America’s False Images of Democracy

The fight with “The Squad” highlights why America doesn’t really have a democracy. An essay on how racism derails democracy in America.

America’s False Images of Democracy
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American Democracy Is Not For All

Every day I live in America is another day I see the truth in America’s pledge of democracy for all. Democracy in America is a falsehood. If we all don’t agree with Whiteness’ version of what democracy is, despite our different experiences based on race, sex, or socioeconomic status, they deem us troublemakers incorrigible. We need to leave and change our ways. For many White people, American democracy never needs to change, nor do the White people who get to determine when people of color may take part in democracy and the Whites who define democracy.

Democracy via our Constitution should limit the power of the majority (Whites) and those who vote with them. Democracy should also protect the minority (Blacks, People of Color, and small groups with limited/no power), but it doesn’t.

Democracy can’t exist if a single force controls what occurs and its outcomes. Whiteness (Pelosi, the Democratic establishment, the GOP, and Donald Trump) is America’s single force yet again controlling democracy for Black and Brown women elected to represent their respective Congressional Districts (given the derogatory title “the Squad” sometimes associated with gangs).

Elected People of Color in Congress have the most power in the nation’s history. These women are speaking truth, dispelling lies and myths, asking hard questions politicians in Congress haven’t been interested in asking for decades, and showing off just how smart they are. Their constituents elected them to do just what they are doing, but the White majority/establishment isn’t interested in them doing those things. If it’s not the status quo, it must go!

The Squad ( Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich) has caught hell since their election results were confirmed. The election of each Representative of Color represented more blackening of America. A lot of White people are angry and displeased by their presence. What’s happening now is the same thing Obama endured during his tenure, and that’s good old American racism — pure and simple.

American Democracy Is Not For All

Every day I live in America is another day I see the truth in America’s pledge of democracy for all. Democracy in America is a falsehood. If we all don’t agree with Whiteness’ version of what democracy is, despite our different experiences based on race, sex, or socioeconomic status, they deem us troublemakers incorrigible. We need to leave and change our ways. American democracy never needs to change, nor do the White people who get to determine which people of color are allowed to take part in democracy and the Whites who define democracy.

Democracy via our Constitution should limit the power of the majority Whites and those who vote with them) and should protect the minority (Blacks. People of Color, and small groups with limited/no power), but it doesn’t.

Democracy can’t exist if a single force controls what occurs and its outcomes. Whiteness (Pelosi, the Democratic establishment, the GOP, and Donald Trump) is America’s single force yet again controlling democracy for Black and Brown women elected to represent their respective Congressional Districts. People of Color in Congress have the most power in the nation’s history. These women are speaking truth, dispelling lies and myths, asking hard questions politicians in Congress haven’t been interested in asking for decades, and showing off just how smart they are. We elected the Squad to do just what they are doing, but the White majority/establishment isn’t interested at all in the exercising their rights to engage in democracy, which includes public discourse.

Whiteness’ invisible rules imply the four Congresswomen should come to Congress to shut up, be quiet, speak only when spoken to, and allow their White feminist leader to do things her way. Nancy Pelosi is learning she doesn’t speak for all Democrats, and she doesn’t speak for all Black and Brown people. She’s highlighted how aloof she is and how vested she is in patriarchy. While The Squad is speaking for millions of Black and Brown people in America who don’t have a voice and who have wanted to espouse the ideas and visions of America, they finally breathe life into, Whiteness has been about its racist business trying to silence the Congresswomen and teaching all Black and Brown people in America an important lesson. It’s the same lesson they have given us repeatedly:

If you get out of line according invisible rules and lines of Whiteness, you will be punished, even if you speak truth. Your presence is symbolic, nothing more. Shut up and sit down. Stay in your respective places— which is the back!

The message these days is coming from White men like Donald Trump (the leader of the entire nation), the GOP, and from White/White passing women like Nancy Pelosi. The Squad isn’t having any of it. We realize our interests are different. So are our risks. Whiteness has nothing to lose, really. Black and Brown people have everything to lose including our freedom and our lives. It’s a critical time for Black and Brown people in America. Whiteness (so-called allies and feminists) have shown the world time and time again they will leave Black and Brown women to standalone to defend ourselves from White Supremacy and Patriarchy.

The Squad understands the moment we are in. They understand why their constituents sent them to Washington. The Squad will make the most of their five minutes (thankfully), because as the election of President Obama showed us, there is always hell to pay after Black and Brown attains power unexpectedly. Black and Brown folks have been catching hell since 2008. Whites in power want Blacks, in particular Black women to be afraid, hoping we will cower and go off into the sunset silently. Whiteness understands we are the backbone of our communities. If they can break us, they win.

