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Ok, I keep hearing over and over that the country is more divided than ever, usually in the context of blaming former President Obama for recognizing that he was black or Trump for attacking minorities.  But, let’s be honest here, the country has always been divided.  At no time in its relatively short history has it ever been a united nation where equality ruled.  Its very foundation is built on human suffering and taking advantage of others.  The truth is, Black, Negro, African-American peoples have been fighting for Human Rights in the United States since stepping off slave ships in the 1600s.

Amazingly, in 2017, Black, Negro, African-American peoples are still dealing with racial barriers in a country they have built and occupied since their enslavement.  Why on earth would anybody, from those individuals who are newly arriving in the US to others whose oppression wasn’t as visible or continuous, believe that their specific issues will be or should be dealt with first?

It is obvious that other races of people now experiencing unfair treatment as guests in the US are either convinced that Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans are satisfied and lazy or else are totally unaware of 400 years of their own mistreatment.

And now, instead of assisting Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans with their obvious and continuous fight for basic human rights, these other, now targeted groups/races of people either jumped on the bandwagon with the oppressor of Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans or pretend that they don’t notice the racial disparities that exist in the country that they chose to inhabit.

Perhaps if they had joined the ongoing struggle of the Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans, when it was only against Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans, maybe they would have avoided their starring role as criminal targets today.

They never considered that Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans didn’t come here willingly like they did.  They never considered that the very structure of America demands that someone be a permanent servant class.  They never considered that, even if they came in search of a better life than what they received in their homelands, they at least knew where they came from.  They also decided where they were going.  Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans are called African but, if they were dropped off in the continent of Africa, they wouldn’t know where to go.  Truth is, Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans are more familiar with the US than they will ever be with the continent they are labeled by.  And even here, they have never been welcome outside of the plantation.

So now, Hispanics, Muslims, individuals of Middle Eastern descent now find themselves the target of unfair treatment.  Now they are the bad guys!  They are the immigrants being targeted.  According to white America, if a wall is built keeping them out, crime in the US will diminish.  Like never before, US citizens fear being injured if they are allowed to stay or even worse if they are deported.

And now that they are the targets, they expect Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans to come to their aid and speak out on their behalf?

Have you noticed that no one is discussing building a wall in order to block Italians from entering the US?  No one suggests that all the criminal behavior, murders, racketeering at the hand of known Mafioso’s might be impacted.  We will never know.  That’s because they are welcomed.  In fact, all white skinned immigrants are welcomed into the United States without restriction.

Did the new arrivals totally miss that the US refuses to even acknowledge that racism is still very much alive?  They didn’t see that the country would rather address Women’s issues and issues facing the LBGT community than deal with 400+ years of the dehumanization of Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans—gay, straight, male and female?  What, did they think hard work would put them in good graces?  Did they think that they, in the last few decades worked any harder than Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans who built this country?  What did they really expect?

So, my advice is to take a number!  They’ve already missed their chance to take a stand.

Can anyone hear me?

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Donald Trump

Love him or hate him; call him a racist; call him rude and/or obnoxious!

But, before you call him anything else, know this:  There is a real possibility that, someday soon, you may indeed be calling him Mr. President.

What does that really say about this country?

If you were anything like me, you laughed your head off when Donald Trump announced that he was considering a run for the presidency.

Back then, you thought an ice cube had a better chance of surviving in Hell then Donald Trump had of winning a primary much less a possible nomination.

Fast forward to today and he is actually a serious contender!  Do you believe it?

Most of us who have lived with and through the painful history of this country never thought we would live long enough to see the United States go full circle and end up right back to where it started from 60 years ago, with boycotts, rioting in the street for human rights and unjustified police killings in 2015-16?

What happened?  Where did all the well-meaning and post-racial folks go?

Could it be that once the curtain is closed on the voting booth their true feelings are expressed, with both their friends and their politically correct selves that espouse love and freedom for all publicly none the wiser?

With all the talk about wanting to end racism, reverse racism, bigotry, discrimination, hatred, etc. that everyone from pastors to politicians’ talks about, how can someone like Donald Trump be the frontrunner for president?  I’m not saying that the other contenders are any better for the job or that their viewpoints are any different from Donald Trump’s but, at least they exercise some restraint.  They at least care enough to lie.

After all, who’s going to know?

One thing is for sure, Donald Trump cannot be voting for himself.  He cannot continuously maintain a commanding lead without the participation of a lot of individuals who have publicly displayed disdain for him while privately supporting his (and perhaps their own) agenda.  What, more than anything, does THAT say about the current state of America?

Can anybody hear me?

Almost every time I turn on the news, there seems to be a lot of attention being placed on abortions. I mean, don’t get me wrong, abortion has always been a hot topic for a lot of people. Lately, however, even more emphasis is being placed on the “life” of unborn babies.

Folks seem to be picketing and marching more and more as well as petitioning Congress to establish rights for the unborn child at a rate that is truly staggering. They rally around the ideas that “life begins at conception” and “all life is precious.” On some level, I respect that. But…I have a slight issue with them as well.

You see, while all of the hoopla is unfolding, I can’t help wondering about the lives of “born” babies. You know, the ones born every day without further ado?

It seems that once the child is actually born, the picketers and marchers lose interest in them! Once out of the womb, these same babies can starve, receive minimal to no education, be jailed, murdered, abandoned and forgotten and no one will bat an eye.

In fact, it seems as though anyone that makes a fuss over those poor, unfortunate, post birth fetuses, they are labeled as apologists, troublemakers or bleeding hearts. And heaven help them if they begin marching or protesting again. Then, they become rioters, looters and “those crazy people you see on TV.” Why is that? Why is it so noble to protest for someone to be here but ignoble to protest for them to be respected once they are? And why does that make sense to so many people?

Why are people accepting of bringing children into a world that will only treat them as second-class citizens once they arrive? Why are so many people ok with the existence of a society that forces these former babies into low level, dangerous or violent work if they want to make a living?

Oops. I think I just stumbled on something there.

For all the arguments about Pro-life, Pro-choice, Pro-golfer, maybe the truth is that life isn’t precious so much as it is valuable. There’s money in it. Where else but the underclass can you hope to find suitable servants willing to work for peanuts? Where else will you find workers to complete the myriad of menial tasks that keep people from having to fend for themselves (e.g. cleanup and outdoor work)? Where else would you find soldiers willing to throw themselves in danger for the promise of a loan and a scholarship while failing to notice the constant stream of complaints from former soldiers towards the VA, and all the people asking for donations to help the wounded veterans that the government forgot?

Yes. With all the minimum wage positions that need to be filled, I can see why life is precious. But, make no mistake, some lives are more precious than others. Why is that? Can anybody hear me?

*This is a collaborative piece.