I have been re-educating myself lately on Black and Native American history. And on one program I saw last week on PBS, a Black man asked us all such an important question:
When in our history was America great for African-Americans? What time period are we trying to go back to exactly?
Let that question soak in for a minute or two? Then ask yourself this:
At what time in our history was America better for women than right now?
I know, these silly catch phrases pass us by without much thought, so think about this one for a minute. Those who support Trump believe things used to be so much better than now. In other words, the “good old days” of lynchings, and shooting a black man for jogging, wife beating, child abuse and wife murder, those were the great times from our past.
How about the millions of Native Americans we killed either with diseases or plain old murder?
Trump says: Let’s get back to those days of American greatness!
I saw a silly meme the other day, but there is also some truth in it:
When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.
This is why I am re-educating myself on American history. My life has been supremely privileged. Growing up in Kansas as a European-American I never experienced racism, but I did understand sexism from an early age. Both suck. And to any European-American who disagrees I say, how would you like to be black or of Latin American descent in this culture? For most of us it would be quite instructional. We might suddenly get it.
The good old days were only great for those of great privilege….