How are all us light-skinned, Christian males doing on this post-apocalyptic Saturday?
Itâ€™s been one week since the Union was saved. The Occupant has been stunningly quiet, and appears to have completely abdicated all Presidential responsibility â€“ not that he took any to begin with.
Unfortunately, his loyal army of Brownshirts remains a troublesome presence throughout these United States, and they show no sign of going away anytime soon.
But itâ€™s a dead ideology to begin with.
â€œIâ€™m better than you because my skin is a different colorâ€???
Hmmm, apparently some folks never really read Dr. Seuss, or maybe they did and completely missed the point of the classic â€œThe Sneetchesâ€. As we all know, you canâ€™t teach a sneetch.
The great divide seems to be the civil war. They still call it the â€œlost causeâ€ in parts of the South, and that just illustrates the longstanding beliefs in that part of the country. A great opportunity was missed after the war â€“ itâ€™s becoming apparent that those states should have never been allowed back into the union unless and until all Confederate ideas, signs, and symbols were destroyed.
The Union won, and by so doing we took the first feeble steps towards ensuring that â€œAll men are created equalâ€, work that still unfortunately continues today.
Some of our elder readers may have memories of the height of the Civil Rights movement. I do not. The movement and I are somewhat contemporary. In the summer of 1966, the major event was something called the Chicago Open Housing Movement.
The Chicago Freedom Movement, also known as the Chicago open housing movement, was led by Martin Luther King Jr., James Bevel and Al Raby. It was supported by the Chicago based Coordinating Council of Community Organizations (CCCO) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). The movement included a large rally, marches, and demands to the City of Chicago. These specific demands covered a wide range of areas besides open housing, and included quality education, transportation and job access, income and employment, health, wealth generation, crime and the criminal justice system, community development, tenants rights, and quality of life. Operation Breadbasket in part led by Jesse Jackson sought to harness African-American consumer power. The Chicago Freedom Movement was the most ambitious civil rights campaign in the North of the United States, lasted from mid-1965 to August 1966, and is largely credited with inspiring the 1968 Fair Housing Act.
I was busy getting born that August. Dr. King himself was assassinated in April of 1968, when I was a mere two years old â€“ so of course I have no direct memories of any of this.
I was born to an affluent musician here in this city, grew up in suburbia with a house and a yard and a dog and a baby brother. But Iâ€™m not technically â€˜whiteâ€™. My mother is Sicilian, and as children we were raised as â€œItaliansâ€ by our extended family here in Greater Boston. My father is Filipino. It was not until I was in my early 20s that I started identifying more strongly with my Filipino heritage. How does that make my station in life better or more superior to another family that followed the same path, but looks different than me?
Well, it doesnâ€™t. Iâ€™ve written about it before; in fact, only in America could I exist. Where else would different ethnic backgrounds from literally opposite sides of the world be able to meet and produce me? Furthering that melting pot â€“ I am married to a Cuban. Of course you know we went back to my ancestral homeland and adopted young Javier from the Island of Luzon in Greater Manila.
â€œWhite Supremacyâ€ is a curious concept to me. During the Cold War, the Soviets often tried to make points over Americaâ€™s inherent racism. There are volumes that were written about our â€œAchilles Heelâ€ in the eyes of the world during that era. Unfortunately, weâ€™ve progressed further â€“ the White Supremacist movement today now represents a cancer upon society, and despite our efforts, it is metastatic.
Our â€œAchilles Heelâ€ today, regrettably, would seem to be the United States Constitution. Read it with me now.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Freedom of Speech. Congress shall make no law. This is what White Supremacists hide behind.
President Biden has his work cut out for him. There are many things damaged, destroyed, or otherwise hanging on by a thread. But crushing the Supremacist movement is no less a pressing task than any of the other things that need to be done.
Only in the United States can you find frequent and flagrant displays of a defeated enemy and ideology, displayed by citizens of the nation that defeated them. While I have never set foot in Germany, I have been in Japan. For the most part, they seem embarrassed and apologetic over WWII. Few Japanese would ever dream of displaying a â€œRising Sunâ€ flag in this day and age. Germany is more extreme. It is simply illegal to display any sort of Nazi paraphernalia whatsoever. (And ponder that the Neo-Nazi movement in Germany has adopted the Confederate Battle Flag as their banner in some places.)
What is to be done? They all must become pariahs. This is what needs to become the new â€œWarron Terraâ€, to quote a phrase. But we need to re-take the nomenclature. Itâ€™s not â€œTerrorâ€ per se, this needs to become a war on Domestic Terrorism. Gun-Nuts, Racists, Misogynists, Hateâ€¦why do all seem to be part of a Venn Diagram intersecting at White Nationalism? Instead of running around the world looking for trouble, we can easily find it right here at home.
While I donâ€™t necessarily advocate sending the Army and National Guard around the various states looking for these groups (we probably canâ€™t anyway), ways need to be found to persecute them. (Not a typo). The ideology must become so outcast and denounced that it is simply not possible for them to exist.
How? Well â€“ short of rounding them up and sending them all to camps, why not a national database? As these groups are identified and their leaders arrested, ALL their information should become public knowledge. Name, address, phone number, jobs (if any), all of it. This would not impinge their free-speech rights. Supremacists are free to spout off in whatever manner they see fit.
What this does do is make them accountable. Remember, the Constitution applies to the Government â€“ not private citizens. If I, as a business owner, choose not to serve a particular subset of society, that is my business and it does not impinge anyoneâ€™s freedom of speech. There will, of course, be consequences to my business.
But just imagine if schools checked a background before admitting someone? Employers ran a check and saw, â€œOoop, youâ€™re in the database. Sorry, we canâ€™t hire you now.â€ Or if a car dealer was ready to approve financing and had to check one more thing. â€œSorry, that offer is rescindedâ€. White Supremacy would become marginalized very quickly if they couldnâ€™t function in society.
Oh, there will be a few thousand that could retreat to the woods and live self-sufficient lives. But remember that the real trouble is the millions that lead â€˜normalâ€™ lives during the week and go out to â€œPlay Naziâ€ on the weekends looking for trouble. This is what needs to be crushed, and crushed hard.
Can we do it? Thatâ€™s the question that remains unanswered. There is talk of â€œhealingâ€ the country. The country can never be healed as long as the disease has a foothold. It is cancer. Iâ€™ve survived it, and have been cancer-free for eight years. They consider that â€œcuredâ€. But you know cancer â€“ unless ALL of it is gone, you are only â€œrecoveringâ€ or â€œin remissionâ€. These United States will never truly be â€œcuredâ€ until White Supremacy and all of its practitioners are cast upon the dustbin of history.