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American Exceptionalism

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Four hundred and one years ago, we brought Africans here against their will. Since then we have brutally worked millions of them to death without pay, told them they were worth three-fifths of us, denied them the right to vote, lynched them, legally denied to those who fought for this country the benefits of the GI Bill, continue to  “redline” people of color away from white neighborhoods, and those who are supposed to protect them continue to choke and shoot them to death, including children—Tamir Rice would have turned 18 this weekend. A black man walking down the street in a white neighborhood at night eating Skittles is committing a crime, and may be legally shot to death.

We have willingly decided to ignore a deadly virus—choosing beer over safety—becoming the only developed country that has not only NOT turned the curve down, or flattened it, but increased it. We were so unprepared, with the heads of the federal government choosing to remain so, that we continue to use algorithms to decide who to save and who will die, while we refuse to provide adequate protection for the people who take care of us. Our leaders tell us that Covid-19 will “just disappear” as the virus continues to grow and people continue to die, many of them needlessly.

We not only stole land from the original inhabitants of this country, we have forcefully contained them in desolate areas, refusing to provide them health care, and have ravaged the land, water, and air that they cared for, rendering it unsafe for them, us, and our children.

We have a racist president, supported by 37 percent of voters, who is more concerned with preserving monuments to racists and traitors than wearing a mask, endangering even his own followers. That president and his party want to end health care for over 33 million of our population, including those with pre-existing conditions, the overwhelming majority being people of color.

Six members of one family has more wealth than 43 percent of US families combined. The company they control—Walmart—strives as a matter of policy to hire part time workers, at minimum wage, so they don’t have to provide them with health care. Amazon has the same policy and pays no taxes.

We even absconded the name America to make it ours, ignoring that people from Chile, Canada, and Mexico are also Americans.

Yes, we are exceptional.

 

Bob Giolitto

22 comments

CT-Patriot June 28, 2020 at 5:51 am

Bob, where’s your proof that President Trump is racist? Prove it! With facts, not innuendo or phony articles.

Roger June 28, 2020 at 8:07 am

OMG! What a negative view of the world. I’ll bet you believe everything you see on TV. We have to stop viewing history with the our judgements of today. Things happened in the past that we have no control over today. We can only move forward from this point onward. I refuse the pay a price for the sins of our fathers.

John ONeill June 28, 2020 at 9:37 am

@Bob – I agree Americans have some warts. Show me a country on the planet that doesn’t!! However, I would recommend you also might want to mention some of the positive things that have happened over the past 400 years in this GREAT country. I’m sure there are one or two examples that may come to mind if you think really hard..It might even make you feel better. That being said, you seem like you really hate the country you call home. That is very sad.

Eleanor Lx. June 28, 2020 at 11:38 am

So Bob, why don’t you discuss why your ancestors immigrated to this country if you hate it so much. Did they make a mistake? What did they miss?

This letter is a joke to say the least and garbage speak so please stop this nonsense – if you don’t like it here please leave. Obama has done more to take healthcare away than any other president with the garbage ACH law that has priced millions of Americans out of the market. I’ll keep my fingers crossed the Supreme Court will rightfully overturn. If this country was “so racist” why are many millions attempting to come here from every corner of the earth? Using racism to divide is an old Marxist hat trick. When Tessa Majors, a white college student, was brutally attacked and killed by a gang of black teens last year, never was racism weaponized as the left uses today.

We need Trump more than ever in 2020!

JustaTaxpayer June 28, 2020 at 1:37 pm

We need a President who would embrace changes such as :

1) The First Step Act. A push for criminal justice reform by passing legislation which targeted many shackled by the unfair and unjust sentencing laws which were instituted by the Bill Clinton 1994 Crime Bill. Out of all of the beneficiaries of the First Step Act, 91% of the total inmates released have been Black Americans!

2) Funding for Historically Black Colleges and UniversitieS
In my opinion no black person in America who is an ancestor of the former slave population should have to pay for a state college or university in this country. It’s the least we can do.
It is a step in the right direction for the higher education of Blacks in America. And yes, the Trump Administration has done significantly more in his time as president for HBCU’s compared to the Obama Administration.
3) Lowest unemployment rate for blacks

Why would a racist embrace these actions?

Clark Charles June 28, 2020 at 3:27 pm

Hey Bob, I think you need to go live in another country. How negative you are. I really feel sorry for you because you lump everybody into one category – and blame all white people for everybody’s problems. I’ll tell you right now Dr. Martin Luther King wouldn’t go for what you’re saying. He and Muhammed Ali the boxer would never have supported Black Lives Matter because of the violence and hatred they are provoking. Read some of Dr. Kings speeches, and read what Muhamed Ali’s son just said about what is going on in the country you would be surprised.This country has come a long way in recent years, and we don’t need to go backwards with statements like the ones your making. We need to to come together in peace, not be negative and divided.

Science June 28, 2020 at 3:40 pm

Well CT-Patriot he did just tweet a video with a bunch of people shouting White Power, referring to them as fine people so…

Audrey Cozzarin June 28, 2020 at 4:13 pm

Bob, thank you.

