I have spent the last few decades trying to convince my friends and relatives, who are vastly Black folk, that “Mainstream USA,” i.e., “Mainstream” White America, at the end of the day, doesn’t really want a racially inclusive and culturally diverse nation. I’ve tried to persuade my peers, since I was President of my Black Student Union at the University of Northern Colorado, in the early 1980s, that a significant slice of White people simply doesn't want any form, shape, or manner of a colorized America.

It’s been an uphill struggle to get folks to see the light … from the burning cross.

It’s been particularly more challenging to do based on the individual’s academic achievements and how much money they make. The more successful the person, the quicker they are to tell me my upbringing in South Central LA, the 213, Crenshaw, had painted and stained my ability to recognize the fact most racist White folks had to live below the Mason Dixon Line, be missing a few teeth, drive a Ford pickup and be a fan of NASCAR and Bass fishing.

I was informed I only really must know “White Trash” because inside their circle of hipster/Yuppie White friends, who were “professionals” like themselves, they just didn’t see the world like blue-colored White folks.

So when Trump was gearing up to run, and I said he’d win, he was merely saying what most White folks thought, they all laughed at me, told me I was far too paranoid, angry, and frustrated with life in general, and too negative. White America would reject Trump, and the nation, now colorblind after Obama, would simply understand they couldn’t stand in the path of progress.

I told them, “you Negroes are cra-cra.”

So of course they were “flabbergasted,” “mystified,” “baffled,” "surprised,” and “shocked” when King Trump assumed the Oval Office.

Then, after 4 years of Trump’s tyrannical reign, these same well-dressed BMW wheelin’ hifalutin House Negroes were even more shocked when Trump almost won in 2020. They were dismayed that he received more votes this time than the last. They can’t believe he’s not gone away. They can’t believe the support he maintains within White America, and with other dumb, delusional Americans of color. They are, if they’re even watching CNN or MSNBC during the Special Committee hearings, amazed at how close Black folks came to being re-shackled on January 6th.

Seriously, the games are on, and the Housewives of East St. Louis can’t miss that for the news.

Now, as the rigged Supreme Court acts to put women back in their proper place, and are posed to put gay folks back in the attic or root cellar, these moderate Blacks mouths are wide open. Today, they want to abolish and strip away the validity of their same-sex marriages, and the hard-fought benefits that come with that designation… They are astonished. And as we all see, Trump’s Stormtroopers are but baby steps away from abolishing basic 20th-century methods of birth control … they are shocked! Shocked I say!

Brown vs. Board of Education, Plessy vs Ferguson - on the chopping block! And of course, Black America is shocked!

We didn’t see anything ’bout that on TikTok....

Then, and it’s a no-brainer, soon they’ll want to rehang the “NO Negroes/No Mexicans/No Jews & No Dogs” signs over restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, malls, the whole gamut - and here sits my generation of assimilating and accommodating pawns befuddled, bewildered and dazed. They just didn’t think the blind hatred was as deep, high, widespread, and entrenched as it is.

I’ve always been told by racist White folks and everyday Black folk that I focus on “race” too much. Really! Really! Are you serious? Perhaps as Black folk, we don’t, to our detriment. We don’t know what time it is. White America appears to be fixated and focused on race.

What time is it?!

I struggle to understand “how,” and “why” Black folks have had such a naive and delusional perspective of race relations in America. Is it because so many of us grew up in 85% Black environments and simply didn’t “know,” “get,” or “understand” the thoughts and viewpoints of White folks? Because that matters in this rat race.

So when they say to you in the workplace “wow, what a Cinderella story that is,” and the Black boy says “who dat?” Yeah, you probably won’t be recommended for that promotion you desperately want. Sorry, that’s the way it is in the White man’s America.

Our lack of academic and intellectual curiosity is killing us.

Is it our fundamental lack of a good, solid formal education? We just don’t have the overall skills to understand the “game?” And that’s a compounded thing, generations of Black folks who just don’t understand how this thing swings? However, I believe our grandparents and great grand folks had much more common sense and understood that most White folks didn’t want Black folks as neighbors, bosses, their child’s classmates, or god forbid, in-laws.

This “woke” generation just seems to be shocked by the actions of White America. That’s in part because my generation tragically thought all that Black militant crap was unneeded. We’d overcome and could live in the burbs, marry White women, go on a cruise, ski, and swim in the Las Vegas resort’s pool….

We’s moved on up, got over.

Two lost generations, maybe three.

Black folks didn’t put Obama in the White House, White folks did; we just did what we were supposed to do - our job. Beyond that historical marker, I don’t know. Black folks have acquired more materialistic possessions, mostly stuff that depreciates like cars, clothes, TVs, and phones but our kids’ academic skills are years behind their Caucasian peers. The possibility of our children buying a home is more stacked against them right here and now, than it was yesteryear, and that’s the prime element in amassing wealth, generational wealth which can be handed from generation to generation.

Black America is at a critical point in our story, here in a hostile, unwelcoming land.

What does Trump’s cult really want? How ridiculously far will they go to get it? And please note: there’s not much we can put past them. I personally can’t say they’d halt at 1953 “separate and unequal” in every matter which really matters. Do they want a “totalitarian” society, ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women, folks of color, and the Rainbow people as the semi-human property of the state?

Isn’t that really where we are? What in the hell do these crazy people want?

Today it’s a full-grown woman’s right to choose, tomorrow it’ll be the right of two people of the same sex to marry. Then they’ll move on to outlaw contraceptives like Plan B and the Morning After Pill.

Why? Because they want to. They never wanted to stop the oppression, the exploitation.

Call it spite, malice, resentment, envy, or maybe just plain old nastiness and meanness.

Yes, this is your official “2:37 in the AM wake yourself up call!”

Uncle Clarence T. has already fired the warning shot for Trump’s troops. He’s already alluded to this moment in time being but the beginning. His master, Donald Trump, wants to turn back the hands of time to yesteryear. Thomas is Samuel L. Jackson’s character “Stephen” in Django Unchained, to the absolute “T” in “Tom!”

I don’t know about you, but I’m having one of those incendiary Michael Jackson moments when his California curl ignited and burst into flames!!!

Tito, Tito, save me!”

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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