It's incredible to hear this evening that Trump may have plans to pay El Paso a Visit. As yet, unconfirmed.
For him to even think that he would be welcome after everything he has said about Mexicans and immigrants on top of the systemic and systematic violence harped upon our people by his cruel and sadistic policies, matched by his chaotic and punishing style of leadership.
He more than anyone knows his own deep, dark heart and his twisted, evil purpose for existing. So what's the point? Why even suggest going to El Paso when you either sense or know by now that today is a day of celebration for the Alt-Right?
Note to friends: Please check out the previous piece I just posted. Sadly, and disgustingly, these days are ones of celebration for the Alt-Right. Such an evil spirit, this is. Such a horrible intention. And we all have to call it out because it seeks nothing more than to destroy and devour.
I can’t help but remember my grandmother who used to say "el diablo anda suelto" ('the devil is loose"), when bad things would happen and oppressive, evil spirits seemed to circulate in the air.
We know from the field of anthropology that culture and action are intimately intertwined. More pointedly, white nationalist culture and what members of that culture do are closely connected.
So, as I indicate in a previous blog post, we have to take white nationalism very seriously. If you're in El Paso, consider donating blood. If you are not, consider making a donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC does the hard, risky work of tracking hate groups and teaching tolerance—a concept that comes from the Quakers who were abolitionists, opposing slavery.
Whites also need well-organized, comprehensive responses to this madness in their own communities as I have been suggesting. I encourage you to support Ethnic Studies as an antidote to extremism, by providing all of our children and youth with history, language/vocabulary/discourse, concepts, and theoretical frameworks that are grounded in socially just ways of knowing and being in the world.
For now, and in solidarity with the beautiful and courageous people of El Paso, I propose that every city in America put signs outside their City Halls that express that Trump is not welcome there. Or some version of this.
I like the closing comment in the article below that aligns to what I'm suggesting:
“Unless he’s coming with some solid policy changes that directly address the available of high-capacity weapons — and not use the opportunity to propose more draconian immigration policy, I’m not interested in a Trump visit.”
I totally agree. Anything short of this is yet another ploy....
EL PASO —
Watching President Trump step up to a White House podium Monday to assert that “hate has no place in America,” many people in this Texas border city were dumbfounded.
“We were safe until he started talking,” John Smith-Davis, 47, a retired Army veteran, said as he mourned with his friends at a memorial near the Walmart where a gunman opened fire Saturday. “He made us a target with his hateful rhetoric.”
Veronica Sanchez, a 23-year-old dental assistant, put it more succinctly: “He has said enough.”
El Paso, whose 680,000 people are mostly Latino and mostly Democrats, has long viewed Trump warily — and his most forceful statement since the massacre that has now claimed 22 lives there did little to change that.
"These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our communities, an attack against our nation and a crime against all of humanity,” Trump said in a speech Monday about the killings here and another mass shooting a day later in Dayton, Ohio. “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.”