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December 01, 2016 - Issue 677

It Takes a Head Banging

"The perpetual cycle of head-banging,
foot-stomping, hand-wringing, and singing
Kumbaya is well into its second century."

So, the deed is done. In the aftermath of the 2016 election of millionaire business mogul Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, he’s now drawing the mosaic of what his governing will look like over the next four years. That picture is not pretty. The band of appointees looks dangerously like ultra-nationalists, with little regard for humanity or the respect of “others.” Some of us warned you last month, even last year, but you chose not to listen, so, for you to understand the gravity of your action - or inaction - it takes a head-banging.

What I’ve come to learn, is that people give little thought to their actions (or lack thereof), until an adverse and opposite reaction takes place. A good example of this is the American people (by that, I mean the majority of voters, of which Democrat Hillary Clinton has won 2.3 million votes more than Republican Donald Trump) chose not to take Trump seriously when he was verbally and politically attacking minority groups during the Republican primaries. (It wasn’t until an old recording surfaced of him boasting about grabbing a woman’s “[vulgar omitted]” that people, i.e. white people, had had enough of his antics and demagoguery.)

As Trump racked up victories in state after state, despite his racist, hateful, divisive - and transparent - rhetoric, Americans chose to give him passes. And what’s worse is that, even when some person or entity called him out, he - no matter how clumsily - artfully neutralized that opposition.

Candidate Trump gave a preview to some - and represents déjà vu for others - of a states’ rights America in which the federal government gives a tacit nod to states to deal with “the other” as each state “sees fit.” And so it begins. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 complaints have been reported since Trump won, especially anti-Black, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim incidents. However, in his strongest rebuke to date against this domestic reign of terror on Americans by Americans, Trump appealed to his supporters via TV to “Stop it.”

As long as these despicable acts remain unchecked under the banner of “state’s rights” (the 10th Amendment to the Constitution), the Left has ceded its power to the Right. The top guns of Republicans, election fraud, gerrymandering, gutting of the Voters Rights Act, a Commander-in Chief and soon-to-be confirmed inner sanctum and Cabinet, all of whom are either sympathetic to or avowed white nationalists, guarantee an emasculated Democratic Party whose establishment has shown itself in the lyrics of soul singer, Tyrone Davis, “Too weak to fight.”

What we have to look forward to is a band of superpredators, orchestrated by Trump, even if it’s indirect. It seems he’ll spend time negotiating more business deals (it’s reported that while on a call with Argentina’s President, Trump inquired about permits for his own current development projects), and tweeting as a way to cut through the noise or silence.” What? Which is it, noise or silence?

Anyway, he preys on and abuses an electorate that precariously ekes out a living while burdened with trillions in student loan debts, liberal elites continue to sell out in exchange for corporate dollars, and as workers on the eve of retirement, have less than a year’s worth of savings.

We’re the wounded antelope, hobbling on our three good legs to escape the ravenous appetite of the superpredator. The good news is we are strengthened by these insults. We are 99% and we outnumber them. On December 10, I’ll have at least 5 grandchildren, nieces and nephews with me as we march with the Water Protectors against the Dakota Access Pipeline. I’m looking forward to the action to show my children why we fight and how to fight to “bring these superpredators to heel.” The perpetual cycle of head-banging, foot-stomping, hand-wringing, and singing Kumbaya is well into its second century. White nationalists and neo-Nazis are ready to bang in our heads - literally and through law. Let the insults to our sensibilities make this the last head-banging. Fight on to break the cycle and mold a framework in the spirit of Ujamaa. Columnist, Perry Redd, longtime activist & organizer, is the Executive Director of the workers rights advocacy, Sincere
that currently owns the FCC license for WOOK-LP 103.1FM/ His latest book,
Perry NoName: A Journal From A Federal Prison-book 1, chronicles his ‘behind bars’ activism that extricated him from a 42-year sentence and is now case law. He is also the author of As A Condition of Your Freedom: A Guide to Self-Redemption From Societal Oppression, Mr. Redd also hosts a radio show, Socially Speaking, from his Washington, DC studio. Contact Mr. Redd and BC.




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