Embolden: give courage to, make brave/braver, encourage, hearten, strengthen, - stiffen the resolve of, lift the morale of, rouse, stir, stimulate, cheer, rally, give confidence, brace, fire, inflame, animate, motivate… These are the raw emotions Donald Trump unleashed a few years ago which had been trapped right beneath the bubbling-hot surface of the Grand Ol’ Party (GOP) for the last few decades.

The random and reckless executions of 10 innocent Black people in Buffalo, New York over this last weekend, and 3 others injured, by an 18-year-old undisputed White supremacist, all but hammers home the undeniable fact that much of America, much of White America, really hasn’t changed. There are vast insidious members, segments, and slices of the White race that haven’t grown, matured, progressed or evolved to the point of being “civilized.”

Mainstream White American culture wasn’t civilized when slave plantations, Indian reservations, and Japanese Internment camps were spread across the land, and they’re still not civilized with e-commerce, e-cars, or AI – instead, WASP culture has demonstrated what appears to be their innate inability to see people as people, and I’d suggest that’s because not much has really changed within European-American culture over the last century.

The Right in America, that’s Trump and DeSantis’s America, they honestly and truly don’t want folks of color as their neighbors, bosses, or in-laws - end of the story.

This savage slaughtering brings to mind Frederick Douglass’s 4th-of-July quote: What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer a day that reveals to him, more than all other days of the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is a constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy - a thin veil to cover up crimes that would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour.

What was May 14th, 2022, when this Klansman attacked innocent black shoppers?

Yet another day, another prime example of crimes that would disgrace a nation of savages. And please note, there’s a nationwide narrative, a White folk-tale - The “Great Replacement Theory” - which minimizes, rationalizes, and even justifies these murders. There’s a mindset embedded in the very fabric of America that believes as this young deranged savage does. White people are on the verge of being “replaced” in the very nation they stole and built with the blood, sweat, and tears of people of color, who they pimped and exploited.

They fear the chickens are coming home to roost, that every dog has its day, and we all get what’s coming to us. That’s why they’re “locked and cocked,” living in micro-fortresses. Yes, as a nation that has deliberately, strategically and tactically engaged in barbarism and genocide, perhaps the bell does ring for thee. They envision the USA going the way of Rhodesia and Johannesburg like that’s a bad thing. They yearn to institute minority rule, American Apartheid, forever.

Somebody go put on Soul Brother #!, the Godfather of Soul classic 1974 hit, “The Big Payback.”

Listen, Trump didn’t change the GOP, he emboldened it, he revealed “who” and “what” the party’s rank and file used to openly be, and still are. Without hesitation, I can attest that today, still, they really are primitive-minded, vindictive, mean-spirited, and as evil as they’ve ever been.

In this dysfunctional relationship, White people, specifically, White males, are the abusive, stalker boyfriend who are hell-bent on destroying the Black girl who won’t give him the time of day.

All you have to do is listen to FOX News, Newsmax, or Brietbart.com, - check out Tucker Carlson, or AM hate radio for a few minutes - it sounds like a “Klan-Lite” meeting. The people who gather across America to listen and contribute sound like 21st-century versions of Archie Bunker, but much meaner and cruel, almost heartless, if not soulless.

I really wish the NFL, MLB, - NHL, NCAA, NASCAR, and the NA would stop underwriting AM hate radio stations across America, starting here in Denver with iHeartRadio’s 850 KOA.

I work with folks, in a public high school, who work with Black and Brown children every day, all day, yet nevertheless feel and sound just like those folks on hate radio. They will offer up lame, trifling excuses, and rational justification for this heinous act, as some did with George Zimmerman, Kyle Rittenhouse, Dylan Root, and probably even Timothy McVey. They’ll be sympathetic, empathic, and have immense, endless pity for this cold-blooded murderer. If nothing else, this killer will be shielded by - “he’s not racist or Republican,” he’s just plain old crazy.

What’s wrong with them? The meanness and cruelty of it all!

Buffalo, Charlottesville, the bi-weekly George Floyd incidents, another incident of a school security cop jumping on a 10-year-old Black girl, or a trooper hitting a 77-year-old Black woman… When does it stop?


It never has. White racism, discrimination, and hostility have never ceased to exist. It was swept under the proverbial rug and merely denied, enthusiastically so. Trump was both arrogant and ignorant enough that he stood on Mt Rushmore and screamed it out to the whole wide world. To know, all of my caramel life, White folks have told me that all my claims of white folks being white folks is just a figment of my imagination. I can’t look at my own faults or failures or those of the Black person I may be defending. It’s ridiculous.

The only racist White folks are supposedly living in a trailer park in Idaho or Mississippi - a lowly tow truck driver, sanitation worker, or some waitress at a good ol’ boy truck stop. White people please! Try brain surgeon, lawyer, bank VP, cop, teacher, nurse, architect, engineer, butcher, baker, and computer chipmaker. Down South, up North, out West, or over in the East.

My thoughts… When did conservative White America, “mainstream” White America - the “silent majority,” - in what year did they become racially colorblind? 1960? 1980? 2000? - And then, will they not admit they’ve now flipped and are basically an openly racist, sexist, and elitist cult of White folks who fear they are yesterday and not tomorrow. That’s what they see today, that they’ve no future like the one they had, where the “game of life,” in all matters which matter – is rigged so that Black folks and other folks of color lose. We come out of the womb, and it’s against all odds.

Isn’t the term “comeuppance?” Stemming from a righteous fear, a well-earned paranoia? Some people have a reason to be afraid of equality and fairness?

But let’s be honest, this is the beginning, not the end. Their fear and paranoia only grow and deepen. They are resentful of “others’” success, prosperity, security, and well-being. No one of color is worthy of anything, we’re all born hustlers, thieves, and gangsters. Their desire to simply take away and erase the civil rights advancements of the last half-century illustrates, in vivid black and white, the disdain they have for equality, justice, and freedom.

White America has no conscience, White America needs a reformation…they’re like cave people with electricity. Guided missiles and misguided minds. Thank you, Martin.

What this means is the vast, overwhelming percentage of the European-American population really hasn’t intellectually or spiritually grown nor matured over the last half-century in how they see race, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, economics, culture, and skin color in America.


Because they struggle with the high-minded concept that Black folks are 100% human. They always have. That explains why they’ve done to us what they have, and why they continue to act like Neanderthals, somehow trapped in the 21st century.

What else explains Buffalo?

BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Desi Cortez, who also writes for BlackAthlete.com & NegusWhoRead.com, was hatched in the heart of Dixie, circa 1961, at the dawning of the age of Aquarius, the by-product of four dynamic individuals, Raised in South-Central LA, the 213. At age 14 transplanted to the base of the Rockies, Denver. Still a Mile-Hi. Sat at the foot of scholars for many, many moons, emerging with a desire and direction… if not a sheep-skin. Meandered thru life; gone a-lot places, done a-lot of things, raised a man-cub into an officer n' gentleman, a "man's man." Produced a beautiful baby-girl with my lover/woman/soul-mate… aired my "little" mind on the airwaves and wrote some stuff along the way. Wordsmith behind America's Ten Months Pregnant . . . Ready To Blow!: Even Trump Can't "Make America White Again." A New, More Inclusive, Diverse 21st Century America - Love It . . . Or Get The Hell Out!. Contact Mr. Cortez and BC.

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