There is a fierce debate about whether Americans are still racists. The worst black harassing President since Woodrow Wilson (who kicked Blacks out of the civil service), Donald Trump, (who kept blacks out of his apartment buildings) says he’s the least racist Person in America.
I’ll give Trump credit for one thing. His elevation to the Oval Office has shown how profoundly ignorant America is about its shitty treatment of black Americans over the last 20 generations.
Not withstanding our nation’s remarkable election of the half-white Barack Obama in 2008 Trump has ripped the scab off our long simmering anti-black infection.
It continues today everywhere including in Duluth’s Public Schools. I won’t bring an end to it but as one of the few white children actually affected by Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education I will be damned if I will let my experience be wasted.
The New York Times has been publishing a fantastically clear eyed series of histories about how we got to this improved but still rancid state over the last 400 years.
This story about our vile criminal justice system that non-racist, Donald Trump, sent 5 more innocent black kids into is well worth the read for anyone willing to take the scales off their eyes.
American Prisons Owe Their Cruelty to Slavery
Thinking back on the last correction the word homophone popped into my head. It turns out that when I said homonym I probably meant homophone.
From some Internet Dictionary I found these two definitions:
Homophonesnoun: Each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling, e.g., new and knew. (or in my case breaks and brakes)
Homonyms; plural noun: Each of two or more words having the same spelling but different meanings and origins, e.g. pole and pole.
I got a text asking me what “fiscal breaks” meant. It was published in my Reader Column.
I replied that it was spending restraint.
You mean “like “brakes?” he replied.
I replied, “Damned homonyms.”
Mine is titled: Flying Blind.
I sent them a current photo of me as a greybeard:
And it is a great irony that Linda LeGarde Grover, the poetic wife of my old School Board pal and later adversary Tim Grover, chimes in as well with something of a pat on a back to me for trying to do right by the schools in the face of the grim finances my column outlines.
Here’s her pic:
Sorry for the delay. The finger, which will be mentioned in the next blog post, was busy typing another post after I got this one titled.
Correction One: It was pointed out to me that my comment in this post suggesting that our district had the right to pull the plug on Edison was in error. Once it was created we never had that power so long as Edison was able to find another acceptable sponsor.
Correction Two: (an amendment really) Tim, the young African-American man mentioned in the post on the Citizen’s Action meeting, did say that Rosie treated him the way I described. However, he told me that in her second talk with him she also apologized for having shunted him to the side when he was waiting to speak to the meeting’s guest speaker.
Lincoln Democrat regrets the errors.