I watch the Bill Maher Show every week. On his last show, he postulated that given the past history of the Republican Party, with its steadfast reputation as guardians of the republic against the Soviet Union and Russia, there is only one reason they could still be united behind Donald Trump despite his love affair with Putin and constant disparaging of all the American institutions that exist to guard against attacks by Russia and its allies. That reason is his position on race. Bill Maher humorously (as he always does) pointed out the fact that Russia is the whitest nation on Earth and intends to always be that way. Majorities of Republicans in America appear to admire that above all other aspects of Russia and would like to make the US just like Russia in that regard if they could. As the Russian investigation plays out, and more and more evidence comes out that the president has lied, committed treason and fraud, and the Republican congress continues to turn a blind eye to the whole thing, the clearer it becomes that a substantial part of white America is committed to placing power and control of the country exclusively in the hands of white people, no matter what the cost to the rule of law and the democracy. In fact, they are willing to end democracy in American if necessary to reinvent it as a whites only society.
Should that occur, it would be a real tragedy. It would not just be tragic for minorities of color, but for white people as well. In fact, it may be more tragic for them than minorities for a number of reasons. For one thing, they have more to lose by the carnage that would take place in the process of becoming all white, and once they succeeded, they’d be in a constant state of war with almost all of the rest of the world. But that’s not the real tragedy. The real tragedy is that they would be living a lie that could not help but destroy whatever the new America would be called from within.
Think about what an all white America would be like. For one thing, it will have stifled its chances of evolving as human beings. It takes constant exposure to different cultures and different ideas about the things that we as human beings, think about every day. Those thoughts about ourselves are necessary for us to evolve and enrich our lives. Since the foundation of an all white America would be based on the lie of white supremacy and God’s will for white people alone to rule the world, the children of the new America would be in constant search of the truth. This would require horrendous suppression of free thought and ideas by the ruling body. The new white America would probably look more like North Korea than Russia. You would probably see illegal immigration moving in the other direction into Mexico and Canada. The whole concept of a happy ending in the performing arts would change. Unlike the movie I just saw titled Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, where the protagonists on opposite sides of a moral dilemma suffered, each by their own anger and hatred, and grew see the error of their ways to become better people. In the whites only America, a similar plot would have to be resolved in a way that supported the lie of white supremacy. No matter how well orchestrated the screenplay and cinematography for the purpose of invoking good feelings from the audiences, except for the hardcore true believers, most of the people would leave somewhat empty inside. No matter how well packaged, a lie is never satisfying for very long.
There was a line in one of my favorite Clint Eastwood movies, The Unforgiven, in which after Clint Eastwood’s character (Will Money) had just shot up a half dozen men in gun fight, while a dozen more looked on, and Will Money then said, “Any man don’t wanna get killed, better head on out da back door”, and they all scrambled out in about 2 seconds. The back door for any American who does not believe America’s destiny is to become a “whites only” fascist dictatorship is to vote almost every Republican on the ballot in the 2018 elections out of office. I’m not suggesting that the country would be better off with all Democrats in congress, but what’s needed is a symbolic gesture with teeth to let the people who hold those Republicans in their pockets know that America will never give up its democracy. We can go back to something resembling the status quo in the 2020 elections. If we do anything less, we will be endorsing everything the Trump Administration is doing to destroy the environment and our democratic process, and agreeing that Trump is above the law and he’s right to establish a Putin style dictatorship. To vote them out will require a voter turnout unprecedented in its numbers because the Republicans have been so successful thus far in gerrymandering the electoral districts and disseminating propaganda that is so successful that their core supporters will not even consider dissenting opinions and have tuned out anything but Fox News and other right wing propaganda. A turnout that would normally defeat the incumbents will not come close to defeating them in today’s world. Every American who believes in people controlling government and not the other way around must vote in the next election, regardless of race, creed, color or socioeconomic status.
One final thought I’d like to leave you with today. I’d like you to consider that there is no such thing as a white person. The phrase white person is concept – a means of mass manipulation – not a reality. Some of us are whiter than others, some of us are blacker than others, but there is no such reality as a pure black man or a pure white man. If you don’t believe me, take one of those DNA analysis exams. You will find you’re all kinds of people beyond those you identify with. When you consider all of human history, which spans hundreds of thousands of years, our history after the birth of Christ is miniscule. If the Empire State building were a metaphor representing all of human history, the antenna on top would represent human history since the birth of Christ. All of the rest of the building would represent all of the human history that came before. That’s a lot of time for genetic material to get exchanged all over the world. Yet a substantial percentage of Trump hardcore supporters believe that not only human history, but also the entire universe is only about 2500 years old. People who have been manipulated to the extent of believing something like that are hard to beat in a gerrymandered election that favors them over everyone else. Please, get yourself and all your friends and relatives out to vote this fall.