Unfortunately, the entire world knows about America’s racial issues and they’ve planted racist seeds in those who needed little fertilizing to create the next race war. If you didn’t believe America was this hateful, you’ve been living with your eyes and ears closed. Even our enemies know how racist Whites in America are, and they have used our weaknesses and stupidity to divide us. They’ve infiltrated our systems and destroyed our nation from the inside out.

The racism and the bigoted derogatory comments made by our own president has also exposed the lie Americans spew about democracy and democratic governance. Everyone doesn’t get the same opportunities to take part in democracy. Voting isn’t the only way to exercise democracy. Democracy is also our individual freedoms as citizens to speak out against our government, or leaders, and our systems when they do not prioritize or speak for all people. The singling out and silencing of The Squad is authoritarianism and fascism. There is nothing democratic about those actions.

These ladies are also showing the world America’s illusion of being a melting pot. We;re not a melting pot. We’re a trash can, covered in White Chocolate hiding all the dirty and disgusting parts of us from the rest of the world. As long as you come and contribute the way White people want, you can stay. But as soon as you discover the truth of White power, they want to banish you back to your country — even if your country is America. Assimilation is the American way. People are tired of conforming and getting nothing in return. What we see today is rebellion. White people should become accustomed to it. We’re tired of living in your shadows.

White people are about maintaining White order and White power, no matter the political party the White power broker is affiliated with.

The White Power Grab

White men and women in power nationally are making every attempt to check the power bestowed upon the Squad, symbolically making sure these Women of Color stay in their place. The methods are different, but the results are the same. Women of Color refusing to assimilate to White political hierarchies are now being labeled by both parties. I think it’s important to note how America decides who and what is patriotic, and who may take part in American democracy.

The falsehood of American democracy has never been clearer than the dust up between Trump (Grand Wizard of the new Klan) and the four women of color he’s labeled “The Squad,” and the infighting between the four Congresswomen of Color and Nancy Pelosi, the epitome of how White Feminism. Both vehicles oppress Black voices and decimates democracy by taking away The Squads opportunities to take part in a manner suitable to them (the minority), not the majority (Whites).

With each intentional effort to degrade these women, each negative interaction, every slight, every attempt to silence, and each attempt to ignore the issues important to us, American democracy dies. The approach of White Dems in power and the White GOP establishments is to make their White power a priority by denigrating Women of Color in power, giving the appearance they are inept troublemakers. Don’t fall for media’s mislabeling of Donald Trump’s White Supremacy and Pelosi’s American White Feminism. They too are in step with White Supremacy, White Privilege, White Patriarchy, and White Feminism.

And please don’t allow the media to be our compass for anything. The only difference between MSNBC and FOX News is MSNBC has more Black guest on their shows. The show hosts look the same, act the same, and offer the same views, they just do so for different political parties with different spins. White power is White power, no matter the channel you subscribe to. We should ask ourselves why Whites have such a hard time sharing power, and why are they having such a difficult time grasping White power? That willful ignorance is killing the country.

Degrading and ignoring Women of Color is the American way. Keeping us out of power is the America way. Silencing our voices is the American way. Democracy for some is also the American way. Black and Brown women keep targets on their backs. We are America’s favorite punching bag.

The Squad has highlighted White people don’t always know what’s best for Communities of Color. Women of Color are the pulses and heartbeats of our communities. We are the lymph nodes that help determine when illness is in our midst, yet we are ignored. Our moral compasses aren’t broken, our eyesight is 20/20, and our social and emotional intelligence is high. We’d do America a great service by listening to women of color instead of allowing White men with no credibility and bad credit to convince us they are bad. When Whites don’t listen to us, we all pay a price, eventually.

The Squad come from groups historically left behind in America. They know what’s going on, and they are representing those who have been left behind for far too long. The Squad won’t allow Nancy Pelosi (White Feminism) or other Congressional leaders passing as White (Jews) bully them into silence, nor will these ladies allow the likes of racist men like Donald Trump (White Supremacy) to stop them from telling the world about America’s inequality, inequity, injustice and failure to extend democracy to all.

Optics matter, and America has failed her eye test! The Squad shows democracy in America isn’t for all citizens, just the ones who go along with Whiteness and assimilate to White rules, protocols, and etiquette — even when Black and Brown lives are on the line.

We all can see the truth. The real question is we going to do about it? White politics, White Supremacy, White Privilege, White Power, and White Feminism isn’t more important than my Black life.

I’m glad The Squad is making that abundantly clear.

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