I find this thought both “interesting” and thought-provoking: political novice and pawn, Herschel Walker, along with Disney’s Splash Mountain water log ride both illustrate the depth and darkness of White America’s stone blind hatred for Black folks.

Their place on the cultural and political battlefield exemplifies how hypocritical, trivial, trifling, and inconsequential the “right” in America can be - these are the conflicts and disagreements that White America elevates to divisive lines in the sand, and both issues, the man and the theme park ride have become racial loyalty litmus tests which determines one’s genuine and authentic patriotism to the White race.

No, not loyalty to the USA, democracy, equality, and justice, but rather to the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant base that is Trump’s Grand Old Party, (TGOP).

Trump’s America is more about racial domination and control than it is about personal freedoms, liberty, justice, and equality.

Conservative/Confederate-minded, people’s objection to “flipping” Splash Mountain from questionable and controversial to positive and affirming demonstrates this subgroup’s disconnection and indifference to diversity and inclusion - both vital characteristics of a “civilized civilization.”

Something as abstract as a park ride at Disneyland has been tactically transformed into a cultural battlefield. The iconic Splash Mountain is an extremely popular water ride derived from Walt Disney’s 1949 movie “Song of the South.” From its release, the movie on which the wildly popular ride is based was branded offensive, overly stereotypic, and ridiculously idyllic in its depiction of Black folk’s plight during the horrors of US slavery. It’s contended it honestly glorifies and minimizes the dehumanizing practice.

Disney thought the opposite. He naively thought it showcased “negro” culture, common sense musings, and the wit and intelligence of a well-seasoned Black sage-like Uncle Remus. Slavery was merely a given…. Black folks saw him as an Uncle Tom employed to pretty up a barbaric environment to sell a story. One must conclude that the Disney organization valued Song of the South enough and understood the controversy to the point that they transformed the characters into animals to avoid the argument and storm, but adding the ride in 1989, it was seen as dismissing the Black perspective and pleasing White folks - most of the people I’d say, based on the long lines to ride it, who couldn’t care less if it offends Black folks.

Nevertheless, the outrage over rebranding the ride with Disney’s first (and only) Black princess, Tianna, is a predictable but still pathetically sad overreaction to what millions of White folks view as “Black Power” gone mad. We’re unchained, and now we want vengeance and payback.

Confederate symbols yesterday, Splash Mountain today, Mount Rushmore tomorrow! Santa Claus and Snow White next month…!

But now let’s move on to Hershel Walker and his trying to unseat Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock. He’s like a Trojan jackass, hollow head to toe, stuffed full of white aspirations for power, running against the noble Senator Warnock. Herschel’s an ex-gridiron gladiator who is now yet another one of the official negro minstrels who do a little jig for “Conservative” (racist/sexist/elitist and xenophobic) White folks. Here’s but another useful idiot being pimped and exploited by Trump and his 21st-century Klan-like cult.

I’ve always regarded Walker as the epitome of the cocky dumbass jock, or Jethro Bowden from the Beverly Hillbillies, dipped in chocolate. However, since he’s decided to shovel coal for Trump’s train, I’ve no respect whatsoever for this Uncle Tom. He’s allowing himself to be pitted against an officer and gentleman, a man of the cloth in Senator Warnock who is in DC trying to do the good work required to help his people, while this Buffoon is shuckin’ n’ jivin’ to help Trump steal money and destroy this nation’s already fragile democracy.

Will white Georgians choose a “shifty,” angry, puppet as opposed to a good and decent Black Reverend?

Is this not what Dr. King meant when he said: “Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.”

Black and Brown folks can’t force or shame the mainstream USA into being fair and open-minded. White America has never, ever been fair and open-minded. As Black Power icon, Stokley Carmichael, said, White America has no conscience,” and I’d add not much heart either.

Contemplate this: Juneteenth as a holiday was observed last weekend, and I guarantee you there are millions of White folks who refused to close their own business or take an optional day off work, to legitimize, dignify and honor the plight of Black folk. In the eyes of, you don’t want to know how many… whether you want to believe it or not - Juneteenth was “Nigger Day 2” (MLK Day is Nigger Day 1…original.) Roll your eyes or chuckle if you’d like, but if you don’t believe that type of all so-very telling verbiage isn’t tossed around behind closed doors…

In Good ol’ boy, proud Redneck and Hillbilly circles, Monkeypox has already been renamed Niggerpox, akin to the pandemic, where Trump diabolically branded COVID-19 as Kung flu Chinese flu, and Wuhan Virus.

US History reveals there’s no bottom to the hypocrisy, to the political divide and conquer tactics, to the symbolic value attached to everything, even a ride at Disneyland. Yes, WEB Dubois was more right than he ever knew: race is still the question, now of the 21st century.

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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