In a meeting with congressional leaders over immigration “reform,” and other issues, Donald Trump burst out, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He was referring to African countries and Haiti and El Salvador. Instead, he suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like (overwhelmingly white) Norway.
Two Obscenities and a challenge to YOU:
1. Donald Fucking Trump, an embodiment of obscene wealth in the USA, calls a continent, and its people—raped and ravaged by capitalism for 600 years—an obscenity. And speaks of Haitians and people from El Salvador in the same vein.
He rules a country that is literally drenched in the blood, and built on the bones of enslaved Africans, and the plunder and rape of peoples around the world.
The ONGOING Imperialist Rape of Africa
From the plantations and mines of Africa, extracted through the most sadistic, depraved violence and torture, came the gold, the food, the enslaved human beings on which the vast wealth and military power of the United States was built. In the “USA” in particular, from border-to-border, from coast-to-coast, banking, shipping, manufacturing, and relatively comfortable lives for millions of Americans were built on the whipping machine that drove slaves in the South to inhuman levels of exploitation, deprived of even the right of women to resist being raped by their masters.
This is not ancient history, the shadow and stamp of this is all over present day reality. The status of descendants of African slaves in America has evolved, but the subjugation, degradation of Black people in America remains and is moving in an ominously genocidal direction. Millions locked down in mass incarceration, subjected to police brutality, and deprived of access to proper food, medical care, and housing.
In Africa today, the scars of slavery on the economies, politics, and culture are open and raw. Africa continues to be plundered by “the West” for the elements that make your smartphone work, and that enable a Donald Trump to have his finger on “the biggest” nuclear trigger in the world.
Genocide, Slavery and Exploitation of the Americas
Another cornerstone of the rise of European/western capitalism was the enslavement of the indigenous people of Haiti by Christopher Columbus in 1492, which led to the near-total genocide of the original inhabitants. Next, the colonial powers imported slaves who were worked to death by French masters. The Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 drove out the French—an act for which the rulers of the “free world” have never forgiven the Haitian people. Today the vast majority of the population is exploited in sweatshops or tourism or left to die of utterly preventable disease.
For generations, the people of El Salvador were enslaved on plantations and sweatshops for American corporations, ruled by ruthless tyrants sponsored and backed by the U.S. empire. And when, in the 1980s, people in Central America rose up to overthrow one of those regimes, the U.S. saw this as not just a threat to the profits of American corporations, but a challenge to U.S. domination of Central America—which the rulers arrogantly claimed as their “back yard” from rival powers. The U.S. backed regimes of murderers and torturers in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala to crush those uprisings.
Despite all they have endured, the people of the places Trump calls “shitholes” have contributed inspiring and world-class works of art, literature, breakthroughs in science and culture, much of which is ripped away from these countries by “brain drain” and other forces generated by the vast global inequality in this world of oppressor and oppressed peoples and nations.
The Obscene but Ubiquitous Myth that America is the Greatest Country in the World
The myth that the power and prosperity of America and “the West,” including white people (“Norway”) is due to the hard work, honesty, and creativity of Americans (like Donald Trump!?) is as absurd and obscene as it is ubiquitous.
Greatest country in the world!? As we have shown, the wealth and power of this country is built in large part on the blood of people of other countries.
Arising from, justifying, and serving and enforcing this horror is white supremacy—the lie that white people are somehow more industrious and intelligent than other people and therefore more deserving of a special place in society. Trump’s consciously racist rant was of a piece with his incessant inciting “his base” as a base for full implementation of fascism, overt, open, undisguised capitalist dictatorship without even the pretense of civil liberties and rule of law, and extreme, violent ethnic cleansing.
Trump’s America is actually the biggest, ugliest shithole in the world.
The most concise, compelling, evidence-based, and damning exploration of how all this led to the coming to power of the Trump/Pence Fascist Regime, and why it must, and can be driven out in the interests of humanity is in THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America: A Better World IS Possible, A Talk by Bob Avakian. The world needs to see this. Watch it. Share it. And write firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts and experiences with it.
2. Now Dick Durbin (Democratic senator from Illinois), who is supposed to be a champion of immigrants’ rights and was at the meeting to negotiate with Trump is saying Trump used “vile, racist” language. So why the FUCK didn’t he and every other person in the room get up and immediately walk out and publicly denounce this outrageous venom?
If you were to administer truth serum to Dick Durbin, he might tell you he was appalled by Trump’s statement, but that he was there meeting with him, and did not and could not walk out because “that’s not how our system works.” And, at least under truth serum, he’d be telling you the truth.
3. So … what about YOU? If you fell for, or convinced yourself to put up with this bullshit once, or twice, or a hundred times, you don’t have to do it again; face it: relying on the Democrats is an utterly bankrupt strategy for stopping Trump.
What are you waiting for? The 2018 elections (with the mandate to keep impeachment off the table so the Democrats can win some swing states)?! Listen to what the leaders of the Democratic Party are telling you. Watch what they are doing—seeking “common ground” with a rabid white supremacist. They are accommodating to, working within, and legitimizing this fascist regime even as they fight out differences with it within those parameters.
At what point do people go into the streets and say BASTA YA!, No More!, Get The Fuck OUT! And how does anyone justify waiting for more years with the fucking Grand Dragon of the Imperial Empire sitting on the oval throne.
Right now, RefuseFascism.org is organizing people to do exactly that. Get with them! Join them!