Friday, July 7, 2017

I'll leave this here and walk away

You see the white kids in this photo? Do you see the white kids in similar photos from the late 60s and early 70s?

Do you ever wonder what ever happened to those folks?

We always talk about what became of the Rosa Parks, the Malcoms, the Martins, the Bayard Rustins, the James Baldwins. What we rarely discuss is what became of those crowds of scowling white folk who spit on civil rights protestors, threw rocks, strung them up on trees, or simply showed up in opposition to black plight.

Well, I'll tell you. They became Board of Education superintendents, police chiefs, city council members, university deans of admission, landlords, mayors, congressmen, senators. They became your grandparents, your neighbors, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, public traders, real estate tycoons, banking executives. They became the folks who put Ronald Reagan in office, the folks who perpetuated policies like the Nixon War on Drugs, they became the neo-dixiecrats who elected a prison expansionist like Clinton twice, who voted to send us into two trillion dollar wars, they raised the children who harass women and minorities on the internet, they raised the children who run your local campus Republicans chapter, they are the Donald J. Trump political base, they gave way to the alternative right, the Richard Spencers, the Breitbarts, the Daily Stormers, the Stormfront dot orgs.

While it's important to remember and memorialize black struggle and never stop fighting for equality, it's also important to remember that these people are still running our country. Next time you hear someone say "Let's take our country back", I want you to think about this picture.....this is what they want back. This is the "great" America they want to restore.

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