My deepest thanks go
out to the countries of Cuba, Ghana, Morocco, Isle of Man,
Ethiopia, Costa Rica and Norway for their substantial
diplomatic support in these trying times.
What has, or may well,
generated a firestorm is that I will compare the amazing
differential treatment that Herr Trump is afforded by White
America; and to compare his mentally-challenged antics,
delusions of grandeur, threats, bullying, racism and sexism
to that of former President Barack H. Obama … if Obama were
to have engaged in such reprehensible acts of conduct, vile
language and boorish conduct to our foreign allies.
“suffered” during his eight years of being president from
the following incidents and of which were not remotely
sufficient to upend established social mores and government
and even steadiness and great intellectual capital,
endearing empathy and compassion for all, made him an
outstanding President leader, bar none.
At the hands of
outraged white Republicans who were shell shocked to have a
black man being the CEO of the US of A for eight years, his
foibles included the following: (1) wearing a tan colored
suit in the Oval Office (2) The First Lady wearing
sleeveless dresses that showed her muscular arms (3)
mistakenly saying that the Affordable Care Act would allow
you to keep your doctor (Note: as it worked out, you could
keep your doctor if the doctor agreed to be a part of the
care act (4) defending Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of
As you know, the GOP
Senate was enraged that after years of investigation into
Benghazi that no criminal liability was found against her or
fault was his seemingly desire to not go public regarding
the racial antics of the GOP Senators and especially so when
they, for no good reason, blocked his Supreme Court nominee
Merrick Garland from even getting an up or down vote from
Recently, there has
been a horrible spate of shootings by white policemen
against people of color and in which it seems that itchy
trigger fingers prevailed over common sense or that other
least drastic means to take an opponent down were not
The ghastly murder of
the jogger, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia reminds all of us that
life is fragile and can be taken in a moment’s notice; and
even quicker when your race is a factor in determining who
lives or who dies.
Who would have
remotely thought that a deadly virus, COVID-19, would
blatantly uncover the racial divide in this country
regarding medical care and services and again, who lives and
Not only did this
COVID-19 expose the hypocrisy of America’s care for all
being a lie but a stubborn lie at that when it came to black
and brown people receiving the brunt end of the sharp stick
when the virus sought out its victims.
Now, we have
revelations that this virus is revealing that the
educational system is woefully flawed when it comes to the
fair distribution of
educational services to those who do not have the
wherewithal to afford computers and Internet services during
a prolonged shut down of the schools.
Again, the class and
race divisions in America are puss-like blisters being
popped and it is not a pretty sight to behold.
districts and its pupil population have the financial muscle
to have computers and the assortment of related services
that allow “those” kids to weather an educational downturn
whereas “other” kids have to take it on the chin when it
comes to educational parity.
America and its
educational systems and its opportunities thereto, never
made room for minorities to sit at the table as equals and
to receive a fair share of the bounty.
That is because
America was not originally set up for that type of fair
distribution of goods and services to people of color and
because of that, when deadly viruses run rampant, the
resulting inequities are glaringly abhorrent.
A good read on this
shameful history is: Stamped From the Beginning by
Ibram S. Kendi. Read it and weep.
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