By SUSAN K. SMITH
Crazy Faith Ministries
There are a lot of reasons to be concerned about what is going on in America right now, but one of the biggest reasons is that, with all of the rhetoric and lying that is going on, nobody really knows what “the truth” is.
The Right is saying that America has already descended into a Communist state. Recently, Kathy Barnette, an African American woman running for Senate in Pennsylvania, said that the first five rights listed in the Constitution are “at stake.”
She has declared that “the Democrats have turned this nation into a Communist country.
I’m not quite sure what she means. In fact, I am not sure of what anyone who is saying that the Democrats are Communist actually means. I wonder if they understand what Communism is? I don’t understand why mandating vaccines and masks to fight against a killer virus, why making policies that help get more money in the pockets of everyday Americans, and why creating more jobs for Americans is Communist?
I don’t understand why there is a preference for whatever one calls the government of Republicans that has outsourced jobs overseas, approved a tax cut that benefits the most wealthy while penalizing the masses of people who are struggling to survive, made it difficult if not impossible for all people to get health care, and stolen the pensions of many – is preferred to a government that is taking care of the needs of the American people?
We are approaching the Martin Luther King holiday, and all I see is swirling rhetoric, lies and the spread of propaganda all over the country. I see the rights that King and the entire Civil Rights Movement was about being swallowed up in racist partisan political attacks on every single advancement that has been made by marginalized groups over the past 50 years.
And I see insult, slaps in the face, if you will, by Right-wing politicians who are obviously working hard to “take their country back,” or in truth, to “make America White again.”
The latest insult is the invitation of Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, to be the keynote speaker at a MLK event sponsored by the Arkansas ML King Commission. Huckabee, who has been known for his racist remarks, will speak at the invitation-only event being held at the Governor’s Mansion.
Huckabee has spoken against Blacks, Asians and Jewish people, as well as against gay people and members of the trans community, as reported by USA Today, NBC News and Politico.
How is it the people of Arkansas are allowing this to happen? How is it that Republicans have so successfully created and reproduced the narrative that Democrats are Communist, while downplaying their own policies which are leading America to a minority-rule, authoritarian state? And how is it that the mainstream media has been allowing this descent by the way it has covered politics since the campaign of the former president?
In Olivia Butler’s novel, Parable of the Sower, there is a line toward the end of the book where Bankole, a much-older man who becomes a part of a group fleeing destruction and eventually lover of Lauren, the leader of this group and the narrator of the novel, “I wish you could have known this country when it was still salvageable.”
Butler wrote her dystopian novel in 1993 and those words made my spirit shiver.
It seems that that desire will be the wish of all of us as America, unwilling to be healed of her racism, continues to descend into ruination.
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith is the founder and director of Crazy Faith Ministries. She is available for speaking. And she is an award-winning author for her latest book, “With Liberty and Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America,” available through all booksellers. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.