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Racism is repugnant

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Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 1:05 pm

In the year 2017 it should be easy for any person or organization to say that racism is repugnant. We will all disagree on a thousand other things, but right and left, religious and secular, we should all be able to stand in unity and moral clarity on this issue: Racism is a moral sin and a social evil.

What a galvanizing statement it would be for the Morongo Basin’s Democratic and Republican clubs to join together to condemn racism. The area’s partisan political groups, its service organizations and its clergy should be forming a united front to condemn racism.

In the Morongo Basin, the journey toward removing racial hatred and bigotry from our society is regularly led by our local churches. Every year, several churches get together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Twentynine Palms with a recreation of a freedom walk, followed by preaching and music.

In another example of church leadership, in the wake of nationwide controversies over police interaction with African-Americans, one of our local churches hosted a symposium meant to open a dialogue between community members and law enforcement officials.

Now a new political group, Indivisible Morongo Basin, has joined in the effort to stand up for values of unity and justice. On the Sunday after Americans marched through Charlottesville shouting Nazi slogans and slurs, and a driver ran into a crowd of people, killing a woman, Indivisible organized a demonstration in downtown Joshua Tree.

These church events and secular demonstrations are all vital steps on the journey — but it’s a journey all of us in the Morongo Basin should be taking together.

The brunt of the responsibility for ending white-supremacist racism should not be borne by its victims, or by a small group of churches or activists.

Let us all reread the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” written in response to a statement by eight white Alabama clergymen against King and his methods of direct action. King wrote:

“First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”

In cities throughout America, since the time before the Civil War, faith leaders, political activists and ordinary citizens have led intertwining movements against racism. It should once again be a common cause uniting all of us, in the hearts and actions of the people in the Morongo Basin and across the world.

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  • don mckinney posted at 2:33 pm on Fri, Sep 8, 2017.

    don mckinney Posts: 147

    Acting like you are not a racist is repugnant . Preferring mexicans without limits over ALL other foreign nationals is racist . Please when on your break , look out any window near your work cubicle , you will see 40 per cent hispanics .Do you see an equal number of chinese , african , muslim , islamic , japanese , etc . ? If not then YOU are a RACIST .Furthermore , you are attempting to "aid and conceal an illegal immigrant "punishable by a felony and five years in prison .If under color of authority when the crime is committed, selectively enforcing the law . or fraudulantly swearing an oath to enforce the laws as they are written evenly , protecting the constitution and the economic opportunities of the citizens first , the crime is especially agregious.Your illegal immigration false narrative is not a victimless crime. Racism under a veil is the most repugnant .Do the math if you can .What is equality ?See Judy Woods documentary "where did the towers Go ?" and "balfour Declaration "1917 entry into endless war for america and its division and control through chaos.

     
  • TwoToeJoe posted at 6:58 am on Mon, Aug 28, 2017.

    TwoToeJoe Posts: 486

    "Democrats, Progressives, Liberals and lefties do not own Trump, the Republicans own Trump." Sounds like complete denial. Obviously selecting a candidate such as Hillary Clinton who desired to continue the radical left wing policies of the Obama regime did not succeed. Maybe the idea that our constitution should reflect the values of what some desire rather than the intent in which it was written was the biggest obstacle of the electorate. Rather than interpret our constitution to push radical left wing values such as the anti second amendment folks, anti- evangelical Christians zealots, and the continuation of failed big government policies that seek to control the people rather than solve problems seem to appear as the problem. Maybe it is time to stop repeating the lies and innuendos repeated over and over and face reality. But Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, and lefties will not do this because propaganda is their best defense and division is their intent in destroying the constitution. I just loved the "White-wing/Right-wing grievance, greed-is-good-don't-hate-the-rich apologists, 2nd Amendment-Law & Order zealots and worst of all - Evangelical Christians" analogy the left claims as "reasoning" rather than "propaganda". Obviously most people see the hate and repugnancy demonstrated by these so called "Democrats, Progressives, Liberals and lefties" and will not fall victim to this propaganda. One of the largest propaganda lie being spread locally is that there is no "dialogue between community members and law enforcement officials" and a dialogue must be "opened". It appears when some can not utilize common sense to push their agenda one must have a platform in which to spread their hate filled ideology the left uses in order to get some to bend to their wishes and desires.

     
  • gadabout posted at 10:03 am on Sun, Aug 27, 2017.

    gadabout Posts: 38

    Democrats, Progressives, Liberals and lefties do not own Trump, the Republicans own Trump. Trump has created a Vichy government out of White-wing/Right-wing grievance, greed-is-good-don't-hate-the-rich apologists, 2nd Amendment-Law & Order zealots and worst of all - Evangelical Christians who will cluck away Trump's excesses so they can see the last firewall between Church & State, the Johnson Amendment, repealed.

    Even local Repubs own Trump and this is a shame, because the local Republicans' website homepage states that they are Republicans because they believe "in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex, national origin or disability."

    Nationalism is not patriotism, it is a hop, skip and a goosestep to fascism. And for the record, Antifa is not affiliated with Dems, the left or Indivisible groups, period.

    Our View notes, "...in the wake of nationwide controversies over police interaction with African-Americans, one of our local churches hosted a symposium meant to open a dialogue between community members and law enforcement officials." I don't remember any open invitation to this symposium nor did I see it in the pages of the Star or Trail.

    Last year, Trump was interviewed by Fox host Bret Baier, who asked the candidate when was this "great" that he wanted to return the country to. Trump answered that it was when all the factories were busy, "the last century," he explained. Probably not the Great America for women's rights, African Americans or LGBTQ folks.

    Finally, I remember the first day of school in the Basin, 2009. The MUSD was getting so much opposition to airing President Obama's message to school children in their classrooms that the message was not aired, but discreetly made available for listening outside of classrooms.

     
  • gadabout posted at 9:18 am on Sun, Aug 27, 2017.

    gadabout Posts: 38

    Clarification: Indivisible is NOT a political group, it is not aligned with the Democratic Party or any other political party.

     
  • gadabout posted at 11:13 pm on Sat, Aug 26, 2017.

    gadabout Posts: 38

    The Basinwide Foundation would be the ideal moderator.

     

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