To Whom I Know It Does Not Concern,
A lot of outrage and media time was devoted to the separation of children from their undocumented parents starting back in May. The story’s not as hot anymore and the press has moved on to 45’s other abominations.
I vent my outrage all the time and I think it’s a healthy thing to do and I’m glad there are activists out there who aren’t lazy cowards like me that are fighting for the refugees.
(I do believe there is a lot of illegitimacy with regards to many of the organizations and individuals who are proclaiming righteous indignation over this separation policy but that’s not really the point of this post. People, including myself apparently, love to take a popular position on a hot topic to get some pub.)
This is a developing story and I’ll be adding updates as significant developments arise.
A special holiday update! Happy 4th of July, 2018! (Who the hell knows if I’ll be writing next year?)
DAILY PROTEST STATEMENT:
The point of this post is to say ‘I’m tired.’
I’m tired of the rule of law justifications.
I’m tired of the biblical justifications.
I’m tired of the political justifications.
I’m tired of the blame game justifications.
I’m tired of the resource justifications.
I’m tired of the repentant Trump voter justifications.
I’m tired of the America First justifications.
I’m tired of the logistical justifications.
I’m tired of the public safety / sanctuary city justifications.
I’m just fucking tired of all of it.
Trump could have made a phone call and stopped this instantly. And make no mistake, he started it. He begat it and fed it until it threatened to eat some of his power* support from his medieval base. Like most of the complicit, he chose to conceal the true motivation and he’s only the latest in a litany of conservative White Americans to do so.
*45 performed a miracle and issued an executive order to stop the separation of children and families. Thousands remain apart and the administration has already asked for more time to deliver on their vague promises.
It’s all a complete and utter distraction.
From what? The truth. The truth is that YOU conservative (and many liberal and moderate to be fair) Americans, whether you say it publicly or not, view black, brown, red, and yellow people as a negative subhuman presence on this planet.
I’ll get to why in just a minute but I want to tell you who I am so you can level charges of bias against me properly.
I am 100% biased. So were abolitionists. So were those who sheltered Jews from the Nazi’s. So were those who advocated that women should have equal rights to men. I see no fault in bias. I embrace it.
I was born in Nicaragua in 1974. Due to a severe fear of violence, my family and I fled to the United States in 1978. Don’t worry; I was too young to remember it so there’s no trauma for me. We applied for asylum as political refugees and we were approved. Eventually I would be naturalized at age 13. I was a staunch Republican, Catholic, and social conservative until I was 20. I was then a staunch Republican, agnostic, and social liberal until I was 32. I was then a staunch Democrat, agnostic, and social liberal until I was 39. I was then and am now, without a hint of cognitive dissonance finally, a staunch Socialist, agnostic, and social liberal.
See, there’s lots of good stuff in there! You can attack me for abandoning my principles or changing my beliefs. Your ad hominem attacks will greatly amuse me. Your opinions will not carry any weight.
Now that you know who I am, I’m going to tell you who you are.
You are part of the great conservative WHITE American (I’m just focusing on white evil in the USA for this post; don’t worry I’m coming for you uncle toms) tradition of fucking over people who don’t look like you, regardless of whether or not they even live in this country.
Oh and before you start listing all your black friends, voting for politicians who implement policies that discriminate against marginalized people also makes you a complicit racist.
I present the following list of selected (to provide an exhaustive list would take years of research) crimes against people of color since well before the founding of the United States of America.
(I am using the term ‘conservative’ to represent, regardless of particular political party identification, the White Americans on the conservative end of the ideological spectrum for that time period in history)
1607-present: between 11 million to 112 million Native Americans died or were killed so that the USA could be formed.
Slavery: an estimated 500,000 black people were killed as part of the American slave trade.
1845: an estimated 25,000 Mexicans (civilians and soldiers) were killed in the fraudulent Mexican-American War that was entirely caused by the USA in a transparent imperialistic land grab.
From 1868-1882: 1200 black people were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan and their ilk.
From 1882-1968, nearly 3500 black people were lynched.
1845-present: It’s impossible to give a reasonable estimate of the amount of people who were killed or died due to American intervention based on colonial or imperialist motives or to prop up puppet regimes who themselves committed countless atrocities but I’ll provide some of America’s greatest hits:
Mexican-American War (see above)
Vietnam: Estimates of this war, which was 100% unnecessary, reach 3.5 million Vietnamese people killed.
Iraq: Approximately, by one study, 165,000 Iraqis have been killed since the USA invaded and started an amoral war in 2003.
Afghanistan: In retrospect, after 9/11, and knowing the bloodthirsty nature of the conservative American character, this war was going to happen. By one study, at least 31,000 Afghanis have been killed during this American intervention.
CRIMES AGAINST HUMAN DIGNITY: (you’re going to have to google these on your own because I’m too tired to do this anymore)
Post civil war ku klux klan terrorism
American government refusing Jews fleeing the holocaust entry
The war on drugs
The American justice system
Clinton’s Welfare Reform
The continued segregation of native Americans
The Supreme Court gutting the Civil Rights act
And, most recently, the separation (See * note above) of children from their undocumented parents on the southwest border of the United States.
Conclusion, irrefutable: there is one common denominator among all these atrocities: a huge percentage of whites have supported and continue supporting inhumane disregard for people of color.
Honestly, I’d prefer it if all of you racist whites would just come out and say you don’t see me or people like me as a full human being. Wouldn’t that save y’all a lot of time and energy? Isn’t obfuscating and justifying your racist actions really exhausting?
You won’t do that? Why? Because you are cowards who choose to hide your true opinions. You are cowards who are jealously protecting your fiefdoms with 99% of the power and the money and the influence and the guns that the United States of America has to offer. Even with these resources to safeguard you, you are still afraid of letting people know the truth.
I know the truth.
I know how you see me.
I see you.
1: I will be publishing this post every day until donald trump is no longer president. 45 has several reprehensible henchmen, not to mention tens of millions of loyal stormtroopers (his voters). But at the end of the day, as Harry Truman famously said (paraphrased): The buck stops with the chief grand wizard donald himself, an amoral monster.
2: YES I do think there are some white folks who vote for the GOP but are not wholly evil but this post ain’t about them.
3: I used to call this “Dear Conservative White America” but there could be some incredibly delusional non-racists who vote GOP just as there are likely some self aware racists who vote blue. Both of those populations are outliers (maybe). “Dear GOP racists and closeted racist democrat voters” just doesn’t roll off the tongue.
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