Maxine Waters, the fiery congress lady from California has stirred up the hornet's nest. She has hit the proverbial nail on the head and has caused media outlets to devote a good portion of their newsday discussing civility in politics.
For crying out loud, civility left the conversation when Barack Obama started winning Democratic Primaries in the 2008 Presidential Election cycle. The right wing of conservative politics has all but claimed the title for uncivilized political discourse.
When Maxine Waters pushed back, suddenly it is time for mass media outlets to have a public discussion on what is acceptable language in the town square.
Excuse me, how uncivilized is it to intimate that a female journalist is having a bad day because she is on her period? Or that all Mexicans who migrate to the U S are rapists and drug dealers. Not to mention calling professional football players “sons of bitches.”
Let’s face it, race relations in America are as bad as they have always been. Just the other day in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania a teenage Black man was shot in the back by a police officer who recently took the oath to protect and serve the public. To paraphrase Medgar Evers, “Will these police killings ever end.”
The major difference today is white racists feel empowered to spread their beliefs in the most unflattering of public policy initiatives. These initiatives on immigration, tariffs, policing, voting, health care and tax cuts are a clear and present danger to Americans of all hues.
The battle lines in this “cold civil war” have been drawn and are as clear as the battle lines fought over from 1860–1865, i.e, a strong contingent of the lighter race in America is uncomfortable with the emergence of the darker races.
Something is going to give in the near future. The victor will be liberty for all or it will be tyranny. It will be democratic rule or it will be the rule of a dictator, as evident by the President’s notion, that judges should be by passed in immigration hearings. Throw out the due process clause of the 14th Amendment in immigration cases and it is an easy transition to doing away with due process in other matters involving conduct within the confines of the U S.
Rep. Waters is encouraging the bullied to encamp around members of the President’s cabinet when cabinet members venture away from their government offices to shop or to dine.
Waters refuses to yield one more inch to the rule of an administration dead set on retrogressing America into something less rather than progressing her into becoming something more than she has ever been.
And America, following the Obama Presidency, was on the precipe of becoming grander than she had ever been.
Democrats should support Waters’s efforts to give no quarter to the misguided policies of the current administration. They should join Waters in not yielding one millisecond to Trumpism. It is an ugly game, but the left did not make the rules. This type of political warfare has been thrust upon the left by the right and if the momentum of the right is not checked the left will lose an opportunity to restore America to the grand style that Obama set into motion.
In response to Waters, the official twitter account of the White House, in true bully fashion, warned Waters she may become the target of similar treatment from supporters (many of whom are known to carry guns) of these foolish policies. God forbid we see more violence from white supremacists like we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia, but if we do, such violence should properly be attributed to the Oval Office for issuing a retort to Waters designed to incite a riot from far right supporters who believe a whiter America is a greater America.
As we approach the day that European Americans celebrate their independence from British rule, I can hear the words of that great American freedom fighter, Frederick Douglass, who once said, and I paraphrase: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will…The limits of tyranny and injustice that will be imposed upon a people is prescribed by the limits of those who endure it… and it will continue until it is met by word, or blow, or both.”
Instead of running away from Waters, Democrats and Progressives should embrace her call to arms and yield not another inch and give no quarter to the President and his cabinet as they travel around the country. In the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King, jr., “He who passively accept evil, is as much involved as he who helps to perpetuate it.”
If Trump wants a fight, why hell, in the spirit of the American Revolution, its high time for the American people to rise up and take the fight to him.
Don’t be scared, this administration can’t concentrate us all in Walmart camps, at least, not as long as they are hell-bent on locking up Central Americans who cross our southernmost border.
Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist. He is a Contributor at The Hill, SCLC National Magazine, Southern Changes Magazine and Black College Nines. He can be contacted at email@example.com