The Democratic Years
Luke is a kind person. He has been my neighbor for over seven years. I remember when President Obama was in office; Luke was very cordial with us. One time he was selling a 1994 tan color Nissan Maxima, and I approached him about it. It was sitting in front of his house for almost three weeks before we made a deal. Luke told me that I could have the car and make payments. In fact, he gave me a signed title without any financial commitment from me— a White person helping an Arab [ ar–uh b ]. Luke treated me like a human being, an equal. The melting pot is working.
Or should I call it multiculturalism? The melting pot theory should apply to the many Europeans that migrated to America, Italians, Jews, Poles, Irish, English, French, Germans, and Swedes. These diverse ethnic enclaves fused (intermarry) into a new identity- American. However, when it comes to Intermarriages among Whites and Blacks, the statistics are low. The melting pot is a concept set for White Europeans cohabitation. The multiculturalism is the describing the new America, where immigrants hold down to their lineage and marry within their respected racial-ethnic groups.
Drive-thru are Extinct
Contemplate where would America be if there was no diversity. We would not have Dunkin Donuts coffee, no authentic Mexican tacos, no Arab pita bread with hummus. We would not have baklava that the Greeks claimed they were the first inventors of it. No Italian beef, what about Pizza or kosher Hebrew hotdogs. Calling on the French to save us from the British invasion, I mean “french” fries. And Chinese food. I am hungry.
New waves of Republican Red-The Transition
Luke’s wife died right before they moved into the neighborhood. Since I knew he lived by himself; I would check on him from time to time. After all, he was in his late 70’s.
One day it snowed five inches, and I decided to be a good neighbor and shovel his snow. Luke came out in front of his house and tried to give me money for removing the slush from his sidewalk. I told Luke, “thank you, but I am not doing it for the money.” He insisted I go and take my children to buy some hotdogs with the earnings. “Weiners in the winter, ” expressed by the day laborer while picking up snow. Is that American?
Doomsday; Trump becomes President, and wages war on color folk. Luke does not say “Hi” to me anymore. He has a big poster of Trump in his front window. His grandson moved in with him. I no longer visit him to debate politics and smoke cigarettes.
Change of Subject: 360-Full Circle
There will never be enough binary code placed in cyberspace; about the dilemmas of nepotism and cronyism. On the negative side, we have people who are in government; who have not earned the right to lead. There are millions of bureaucrats ruining many people’s lives. Mr. Trump is one of them. In general, he is not for the people; he is for corporations and their superfluous lobbyists (i.e., military-industrial complex). Hence, we are living in a comatose America.
Important to realize, the Democrats are not perfect angels as well. The Democrats talk a good game, nevertheless, actions speak louder than words. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said, “The overwhelming influence of money and special interests is a cancer in our democracy that needs to be removed.” A point often overlooked is a third party being elected to the White House. The new party will implement a policy of campaign finance reform.
Fast forward to Trump presidency. Luke has changed, or maybe I have changed, and I am more liberal. I am still pro-life, an advocate for fair foreign policy (i.e., destroy the military complex ), equal opportunity for employment and education institutions, affordable housing, and criminal justice reform.
Criminal Justice Reform is mandatory. We have many people being killed by officers from a traffic stop [sic]. Consequently, there are a plethora of death row cases that have imprisoned innocent people. Between 1398-99, a Franciscan inquisitor, Johannes de Pogiali asserted, “it was better to leave a crime unpunished than to condemn an innocent person.” The Blackstone ratio argues that it is better for ten guilty offenders to find safe haven, then to accuse an innocent individual, for the purpose of suffering.
That is all lot to digest. Oh, I forgot about climate change. Global warming should be at the top of the list. I think the carbon monoxide from cigarettes is affecting the cognitive process. Carbon emissions flow through our horizons. It’s the most severe threat to civilization. With this in mind, how did you get to work today? What forms of transportation did you take? Let me guess; you rode a bike to work today. Right?
I am Innocent
Luke no longer acknowledges me. It seems I am guilty of something. Guilty of being a Muslim in America. “Half of Americans say Islam is not part of ‘mainstream American society,’ and 41 percent say Islam encourages violence more than other faiths.” These sentiments make me feel inferior, makes me want to go back to smoking cigarettes; to calm my nerves.
What happened to the maxim: innocent until proven guilty? Stigmatized because I have a tan color skin pigmentation, with brown hair and a brown beard with brown eyes watching you read this blog. Scary!
Luke, what happened to us? We were friends; we were neighbors. For God’s sake you had dinner at my table-with my wife-who is beautiful. Why the acrimonious behavior towards your neighbor?
I don’t know what it is, but I suspect Trumpism has spread to his home. The vanguard propaganda is back for the “elitist” White Man to declare that this is his land and nothing will change that.
Well, I got news for you “elitist” White man. We are the Indians you committed genocide too. The Black men that you have enslaved for a half a century. Yes, there are still forms of slavery in this country (i.e., minimum wage, felony convictions on peoples records, after they paid their restitution, ghettos in major cities like Chicago, and employment and educational discrimination that effects applicants of minority descent). The list goes on and on. In addition, I speak for the White poor who have been oppressed by our ruling class. Notably, Dr.King stood with the Poor People’s Campaign, and we should stand for the liberation of all peoples.
I worry about you Luke. Yearning for those candid talks we had about God and country (lowercase the letter “c” because country or land could never be equal to God). Maybe, I am partly to blame, I no longer smoke cigarettes, that is why I don’t visit you anymore.