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The Good Ole Days Were Only Good For White Males

Posted by Michelle Moquin on October 22nd, 2016

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Good morning!

Slavery has not ended in this country; it has just been modernized in the form of mass incarceration. I am saddened and sickened by the people who support Trump. They have no idea what they’re voting for. Or perhaps they do.

From the Huff Po:


This Chilling Video Makes It Clear What’s Really Going On At Trump Rallies

The past isn’t dead. It’s not even past.

John Lewis

State troopers swing billy clubs to break up a civil rights voting march in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 1965.

Since Republican nominee Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign last year, his fervent supporters have helped turn his rallies into the most high-octane political events in recent memory.

Trump’s rallies are frequently hotbeds of racism, misogyny, Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment. His supporters have threatened journalists and assaulted protesters on multiple occasions.

Trump himself has encouraged this bloodthirsty rage by reminiscing about the “good old days” when protesters and outsiders at political events could expect to be “roughed up,” and perhaps even leave “on a stretcher.” The nominee at one point also promised to pay the legal fees of anyone who’d violently assault protesters at his events. (He later backtracked and claimed he’d never said that.)

Meanwhile, Trump and his advisers dismiss any suggestion that there could be an undercurrent of violence or rage at his events. “Are Trump rallies the most fun?” Trump asked a crowd earlier this year, as a protester was being dragged out of a convention hall.

Even so, it wasn’t until I watched this chilling new clip from the Netflix documentary “13TH” that I understood the full significance of the violence at Trump’s rallies.

What we’re seeing today has its roots in one of the darkest chapters in the nation’s history. This clip should not only scare you ― it should remind you of how much work there’s left to do in the struggle for civil rights.

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“13TH,” directed by the renowned documentary filmmaker Ava DuVernay, takes its title from the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which outlawed slavery after the Civil War.

DuVernay’s film zeroes in on a particular 13-word section of the amendment that permits involuntary servitude “as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” From this clause, “13TH” draws a direct line to the mass incarceration crisis facing the country today.

“13TH” is available for streaming on Netflix. Watch the trailer below.


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14 Responses to “The Good Ole Days Were Only Good For White Males”

  1. Zen Lill Says:

    14 Perry, these are your words and to me it says a lot about the party and its die-hates.

    Larry, you should read this bc by your comment clearly you didn’t read Mischa’s informative write, so reread it and all of Perrys responses to my questions…here’s one that I’m sure you’ll relate to: “…you would be surprised how many people don’t know this. Hell, in this country more than half the voters don’t know. The republicans count on that when they take these stands.”

    Perry, I shake my head and wonder what its going to take.

    I check politico and salon and other blogs/sites and it’s staggering that this guy DT has brought out the underbelly and true feelings of American society in 2016, I think white people and the Christian Right are getting outnumbered by OTW’s and theyre terrified at the thought of not being fully In charge.

    not much shocks me but the fact that we have polls within a few points is very telling about ^^ that fear.

    There’s so much wrong, prison for profit, the military industrial complex I.e. War for profit, corrupt banks/bail outs, I could go on…but let’s get through this election #imwithher

    Luv, Zen Lill

  2. Zen Lill Says:

    Oh I meant to say die-hards but die-hates works

  3. Ernesto Says:

    I can’t post on this blog Michelle.

  4. Ernesto Says:

    Okay I can’t post what I want so I’ll just add the link.


  5. Alycedale Says:

    If anyone out there still believes that the “good old days” applies to anyone but white males, then this book published in 1930 was a guidebook for black Americans who wished to travel across the United States with as little hassle as possible.


  6. Ernesto Says:

    Once Again
    The economic benefits extended to the white middle class, both during the New Deal and in the post–World War II years, did not extend to African-Americans.

    Social Security, created in 1935, did not apply to either domestic laborers or to agricultural workers. ­Discriminatory hiring practices, the low percentages of black workers in the country’s newly strengthened labor unions, and the ­persistent racial wage gap, along with the fact that many colleges barred the admission of black students, meant that returning black servicemen had a far harder time taking advantage of the GI Bill’s promise of college education.

    And the suburbs that bloomed around American cities after the war were built almost entirely for white families.

    You may have heard that the leading Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, wants to “Make America great again.” You might also have heard that Trump’s strongest/only supporters come from the white working class.

    The paragraph above explains why that might be so. The United States, in living memory, was a better/more affordable place for the working class in part because of government retirement benefits, union-friendly laws, federally subsidized home loans, and federally subsidized education.

  7. Bert Says:

    I think of “Make America Great, Again” as dogwhistling to those who don’t like how they have to answer for things they were able to say, and do, in the past.

    At one point the nation was great for those who met a specific set of criteria, but then SCOTUS started finding that equality applies to everyone and those people found themselves loosing their power and privilege. Now, they’re scrambling to regain it, and also trying to deny history at the same time.

  8. Brie Says:

    The “good old days” weren’t good for anyone who wasn’t a white male.

    The “good ol’ days” where POCs didn’t have rights, where unwed mothers were shamed even more than now a days and treated like dirty little secrets, when people stayed married in horribly abusive, or just unhappy marriages because divorce was a thing you didn’t do, when kids had even less rights than they did now.

    Fuck the “good ol’ days.”

  9. Melvin Says:

    Brie#7, At church our pastor’s wife(who became the pastor after her husband died) frequently brings up that divorce was whispered about when she was younger and how wrong it is that divorce is acceptable today.

  10. Winn Says:

    Melvin#8, They never consider the human misery of forcing people to stay married.

  11. Cassidy Says:

    Melvin#8, Literally, they think the solution to the “problem” of divorce is to make divorce less accessible to women. That’ll fix EVERYTHING, just like making abortion less accessible to women has totally lowered–oh wait.

    Actually criminalizing abortion in any way just results in misery and a subsequent loss of other human rights while doing absolutely nothing to impact abortion rates. Hmm.

  12. Sue Says:

    In 1967, a friend of mine got pregnant at 17; her Catholic parents sent her to a Catholic home for unwed mothers and after she delivered her son, he was placed in a Catholic orphanage because her Catholic father would not allow her to bring her baby home.

    And would only take her to visit him once a week. She got knocked up as soon as she could with the first man who’d marry her, and after their wedding, they went straight to the orphanage to adopt her son. Because a single mother was not allowed to adopt her own child.

  13. Carl Says:

    I’m the instigation of a shotgun wedding myself. It was astonishing to think how laid-back my grandmother got eventually; she was largely the person who forced my mother to marry her babydaddy.

    And it was a truly disastrous marriage in every single direction except one (he never laid a hand on any of us that I remember); thankfully, she eventually put herself and her kids ahead of Catholic doctrines and threw him out on his ear.

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