America: No Place For Hate

By Beverly Gadson-Birch

Well Lowcountry, we made it through the great eclipse of 2017.

We also made it through the throng of visitors who came to witness the once in a lifetime phenomenon. Folks were everywhere!

Restaurants, grocery and retail stores were packed to the brim as folks prepared for the event. Traffic was horrendous! The sun shined through just long enough to view the incredible phenomenon, at least in my neighborhood.

The clouds obscured the view in other areas.  The eclipse had barely made its way out of view before the rain pummeled the earth.

Overall, it was quite an amazing experience. I am sure the merchants are dancing in the streets as they make their way to the banks this morning.

And, while the excitement, cookouts and parties were taking place surrounding the eclipse, President Trump was preparing to deliver a speech later that day.  I must say, he did a better job with delivery but the substance was still off.

Some of what I gathered from the President’s speech was (1) deploying more troops to Afghanistan; (2) reducing funding and demanding more accountability from allies to help in the fight; (3) planning to strike somewhere, sometime because unlike previous Presidents, Trump isn’t putting his plan out there; and (4) winning the war against threats to the US.

Mr. President, no one always win. Even bullies lose if they fight long enough. And, I sure don’t want America to wage another senseless war she can’t win.

The President continues to tip toe around the recent incident in Charlottesville. In my opinion, Trump’s watered-down response was simply a catalyst for future demonstrations and uncompromised hatred that have raised its ugly head within the past eight months.

He had more to say about the terrorist attack in Spain than in his own country.

The following is straight out of the President’s speech: “When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry and no tolerance for hate. The young men and women we send to fight our wars abroad deserve to return to a country that is not at war with itself at home. We cannot remain a force for peace in the world if we are not at peace with each other.”   

Whoever wrote this for the President deserves a humanitarian medal.  This country will always be at war with itself until it apologizes for slavery and makes retribution to the descendants of slaves.

Not only will “America not be a force for peace if she is not at peace with each other” is peace and hate cannot reside in the same place.

You either have to love peace and condemn hate or you condemn peace and love hate. I must call it as I see it.

Trump acknowledged that the Office of President is like no other.  Decisions are made that affect the lives of millions of people.  It’s not a position for bullies.  It’s not a position for hotheads. It’s not a place for the illogical. It’s not an easy job.

Here is what the President had to say, “But all my life I’ve heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office, in other words, when you’re president of the United States.”

So, who did he think he was and who did he think he was making decisions for the past eight months? Dah!!

Have y’all noticed that the folk behind the sheets and tiki torches are getting younger and younger?

These are no old school hotheads and racists.  These kids are being taught hate and preservation of the old south at an early age. Dylann Roof was 21 when he gunned down nine worshippers at Mother Emanuel.   

The driver of the car, James Alex Fields, Jr., that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured more than 19 others in Charlottesville, VA is 20 years old.

Hate is a learned behavior.  No child comes out of its mother’s womb hating.  Children tend to mimic adult’s behavior. Let’s set better examples for our children.

Now that school is back in session, sure hope students and teachers are off to a good start.  Amidst the chaos that’s taking place in this country, I can’t help but think about government classes.

Do they still teach American Government in school these days?  Y’all know it’s been awhile since I was in school but listen up.  Do y’all remember when the teacher quizzed you on the various persons holding office, i.e., who is the Secretary of State, Chief of Staff, F.B.I. Director, etc.?

In all fairness teachers, give your students a break.  Many changes have taken place over the past eight months to make even a history guru’s head spin, so how can you expect children to know who’s who in the White House?

America, it is time to heal. There is no place for hate!

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