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Shadow of the Emiliano Zapata Salazar monument in Mexico

In Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address he claimed responsibility for Black unemployment being the lowest ever; for the stock market reaching record highs; for everything good about America (as he loves to do). But he failed to acknowledge any of the negatives since he took office. Things we as a Nation, need to work on.

Why would he?

The negatives are never about Trump, are they?

Of course not.

Then, just a day later, new figures showed Black unemployment jumped to the highest level since 2012. A couple of days after that, came the useless Nunes memo and then the stock market took a dump.

What did Trump do? He went to play golf. Because that’s what a wealthy racist does in times of crisis. We saw plenty of that happen in Houston during the Harvey disaster. While many of us were out there helping folks, all the rich guys were on the golf course rolling their little balls in the grass. The similarities are uncanny. Or are they?

None of this matters to Trumpers though.

Neither Trump nor his supporters will ever exact any blame on their hero regardless of the circumstances. They always go straight to blaming Obama or Hillary (using less than generous terminology in describing either one), not a single Trumper will put any blame on Trump or the GOP. They always have someone or something else to blame. Always.

Let’s be honest here, the level of willful ignorance to act this way is incredibly high. These folks know that Trump is fucking up, they just don’t want to admit it. They don’t want to feel the sting of their pride as it deflates by admitting they might be wrong, or that their guy could possibly be wrong about something.

Nope. He can do no wrong. No matter how racist. No matter how sexist.

Part of it is because many of his supporters are racist, sexist, bigots themselves. At this point I also believe he can shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any support, as he once said. His supporters would probably cheer him on from every corner of “the cyber.”

History Will Not Be Kind

I often wonder how history will look back on all this. I have no doubt that it will be unkind to the Trump era, regardless of how long (or short) it may be. I truly believe when students discuss his presidency in history class it will be met with an overwhelming What.The.Fuck..

Future generations will wonder how this all came to be. They will look at the election results, with the Electoral College as dead as you and I. They will wonder how such stupidity can occur in a nation that once held such tremendous wealth, power, and influence all over the world.

A Nation, once a shining beacon of hope, will be long gone. Russia and China wield all the influence and military might. Enough that when they throw their weight around it will be met with trepidation. They will find themselves watching as the rest of the world progresses and the United States waits to catch up.

No longer the leader in anything, a flawed democracy, the United States will be the country that was once a bully, but alas no more. History will not be kind to this era of Trump, and the toxicity of his rhetoric will carry on for a generation or more by the voices of his rabid supporters. Much like Nazis of today still regurgitating Hitler’s and Goebbels' words.

Wait.

Hell nah!

History will definitely take a shit on the Trump era, but are we going to let it come to what I just described? I’m not. You’re not. We are not going to let that happen. We are going to continue to fight. We are going to resist until the end.

Right?

I hope so dammit.

Regardless of how future generations look back on this post-Obama arena, we need to make sure we are a part of that history as the good guys. History will acknowledge that. History will acknowledge the protests, the fight, the will of real American patriots. The ones who fight for each other, with each other.

“Ignorance and obscurantism have never produced anything other than flocks of slaves for tyranny.”

- Emiliano Zapata Salazar

How Will We Be Remembered?

We must be remembered as the warriors of truth and justice. It’s up to us to not allow the normalization of that which Trumpers try to force upon us. Our generations, GenXers and Millennials, will be known as the generations who survived and fought back against the bully pulpit that Trump is trying to shove down our throats.

History will remember us as the era of equality and socioeconomic equity. The era that fought back against hate and beat it back into the fringes where it belongs. With history on our side we must use it to tamp down the pathetic last act from the generations of intolerance, prejudice, and hate.

We will win this.

We just have to keep fighting.

So here we are. Closer to the darkness than we want to be. Democrats are deemed treasonous for not applauding our wannabe dictator and the FBI is the enemy of the “so-called” law-and-order party. All of this is happening and the only winner right now is the Russian propaganda machine. They can’t win.

There is no time for complacency.

There is no time for silence.

United we fight back. United we win.

Do you want to be known as the quiet ones who watched it all in silence? How about being known as the ones who participated in our transgression? Maybe you want to be remembered as being alongside the fighters of equality and justice. It’s an easy decision for me. It should be easy for you.

How do you want to be remembered in the future?

Let me know.

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Anti-racist activist, essayist, and upcoming author; advocating for equality, justice, and accountability. Support my work at patreon.com/ExtremeArturo

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