Silence is a Frightening…Acceptance

‘Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as ‘shithole’ countries.’   NBC News

‘Trumps comments were first reported by the Washington Post, which said the nations referred to by Trump also included El Salvador.’   NBC News

‘Two sources briefed on the conversation say that during the portion of the conversation about Haiti – which came at the top of the exchange that led to the ‘shithole’ comment – the president questioned why Haitians should be given consideration.  ‘Why do we need more Haitians, take them out,’ he said, according to sources. Someone else in the room responded,  ‘Because if you do, it will be obvious why.’   NBC News

Have you ever felt that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach?

Often, when I am confronted with blatant racism…it seems not only unbelievable that I am hearing such virulent and hurtful and ignorant comments…but also it does not seem possible that the person who is uttering the vile statements could possibly believe what they are saying…and witness their pride regarding their racist views.

‘Today is the eighth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake that killed over two hundred thousand people.’   NBC News

Haitians fought alongside Americans during our Revolutionary War.  There is a monument to their bravery in Savanah, Georgia.

The president, during his racist comments, stated that we needed more immigrants from Norway.  Norway is a predominately white nation.

There was a leader in Germany, during World War II, that had similar views regarding race.

Six million Jews went to the gas chamber…in his vision of ethnic cleansing.

Africans have been a part of the United States…since before it was the United States…we brought them over by force… as slaves.

Every positive move forward, that has occurred in our country has been facilitated by immigrants…of which we all are.

African Nations have both extreme wealth and extreme poverty…much like the United States.

They do not live in huts!

The Haitian people are some of the strongest and most resilient people on the face of the globe.

People of Color have been vital and are participants in every aspect of progress and innovation and courage in the American Experiment.

Forty percent of our armed forces is minority.

Countless thousands of African Americans and Latinos and Haitians have given their lives for the dream of liberty and justice and freedom that the Statue of Liberty promises.

Over 800 ‘Dreamers’ are in the United States military…right now.

The silence of many of our elected leaders is deafening.

Where are the statesmen and stateswomen of the Republican Party?

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Where are the leaders of principle that will not countenance racism…whoever is guilty of it?

The president made crystal clear his racist views when he was running for office.  There should be no surprise.

The surprise is…how many Senators and members of the House of Representatives set silent…or attempt to explain the president’s despicable racist remarks as illustrative of his passion to allow only the right people in to the United States.

I watched a Twilight Zone episode where a racist and bigoted individual joyfully spewed his xenophobic remarks until he entered an alternate universe where he was minority and thus persecuted and marginalized and hurt and abused…because he was not a member of the majority.

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Have you ever felt what it is like to be marginalized?

Have you ever been made fun of or belittled.

Have you ever been a member of the minority, in life, and the members of the clique or the ‘in group’ looked down on you and was satisfied that they were better or smarter… or that God loved them in a special way?

Have you ever been bullied?

Have you ever experienced someone describing your entire race in negative terms.

It is terrible when anyone is guilty of racism.

It is chilling when the president of the United States is…and there is silence by our elected leaders!

7 responses

  1. You tell it like it is, my brother.
    Reblogging to my sister site, Success Inspirers World 🏆

  2. In our society, people have a tendency to focus on what’s been stated and ignore what goes unstated. We give much more weight to the spoken and evident than the unspoken and less-obvious. Taleb writes a great deal about this, and his reflections have left me always seeking reflections on these biases, such as (ugh!) silence as neutrality … and how to counter them.

    I bookmarked one from Harvard Business Review, which I hadn’t yet read. Its title alone matched it to my interests and this post: “Before a Meeting, Tell Your Team That Silence Denotes Agreement.” I scanned the article just now, and, yep. I agree with it and you: we must move away from the bizarreness of silence as reality, and toward acknowledging that silence upholds whatever goes unchallenged. Or, as the HBR article puts it:

    These three words do a great job of forcing people to open up, no matter how reluctant (or passive-aggressive) they may be feeling. Explain to people that if they don’t say anything when given a proposal or plan, they’re voting “yes” to it. Silence doesn’t mean “I’m not voting” or “I reserve the right to weigh in later.” It means “I’m completely on board with what’s being discussed.”

    I endorse its conclusion, and–it seems–yours: we must “Set one key ground rule: ‘Silence denotes agreement’ or ‘qui tacet consentire videtur,’ as it’s been known for centuries.”

    1. I appreciate your excellent comments and agree completely. I have witnessed prejudicial acts being stopped by someone having the courage to speak against them.

      Often, if one or two people of good will, speak against a wrong…others, who are silently agreeing with them, will speak up as well.

  3. and often to bring change we need to speak out even if your the lone voice

    1. So true.

      Courage of conviction can change wrong to right.

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