adapt overcome . . . that’s what we were forced to do with
our 2018 Spring Break family vacation. See, Mother Nature, Mother
Earth and Jack Frost got together, (threesome) made mad, passionate
Winter Olympics type sex - and the result was snow storms in the
Dakotas. So, instead of going to see the Crazy Horse monument . . .
and those four other dudes carved on Mount Rushmore we altered our
destination to Arizona, the Grand Canyon that is, hidden waterfalls
and “rim” cabins,
found that heading South on I-25 would be as interesting and
“thought-provoking” as heading North.
is the obvious influence of European imperialism on the US
Southwest: the people, their “stolen” land and the
bloody, bloody . . . bloody history of America, and when breaking it
down for 3 pre-teen young ladies the impact of “Manifest
Destiny’ was plain to see. The charges of “genocide,”
the broken treaties and resulting resource grab was undebatable:
It’s difficult to candy-coat US history, unless you’re
deaf, dumb, blind . . . or a follower of Emperor Trump. .
is arguably the most advanced civilization on the planet, if not in
the known history of humankind.
the issue is “how” the empire was constructed. I’d
submit the devil is in the details. An asterisk must be engraved upon
any clinical or even sportsbar conversation when discussing and
defining “America,” simply because of the the barbaric
means employed to construct this “utopia” for white men.
Unarguably the mindset which propelled it’s rise to global
power was ”by any means necessary.” This cutthroat
mentality resulted in Indians being obliterated, and later
Mexicans/Aztecs victims to the same, first the Spaniards and the
catholic church, then the strong armed land grabs of the mid 19th
century classified as wars,
all the while history unfolds Africans were dragged to the White
man’s “new world” in chains and forced to construct
this empire from the agriculture foundation up. 400 years of either
slave labor or damn-near free labor provided at slave wages. Asians
were pimped and exploited to build the intercontinental railway and
all women, even snow white and Cinderella were kept barefoot and
pregnant, i.e., dumb n’ dependent. This is the “good ol’
days” that Trump and his supporters long for.
as we were breaking-down the “Indian wars,” reservations,
the Civil war battle which occured in “New” Mexico and
the tragic “Ludlow incident” and the demise of route 66,
Sirius XM is providing background music for our vacation soundtrack,
from Motown to Stax to the blues . . and MSNBC News.
so surprisingly the coverage was of the still bloody Sacramento
execution and yesteryear’s Baton Rouge execution . . .
Sorry, but I can’t imagine any other descriptive term which is
more applicable than ”execution.”
of course I find myself realizing the mass genocide of young Indian
Apache braves and Comanche warriors wasn’t too different than
the slow genocide we see being waged against Black people on urban
reservations consistently and constantly today.
murders of men of color is based-on the abundance of an white
cultural arrogance and coinciding racial indifference which
devaluales everybody who ain’t white. The mentality which fuels
these heinous acts flies in the face of the high n’ mighty
notion-of “America, this land is your land, this land is my
land.“ And as noteworthy; these incidents of police brutality
are woven into the very fabric of America and merely a carryover from
slavery, Black Codes, Jim Crow and the decades of good ol boy/redneck
lynch mob justice.
horrific picture is from Los Angeles, 1972, LAPD executed Black
Panther and US army Veteran Lerry Lee Amie in front of his home . . .
said he had a gun, they only found a plastic water gun. Police
brutality - as “all-American as Coke, Hot dogs and Corvettes.
the contempt, the disdain if not “blind” hatred we all
see, feel, smell and taste . . it’s presence ain’t all
that complicated or complex - a sizeable significant portion of White
America struggle with the preschool notion that folks of color are
“equal” in their humanity to whites. Millions upon
millions . . . upon millions of Trump’s backers wrestle with
the belief we’re really 100% human, but rather more-akin-to
monkeys and great apes who can type on a cell phone keyboard.
Seriously. I’m not trying to be facetious but rather honest,
sharp and blunt.
this land was designed, crafted and tailored to fit specifically and
particularly White men, and their well-behaved, obedient gals . . .
that land and the empire (built with the blood, sweat n’ tears
of colored folks) constructed upon it - was never, ever, ever never
. . . ever intended to be equally shared with black, brown red or
yellow folks - we, the little people, whose foreparents did all the
heavy lifting, toiled from “can’t see to can’t
see,” worked their fingers right down to their elbows. This
nation is, in the heartless hearts n’ small, simple minds of
Trump’s America really, truthfully “White People’s
explained to the girls how signs once hung which read ”No
Mexicans/Indians/Jews Niggers . . . or dogs.” And how there
are still those tens of millions who’s love to rehang them.
entire game was, is and remains “I’m here to take back
our country, and make it white again!” The vast, overwhelming
majority of, (yes hyphenated like all other immigrants,)
European-Americans (white folks) are in favor of it. They’ve
made a dastardly deal with a despicable, detestable - if not
diabolical devil, and because the stakes are so-very high, i. e,
keeping the niggers/spics/chinks/ sand-niggers/ rag-headed niggers,
red niggers on the reservation, mentally and physically isolated in
their assigned 1957 places . . . they’re willing to “stand-by”
their “great white hope/dope,” come hell or high water.
best pray those Trump hotel issued swimsuits are flame resistant.
did bring our swimsuits, the girls enjoyed the indoor pool, the
wifey-boo n’ I lounged in the jacuzzi, but dig this - it was
snowing at the Grand Canyon too. Good lord, Mother Nature gets