Fellow Americans: Wake up to see that we have become a dysfunctional society. There is so much more we can be!

I, for one, have a vision. That vision is creating Heaven on Earth. We are right now very far from that. Acknowledging the truth, that we have bungled the coronavirus, have mistreated black folk for hundreds of years for which we desperately need to course-correct, face the most extreme wealth inequality ever known, have polluted our air, water, and land and treat the earth as if it’s an endless resource and trash can at the same time, with a quality of life that is stressful and unhealthy, working like slaves in a system that is tanking, treating workers unethically–even now, in 2020. We once had the “highest standard of living in the world.” Unfortunately, that was on the backs of black folks. You can decide to disagree, but if you do any amount of historical research, the facts are there in black and white (no pun intended). Along with the human capital, we blasted and extracted the heck out of the earth to produce all the crap filling our huge dumps.

These issues are what we are facing, ugly as they are. We need to face them or as Lincoln said, perish from the earth.

From there, we can begin to recover the beauty of this land and live together in true brotherhood. There are shades and levels of that occurring now. Leaders are everywhere. Be one. Thank you, Bob, for stepping up.

Mitch Adis June 28, 2020 at 4:24 pm

Why focus in African Americans? What about Native American’s? If you want to make things “right” you’ll need to hand over the keys your home just to start. Remember that land your house is on belonged to Native American’s before it was stolen. You bought stolen property.

Paul Cantor June 28, 2020 at 8:12 pm

CT-Patriot

If you have been paying attention to the news today Trump thanked his supporters in Florida by tweeting a video (now taken down from his site) in which one of them pumped his fist and yelled: “White Power! White Power!”

For further evidence of Trump’s view go to
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_views_of_Donald_Trump

Here is a sampling of what you’ll find there.

“Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, has a history of speech and actions that have been widely viewed as racist or racially charged. Journalists, friends, and former employees have accused him of fueling racism in the United States[1][2][3][4] and some scholars have placed Trump’s rhetoric and performance in the context of[clarification needed] white supremacy.[5][6][7][8] Trump has repeatedly denied accusations of racism,[9][10] and some people who have known him have gone on record to state that he is not racist.[1][11][12]
In 1973, Trump and his company Trump Management were sued by the Department of Justice for housing discrimination against African-American renters; he settled the suit, entering into a consent decree to end the practices without admitting wrongdoing.[13][14][15] The Justice Department sued again in 1978, claiming continued racial discrimination in violation of the consent decree, but that settlement agreement expired in 1982, ending the case.[16]

From 2011 to 2016, Trump was a leading proponent of the already-debunked “Birtherism” conspiracy theory claiming president Barack Obama was not born in the United States.[17][18] In a racially charged criminal case, Trump continued to insist, as late as 2019,[19][20] that a group of black and Latino teenagers were guilty of the 1989 rape of a white woman in the Central Park jogger case, despite the five males having been officially exonerated in 2002, based on a confession by an imprisoned serial rapist that was confirmed by DNA evidence.[21][22][23]

Trump launched his 2016 presidential campaign with a speech in which he spoke about Mexican immigrants: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”[24][25] He claimed that a judge with “Mexican heritage” should be disqualified from deciding cases against him. He retweeted false statistics claiming that African Americans are responsible for the majority of murders of white Americans, and in some speeches he has repeatedly linked African Americans and Hispanics with violent crime.[26][27] During the campaign, Trump used the fears of the white working class voters, and created the impression of global danger of groups that are deemed to pose a challenge to the nation.[5]

Trump made comments following a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that were seen by critics as implying moral equivalence between the white supremacist marchers and those who protested against them. Some interpreted his remarks as sympathetic to white supremacy[28] despite the fact Trump said white nationalists should be “condemned totally”.[28][29] In 2018, during an Oval Office meeting about immigration reform, Trump allegedly referred to El Salvador, Haiti, and African countries as “shitholes”, which was widely condemned as a racist comment.[30][31][32] In July 2019, Trump tweeted about Democratic congresswomen of color: “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”[33] News outlets such as The Atlantic criticized this comment as a common racist trope.[34] He later denied his comments were racist, saying “if somebody has a problem with our country, If somebody doesn’t want to be in our country, they should leave.”[35]

Trump’s controversial statements have been condemned by many observers around the world,[14][36][37] but excused by some of his supporters as a rejection of political correctness[38][39] and by others because they harbor similar racial sentiments.[40][41] Several studies and surveys have stated that racist attitudes and racial resentment have fueled Trump’s political ascendance, and have become more significant than economic factors in determining the party allegiance of U.S. voters.[41][42] Racist and islamophobic attitudes have been shown to be a powerful indicator of support for Trump.[43]

And as I pointed out in a post a short time ago this from a Princeton historian’s recent essay in the Wall Street Journal:

“At one extreme stands President Trump, who has proclaimed himself a champion of the disgraced Confederate symbols and lashed out at all who would remove them as unhinged leftists out to ‘desecrate our monuments, our beautiful monuments.’ To Mr. Trump, who has weaponized the Lost Cause mystique for his own purposes, an attack on Confederate symbols is no different from an attack on America itself. His ignorant rendering of history exalts the defenders of slavery who fired on the Stars and Stripes to instigate the country’s bloodiest war. He equates their treason with American valor.”

