John C Calhoun, Andrew Jackson’s vice president, once argued that enslaved people benefited from the institution “physically, morally, and intellectually.” He stated that “Liberty” was “a reward to be earned, not a blessing to be gratuitously lavished on all alike – a reward reserved for the intelligent, the patriotic, the virtuous and deserving, not a boon to be bestowed on a people too ignorant, degraded and vicious, to be capable… of enjoying it.”

This sentiment, steeped in racism, sexism, and elitism, is the cornerstone, the primitive philosophical principle of the modern-day “Make America Great/White Again” rebellion. It is this belief that fuels the draconian, dogmatic, dictatorial desire they have for “minority rule.”

When neo-Conservatives/21st-century Confederates whine about the political process being “rigged,” they essentially mean people of color, women, and poor people were allowed a voice, some small measure of “say-so” in their fate, in the destiny of their children - and most white men would rather we not have control over our lives.

They’d prefer we be seldom seen, and hardly ever heard.

They do not deem you and me to be intelligent, patriotic, virtuous, nor deserving of liberty, freedom, or justice.

Ain’t that a bitch?

Instead, they fire-brand us as ignorant, degraded, and vicious.

In the eyes of MAGA America, folks of color are burdened with the presumption of guilt for any wrongdoing, deemed inherently unworthy and unqualified for any semblance of value or merit, until we tirelessly prove our worthiness to the arbitrary judgment of any white individual.

Unquestionably, we bear the burden of universal suspicion,

Unbelievable isn’t it?

In the darkest recesses of American history, these ideas have lingered like malevolent ghosts, haunting the very soul of America. They didn’t vanish; they evolved, morphing into the twisted justifications for some of the most nefarious crimes against humanity in this nation’s story. They fueled the fires of a segregated and unequal America, that grotesque symbol of racial tyranny, casting its shadow over generations. They were the architects of a cruel system of racial apartheid, staining the fabric of our society with the blood of injustice.

And then came the suffocating grip of voting rules, cunningly crafted to strip away the voices of the oppressed, to deny them their birthright of participation in democracy. First, it was a formal barrier, locking out the majority from the ballot box. Later, it has taken on a more insidious form, wielding the weapon of discrimination to disenfranchise racial minorities and black Americans, shackling them to the margins of society.

But listen, closely, for the echoes of these dark ideologies still resound, reverberating through the corridors of power, whispering in the ears of the influential. They find refuge in the rhetoric of Conservatism, in the sinister murmurs about ending birthright citizenship, and in the unsubstantiated tales of voter fraud woven into the fabric of conspiracy. They manifest in the venomous accusations hurled at welfare recipients, in the chilling defense of a state’s right to dictate a woman’s most intimate choices, and in the chilling proclamation that they, the only “real Americans” are being robbed of their very birthrights.

Contemplate this undeniable truth: White men, consumed by their prejudices, wielded their power with arrogant certainty. It was only under the weight of relentless pressure and the searing shame of their actions that they begrudgingly conceded, oh so reluctantly, to bestow upon former slaves, Black men, the sacred right to vote.

And yet, in a display of unfathomable hypocrisy, they withheld that same privilege from their flesh and blood – their mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters.

Their actions, then and now, are a damning testament to their deep-seated bigotry. They are stained by the vile colors of sexism, racism, elitism, and xenophobia, their hearts closed off to the very notion of embracing “the other.” Theirs is a legacy of oppression, a legacy that continues to poison the well of justice and equality with its toxic venom.

Diversity, inclusion, and equality are fightin’ words in a MAGA house.

This poignant point has failed to motivate and mobilize the sleepwalking masses. Instead, we’re fixated on the fictitious, storybook “Housewives of,” fake fairy tales, and obsessed with the wide, wide world, imaginary make-believe world of sports to grasp the complexity of our situation - Trump and his cult want to wage war against - Everyone.

It is my prayer to the almighty creator that the cinema flick, “Civil War,” about to be released, throughout these fractured and disillusioned states that can scarcely be deemed “united” anymore, will be that desperately needed 2:33 AM “wake your ass up” call Americans of color and White women must receive before it’s too late and we’re marched off to the ovens and gas chambers.

Don’t you dare tell me that’s not possible you simple, small-minded bumpkin!

I was amazed at the impact of movies like Titanic, Malcolm X, and Apolo 13, and their ability to inform, educate, and enlighten the dumbed-down masses - simplified to be intellectually undemanding and accessible to a wide audience that was under-educated in public schools.

I don’t think this movie will awaken the civility and humanity that must be present somewhere in angry white men. I’m not holding my breath believing MAGA men will develop a conscience, or that there will be a WASP cultural reformation and enlightenment.

No, instead I’m hoping we, the little, unwashed people, realize history rhymes if it doesn’t repeat itself, and when people tell you who and what they are - believe them! I believe Trump and the millions of doctors, businessmen, teachers, cops, lawyers, real estate agents, butchers, bakers, and computer chip makers who embrace this wicked, sinister tyrant when they threaten retribution and vengeance. Why don’t you?

For the millionth time, Trump’s “Confederacy” lies but 15 minutes outside virtually every city across this divided land.

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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