TRUMP & CHICAGO
Insight from Big J, Fahrenheit Record Historian
I received a text message Friday evening from an old friend and classmate from college Michael Colen many of you know him as First Degree hip hop artist from Sacramento. The text simply read “God Bless Chitown.” I had just gotten home and had cracked a beer and had the tv locked in to the Bulls and the Heat. I’d heard about what was going on in my hometown the protests over a scheduled rally and appearance by Republican candidate for President Donald Trump. I turned from the game to CNN I watched what unfolded on the tv with great interest. I listened to the reporters commentary, the clashes between those that objected to Trump’s appearance and his “politics” and those that support his candidacy. As the evening continued to unfold I was struck with a feeling of great pride.
Trump & Chicago can be explained by non-profits like “I Grow Chicago”
Nationally the narrative about Chicago has been mostly negative, the gun violence in the black community, the deaths of unarmed African American citizens Laquan McDonald a 17 year old who was shot and killed by a police officer, a shooting that was captured on video. Recently another video was released depicting the shooting of Cedrick Chatman a teenager that was shot on January 7, 2013 after running from a stolen vehicle, the city had been trying to suppress the release of this video. A separate shooting in December 2015 in which Bettie Jones age 55 was shot “accidentally” by police. The mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel has been under fire due to the police shootings and many have called for him to step down as mayor.
Many Chicagoans were excited when filmmaker Spike Lee announced that he would be filming Chiraq and hoped that this movie would shed light on, engage conversation and hopefully change regarding the increasing gun violence in Chicago, which in my opinion is genocide. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case, the premise of the film was that a gang leader’s girlfriend encouraged other women to withhold sex until the violence stops. This was not a film that many took seriously and we felt that an opportunity had been missed. Chicago is not new to protest or police violence, see the 1968 Democratic Convention and the murder of Black Panther Fred Hampton in 1969 after having been drugged as he lay in bed with his pregnant girlfriend.
Trump & Chicago is not he first time the city protested a political event
I think Trump’s popularity is due to Obama’s two terms as president a presidency which many have never accepted. Trump says that he wants to make America great again but has not laid out his plan in which to do so. His comments are often inflammatory he talks of building a wall to keep foreigners out of the country and protecting our borders. The increasing incidents at his rallies in which many African Americans that have been threatened and harmed physically. What has Trump done to condemn these actions? He says nothing which is basically encouraging his supporters to continue this behavior. This is only going to escalate…his supporters feel emboldened and I predict this is going to have dire consequences eventually.
Let’s remember premise of this country was for those from other countries to come to these shores to find acceptance and opportunity. The true native Americans are Indians and we see what happened to them. My ancestors built this country after having been kidnapped from Africa and brought here to work as slaves toiling in massa’s cotton fields. Not viewed as a human more along the lines of an animal to work and breed until you work yourself to death. You were subject to being sold away from your family at any moment but that’s a topic many don’t want to revisit.
Trump & Chicago, the people have spoken
America is just getting over the eight year fiasco that was the Bush administration. If Trump is elected as the next leader of the free world long will it take for him to ostracize himself and us from the international community? How long will it take for him to refer to German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a dumb bimbo or refer to another world leader’s penis size?
The rise of Trump has been compared to Hitler
We can’t afford to elect Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States, the people in my hometown of Chicago showed Friday night. I’m proud of the statement that was made that evening, I’m proud that Trump was forced to cancel his rally, I hope that he never comes back to the city. I encourage everyone to stand up and be heard at this time in protest and also on election day. The stakes are too high and we have too much at steak as a country to still be divided by racism, bigotry and fear.
Quoting the late great Bob Marley from his song Revolution, “Never make a politician grant you a favor, they will always want to control you forever.” I typically don’t trust politicians but I engage in the process because of the sacrifices many before me have given to allow my voice to be heard and so I vote. Unfortunately oftentimes the process is like selecting between the lesser of two evils. In this case the evil wears a bad toupee, has orange hued skin and is loudmouth with no political experience, are we really seriously considering placing our collective fortunes in his hands for the next four years?
Trump & Chicago protesters came in all shapes and sizes