Angela June 28, 2020 at 10:08 pm

It’s hard to believe the responses I read to Bob G comment.
I never thought until recently until I read this comments that there are more thoughtless, unthinking, americans, and racist to boot in Norwalk. Look up the definition of racists and listen to what you say and you may see a connection… somehow you don’t see the reality of what has happened and what is happening.. How can any human being with any amount of awareness and discernment say that we need Trump more than ever!? Really, what koolaid have you been enjoying? And where is your humanity?

Tysen Canevari June 28, 2020 at 10:10 pm

Bob,

You would never make it on the lecture circuit. You are very boring and negative to say the least. BTW many belive Trump will win again.
LOL

CT-Patriot June 29, 2020 at 11:27 am

Paul Cantor….

Very well prepared canned answers. I see the MSM is watched highly in the household.

Bravo

John Miller June 29, 2020 at 2:03 pm

I’m beginning to think that the number of America haters in Norwalk might actually outnumber the number of racists. Did anyone ever consider that the “hate America” movement might itself be a racist movement? Divide and conquer. It’s all about power folks.

BOB GIOLITTO June 29, 2020 at 3:57 pm

To Mitch, I did address the awful crimes committed against Native Americans. I wrote: “We not only stole land from the original inhabitants of this country, we have forcefully contained them in desolate areas, refusing to provide them health care, and have ravaged the land, water, and air that they cared for, rendering it unsafe for them, us, and our children.”

To those who are questioning my statements as untrue, I research everything I write from multiple, credible sources. Paul Cantor has meticulously done the same, backing it up with cited sources. We may choose to ignore the facts, which is our right. But facts, by definition, are truth, and truth, by definition, is not a question of belief.

To Clark Charles, Black Lives Matter is non-violent. You are choosing to concentrate on a small group of terrible people not connected with BLM, and then blaming the entire movement. This is similar to saying that all police murder black men. Or that all white people are racists. But white people are the ones who benefit from racism and we are the ones who should take responsibility for ending it.

To those who say that I’m suggesting we not teach history, quite the opposite. If Columbus was a great navigator we should teach that, but we should also teach that he raped, killed, spread disease and stole from the native peoples who were occupying the land when he got here. If Lee was a great military strategist we should teach that, but we should also teach that he he was a traitor, owned slaves, and fought to preserve slavery. Teach total history, not just the parts we like. And we should not honor and glorify people who have killed others for their own benefit by erecting statues of them. We can read about them in books.

To those of you who have suggested I move out of the country, you are making my point: this is a country founded for all, not just a few. I was born here, pay taxes here, and have every right to live here, which leads to my answer to those of you who asked if I see anything good about this country.

Here’s what I see as good: I see the first amendment, which gives me, and all of you, the right to freely express ourselves as we are doing here. I see our right to vote as a wonderful privilege that all of us, not just a chosen few, have the right to exercise and protect. I see thousands of young people, who were not even of voting age, change laws in Florida. I see thousands of women, and their male allies, changing the paradigm inequality for women. And I see thousands of young people each day–black, brown, white, yellow, gay and straight, female and male–leading us to social justice.

But we have committed grave injustices and a country, a person, cannot be “great” unless it can honestly confront, atone for, and then change its wrongs. Only then will we be able to heal.

JustaTaxpayer June 29, 2020 at 4:16 pm

The comedian Chris Rock performed a skit in front of an almost exclusively black audience.

His opening line? “Who’s more racist, white people or black people?”

For those of you who don’t know, Chris is black. You might be offended — the audience is falling out of their seats.

John ONeill June 29, 2020 at 6:33 pm

@Bob – Why not teach a class on the history of Slaves globally? You may want to include serfs as well. It should also include religions and why certain religions have supported slavery over many centuries. I think many non historians would be surprised. Lastly, I’m happy you’ve found some positives about the country I consider great. If you need any more positives, I’ll begin posting one a day and see what year I can no longer come up with one.

Bridget P June 30, 2020 at 11:55 am

Since when does Black Lives Matters represent the entirety of the African-American community? This is a misnomer as many prominent conservative African Americans despise the organization.

Also, how is BLM not Marxist when its founders adhere to communist ideology?

I stand for my country and could not agree more that we need Donald Trump more than ever in 2020 to break the back of this Socialist/Marxist tide. Viva Trump 2020!

Thomas Belmont August 13, 2020 at 8:01 am

Bob…Your opinion is so full of it that its overflowing into the Long Island Sound. You are all over the phony,baloney NY Times 1619 Project like a Hobbo on a Ham sandwich. You are part of the George Soros Army bent on doom and destruction to my Blessed Country and Countrymen. You are an instigator to the Radical Leftist Marxist Movement that has served notice on the Civil Society. Your story is full of lies and malice toward humanity. We stand diametrically apart in a Divided nation five sixth’s that do not agree with you. The true jury is out until election day and I pray to God your voice is drowned out in the sea of Patriotism.

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