The legacy of lynching is hard to fathom
Now, one hundred fifty years (plus) after emancipation, we remain on guard against any/all forms of modern day lynching.
Remember, it was not too long ago that a black body was dragged behind a vehicle ‘down south’. And, across the country, black males are still being shot in the back by police. Lest we forget, the battered and dead body of Sandra Bland, a rare female victim, is still subject to inquiry. By the way, the police officer who arrested Sandra Bland was just recently found not guilty of any misconduct.
Modern day lynching threats also include the daily terror poised over us by the current administration’s justice department policies. No small threats; they are being visited upon us in a variety of sophisticated measures, and not-so subtle forms.
Many have already commented on the actual and/or proposed roll backs to the justice system: the pending appointments of more law-and-order judges; the growing conservatism across the country under the ascendance of certain evangelical thought leaders, to name a few.
In addition, now we have to put up defenses against a growing new religion that threatens to unleash another round of the public lynching of our souls: Trumpism, coined by Charles Blow, Columnist,
“Trumpism” Blow writes, “is the belief that even the least qualified man is a better choice than the most qualified woman and a belief that the most vile, anti-intellectual, scandalplagued simpleton of a white man is sufficient to follow in the presidential footsteps of the best educated, most eloquent, most affable black man.”
Why is this belief a threat to us? What does it have to do with modern-day lynching?
Because holding this belief emboldens those who already have a propensity to resort to violence against us; to take up the clarion call, in the name of their new-found religion, to violently act out on our precious bodies.
Look at Ted Nugent, who continuously calls for just such action; at the end of his precious guns.
I’m sufficiently scared that once unleashed, mob rule, the MO of common lynching, is just a hair’s breath away from the volatile and cringe-worthy pronouncements from #45.
I’m convinced that, what appears to be a spike in the growth of lone-shooter domestic terrorism, is the direct result of clues and cues taken from the tone and tenor of #45’s tweets and bald-faced disregard for the well-established rules of law. Even though thinly enforced for our protections, the men and women in blue are walking on tinder kegs themselves; the tight rope between law and order regulations and their blue culture bias against blacks. One spark. Just one. Thrown my hands up? No. And neither should you.
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