WRESTLING WITH TRUMP

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Updated: February 29, 2016

WRESTLING WITH THE THREAT OF TRUMP

By:- Art George – Special Guest and  Gary Norris Gray- BASN – Staff Reporter

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OAKLAND, CA- Donald Trump’s campaign to become President of the United States, Leader of the Free World, is making the effort to gain our highest office nothing more than a smack-down show worthy only of WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment.  At a campaign rally in Nevada, as a protester was removed from the hall, Trump said “I’d like to punch him in the face.” This was not the first time Mr. Trump espoused violence in public.

Of course, Trump was far  from the protestor, and hardly likely to soil his own fingers in the job. Trump expressed his fondness for a vision of fist-fighting toughness. “I love the old days. You know what they used to do with guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.” Carried out on a stretcher, just like a wrestler body slammed from the top rope in a steel cage grudge match. Mr. Trump would love to return to the wild, wild, west where bullies ruled.

In a world of increasing violence, of failed states and failed diplomacy, of open season killing of Black people in the streets of the United States, Trump offers bombastic rhetoric instead of reason. Trump is mean, a nasty man for mean times. He is entitled to his opinion, whatever that may be. But there is no room for his public display for dialogue or discussion.  What remains are his speeches, and a punch to the face.  And the crowd, his crowd, goes wild. Just like a wrestling crowd: howling. This emotional ride has been brewing for eight years.

AMERICA’S DOUBLE STANDARD

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Meanwhile, police unions nationally consider a boycott of the performer Beyoncé for evoking at this year’s Super Bowl the uniforms of the Black Panthers, for her “Formation” music video which includes images of a sinking police car, a Black youth in a hoodie dancing in front of riot patrol officers, and a graffiti message “Stop Shooting Us.“

STANDING UP

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Scan that Trump crowd. It is always overwhelmingly white and overwhelmingly male. Where are the Black lives who matter and who vote? Do they stay away for fear of being punched in the face, or worse?  Black people should be welcome to attend the speeches of any candidate who would purport to lead.

It is time for Black voters, and all voters, to show up, stand up, and seek more from a presidential candidate than belligerence?  Bernie Sanders was criticized for hijacking “Black Lives Matter” and diverting the issue into “All Lives Matter.” But that is not the greatest threat Mr. Trump is and not Mr. Sanders?

Who, if not Blacks, Hispanics, immigrants, and the disabled, will become the next victim’s of Trump?  Who next does he want to punch in the face, or worse?  When a presidential candidate dreams of punching protesters in the face, this gives permission for others to wreak violence upon those with whom they disagree? This gives police permission for violence, to carry their victims out on stretchers, or in body bags? African American males can testify to that fact if they are still alive.

Are we (America) in the middle of the 2016 version of the Stockholm syndrome (by which people identify with their oppressors) with our Latino-Hispanic brothers and sisters voting for Mr. Trump in Nevada? A man who has no interest in the lives of Hispanic-Latino Americans.  Mr. Trump has stated time and time again that he would deport all undocumented Mexicans if he were the President of the United States. Punching them in the face.

PUNCHING BACK AT THE SUPER BOWL

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Some police organizations have characterized the performance of Beyoncé at this year’s Super Bowl as “anti-police” and, while not refusing to staff police protection at her concerts, have otherwise urged a boycott of her tour.  Do they want to punch Beyoncé in the face?  Does the rhetoric of Donald Trump encourage them to do so?

At the Super Bowl, dancers backing Beyoncé were dressed in Black Panther-like leather outfits and berets; there was a raised clenched fist salute. Beyoncé wore straps across her torso that resembled bandoliers holding bullets; the straps also resembled those in the military-styled outfit wore by Michael Jackson.  The dancers formed an “X” on the field that was later interpreted as a tribute to Malcolm X.

 Michael Jackson can wear a military ensemble but Beyoncé cannot, the double standard and the continuing attack on Black females that make political statements.

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It was also the Black Panthers 50th anniversary and few in America want to remember or celebrate the Black militant awaking.

