As protests grow across the nation and the world which began with the murder of George Floyd, Trump continues to defend law enforcement. Now he is supporting leaders of the Confederacy while ignoring black American history in America.
To label Trump ignorant and incompetent is a huge understatement. We have learned that he is a poorly educated man, and that he knows little or nothing about our nation’s history. When his ignorance produces a personal policy which is harmful to millions of Americans, he must be criticized and informed of the pain he causes others; not that he cares.
Real Americans are united in support of ending police brutality against black America. The people are speaking and they will be heard now and in November at the polls.
Meanwhile, the most racist, illegitimate president in history and his party are ignoring us.
For black families who live in states which fought in the Civil War, there remain too many reminders of how one-half of our nation fought to keep slavery. Statues of Confederate leaders and monuments to the men and women who would destroy the union are in many cities today, 155 years since the end of the war, and 56 years after the Civil Rights Law was signed by President Johnson.
While some states are tearing down statues which are nothing less than a reminder to black men, women, and children of their history in America, Trump has promised to protect the memories of several leaders of the Confederacy.
Several of our nation’s military bases honor Confederate leaders who sought the destruction of the United States of America. When asked if he would allow the names of these bases changed, this is what he had to say.
Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would “not even consider” renaming US military bases that are named after Confederate military leaders, even though the Pentagon has indicated it is open to the idea.
“These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a … history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom,” Trump wrote in a new tweet thread.
“The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars. Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations … Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!” (A reminder here: no nation can be great if racism continues to prevail in its society.)
I don’t want to hear about “respecting our military” from a draft dodger and a hypocrite who lied when he took his oath of office. He is not an American and if I were still in the United States Air Force, I would not consider him my Commander-in-Chief. The decision to change the names of bases including Fort Bragg, Fort Benning, and Fort Hood should not be the decision of a white supremacist, it should be up to Congress, and the Pentagon.
Trump is our nation’s great shame.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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