RACE WARS

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Because of Trump, we are facing  more of 1960’s type race wars, but it will be worse this time, because ……

 

………………………..both sides are much more heavily armed.
Our president has aggravated the situation by publicly and exactly quoting the 1968 words of ultra racist presidential candidate George Wallace, threatening that  “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Those are Wallace’s exact words from 1968. Our Hoosier elected officials find craven ways of defending Trump’s incendiary words with their silence. But, the bottom line is, these words are not only evilly acerbating to the situation, but also wildly insane in the context of coming from the White House. We are running out of time to save ourselves.
I am ex military and consequently very pro police. But, our police absolutely must learn to apprehend without killing. It’s far better, if an occasional suspect temporarily escapes rather than being killed. And, our politicians must be forced to put water rather than accelerants on our social fires.
We white people must deeply soul search on racist feelings. I am in the running for most liberal person in America, and possibly for the least racist. But, way down deep inside me is embedded core racism. I have a visceral fear and aversion of black people. I readily admit this. How could I not, having grown up in America and specifically in southern Indiana? Racism was hammered into me from birth. I fight it, I abhor it, but it is there. Most white people either deny or embrace their racism. But, almost all but a few saints among whites have it.
In southern Indiana, white racism is widely embraced. I grew up here, then I moved away for about forty years. When I moved back here, I heard the taboo “N” word from white people more often in the first two weeks I was back here, than I had heard it in the entire previous forty years, I was away. The people who hear and see racist words and acts without objecting, may well be more guilty than the actual offenders. Faced with racism, I vocally object, even from among friends and family. Ask people. It doesn’t make me popular, but it spares me the soul guilt of making a bad situation worse. Decent white people should do this.
I live in lily white Posey County, so my opportunity to interact with other races is quite small. But, I must say, that my few attempts to make friends with black people here in Indiana have been either gently or not so gently rebuffed. This is much different, than the culturally mixed life I had in the military and living later in New Mexico. I do not blame black people for deep resentment toward all whites. I have often said, if I were a black person in America, my head would doubtlessly explode very quickly. Having offered advice to whites, let me say to blacks, you must become accepting of imperfect whites like myself, who have some vague understanding of your situation, and who truly desire to work with you. Like all humans, all white people are flawed, but those of us who are well intended should be encouraged. Now, I have probably alienated both sides of the problem, but I mean well and seek only peace and harmony.
Posted by Ron Nesler from New Harmony Indiana

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