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Trump Rally Planned For June 19th…In Tulsa…History Be Damned!

June 11, 2020

I have written so many times that Donald Trump is not a book reader, not aware of history, has no ethics, and is dangerous.  All that now can now be demonstrated with the following news released from the White House Wednesday.

Trump will return to the campaign trail on Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States and celebrated as African-Americans’ Independence Day.   In the midst of protests about the death of African-Americans at the hands of police across this nation Trump has decided to slap the face of every black person on this holiday by attempting to drown out their marches and protests by making a headline of his own.

Trump does not know what the rest of us have read when it comes to why June 19th is a holiday. And why Tulsa matters on that day.

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In 1921, Tulsa was the site of one of the country’s bloodiest outbreaks of racial violence, when white mobs attacked black citizens and businesses with guns and explosives dropped from airplanes. The Tulsa race massacre took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when mobs of white residents attacked black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  This tragedy has been called “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history.”  The attacks destroyed 35 square blocks of the district which was the wealthiest black community in the United States at the time.

To be so cold and calculating with his grandstanding as to take away from the impact June 19th has for many in this nation, and especially this year, is one of the reasons this nation will cart Trump’s large backside out the door of the White House come Election Day.

On a separate note, I am opposed to this rally for health reasons.  A pandemic is very much a problem in this nation as COVID-19 ramps up in many states, such as in Arizona where a public health expert at the University of Arizona says the state could run out of hospital beds in a matter of weeks.  Knowing the propensity of knuckle-draggers at Trump rallies, and their lack of paying heed to health advisories, we know that some of the rally-goers will die in the weeks to come from the virus. At their funerals, I wonder if it will be noted they laughed with the racist dog-whistles during the Trump rally? What a note on which to leave this world.  And most will be too stupid to even notice.

To Trump these people are disposable.  As long as the rally ‘looks’ like there is a large crowd for a news photo what concern does Trump have about the number of caskets that result from his partisan needs?

Let us watch and see if Trump is not on a stage well away from his spewing spittle-faced followers.  I suspect there will be no shaking hands by Trump or even grabbing women during this rally.

For the record, I have not been anywhere near a protest march for one reason.  It was not safe to be in crowds given the nature of COVID-19.   I trust that sanity prevails in Tulsa.  But we have seen too much from the Trump crowd to think miracles occur.

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