoma this weekend, without question he’ll
risk 7500 folks at Rushmore.
2016 U.S. Geological Survey found that several chemicals in
fireworks, most prominently perchlorate, had leached into
Mouth Rushmore’s groundwater. Perchlorate, when ingested
at high levels, has been known to affect human thyroid function, the
environmental assessment said.
course, to hell with the burning-bush truth, these facts have been
ignored, if not dismissed because President Trump is in-search-of
another photo-op, another chance to have his ego inflated. You know
he’s going to suggest how some “unnamed source”
suggested his already inflated likeness should be carved onto the
mountain. . . Who wants to bet?
in desperation is this the venue where “push comes to shove”
and the grand pooh-bah fees so embolden, so very full of himself, so
despearte to ally and please his Confederate minded base . . . he
goes beyond calling Black men SOB’s and ventures down that
path, brands Blacks as “Niggers” — refers to
Natives as “Injunes,” Mexicans as “Wet-Backs,”
Asians as “Chinks” and women as “Cunts”
-giving the national thumps-up to his base that’ it’s
“OK” to tell all Americans of color and the women he
deems as “Nigger-Lovers” how we already know so much of
Trump’s America, i.e., White America really feels - just like
the generations before them.