TGATP NOTE: I originally wrote this post for July 4th, 2017. However, in the last six years we have seen a wave of corruption from the Trump MAGA Party, formerly known as the GOP, who are currently putting forth a criminally insane, seditiousness traitor as their candidate for the Presidency. In addition, we have a corrupt, partisan Supreme Court that is undoing over 50 years of progress for women, people of color and the LGBTQ community, so this post is more vital now than it was then!
The 4th of July has always been a mixed bag for me. On the one hand, the Founding Fathers were vessels of truth, who espoused noble ideas of freedom and justice for all. But on the other, they were sexist, racist slaveowners, who after writing these treatises hypocritically went home and raped their slaves and oppressed their wives. It was a hundred years after the so-called Declaration of Independence before slavery was abolished and more than a hundred more before African-Americans had civil rights. And we still have rampant racism and discrimination in every aspect of America life. From jobs to health care to housing to education, Black Americans at every economic level have an extra hurdle to overcome. Lynching has simply taken the form of murdered by police. The years I have spent as an Activist on the cases of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Rosa Jimenez, and other innocent people imprisoned for Life and/or on death row, have also made it glaringly clear to me that we still do not have true freedom. I know well the hypocrisy of us calling this “Independence Day.”
When 2008 brought the election of President Obama, I felt there was a ray of hope for the nation. Even though I was personally still dealing with the overt racism from PR people in the influencer industry, I had hoped that the nation, as a whole, was headed in the right direction and that my industry was just an outlier. For me, the 4th of July holidays spent with President Obama in office brought a renewed pride in our nation. I thought that perhaps, we truly could finally move past our racist past. Perhaps, we could live up to the greatness at the foundation of our Constitution. Perhaps, we would finally give all Americans the equality under the law that had only been hinted at for hundreds of years.
But what a difference fifteen years has made! After the election of the first Black President and the passage of gay marriage, the racist and homophobic whitewash from the GOP and racist, homophobic white Americans was swift! The 2016 election of Trump, a narcissistic, criminally-insane psychopath with no political experience or interest in anything other than furthering his own criminal enterprise and enriching himself, turned our once respected and beloved nation into a banana republic for four years! During his tenure, this fool appointed incompetent and crooked cronies to every agency, bent the entire GOP to his bidding through threats and compromising material, likely provided by Putin, compromised national security, and committed a wave of crimes that included trying to bribe Ukraine to provide dirt on his opponent’s son, election-tampering and ultimately, sedition. When the American people wisely voted his crazy criminal ass out, Trump and his minions even staged a coup attempt and brought us to the brink of civil war!
But unfortunately, Trump stayed long enough to permanently burde the country with three far-right, partisan and corrupt Supreme Court justices, who are doing the evil bidding of the farthest right fascists in the Trump party. On the personal front, I have dealt with even more racism, except for a brief reprieve, when PR people made performative statements and outreach during the summer of George Floyd. (Not surprisingly, I haven’t heard from any of them since.) With the Supreme Court now giving them the permission to discriminate, I expect it to get far worse for Black influencers.
Since being beaten by President Biden, in the biggest landslide in history, Trump and his MAGA?GOP cult have continued to commit treason, sedition, and other high crimes by lying that he won. This has divided the nation into two factions: Trump cultists, who live in an alternative reality, where the loser of an election still gets to be the President and only white people have any rights and the rest of us. And even, more alarmingly, the mainstream media has chosen to rally behind Trump following his every move and hanging on his every word. I recently had MSNBC, a supposedly more liberal news network, on and they said “Trump” over a dozen times in a five-minute span. CNN has decided to go all the way right with constant inane criticism of President Biden and endorsement of Trump as a viable Presidential candidate. This despite the fact that Trump has already been indicted for 68 crimes and faces 4 to 5 more indictments,
Pundit after pundit, continually and falsely, claim that Trump’s popularity is growing with each indictment despite very strong evidence to the contrary. That any American is even considering voting for this crook is ridiculous. Couple the continuing seditious conspiracy from the Trump Party, formerly known as the GOP, with the recent rulings from their puppet Supreme Court that endanger the lives of millions of American women, allow for discrimination against people of color and the LGBTQ community, as well as, ruin the futures of America’s youth and we are barreling rapidly towards a fascist and very unpleasant American future.
But I, for one, am not going back without a major fight! I am moving forward. I am fulfilling the promise and the dreams that my ancestors had for me. I will honor my African and Native ancestry, as well as, civil rights leaders – and yes, the Founding Fathers – by resisting every attempt to destroy our democracy by these corrupt and evil MAGA forces. I will remain independent of all the ignorance, racism, homophobia, xenophobia and cruelty that the MAGAs are flinging at both American citizens and people worldwide. I will never consider this nonsensical MAGA/GOP circus, normal or acceptable. I know that this country can, and will be, greater and will continue to fight for an end to discrimination on all fronts and freedom and liberty for all.
This 4th of July, TGATP urges you to pledge to be a true Patriot and remember that this holiday celebrates resistance. It calls on us all to stand up for the principles of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. It demands that we be the best that we can be and unite to hold our government accountable to only passing laws that are in the best interests of the majority, not the 1%. It demands that we truly put “America First” and “Make America Great Again” by recognizing that we are ALL Americans, all of us – black, white, hispanic, indigenous, immigrants, LGBQT, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and more. America was on the path to greatness just eight years ago. The only way to make it great “again” is to rid ourselves of the people, who are trying to convince us otherwise and take us backwards.
Happy 4th and yes, STAY WOKE!