Just Sayin’ …Just as many Americans thought racism was declining, Trump became president (Ulish Carter's Column Oct. 18, 2017)


Even though it’s my opinion, take it as fact: Just as many Americans thought racism was headed out the door, Donald Trump was elected president.
His number one objective is to erase every major accomplishment achieved by President Obama during his eight years in office.
He has issued a record 56 Executive Orders thus far to Obama’s 26 in his effort to undo Obama’s achievements, with the latest one being an all-out effort to wreck the Affordable Care Act.
Not able to get the votes needed from the House and the Senate to repeal ACA, Trump has enacted an Executive Order which will defund the ACA in many states. So, instead of putting the people first and pushing to repair the parts of the ACA in states where there are problems, he’s trying to force the shutdown of the program, which will lead to millions of people being without insurance because they can’t afford it. That, of course, leads to pain, suffering and deaths. It also leads to great confusion because he hasn’t made it clear as to what you can and can’t do. Which he hopes leads to death of the ACA, yet neither he nor Congress has offered an affordable alternative. Which I repeat, will lead to millions being without insurance because they can’t afford it, and many more who have to struggle making payments on policies of upwards of $200 per month.
Just a week before, he issued an Executive Order dealing with the Dreamers (which are the estimated 800,000 children who came to this country with their parents illegally). These children—mostly adults now—have lived in this country all their lives and would be totally lost if sent back to the country they came from. I can understand criminals being deported but these people, for the most part, are hard-working, tax-paying people.
Even though it’s still not clear what is going to happen to these people, Trump followers want them exported out of the country with their families. However, making things even more confusing and cruel is, if these people have children born in the U.S. or their parents had other children born in the U.S., those children are automatically citizens. Now think what that would do to families…
But Trump and his supporters could care less, as long as the people are not White. They are doing almost the same as they did to Native Americans. They took their homes and their farms simply because Whites wanted the land.
Obama opened relations with Cuba, which allowed many exiled Cubans to go home or visit their families—now Trump is trying to reverse that. What was odd was that right-wing Americans were against relations with Cuba because they were communist, yet opened relations with Russia, China and even Vietnam despite their being communist.
Trump and his supporters have the same mentality as their ancestors who, under the leadership of various presidents, took the land from Native Americans, enslaved Black people, imprisoned Japanese Americans during World War II but did nothing to Americans who came from Germany and Italy because they were White. These are the same people who worship the American flag when Black people are protesting, but think nothing, nor say anything when hate groups such as the KKK, and Neo-Nazis are waving the American flag to promote their hate for anyone not White.
Harvey Weinstein scandal
Women are really upset over the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which had gone on for several years. There are dozens of women who’ve accused him of anywhere from molestation to rape. But what he did wasn’t any worse than what Trump was recorded saying he did. I was tempted to say that women have become the new Niggers, but White women have been second-class citizens from the beginning of this country.
I say second-class with Black women being third class and Black men fourth class. And if you add Latinos and Asians, Blacks would drop even lower. We seem to always be at the bottom.
Black stars are at an all-time high in the movie industry but other than Tyler Perry very few have moved to the production side of the industry on a big scale. Weinstein is not the first film mogul to take advantage of women; way back during the Dorothy Dandridge era in the 1940s and ‘50s they were doing it. It is rumored that is why Dandridge committed suicide and Josephine Baker moved to Europe because they were Black and women. If White women had to face all these problems, just imagine what beautiful Black women had to face.
Women shouldn’t have to sleep with the executives to be hired or promoted nor should they have to be White or light-skinned.
(Ulish Carter is the former managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier.)
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