Hope is an issue that many liberals raise to me when I paint a rather pessimistic view of my long term expectations for American progress. This is particularly my view when it comes to issues of race. When I speak, what is for me, and many other a forgone conclusion, the idea that racism is permanent, many recoil often in anger. This misunderstanding of American history and in one sense human life itself perplexes me. The ultimate reality is that each and everyone of us will die some day. It is an existential certainty. Does this reality stop us from living and struggling to improve our condition today, while we are here?
It is no accident that Steve Bannon encouraged Donald Trump to put Andrew Jackson's photograph in the central spot of honor behind Trump's oval office desk. This murderer by duel, and engineer of the infamous "Trail of Tears" massacre came from outsider, unpolished roots similar to which Trump would arise nearly two hundred years later. Trump's racism and bigotry, learned from his KKK associated father has been on display his whole public career. The public record of his active racism is unassailable. Given this record was Trump's successful election campaign born of the twin pillars of birtherism and anti-Mexican fever, the same kind of anti-immigrant fever, which drove his followers to vote for him in reaction to the election of the first multi-racial, African American, President? I think the answer is obvious. Trump was elected after also admitting to crimes of sexual battery and a long history of misogyny. What other factors explains the public's willingness to elect such a vulgarian to the highest elected office? People wonder why his teflon characteristics exceed that of Reagan who was known as "The Teflon President. Like Andrew Jackson both Reagan and Trump ran as a racist and bigot. Jackson was a pro slavery Indigenous American hater and murderer. Reagan announced his "pro states rights" candacy just outside of Philadelphia, Mississippi where three civil rights workers were infamously murdered on June 21, 1964. States rights was the anthem of pro slavery states prior to the Civil War and pro segregationists after the war.