(CNN)A co-founder of Facebook is donating $20 million of his fortune to Democratic coffers in a late and likely consequential move to help defeat Republican candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
By: M. K. Williams
… is actually a book. Yes, seriously. There is a book titled Dear White America and the author’s name is Tim Wise.
I reluctantly picked it up at a Barnes and Noble that was going out of business a few years ago. I initially thought that it was another “angry black person” book, yelling at white people (which is probably what you’re thinking this article is right now). But I went ahead and picked it up anyway. My mental shelves were already packed with a wealth of non-fictional information that could inspire me to yell at all the white people I wanted to my own dang self. That particular day I didn’t need anybody else yelling the same thing that I could have been yelling at white folks for.
To my utter disbelief, a young looking white man appeared inside the book’s back cover. I couldn’t even claim him as lightskinned. This man was straight up white. So I checked to make sure that I picked up the right book, but it still said Dear White America. When I decided to catch the book being tricky, I read a few pages. The next thing I remember was that the receipt functioned as my bookmark while I consumed the first 3 chapters sitting in my parked car.
I’ve since followed Wise’s growing influence. From videos of lectures and panel discussions to appearances on CNN, Wise is one of the boldest white men I have ever heard speak the raw truth about the American mindset.
The only way that I can describe Tim Wise is to ask you to imagine that a black nobel laureate rode a time machine back to the 60’s, got filled with the holy ghost in Nashville, Tennessee, then had his brain squeezed into Wise as a toddler – who apparently has been walking around with it ever since. Believe me.
Which brings us now to Donald Trump. If you’re not wealthy and are even thinking about voting for Donald Trump – don’t let that man make a fool out of you.
You obviously have good sense if you can sit through reading this. I’m not trying to be funny this time. You are interested in varying views and I can bet, you’re the type of person that believes in due diligence. It doesn’t hurt that you also A) read beyond a fourth grade level – which our failing public school systems say is a major accomplishment in this country; B) seek out facts TO read which; C) demonstrates that you don’t blindly follow the crowd. It’s the same innate intelligence that’s been giving you pause over and over again about Donald Trump.
I don’t know if you’re tired of establishment politics or if you agree that the economy is a hot mess. I don’t even care if you’re just sick and tired of not getting to see white people everywhere you go. Some things and people can’t be wished away if we tried, and trust me, I’ve tried.
I’m keeping it real with you and hope that you can too. Regardless of how your search has landed you on this page, it doesn’t matter as long as you remember this – Donald Trump and the republican agenda is NOT the answer to improve the quality of your life or that of the “middle class”.
Thanks to the heartless, dog-eat-dog business practices of this country’s largest corporations / employers, THERE IS NO middle class majority anymore. There are the poor, the working poor, the small group of folks who are clinging on to high paying jobs or nest eggs that they earned or inherited, and then of course there are the wealthy.
By the way, the same greed driven cut-throat business tactics mentioned above are exactly what Donald Trump is famous for.
The comfortable job stability of an abundantly thriving middle class has gone bye-bye. From the working poor to the “middle class”, everyone is constantly watching their back, praying that they don’t lose their jobs or nest eggs. Those with the latter are constantly trying to find ways to hold on to their money, which lands many on Wall Street’s front porch of volatility. Both know that they’re one month’s earnings away from a potential financial catastrophe. We watched as major corporate facilities closed down. We read and lived through countless layoffs and furloughs across the country. To add insult to injury we saw in three decades time, hundreds of the nation’s largest corporations pull branches of their operations completely OUT of the country while eagerly GIVING OUR OLD JOBS AWAY to people overseas.
What is not as easy to see is how the wealthy have been playing the majority of Americans like a fiddle. President L.B. Johnson advised his White House Aid, Bill Moyers in 1960,
“I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it,” he said. “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” L.B. Johnson to White House Aid, William Moyers
Tell me this – how in God’s good name are Mexicans (and the silent nod including black folks for that matter) responsible for the fact that 10% of people in this country, WHOM ARE PRIMARILY WHITE, earn an average of 9 times more than the entire remaining 90% do? There aren’t enough illegal immigrants in the world that could pull off such a coup against the United States. And how are illegal immigrants supposed to take over the country when so many are busy doing work that we’re either too lazy or unskilled to do?
