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Trump the clown, the racist, white supremacist, misogynist, hater of Muslims and other immigrants. We have watched as Trump has offended just about every ethnic group there is.

Stories about the stupidity of Trump voters are published every day. Articles that accuse these people of being bigots have appeared by the hundreds, if not the thousands. And this is a prejudiced group of people! Trump’s partisans are not only incomprehensible, they are not worth comprehending. These working-class white people show up in surprising numbers, but their views, the reasons they support him, by and large, have not appeared in the newspapers or on tv.

Trump’s supporters are the blue collar workers (and their wives) who lost their jobs when those jobs were shipped to Mexico or overseas, and trade is an issue that polarizes Americans by socio-economic status. The elitists, the politicians (on the payroll of big business) all think that these free trade agreements are good - but of the benefits they provided, 90% went to the upper 10%. Trump’s supporters didn’t see any of those benefits, in fact, their their lives got ripped apart. They have yet to recover from the recession. They hate the government for the trade agreements and for things like Affirmative Action. They think minorities take advantage of them and in general, don’t like anything outside the traditional, white, male, anglo ethic.

In each of his speeches Trump spends a good deal of time talking about an entirely legitimate issue, one that could even be called left wing. Thomas Frank wrote, “He talks about trade. To judge by how much time he talks about it, trade may be his single biggest concern – not white supremacy. . . Ill-considered trade deals and generous bank bailouts and guaranteed profits for insurance companies but no recovery for average people, ever – these policies have taken their toll. As Trump says, “we have rebuilt China and yet our country is falling apart. Our infrastructure is falling apart … Our airports are, like, Third World.”

“It seems to obsess him: the destructive free-trade deals our leaders have made, the many companies that have moved their production facilities to other lands . . . Trump embellished this vision with another favorite leftwing idea: under his Presidency, the government would ‘start competitive bidding in the drug industry.’ (‘We don’t competitively bid!’ he marvels – a legendary boondoggle of the Bush administration.) Trump extends his critique to the military-industrial complex, describing how the government is forced to buy lousy but expensive airplanes thanks to the power of industry lobbyists.”

It can be argued that these former blue collar (high paid) workers had negotiated themselves out of the market. But what is baffling to many is that Trump himself, has a terrible record of dealing fairly with his own hotel and casino workers.

What most concerns Trump supporters is the economy and their place in it. The AFL-CIO did a study, interviewing white working-class voters in the suburbs of Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Support for Donald Trump ran strong among these people, even among self-identified Democrats, who had one concern: “good jobs / the economy”.

The study concluded, "these people are fed up, people are hurting, they are very distressed about the fact that their kids don’t have a future” and that “there still hasn’t been a recovery from the recession, that every family still suffers from it in one way or another." As one person commented, "When trade agreements passed, we hemorrhaged jobs.”
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So many pro and anti-Clinton, pro and anti-Trump posts, I assume that most of you have made your minds up regarding the Nov. election. Which then brings up the question, why do we post all this stuff?
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What really is prejudice? We read a lot about it, but what is it, really? This article may help: http://rossbishop.com/blog/2016/07/11/prejudice/
by Ross Bishop Sometimes we just accept things without really looking at what's behind them. Take prejudice for example. It is largely an oxymoron. You can't dislike a whole race or group. It's not possible. You can dislike some of “them” for what they do – their morals, lifestyle, social values ...
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Jackie Robinson in 1972: ‘I Cannot Stand and Sing the Anthem; I Cannot Salute the Flag’

As fury around Colin Kaepernick's principled stance continues to rise, let's look back at Robinson, the barrier-breaking athlete and activist who wrote that he was a "black man in a white world."

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Jackie Robinson, in his 1972 autobiography, I Never Had It Made, described the moment when he realized that he could not “stand and sing the anthem,” nor “salute the flag,” mirroring the recent statements made by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Robinson strongly indicted this nation on charges of racism, classism, and bigotry:

There I was, the black grandson of a slave, the son of a black sharecropper, part of a historic occasion, a symbolic hero to my people. The air was sparkling. The sunlight was warm. The band struck up the national anthem. The flag billowed in the wind. It should have been a glorious moment for me as the stirring words of the national anthem poured from the stands. Perhaps, it was, but then again, perhaps, the anthem could be called the theme song for a drama called The Noble Experiment. Today, as I look back on that opening game of my first world series, I must tell you that it was Mr. Rickey’s drama and that I was only a principal actor. As I write this twenty years later, I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.

Kaepernick shared a similar sentiment after his game against Green Bay on August 26.

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.

Kaepernick has since doubled down on his stance, despite many white Americans completely becoming unhinged at the thought of a man of color not showing gratitude or pledging allegiance to a country that continues to extrajudicially kill black, brown, and Indigenous people with impunity. Despite the nation’s history of activist athletes, including Muhammad Ali, who in 1966 refused to serve in the Vietnam War; Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who raised their fists in a Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City as the Star-Bangled Banner played—their friend and ally Peter Norman standing beside them in solidarity; and Mahmoud Abdul Rauf, who in 1995 refused to participate in the “nationalistic ritualism” of recognizing the flag and singing the anthem, racists in this country continue to feign surprise that blacks in America are not eternally grateful for the “privilege” of not being chains.

In 1947, Jackie Robinson felt the beautiful burden of blackness as the Star-Bangled Banner played. His dual consciousness, something that even during the last year of his life he could not quite explain, is evident in each word. The gravitational pull of racism at odds with the euphoric pull of patriotic possibilities is what continues to keep many people of color off balance, slipping and sliding on streets filled with the blood of our children and the tears of those who love them.

We know that “we never had it made.” And continuing to salute, stand at attention or place our hands over our hearts in honor of a symbol that has doubled as a noose around the necks of generations of black Americans, especially those who seek liberation, will ensure that we never do.

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Robinson’s words are ancestral wisdom. They are both roadmap and blueprint, waiting on us to find and build upon his understanding that “liberty and justice for all” is a red, white, and blue lie.

And what has once again been made clear in the last few days is that many white Americans just can’t handle the truth.
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A lot of people are wondering what is happening in the world. Some of us have been writing about it for years. I have compiled some of my writings: http://rossbishop.com/blog/posts/index/category/8
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Shaman, author, healer
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