by Marion Marks
Sarcasm is often utilized by the weak to belittle those who are unable to defend themselves. Ridicule falls similarly as a trait people use to control and segregate others by belittling their character and actions. Too often these tools are identified with evil and negative behaviors.
It is with great care that I temper any actions or criticism when dealing with those with whom I cannot identify. So, when I thank Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, David Duke and those who identify with the words and actions documented in the last few days around Charlottesville, Virginia, I must admit it is with a degree of sarcasm and ridicule that I accept guilt.
I truly thank these characters for the degree to which they exposed themselves and the transparency of their beliefs and the rationale with which they have explained their actions. Words they used to identify themselves and the America they have attempted to mold are really quite clear and chilling. In defining themselves they helped me identify myself
and the country I do not believe the majority of Americans want. The more clarification they have added has also forced many of their former supporters to evaluate their motives for supporting Trump and his inner circle. Many have have walked away, many have expressed alarm.
The bigotry and identification of what is right and wrong at the basest levels for those who came to Charlottesville to foment strife became transparent when Trump stated, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.” And, Trump and his supporters redoubled their commitment to defend racism and bigotry when Wednesday Trump redoubled with, “You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now.”
Steve Bannon and David Duke clarified the Trump identity with their words, even for the most devout Republicans. Within minutes, David Duke, former Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, praised Trump’s comments as a condemnation of “leftist terrorists.” Duke tweeted: “Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville.”
So, thank you again, Trump, Bannon and your ilk, for clarifying your true selves. You don’t need the “Alt-Left” or any reporters of fact to accuse you of being secret KKK members, bigots or racists, because you make clear your feelings about those who will not salute you or blindly follow you into the gutter. Your KKK robes may not be lily-white to all, but the ease with which you laud actions of those who came to Charlottesville to create anarchy and civil unrest is evident.
As the business leaders council dissolved, and national Republican party members disavow your words and actions, as men and women of conscience refuse to endorse you or your words, Trump defines his responsibility for the chaos he has sown not only in Washington but throughout America. It’s another case of Pogo accurately reporting the landscape, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
If you look in the mirror and don’t see a defiance that stands against tyranny and loudly scream, “NO!” you may also be complicit in permitting racism and bigotry to exist or even promoting it.