2016 has been a tragic and mind blowing year. We have lost some beloved celebrities in the entertainment industries, including Minnesota’s most Iconic rock star Prince. Around Christmas time we got a triple wammy with the death of George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. I have also suffered losses closer and more personal to me, with the loss of two family members, my cousin Gladys Reese Foree and my sister in law Joetta Kemp McAdams.
On top of all of the grief, the biggest blow to myself and millions of other minorities was the election of Donald Trump as the new President of the United States of America; who’d a thunk it! The mainstream media gave (the Donald) one of the most unfair advantages that I have ever seen in my life time, by covering him almost constantly, while they barely gave Bernie Sanders a mention. Hillary and the very disappointing Democratic party leadership were hoisted by their own petard in the guise of Debbie Wasserman Schultz. I understand loyalty to Hillary, but I don’t understand nor do I condone the sabotage of a candidate that consistently bested Hillary in the polls and who was running as a Democrat.
Maybe if the DNC leadership had paid more attention to demanding equal coverage time for Hillary and Bernie Rallies and holding the media to task, the outcome would have been different. There is a reason why the press is mentioned in the constitution, but we can’t have a free press that is not beholden to the people. The media failed as the watchdogs of democracy in every way conceivable. They failed to cover the widespread voter nullification of more than an million mostly minority voters. According to an article in the Nation there are 868 fewer voting places in 2016 because of the Supreme court’s moronic if not racist decision to gut the voting rights act in 2013.
predictably those counties that had always had a history of denying the vote to minorities went to work and closed polling places in heavily minority neighborhoods. States with histories of discrimination and malicious voter nullification were given free rein to defeat true democracy.
The justice Department under Eric Holder should have done more to investigate such blatant and obviously racist attempts to take the vote away from, not only minorities, but from students, the elderly and any one else likely to vote Democrat. Gerrymandering, voter ID. laws, closing DMV offices and voter purge list, like voter crosscheck, started by Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach spread over half the country, heavily targeting People with ethnic sounding names in key battleground swing states. Seven million voters were tagged as suspected of voting more than once and therefor guilty of voter fraud, invalidating their votes. We don’t know how much damage that these tactics caused because the department of justice has not bothered to compile statistics on the real fraud, the GOP’S all out assault on voting rights and Democracy.
With the Appointment of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions as the new attorney General, my guess is that the South and the nation as a whole will return to
the days of white supremacist terror organizations like KKK and the Nazis. Hate crimes have already escalated under Obama I can only imagine how bad its going to be under the trump administration. No one is safe women will end up in prison for getting abortions or even having a miscarriage, which is a tragedy and not a crime; people will continue to be executed by police without any justification both white and black, and the poor and middleclass will continue to funnel their meager earnings to the false gods of Wall street. I Once heard a televangelist say that, “You may not always get what you want but you will always get what you deserve.” HAPPY NEW YEAR AMERICA!