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THE 3PMer for June 5, 2016
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It's Sunday. It is the day of rest for many people, but for the political world, it's the final stretch. And, today is my rant day.
You've been eating bad pizza and many other nutritional no-nos for a few days and doing whatever your heart or boss tells you to do. You were celebrating National Donut Day because it was all there was to eat in West Fresno, East San Fernando, Ventura County or Pasadena.
Well, since it's Sunday, I get to rant.
"Oh, look at my African-American over here. Look at him," Trump said. "Are you the greatest?"
In fairness to Trump, that is not the full context. But, context doesn't matter at that level of politics.
I've been stewing over this for a few days. Those of you who are Facebook friends know that. My paternal side of the family has been in the United States since the 17th Century.
There was a time when "my black" meant something else entirely. I would never say "my" African-American, as it returns to the ownership of chattel, as we referred to property in law. My gardener is not "my Mexican," my Uber driver is not "my Nigerian," and my Co-op employee is not "my Ukranian." They are Americans and Californians as much as Gregory Cheadle, the African-American who is challenging Doug LaMalfa for Congress and was pointed out by Trump in his rally in Redding.
Yes, as I wrote in the California Aggie in undergrad, my ancestors owned "chattel" who were "blacks" and "yellows" in wills, something I discovered in family geneological documents which I found depressing. This was in the context of the debate over Proposition 209, which banned affirmative action in public universities. Now we no longer have affirmative action for people who can afford our much more expensive public universities, but that's for another medium.
People are not chattel. You don't own them, and you can never refer to them in that way. You own Oriental rugs, but not Asians. If you do, you need to visited by Law and Order.
Trump's ancestors arrived in the 19th century from Germany, after reconstruction. Nevertheless, someone who loves to tout his education credentials (Wharton! where he transferred to from Fordham and received a BS and not the normally touted MBA that my uncle has) should know that referring to ownership of African-Americans is a political "no-no."
This is the thing that leaves staffers lying on the concrete in the fetal position. And, to make it worse, is he claimed the media is skewed because the pictures they show of you only shows white people, ignoring the fact that the backdrop stage is (or should be) carefully created by advance staff.
Donald Trump will win the Republican primary in California since he is the only significant candidate still in the race. That said, leaders, many of whom read this daily scribe need to speak out against this rhetoric and actions, whether it be publicly or privately. This is a train wreck for the GOP.
Democrats aren't much better with the ugliness of this primary. However, this is no McCain vs. Obama or any other presidential election we have seen in my lifetime. Republicans need to get Trump to political boot camp in July leading up to the convention July 18-21 in Cleveland.
I write this not in a political sense, as the Republican primary in California is over and Trump is likely to be competitive in November. My dad (a moderate Republican who still serves his country in the Coast Guard Reserve) can only vote for Trump, Carson, Cruz, Gilmore, or Kasich. That's it. So, there will be plenty of votes for Trump, but for the inevitable and not the man.
That man needs to change for the party's sake.
#FAREWELL: Paul Schapiro, longtime Democratic activist in Yolo and Napa Counties, to a hit-and-run accident on Friday. Both Assemblymember Mariko Yamada and I worked closely with Paul when he led the Woodland Democrats.
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