No Role Models in the White House

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Cars parked along 240 freeway in Memphis bearing confederate flag. 1-7-2-18 Photo by Jamin Allgood.
Cars parked along 240 freeway in Memphis bearing confederate flag. 1-7-2018. Photo by Jamin Allgood.

Memphis, TN– Last Saturday Confederate flag followers were in Memphis, TN and other parts of the mid-south where they planned to hold various rallies to show support for their ideological views. This showing comes on the heels of the recent removal of two Confederate statues from two of the city’s public parks. This demoralizing assembly left Memphians and a lot of other people across the country scratching their heads as to why such hate groups have the audacity to openly mobilize in a country where such behavior is supposedly frown upon. Yesterday, Memphians, as well as, the country at large may have finally gotten the answer.

When the president of the United States publicly speaks out against people from other countries and different ethnicity for no apparent reasons it sets a very murky social and political climate. Yesterday, at the White House it was reported that during a bipartisan meeting for the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) Trump referred to Haiti, EL Salvador, and African territories as S*#t-hole countries followed by, “Why don’t America have more immigrants from countries like Norway?”

Satirical Meme of Trump. Photo credit: Facebook
Satirical Meme of Trump. Photo credit: Facebook

Trump’s comments were baseless and very offensive moreover, some individuals of the press have gone so far as to try to justify his statements, another reason why some racists feel as though it is okay to blatantly disregard the rights of other citizens. This also speaks to reason why groups such as Nazis, KKK, and ideological supremacist are still allowed to exist and have yet to be outlawed. Furthermore, not enough people have admitted to being actually scared such groups. Throughout history, people have witnessed their relatives, parents, grandparents, etc. live  fearfully of the thought their lives were not valued in the same way as their White counterparts. Many decades post-Civil War Blacks still could not take for granted their agency within American social and political institutions such as judicial, governmental, education, economic enterprise, or otherwise. Fast forward to the 21st century wherein there lies a generation of Americans that refuses to have their lives dictated by fear albeit, in the presence of strong opposition in the form of racism, discrimination, and the like.

For whatever reason society at large has been slow about calling out homegrown and domestic terrorist such as, the KKK and other extreme fascists groups and labeling them as terrorist. The fact of the matter is there are some people who are frightened and fret over the possibility of being harmed or intimidated by their presence. Although, in more recent history that number has probably decreased that does not warrant for America’s leaders to not stand up for and protect the rights of all its citizens. The United States is the champion of the free world however, as long as the nation’s leaders such as Trump are not called out for their offensive statements how can others expected to fear any possible consequences for their actions?

Cars parked along 240 freeway in Memphis bearing confederate flag. 1-7-2018 Photo by Jamin Allgood.
Cars parked along 240 freeway in Memphis bearing confederate flag. 1-7-2018. Photo by Jamin Allgood.

 

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