By Arelya J. Mitchell, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
The Mid-South Tribune and the Black Information Highway
Donald Trump is no more enamored of the KKK than Bernie Sanders. I was waiting for the KKK card to be played on Trump well before now, because this card has been played when the words ‘Republican’ and ‘Conservative’ come up. Even the term ‘Evangelical Christian’ has come to connote ‘racism’. Never mind that Trump had denounced David Duke and the KKK as far back as 2000 (Even I remember this.). Trump’s only misstep was that he didn’t see this accusation coming, and once it came, he seemed angrier by it than reluctant to answer it. Never if seldom is KKK-lover applied to post-1964 ‘Democrats’ and ‘liberalism’. Now there is only one specific ethnic group this card can be played to manipulate: That’s the African American group. Now that the card has been played against Trump, mainstream press loves it; Black press loves it; Jewish press loves it; Hispanic press loves it; Democrats love it, liberals love it; the Republican Establishment loves it. They’re all having a proverbial field day burning the KKK cross on Trump’s campaign.
I’m loving the hypocrisy of it, because in the history of my life and career I have seen racist liberals who can only deal with poor, dependent Black persons. They exude what I call Jungle Jim paternalism or Jungle Jim liberalism.
Now some of those in the Republican Establishment get how detrimental it is for the Republican Establishment to go against those who voted for or caucused in favor of Trump. U.S. Senator Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, can count himself among the few Republicans who will not play the game of trumping Trump just to jump on the anti-Trump bandwagon. For the record, Corker has not yet endorsed anyone, but he does have a reality check. Corker released the following statement on March 3:
“Here’s my message to the Republican Party leaders: Focus more on listening to the American people and less on trying to stifle their voice. What’s happening in the Republican primary is the result of two things: the fecklessness and ineptness of the Washington establishment in failing to address the big issues facing our country and years of anger with the overreach of the Obama administration. And to be candid, I think the American people should be angrier than they are.”
Black Americans are among those angry voters, but cannot bring themselves to examine their allegiance to a party which only has allegiance to them ONLY on Election Day. On the other hand, Black Americans continue to accept the treatment of being totally ignored by that other party which won’t recognize them as citizens. Moving on.
A few years back I received an advance copy of James Meredith’s book for review. Those who know civil rights history know of James Meredith and the hell he went through to integrate the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”). Those who are not blinded by political party affiliation know that both of America’s two major political parties have embraced the KKK and/or their kin, the Dixiecrats, at one time or another. They know of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer’s fight to ‘integrate’ the Democratic Party in 1964. This is what political parties do, embrace by whatever means necessary anything to keep them alive—that is in power, which in too many instances mean using Black citizens to determine and solidify that power.
Give me a minute and I’m going to get back to James Meredith. Just give me a little itty bitty minute.
First of all if anybody thinks this KKK and David Duke controversy is about stopping Trump on moral grounds then welcome to Utopia. Sent down from the mountain of Utopia was the apostle Mitt Romney to put the People on notice that the Republican Establishment will decide what is best for them. Romney stood in his designer suit robes to let the People know that they would be punished by the Great Elephant should they continue to vote for Trump. Yes, if the People continue to blaspheme the Great Elephant then the Great Elephant will stomp them and their candidate at the National Convention. Take that, you heathens!
What is clandestinely being played out by Romney et al is what has been done since time was born a second and that is to pit one group against the other. In this case, it is the Republican Establishment pitting itself against the Republican white middle class base. It has brought out the KKK card as a weapon and played it with the Black race card. This KKK card was played about two days before the SEC Super Tuesday.
In a televised message, Republican savoir Romney laid out the strategy, ordering Rubio and Kasich to win their respective states of Florida and Ohio to stop Trump.
As I’ve written: Trump is a billionaire renegade. Of all the Republican candidates, Trump is uncontrollable. That makes him dangerous. Trump like so many (especially those in the white Middle Class) was duped into thinking that NAFTA was a good thing; that it was manna. They’re now being duped into thinking the TPP deal is manna.
When NAFTA was introduced, I wrote against it. For the life of me and other anti-NAFTA pundits, we did not buy the idea that America’s manufacturing infrastructure could be outsourced without killing off the middle class – that modern economic phenomenon which many nations have tried to emulate. NAFTA was signed off on during the Clinton administration getting approved by both Republicans and Democrats and by members of the Congressional Black Caucus. It, too, was approved by some heavy duty union leaders who didn’t mind throwing their rank and file under the bus because they, too, were assured that NAFTA would be manna for the ‘little person’. Back then, I read the NAFTA bill several times and just could not see how it would benefit regular everyday working people be they black, white, Hispanic, yellow, brown, Native American or Martian green. But the alleged Powers-that-Be were in their ‘Mega-Trends’ thinking (so named after the popular book which predicted that manufacturing was defunct and would and must be replaced by technology…I don’t have the space to elaborate here).
Make no mistake, when Romney came out to denounce Trump, this was about keeping in place global deals which probably have already been made by the Big boys in the backroom who represent Big Banks, Big Corporations, Big Wall Street, Big Oil, Big Lobbyists, Big Bailouts, Big Big. Simply put, this anti-Trump movement is in the Republican Establishment’s interest to make sure that no one who would rock the boat will sit in the Oval Office. Period.
Now back to James Meredith and this following quote from his book, “A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America”: “I am a civil rights hero who once endorsed David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, in his campaign for governor of Louisiana. I did it for three reasons. First, he had very clearly repudiated and disavowed both the Klan and racism at this point, and had never been convicted of any violent act. Second, I agreed with many of his positions in the campaign, which were mainstream conservative. And third, he was a better man than his main opponent, who was a criminal. Duke lost. He also appears to have later re-embraced much of his racist ideology. Many people think I was absolutely, certifiable insane to have briefly befriended and supported David Duke. Well, it made perfect sense to me at the time, like a risk worth taking. And I’d probably do it again. I have always considered white liberals just as capable of racism and racial hypocrisy as white conservatives.”
Outside of thinking Meredith was off in endorsing Duke, I do agree with him on the concept of white liberal racism—this is not the white liberalism of days of yore in connoting the Underground Railroad movement or the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. All of which is to say that Black Americans themselves need to stop the practice of letting such labels as ‘liberalism’ and ‘conservatism’ set their economic and political agenda. (Anyway, I highly recommend Meredith’s memoir as a must read… because it also illustrates that Black people would stand on the porch with their shotguns when the KKK came around).
The Establishment doesn’t really care how many heads ISIL chops off, how many babies’ heads are chopped off, how many Americans are imprisoned or become imprisoned, how many boots are on the ground or how many times the same soldiers have to be reused. To reiterate, this KKK accusation against Trump is about the Big Boys keeping their Oil deals, telecom deals, Silicon deals, and other global deals safe and secure—not the lives of everyday American citizens.
After all, a righteous man such as Mitty boy has no problem in throwing away 47 percent of what he perceives as rednecks, Blacks, poor whites, Hispanics, Native Americans, the uneducated Americans in one garbage bin while bamboozling the 52 percent middle class to keep the One Percent happy.
You see, hypocritical indignation is manna when it’s benefitting the plutocrats financially. Greed is even better, especially if you can afford to spend millions and millions to wipe out the People’s Choice.
All this is to say that at the end of the day, Trump and the American populace had better be aware of the (billionaire) Boys ‘n the Hood(s), and I don’t mean the KKK.
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