Every day we wake up, and it feels like we’re taking in the daily damage report. I feel like we are on the precipice of a revolution, but I’ve been feeling like that for a few years- I guess that it really does take “a few years”. I feel like, in the future, a paragraph might begin “The years leading up to the pandemic, 2016-2020, were ripe with controversy and protesting…” Then it will go on to describe the pandemic years, the riots in Minneapolis, additional riots, more murders of innocent people, some other conspiracies that ended up being true, probably a few more murders and cover-ups, and then: “This last action lead to the beginning of the uprising of the second Civil War”. Then the war chapter will begin.
Those little 4 years won’t look like much written down on paper, especially to school children who have not yet been born. They seem longer when you live them. I swear this has been the most unhappy 4 years of my adult life. I’m starting to feel like I just wish the other shoe would drop and we could go ahead and get this thing started. We know it’s coming, and I really don’t want to be old, slow, and helpless when it happens. It feels like every day is a little piece out of the book of Revelations.
I wouldn’t be surprised if more cities burn over the next couple of years. I wouldn’t even be all that surprised if ours did. You can only push people so hard before they break. I don’t blame looters, shit, you may as well get something while you can, everyone is poor, and many are even poorer now. Some folks see an opportunity and can’t pass it up. Amid chaos, it’s hard to pass up a Target shopping spree, shit, you could die tomorrow, you know? Not like Target is going to miss it. The employees that work there are the folks who are hurt the most locally, and I think those looters knew that, if they were even battling their conscience over it. Honestly, in the big scheme of things, the looting doesn’t matter at all.
What matters is that we have a system of power that used to try to be pretty slick about how they operated, but now is very blatant, (oh, and now we have cameras to catch it all on film). If you’re in camp “I don’t think we need any more evidence, a whole fucking video of it is enough”, I am there too. What more do you need? Autopsy report from the hospital would probably be a nice piece of evidence to have at a trial, but I mean, there’s a fucking video.
I do find it interesting that we have a president that has 1.) Absolutely no plan to get us through the pandemic. 2.)No fucking idea how to properly address this man’s murder and the demands of the public, and yet he can have a major social media company sued in less than 24 hours for a personal slight. He can’t seem to help get medical supplies going to where they need to go, but he sure can threaten our governor about his upcoming GOP rally. He says “Open Minnesota” when white people are ARMED PROTESTING having to stay home, but threatens shooting people with the National Guard when people are protesting, unarmed, over the murder of a black man by a cop.
Now, I get why people would not want to approach an armed protester. They are fucking armed. Police know that there is almost nothing crazier than a group of 10-20 white dudes who are armed to the teeth and think they have been slighted in some way. Shit, I don’t blame any of our local advocates for not wanting to protest against that kind of group either- you could literally be killed by a random human. Maybe this says something, though. If a group of people can be armed, and not have a single person fuck with them, but another, larger group, unarmed, have all kinds of rubber bullets, mace, and pepper spray turned on them… maybe armed protests are the direction this country is going in- which leads me back to “That, children, was the beginning of the Second Civil War”.
I don’t know how we’re supposed to get through all of this without leadership that is willing to do something positive; to actually BE real leadership. I don’t see that in our future at all. At best we get Joe Biden, and at worst we get 4 more years of Trump. Neither of these are prizes. One is going to bring 4 more years of abject misery, like we’ve all been experiencing on a daily basis. The other will bring, at best, a pause from some embarrassment, a halt on a couple of damaging policies, and a break so that our political parties can get their shit back together. Hopefully Biden can push though something to mark his term that will be rememberable, and I don’t have a whole lot against him, he’s just not a big “force” and not much to be excited about. Trump excites his base. We really needed someone exciting (like Obama was) to go up against this, and while Biden is as close to Obama (kind of literally), as we can get right now, he just doesn’t have that energy.
No matter who is in office going forward, we have at least discovered that having a black president didn’t solve racism. We thought it would do a lot of good (and I think it did for the younger generation to see), but it caused a white-lash of cruelty that I don’t think many people expected. The subtle racism is still all there, which will take generations of active unlearning, but even further, there is now an entire generation of young white children growing up in blatantly racist “Donald Trump” households. Those children are essentially being radicalized from birth, and in larger number than would have previously (pre-Trump) been thought. It isn’t that those households wouldn’t have held racist beliefs, they would have, but now they hold very unabashed, bold, racist beliefs AND they know exactly who and where their support system is now. That’s the actual thing to fear, not that KKK members couldn’t find each other in the past (they could), but that now you don’t even have to BE one of those folks, and you can very easily find a huge, supportive community of varying degrees of racist ideology to work with, play with, worship with, hang out online with, and make playdates for your children with. This next generation is going to truly be a thing of undoing.