Shame on you Christians who fail to speak-up for justice. You were the ones who would have had your slaves while you sat in your little white churches, spoke of the evils of drinking, and preached about the love of Jesus.
Yep, Donald Trump again. Lots of people think I’m obsessed with him. I’m not. I’m obsessed with injustice and the pain, the real emotional pain, birthed from the hatred and bigotry and racism at the hands of the white Protestant male. I remember reading about it in high school American history.
But it has hit home when I’ve seen it.
Like two years ago when I was made aware of a white supremacist group at one of my kids’ schools.
And recently with a friend who adopted black children and was attacked for months by countless bigots who made the most repulsive comments about her family, simply because her kids were black.
And recently when I ran by a public elementary school in Newport Beach and noticed a swastika sticker on the playground wall. I’ve called the school twice to report the sticker. It’s still there.
And recently when a friend told me about teachers at a Christian school that made blatant pejorative comments about people of color.
My “obsession” hits home, perhaps mostly, because my Roman Catholic ancestors (on both sides) dealt with religious discrimination in the 1950’s and 1960’s. And my mom for being an Italian immigrant. And my Mexican father watched his dark skinned Mexican friends and family be forced into segregated schools by the white power brokers of the day. He also remembers the “No Mexicans” signs. Right here in Orange County.
So this one’s personal.
I keep hearing things coming from Trump and his supporters who want to make America white (#great) again. Then, the silence. The ensuing deafening silence of my Christian brothers and sisters, many of who are Republicans. Where are you? Because this Christian feels outrage. True, real, utter, shock. Not merely at what is being said. I’m in shock at your apathy, your lack of outrage, your cowardice. I keep hoping it’s your incompetence.
But I’m afraid it’s more.
Do you not remember that Hitler’s promise to “make Germany great again” was predicated on white supremacy and nationalism?
Do you not recall that this great country was founded on wiping out Native Americans in the glorious name of Jesus, then pivoting to treat Africans like animals, again, in the glorious name of Jesus.
AND I’M A REPUBLICAN! A BLUE EYED, LIGHT SKINNED, PROTESTANT, MALE.
What will it take before you stand up and say “enough is enough”?
And did it ever dawn on you that major problems for Trump are people of color: Chinese, Mexicans, Muslims?
What got me today? A big Trump supporter, Pat Buchanan, interviewed on NPR . Remember him? He was WARNING listeners about white people becoming a minority, which is scheduled to happen in 2042, in 25 years.
I drove on the 55 Freeway. And Pat said these nasty things.
And I drove and wondered how Trump’s and Buchanan’s vision to make America great again be interpreted as anything but plan to start a race war?
Buchanan: “We are 25 years away from the fact where Americans of European dissent will be a minority in the United States.”
NPR: “Why do you see that as a problem.”
Buchanan: “Well because I look at Europe and I look all over the world and I see peoples everywhere at each others’ throats over issues of ethnicity and identity… Anybody who believes a country can be maintained that has no ethnic core to it I believe is naive in the extreme.”
NPR: “But you understand how that language feels…”
Buchanan: “I don’t care how my language sits with people my job is to tell the truth…”
NPR: “Explain to me what having a diverse cultural identity and a diversity of languages how that undermines the American identity. I think it’s important to try to understand why you think that this is such a threat.”
Buchanan: “Well, first it seems that the American people tend to agree with us, does it not?”
NPR: “But what you are laying out is an America that is white or, if not, exclusively white.”
Buchanan: “It’s an America that’s a country like the one I grew up in and it was a pretty good country.”