Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Blaze Of Infamy

This iconic 1962 photograph of James Meredith, flanked by US Marshall James McShane and Justice Department lawyer John Doar as they walked across the segregated University of Mississippi campus when Meredith first attempted to enroll there, which I came across today after reading comment after comment on Twitter about how racist and how everything else Donald Trump is, made me wonder about the racial progress the US has made in my lifetime.

Trump's support is said to come from older whites who are fearful about the lower standards of living brought about by the current Neoliberal brand of Capitalism, but who also resent losing the racial privileges that used to at least guarantee them better jobs and futures than racial minorities.

But young people are credited with having much less racial prejudice and with being more accepting of Blacks, gays, transgenders and everyone else and presumably will run a much better country if the geezer generation just hurries up and dies of embarrassment.

We'll see. Someone will see. Because those older Trump supporters, of course, are the Baby Boomers. We were the ones who were going to change the world and make it a better place, but we ended up putting Ronald Reagan in office and turning the political landscape of the country inside out, and when we got in charge starting with Bill Clinton is when the bottom really started falling out: we killed the American dream, not to mention dragging the country into the endless war that started around 25 years ago and probably won't end until the last of us babymongering warboomers is dead along with a good portion of the population of the Middle East and who knows who else, because we are very close this weekend to direct military conflict with Russia, and China, too, also has recently sent troops into Syria and both are nuclear superpowers and Hillary and her Neocon friends, remember, refuse to take the nuclear first strike off the table and some of them have even written articles recommending we start using battlefield nukes now.

So let's just hope our stupid, senseless, blind ignominy turns out to be merely our most serious failing and not our eternal crime and the same goes for the millennials, too.

1 comment:

  1. Hard to live up to the ideals we held as young people. What we wanted, what we worked for what we hoped for did not come to pass in the exact way we we hoped and fought for. Maybe not even close. But the fight was worth fighting and the country, as we knew it, did change. Maybe the law of unintended consequences, who really knows. The thing (country) has so damn many moving parts you never know what will come if you mess with one or the other. Love the song by the way, what a great song. Sortta captures the feeling of the struggle of days gone by