Dad just looks at me and shakes his head. “You don’t understand,” he says. “You don’t have any idea what a criminal waste of time and money that so-called space program is.” He’s going to vote for Donner. He’s the only person I know who’s going to vote at all. Most people have given up on politicians. After all, politicians have been promising to return us to glory, wealth, and order of the twentieth century ever since I can remember…
“Parable Of The Sower” || Octavia Butler
Should US Blacks fear a Donald Trump presidency– as what I see and read in our media suggests– any more than any other president?
I do not look at Donald Trump’s win as a win for Whyte Supremacy. I look at Donald Trump’s win as another win within a nation that reflects Whyte Supremacy as its most desired vision.
I think there is a failure on part of some to accept that Donald Trump shows that this form of democracy practiced in these United States has worked. Democracy does not promise that best candidate will win. Democracy does not promise that most well-prepared candidate will win. Democracy does not promise that candidate least likely to be ‘liked’ on Facebook by Ku Klux Klan will win.
A loss by a Democratic Party’s candidate is not a loss for US Democracy if Democracy ever did live here. I think it is shameful, immature, and exploitative to blame media outlets for killing Democracy simply because of a Democratic nominee loss.
Take a step back with me, please. Let us define a few terms we could normally take for granted. Who are we speaking of when we say,”media”? So, we are discussing mainly businesses that existed as newspaper companies, or “the press”, and businesses that existed solely to report news like cable outlets such as CNN and now MSNBC. We can also throw in new age journalism models like Politico.
But, for that more than half part of this discussion, when we use ‘media’, what we mean to say is “journalists”. What we are now asking out journalists to do is become propagandists. Journalism should not be tasked with fostering or buttressing our social decorum or norms. Donald Trump despite a fairly elite pedigree was regarded by most as not only an outsider but a voice for a large enough segment of lower-class USA to be frowned upon. He was not supposed to be taken seriously as a contender for US President by journalists. But, this is supposed to be a democracy. This is supposed to be same sort of situation that Daddy Obama once claimed could only happen in United States. This notion that anyone can become a national representative. Well, Trump’s voters made everyone thinking this stand on that exact premise.
It is not journalism’s job to educate. It is not journalism’s job to socialize. It is not journalism’s job to provide moral paradigms. It is journalism’s job to inform. And I am not even sure if I am willing to leave that without an asterisk. If we are upset with media now, we should have been upset with media a long time ago when entertainment began to trump(pun slightly not intended) public discourse on issues of weight. That time has gone and passed us by.
I do find it ironic that I have read of a teacher, a person actually paid to prepare other humans in critically assessing what they see and read, being suspended for offering a well-researched comparison of Hitler and Trump. While I might have my questions and concerns regarding that lesson, I do think it strange that US citizens hold their media to this standard of obligation they punish their educators for demonstrating. US Citizens wish media to criticize a candidate for president more than it wishes its educators to strikes me as backward (if I might be permitted to use this bit of time-based hierarchy) and bizarre.
As bizarre, I am sure, as some may consider my most heartfelt stance that Trump’s win is not a product of state propaganda as much as this fear of an(another) outsider with no governing experience being elected is. I am galled by this need to present office of US President as pure and unapproachable to those uninitiated in its wondrous powers.
Obama’s appeal was not his Blackness, it was his Blackness filtered through Whyte pedigree. That distinction is what made Barry more appealing to Blacks(and others) than Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Obama did not come from Black church as those two did in same manner. Jesse Jackson nor Al Sharpton could never repudiate or separate himself from Black church. Did Obama ever distance himself from Harvard Law due to Stephanie N. Grace’s email in same manner he did Black Church due to Rev. Wright?
I do find there is a danger in looking at Donald Trump as face of Whyte Supremacy while not seeing that same worldview and vision reflected when looking at Daddy Barry Obama.
Trump probably will not expand surveillance more than Daddy Barry.
In a sense, this was a fitting tribute to President Barack Obama as his administration entered its last six months in the White House. Over his two terms, Obama has created the most powerful surveillance state the world has ever seen. Although other leaders may have created more oppressive spying regimes, none has come close to constructing one of equivalent size, breadth, cost, and intrusiveness. From 22,300 miles in space, where seven Advanced Orion crafts now orbit; to a 1-million-square-foot building in the Utah desert that stores data intercepted from personal phones, emails, and social media accounts; to taps along the millions of miles of undersea cables that encircle the Earth like yarn, U.S. surveillance has expanded exponentially since Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009.
Trump probably will not deport more immigrants than Daddy Barry.
President Barack Obama has often been referred to by immigration groups as the “Deporter in Chief.”
Between 2009 and 2015 his administration has removed more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders, which doesn’t include the number of people who “self-deported” or were turned away and/or returned to their home country at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
According to governmental data, the Obama administration has deported more people than any other president’s administration in history.
In fact, they have deported more than the sum of all the presidents of the 20th century.
Deportations, or “removals” as the Department of Homeland Security calls them, increased in each of the first four years President Obama was in office, topping 400,000 in fiscal year 2012. Obama oversaw more deportations than George W. Bush did, just as Bush oversaw more than Bill Clinton did. The trend toward increased deportations began with the 1996 passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act and accelerated after the Sept. 11 attacks, with growing budgets for the DHS agencies that enforce immigration law.
Trump probably will not have more US Blacks killed by police than Daddy Barry.
As the use of deadly force by police once again roils the nation, the number of fatal shootings by officers increased from 465 in the first six months of last year to 491 for the same period this year, according to an ongoing two-year study by The Washington Post. This year has also seen more officers shot and killed in the line of duty and more officers prosecuted for questionable shootings.
Two years after a white police officer fatally shot a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., the pace of fatal shootings has risen slightly, while the grim encounters are increasingly being captured on video and stoking outrage.
Based on The Guardian’s data, black males between the ages of 15 and 34 are nine times more likely to be killed by police than any other demographic. This group also accounted for 15 percent of all 2015 deaths from law enforcement encounters, even though black males in this age range make up just 2 percent of the U.S. population
But only time will tell, yes?