By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter
OAKLAND, CA.-The United States of America two years ago began a nightmare that has swallowed up and preoccupied this great nation. Americans have lost their moral compass. They have lost their common decency and humanity. This attitude can be witnessed in the parking lots, in the shopping centers, at political rallies, in the sports arenas, in the polling booths, and downtowns across the United States.
We are coming to an ethical, moral, and political crisis extending from the man who occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Will America survive? Maybe, but what transpires in the meantime could be devastating to some Americans of color and individuals who want to become American. This is tragic because we are the land of the free and the home of the brave, supposedly. The real tragedy is this administration is using the Holy Book -the Bible to justify these unjust actions.
This man is causing a new emotional trauma called Toxic Stress: – when immigrant children are separated from their parents in a land they do not know and a language they do not understand. Toxic Stress when Black people don’t know whether they will come home safe every day. Toxic Stress when police officers handcuff a ten-year-old Black boy for playing outside of his grandmother’s house. Toxic Stress when females don’t know when they will be sexually attacked and assaulted, Toxic Stress when gay, lesbian, and transgender community are walking down our streets in fear. Toxic Stress in a store minding your own business and getting verbally attacked because you are speaking your native tongue to your friends and family. These things are occurring with more and more frequency in the United States with the silent consent of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Toxic Stress is not knowing what will happen next; Toxic Stress has already claimed many children from Latin America who continue to cross our borders to freedom. Toxic Stress when you are looking around the corner for (ICE) immigration agents. Toxic Stress has scared millions of Americans and hyphenated Americans.
The day this man walked into the White House a year and a half ago America started going in reverse, stating that his inauguration crowd on the Capitol lawns were the biggest crowds ever. Knowing this was not true. It continued with the Russian voting scandal and investigation a few months later but the seeds of discontent were sowed months earlier. Stating it was o.k. to make fun of a disabled writer, it was o.k. to punch out anybody at a rally who does not agree with them, it was o.k. to call women unflattering names and grab them by their private parts. It was o.k. to send his daughter and son-in-law to a non-allied country for campaign information while running for the highest office in our land. It was o.k. to lie to the American public more than 2,000 times in a year. It was o.k. to call professional football players S.O.B’s for kneeling while the National Anthem played. It was o.k. to cut funding for the disabled and seniors, this is our new America.
This is the leader of the free world. Question, when was the last time you heard a President swear in public? The answer, NEVER, This man does this and nobody bats an eye. What happened to respect? What happened to honor? What happened to the office of the President of the United States?
The latest political incident in Washington D.C. was being critical of the 2015 Iran nuclear treaty which has been withdrawn by this president. This treaty had concessions and checkpoints that could be verified to the resent North Korean nuclear treaty which has none of the above. But that’s o.k. too.
This President has continued to attack the National Football League and any African American athlete who takes a knee during the National Anthem. He has un-invited the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia Eagles, NCAA men’s and women’s basketball champions because they did not agree with him. He does not even try to extend a hand to the ladies of the WNBA and we all know why.
This President has attacked our closest allies, England, Germany, France, Mexico, and Canada while becoming friends with long-standing foes, Russia, and North Korea. He is turning the political apple cart upside down and challenging anybody that crosses his path.
This President is trying to undermine the very fabric of America and of our democracy we are all standing around watching.
This President has attacked the California Governor and the City of Oakland’s mayor over sanctuary cities but there is something he did not inform the public. (ICE) The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement were looking for 280-1,000 individuals in Northern California. ICE knew that they would only capture or detain 150-300 individuals but they would not inform the public about this inner agency fact. Mayor Libby Schaaf warned the public about the impending raid by ICE via television. What Washington did not tell you is that ICE captured 232 individuals. Instead of taking this legal victory lap home to Washington they wanted blood and file charges for a criminal investigation for obstruction of justice against the mayor.
This caused ICE spokesman James Schwab to resign and activated three federal investigations into Schwab’s accusations of misconduct in his department. There have not been any more (ICE) raids in Northern California since a public official stood up against this administration in Washington.
This President has opened a full-scale attack on Latino immigrants while at the same time said nothing about the undocumented Eastern European and Russian immigrants in the states of New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut that may include some of his own family members, but that’s o.k. too.
This President supports the National Rifle Association even after Americans have been killed by assault rifles the past three years. Our children, our residents are being slaughtered by young white males who do not know what to do with themselves. Money and guns are very powerful weapons.
This is the first president to try to reverse every single program that the previous president put forth. Presidents have changed programs before because they want to make their own mark, their own legacy, but not on this scale.
This President has also opened old racial wounds by his actions or in-actions and words after the “Unite The Right Rally” in Charlottesville, Virginia protest, and disturbance on August 11, 2017. He has created an atmosphere of dissension, disdain, and violence towards people of color. This President has little or no sympathies for any minority and it shows.
There is trouble on the horizon of the United States when a President does not defend Black men getting arrested for just sitting at a Starbucks not ordering anything and wanting to use the restroom. Silence from 1600.
There is trouble ahead when a woman can call police on Black people barbecuing on city ground having fun enjoying the day together or calling when Black kids are enjoying a party in their own backyard and have to stop because they can’t be kids. Silence from 1600.
We are at the new crossroads of this great nation and we have been there before, maybe some jail time in Washington would turn this train around with their dereliction of sworn duties to serve all Americans-ALL AMERICANS, even the individuals this administration do not like.
Remember in 1980 when Ronald Reagan became President, his insinuations that greed was good, capitalism is great, making money was the American way. What happened to those Wall Street cronies? THEY ARE IN JAIL ……
This will be the same conclusion with this President’s administration if they don’t change their stance on race relations, women’s rights, disabled freedom, and gay liberation in the United States. Stop the diversions, distractions, and plain laziness, do the job the American people elected you to do.
Former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick was and is on the right track with his social-political protest. America is riding a restless wave of discontent and America must change this paradigm in November 2018.
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email Glcgray@gmail.com
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