After Charlottesville: Avoiding the ‘Distraction’ of Trump

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In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, some Black community members and leaders have been weighing in with warnings about not being “distracted” by Trump, reports Nayaba Arinde in the Amsterdam News.

As members of the December 12th Movement prepared the homegoing for the late co-founder Robert Taylor Wednesday, fellow member Omowale Clay told the Amsterdam News, “Robert Taylor would say, ‘It’s the political/economy stupid!’ The economy and political structure is fractured. But, we cannot afford to be distracted by Trump, while at the same time Mike Pence is being positioned to take over as fascist agendas are being put in place in the seat of government.”

Added activist filmmaker Edward Harris:

“Remember what a distraction is. Black folk should be quiet. This is fight between white men. Many of these so-called new organizations claiming to represent ‘woke’ Black people are suspect. Have we learned nothing? We should prepare to be strong with whoever/whomever comes out on top. Let us focus on developing (…) our businesses, period.”

The Amsterdam News has run a series of editorials calling for Trump’s removal from office, and in the latest one, #29, the paper quotes the civil rights leader Jesse Jackson on what to do next:

A good response to Charlottesville would be a massive voting coalition to drive out the forces of division and push for a new era of reform. We must act, change the institutionalization of bias, protect and extend the right to vote, and fight to ensure equal justice and opportunity for all.

Writing in Our Time Press, David Mark Greaves struck a similar note, saying the country “cannot endure” another three and a half years of Donald Trump as president. But he also sounded a note of concern about the inadequacy of opposition to the actions of white supremacists:

…where do people stand? Where are they on a criminal justice [system] created to lock up African-Americans? Where are they on voter suppression and equality in the workforce? Where are they on understanding that the violent hatred and anger of last Friday and Saturday were only the tiniest example of the terror African-Americans endured daily for 250 years?

Go to Our Time Press and Amsterdam News for more coverage, and more opinion pieces, about the fallout from Charlottesville.

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