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Written by on October 31, 2019

Story by Chuck Tackett


“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for that reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” – James Baldwin, Civil & LGBTQ Rights Activist

“People don’t have any mercy. They tear you from limb to limb in the name of love. Then, when you’re dead when they killed you by what they made you go through, they say you didn’t have enough character. They weep big tears, but not for you. For themselves, because they lost their toy.” – James Baldwin, Civil & LGBTQ Rights Activist.

Let’s get one thing straight before I go any further with this article. I am not responsible, nor do I have the desire to, make racists and bigots comfortable with me. Lately, it seems to be a trend for Progressive minded people to want to sit down with these racists and bigots, trying to work with them, to find common ground. I guess that is why I am not a politician. I do not have the desire to waste my time with grown-ass adults to convince them I am a full-fledged human being. In my opinion, that is playing into their hands that keep them thinking they are superior, and I need their permission to enjoy the civil rights I am lawfully entitled to as an American citizen. It’s like they are my parents and I have to ask permission. I am from the “School of James Baldwin.” I can sit down with anybody, disagree with them, and work with them. But, compromise will not be a one-way street with me doing all the compromising, and if our disagreement is based on the fact that you want to see me oppressed, view me as less than human, take away my humanity, and my right to exist then as I said earlier, I do not have the desire to waste my time with you.

A huge shout out and kudos must go to Sunny Hostin, one of the co-hosts of “The View.” Recently, there was a discussion of the growing disparity and division within the United States, that Satan Incarnate, and his GOP demon spawn, have made mainstream. Sunny commented on how some Conservative racists feel they are entitled to government programs, but they don’t want people of color to have them, even though we pay into them as they do. Sunny brought up the fact that is why poor and middle financial class Whites vote against their own interests. They think wealthy ass Whites care about them because they have the protection of the complexion. Regardless of how, for several decades, they have shown them that all they care about is money, no matter who, or what, they hurt to attain it. It’s a classic case of biting your nose off to spite your face.

Another huge shout out and kudos must go to HBO and the cast of their new series “Watchmen.” in their depiction of The 1921 Tulsa Race Riots, or as it is commonly known in the Black Community as “The Black Wall Street Massacre.” Even though I have not seen the series as of yet, I got tickled when my brother John told me several White people have commented that they have never heard of this, when the series premiered over a week ago. BUT if you are a regular reader of my weekly article/blog, you were aware of this event, along with other race riots that are conveniently left out of American history books and not taught. The latest Chuck’s Chat about this subject and other similar race riots was titled, “The Red Summer of 1919.” As one of my favorite Facebook posts says, “History is always taught from the perspective of the oppressor, and not the oppressed.”

What I find utterly amazing, and pathetic at the same time, is how Hillary Clinton was defined as despicable for her assessment of exactly what Trump supporters are: deplorable. In my opinion, she should have never apologized for that remark. I tend to embrace James Baldwin’s line of thinking about despicable and deplorable people. He stated, “There are many ways of being despicable, it quite makes one head spin. But the way to be despicable is to be contemptuous of other peoples’ pain.” The GOP and their leader residing in the White House along with the blessings of their supporters have shown time and time again, their contempt for people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, and other marginalized populace in this country, our territories, and our neighbors. #PuertoRico #VirginIslands #FamilySeperations #ChildrenInCages. Republicans have shown they cannot win fair and square on their policies. They have to resort to voter oppression, and a new low, foreign intervention in our elections.

The million-dollar question to be asked is, when will the United States of America FINALLY have the balls and desire to do right by ALL of its residents?

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