The video supporting her song “Formation” which she sang at halftime came out the day before the Super Bowl.  The video opens with the question “What happened after New Orleans?”  Images show flooded neighborhoods; varieties of Black ethnicity, style, and dance; conjuring and magic; antebellum Creole aristocracy; the church; a Second Line, a Mardi Gras Indian, a horseman; a graphic of Martin Luther King on what appears to be a Black community newspaper; a Black child dancing in front of a line of police, who put up their hands at his prompting; graffiti of “Stop Shooting Us” spray-painted on a wall.

Relations with police and African Americans are just one of many subtexts in the “Formation” video.  The police are in riot guard formation in the video “Formation;” Beyoncé and her dancers are in dance formations. The formation of Bey’s culture and ethnicity are in “Formation:” Texas and Louisiana and Creole and Negro; hot sauce and Cuervo.

However, the song’s lyrics celebrate Blackness and heritage and culture and sexuality, and repeat how the singer can “slay,” but more as an exercise of personal power than violence.  There is nothing about police in the song lyrics; rather, the song speaks to style and stardom. There is a reference to recklessness in wearing a Givenchy dress, which in the video teases with a gossamer hint of nudity; a trip to Red Lobster is advertised after lovemaking; these are exercises of empowerment.

Beyoncé asks the girls in her crew to show their coordination or they would be eliminated: as friends?, or as dancers? But there is no stated hostility toward police in the lyrics. Indeed, the singer seeks out the symbols of personal, sexual, economic, and cultural power; there is no attack on the guardians of that power.

Nevertheless, police in Tampa and Miami and New York challenged the Super Bowl performance and the music video for “Formation.”  The imagery of the sinking police car in the video and the Black Panther-like outfits at the Super Bowl struck a nerve.  The Black Panthers are remembered in part for militancy in challenging authority.

Javier Ortiz, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, accused the singer of using her Super Bowl performance “to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her anti-police message.”

 Question, will these same police unions state that black lives do matter? The growing back chatter of all lives matter, blue lives matter, and cop lives matter is just a diversion from the real issue of racial inequities under the law in the United States.

“To taint police officers globally in the Super Bowl is really wrong,” said Sgt. Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association in New York City.  Mullins said, adding that he is concerned that even though “she is in a major position to do things that are positive” Beyoncé is pitting herself against law enforcement.

However, Mullins made a statement that escapes the wisdom of candidate Trump, and summaries the failure of the nation’s leadership: “What’s clear is that no one in the country is trying to resolve the issues between communities of color and the distrust of law enforcement.”

“The smartest thing for everybody to do is to find a table and sit down and to create an atmosphere and programs that benefit children and police officers, to rebuild trust and change a culture that is now in existence,” Mullins said, offering to work with Beyoncé to build such programs. 

Could such reason and reconciliation punch Donald Trump in the face, or even just gently wake him up?

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Mr. Trump has not touched, discussed, or defamed the (LGBT) Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual, and Transgender political power house and we all should be asking WHY?

Donald Trump and Beyoncé are forcing the American public to face the issue of race and violence.   

Question, Can this dialog happen on these issues with African Americans leading the conversation? If not the United States returned to the starting line.

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One Comment

  1. Bob Kehoe

    February 29, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I can only take exception to one thing you said about Trump. It’s not that he has few people of color at his rallies/hate fests. It’s that he has none. And the same goes for the rest of the GOP clown car of presidential candidates.

    Trump also regularly openly invites his audiences to jeer at or take a swing at the media covering his antics. Not exactly the kind of thing any democratic nation would be expecting from its president, but the way the GOP is going nothing surprises me any more.

    And on top of all this Trump is quoting Mussolini in some of his speeches and claiming ignorance (the one thing he’s definitely over-qualified for) of avowed racists like David Duke.

    All the GOP primaries have done so far is make it crystal clear to anyone who wasn’t sure before that this party not only tolerates racism, violence against those who disagree with the party’s platform and an outright disdain for the laws of this land when they don’t coincide with their members fears and loathing of anyone who is poor or from a different religious or ethnic background than their own.

    And they do this all in the name of “taking back our country.” Which, as we all know, is code for more open warfare on the poor, people of color and anyone not a so-called “real Christian” —— whatever that means in their loony definition.

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