If you think this border situation is something new for the United States—I have a half-eaten bag of M&M’s to sell you with along with a half drank bottle of tap water, I’ll be passing off as the crispest spring water you will ever taste. Nothing about what Trump and his band of KKK evil villains are doing to Hispanic families is new—nor is the church mouse silence we hear from most white people.
I will admit that I didn’t think the Cheeto man’s administration could top its other ridiculous levels of malicious caucasity—but I seem to be wrong. When I thought for a millisecond that white people could not sink to the despicable bowels of slavery again—I was terribly wrong. I mean what I was I thinking? These are the same people who in 2018 deny slavery was “that bad,” while telling Black people to get over slavery, pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and stop making excuses—since technically none of us were actually slaves and have no idea what means to be a slave.
Sadly, I knew this was coming when the Temporary Protected Statuses Obama instated were being terminated left and right by the Department of Homeland Security. Evacuees from Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, along with DACA families have lost their rights to be in the United States as the VIP member of the KKK makes good on his “Make America White Again” campaign pledge.
The separation and enslavement of Hispanic children is nothing new for the United States who was a vital participant in the chattel slavery of African Americans. Matter of fact, whenever someone even utters the gruesome atrocities of slavery, there is always one white person who manages to forgo their silence to denounce the involvement of all white people. When mentioned, most white people will band together with an outcry of how slavery was something that happened in the past—and we shouldn’t keep drudging up old stuff. Then they will reduce themselves to victim-blaming as they shift the blame of why racism is still prevalent to us for not letting it go.
According to a Harvard poll, this border crisis situation is a prime example of that very thing.
Trump, Jeff Sessions, John Kelly, Steven Miller, and the white people who voted for him are fighting hard to put this country back in the good ole days when they were the absolute power and everyone else lived in fear. They are sick of this country being overflooded with minorities as they fear becoming that very thing. They are using Christianity, white privilege and the law to push their agendas as they eradicate anyone that is not an American born and bred white person.
It appears no one in this administration is fighting for these families and the abrupt separation that resembles what happened to so many black people during the 1400 – 1800’s. Families were destroyed because of slavery and families are being destroyed now as children as young as two-years-old are being separated from their parents. The only thing they seem to be doing is passing blame onto the Obama administration who offered sanctuary to illegal immigrants.
According to an interview Sessions recently gave Fox News, he stated how he is only following the law and the blame for these horrible acts (here’s that blame shift they love to do) should be placed on Obama and his administration.
“We have watched what happened with the Obama policies, and over years, we went from 15,000 illegal entries to 75,000—this is a huge loophole in our system that’s attracting more and more people, as more and more people understand that, under previous policies, if they enter the country unlawfully, that nothing will happen,” Sessions said.
Sessions went on to say that illegal immigrants have taken advantage of the United States and the country is suffering because of it. How ironic is this statement? God forbid anyone do what white people have done to others for centuries.
Since that awful day Trump swore on that bible, several surveys have been conducted about how he has handled various crisis (Charlottesville, Muslim travel ban, border situation), still most white people won’t stand up and do shit about him and this administration. Like most things in this country (opioid epidemic, school shootings, unfair sentencing) white people won’t say anything until it affects white people.
“Oppression can only survive through silence.”
– Carmen de Monteflores
Injustice, inequality, prejudice, and racism aren’t necessarily prevalent because of evil. It grows like a tumor because the not-so racist white people remain silent and they put their interests above all others. Their casual looking the other way allows the actions of blatant racists to thrive. Truthfully speaking, white people don’t openly stand up to fight and eliminate inequities and systemic racism because they usually benefit from it in small way.
The white people who are enraged about this border crisis will take a survey, leave their angry response on social media, and go on about their lives. The white people who have a microcosm of sympathy for unarmed black people killed by the police won’t shed a tear for them or their families. Nor will they march in the streets against police brutality. The many white people who know the criminal justice system is bias towards black people won’t go out of their way to sign up for jury duty to even the scales. The same white people who shed a river of white tears for kids killed during school shootings won’t stop voting for the politicians whose pockets are lined by the NRA. The white people who repeatedly turn their nose up to Trump and the lies he tells will continue to make excuses about he’s still a better choice than Hillary.
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people, but the silence over that by the good people,”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
I’m sure as someone reads this article, the official white people disclaimer “Not all white people,” is being stated as we speak. Somewhere, someone is reading this and making several mental notes about how white people helped during slavery, the civil rights movement, hold positions at the NAACP & ACLU, and my personal favorite mental note—not all police are bad.
And they may be somewhat right.
Some white people did gruesomely participate in the chattel slavery of black people. Some white people did help organize marches during the Civil Rights movement. Some white people do contribute to the advancement of minorities and equality in the criminal justice system. Some police officers probably are decent human beings. Some white people see the benefits they are given through white privilege and speak out.
But some is the problem. While some is not as bad as all, it doesn’t give them a pass.
Because until all white people speak out and not a select few, the silent ones will continue to empower those who dismiss the issues we face—and minorities will continue to live in tyranny under the tyrants we know as racism, discrimination, and inequality.