Trump Charlottesville fallout continues

Nayaba Arinde | 8/17/2017, 11:42 a.m.
Even those critics who have developed an impenetrable steel-like facade to the almost daily panned President Donald Trump statements, tweets ...
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Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said, “It is a sad state of affairs when it’s a news story that the president of the United States condemns racism and white supremacy. ... This unconscionable delay has undermined his moral credibility as our nation’s leader. [Trump’s] words must be followed by action. He must stop advancing policies that seek to divide this nation. Supporters of white supremacists, violent extremism, racial bigotry and neo-Nazis should not serve in the White House or at any level of government. The president should fire Stephen Bannon and Sebastian Gorka or any staffers who stoke hate and division.”

“The KKK still has a place in America, and the neo-Nazi, white nationalist rally in Charlottesville only shows what Black people have known to be under the surface all along,” said Bertha Lewis, president of the Black Institute. “Before you go on asking how this could happen in 2017, just look to the White House. Trump and the white supremacists currently serving in his administration have emboldened the hatred and bigotry which were on full display.

“The president’s disgusting refusal to speak unequivocally against white supremacy has laid the foundation for the rally and the violent confrontations following. This is terrorism plain and simple, and it is despicable that he did not denounce the rally for what it was. His call for unity is utterly meaningless as long as he fails to take responsibility for this show of violence and hatred. Black and Brown people will not lie down in the face of such extreme racism. The fight for justice is not over.”

As members of the December 12th Movement prepared the homegoing for the late co-founder Robert Taylor Wednesday, fellow member Omowale Clay told the Amsterdam News, “Robert Taylor would say, ‘It’s the political/economy stupid!’ The economy and political structure is fractured. But, we cannot afford to be distracted by Trump, while at the same time Mike Pence is being positioned to take over as fascist agendas are being put in place in the seat of government.”

Clay continued, “So you have the misdirection of Trump, and his immigration policies, his antics, and all the things he says as he attacks the same media, which put him where he is. Charlottesville is indicative of how many white people are feeling. So while you have a nation of angry white men, and skin heads, it is not the Brownshirts who are taking over, it is the right wingers in suits in the government, who are putting their program in place, while complicity keeping the Trump distraction going. White folks feel that their position is being threatened and is never coming back. The economy as they know it is shattered in every branch, and they are responding. Meanwhile, Robert Taylor would urge us to keep focused on what we need to do to fight for our liberation and locally, nationally and internationally.”

Beware distractions agreed activist filmmaker Edward Harris. “Look and the birthrates look and the corporate corruption,” he said. “Remember what a distraction is. Black folk should be quiet. This is fight between white men. Many of these so-called new organizations claiming to represent ‘woke’ Black people are suspect. Have we learned nothing? We should prepare to be strong with whoever/whomever comes out on top. Let us focus on developing international financial and our businesses, period.”

New Black Panther Youth Minister Divine Allah also encouraged a 360-degree situational awareness. “These are those moments that our people have been consistently warned about over the years,” he said. “We can no longer excuse or be fearful of the fact that racism/white supremacy is now more boldly showing its face, and we must prepare of ourselves, families, and communities to be on point.”