The Arts, Culture, Music, Science, Inclusion, Equality, Those are the things the enemies of progress hate, the things we saw in the nation’s capital on January 20th. The coming together of American multiculturalism’s beautiful quilt is really what drives the racist political right mad.
It makes them so mad they rage-tweet, and they riot, they kill cops in a blood-lust rage-filled quest to get to lawmakers and even their very own vice president and his family.
As the media nibble around the edges seeking to placate, seeing to nuance, seeking to give deference to white nationalists, independent voices like this writer strive to shine a light on the true reason they hate.
They hate because of what we witnessed on January 20th, Native Americans, African-Americans, White Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Pacif-Islanders, Americans all, coming together in a beautiful cornucopia to celebrate the unique idea of Americanism.
Perhaps the greatest evidence of my claim, is outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s tweet, on the American Taxpayers account, quote; “Woke-ism, multiculturalism, all the ‑isms — they’re not who America is. They distort our glorious founding and what this country is all about. Our enemies stoke these divisions because they know they make us weaker.”
That shocking racist tweet from an arrogant twit who abused his power as secretary of state, used his office for political purposes in service to Donald Trump’s crimes, may best be garbaged by a line in the eloquent Amanda Gorman’s poem. “We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation, rather than share it.”
It goes without saying, even though we have banged those drums for years, the single greatest fear that drives those who now call themselves Republicans, is the fear that America is gradually moving away from Race-based philosophy, to one that embraces the quilt of multi-culturalism over the tyranny of white supremacy.
The danger they pose to the republic will be an ongoing threat. It is fanned and fed by talk radio, right-wing television, and social media platforms that operate as round the clock gaslighters against the concept of truth.
The wounded snake we witnessed on January 6th is only the beginning of what is likely to come. Pompeo’s ignorant yet transparent tweet is a window into the soul of what this Trumpian movement is about.
Whether it is über arrogant Mike Pompeo, or the two US senators Raphael Cruz and Josh Hawley, who painted themselves into a corner, they are all jockeying for the white supremacist base that Trump managed to galvanize over the last several years.
Pompeo’s tweet runs against every grain of how the world really works; a river running downstream gets bigger and more powerful as more streams, and tributaries dump out into its southward journey. It’s power; it’s might, rivals only by the mighty ocean into whose arms it finally surrenders.
The hatred and historical distortions that the likes of Mike Pompeo and his ilk represent must be shouted down as we shout down Donald Trump’s 1619 racist depiction of America. We must forever condemn, ridicule, and relegate to the dustbin of history, their putrid lies, and falsification of America’s true history.
Lies cannot overcome the truth. Hatred cannot overshadow love, and darkness will never drown out the light.
Mike writes for thinkers.
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.