There’s only one way to pull this old trick off: To exploit the majority..regardless of color, gender or faith. First tactic: don’t let the majority get along with one another. If they do, they will unite and take over. To do this, the power structure must create theories and practices to wedge a division between them. To effectively do this, there must some form of “reward system” for one group while imposing a “penalty” for another. Sound familiar? It should. Poor whites and slaves were getting along just fine in America back in the day. While slaves were being beaten and killed into destitution, poor whites just had no other choice. For neither could read or write, so both had to do the same manual labor to eat. So, when the wealthy/educated class saw these folks uniting and having babies and parties and rebellions, they knew they had to do something quick. So, they offered poor whites land and a small taste of power in the form of jobs…as “overseers” of slaves. Division complete The rest is history.
(A great lesson about power by former Parliament member, Tony Benn)
If you’re super rich and back Trump, I can almost understand because you probably want to stay super rich and get even richer – regardless if you’re democrat, republican, green, purple, or independent. I would imagine that you think Trump will definitely protect your interests because you have money. However, this fundamental question remains: Why should 90 % of us suffer to make you rich?
I don’t know about you, but I believe Trump could care less if half the planet had to drop dead in order for him to stay rich. As a matter of fact, I don’t think that he would care if half of us got blown off the map by a Putin or North Korean nuclear attack judging by the way he talks.
Let’s take a look at the striking comparison between the Great Depression leading into the 1930’s and the Great Recession of the early 2000’s.
1. In 1928 and 2007 the earnings of those who made the highest 10% peaked. Also during those years, this same group paid historically low tax rates.
2. The stock market crashed in 1929 ushering in the Great Depression. The most devastating Recession since the Great Depression tore in with a crash in 2008.
When the largest share of the country’s money stays in the hands of a few, the many can’t afford to buy goods and services. Without enough money, the companies who employ people to provide goods and services can no longer afford to pay them. Wala! The companies cut jobs or worse, go out of business like those which brought lawsuits against Donald Trump.
Don’t just take my word about it. See the hard facts below from the Economic Policy Institute (their text is in blue). You can find my recommendations in the conclusion.
Income includes the revenue streams from wages, salaries, interest on a savings account, dividends from shares of stock, rent, and profits from selling something for more than you paid for it. Income inequality refers to the extent to which income is distributed in an uneven manner among a population. In the United States, income inequality, or the gap between the rich and everyone else, has been growing markedly, by every major statistical measure, for some 30 years.
Household and Family Income
Income disparities have become so pronounced that America’s top 10 percent now average nearly nine times as much income as the bottom 90 percent. Americans in the top 1 percent tower stunningly higher. They average over 38 times more income than the bottom 90 percent. But that gap pales in comparison to the divide between the nation’s top 0.1 percent and everyone else. Americans at this lofty level are taking in over 184 times the income of the bottom 90 percent.
The top 1 percent of America’s income earners have more than doubled their share of the nation’s income since the middle of the 20th century. American top 1 percent incomes peaked in the late 1920s, right before the onset of the Great Depression.
Inequality in America is growing, even at the top. The nation’s highest 0.1 percent of income-earners have, over recent decades, seen their incomes rise much faster than the rest of the top 1 percent. Incomes in this top 0.1 percent increased 7.5 times between 1973 and 2007, from 0.8 percent to an all-time high of 6 percent. The Great Recession in 2008 did dampen this top 0.1 percent share, but only momentarily. The upward surge of the top 0.1 percent has resumed.
The 1990s saw the annual incomes of the ultra rich explode in size. Between 1992 and 2002, the 400 highest incomes reported to the Internal Revenue Service more than doubled, even after the collapse of the dot.com bubble in 2000. In the early 21st century, the economic boom driven by the real estate bubble would more than triple top 400 average incomes before the 2008 economic collapse.
High levels of income concentration are pervasive across the country, but there are important differences among states. Connecticut has the highest threshold for entry into the top 1 percent. At least $677,608 in annual income is needed to be a member of this elite group in that state. That’s three times the minimum needed to be among the top 1 percent in bottom-ranking Arkansas. (place cursor on each state for detailed data)
Before the 1980s, lower-income earners owned a far larger portion of total U.S. income than they do today. How much more income would these earners be making today if the United States had the same distribution of income as the nation displayed in 1979? NPR found that Americans would experience income increases of at least $3,000 across all quintile levels, with the highest quintile owed an additional $17,311. The top 1 percent of earners would see a dramatic fall in their income, losing more than just $824,844.
The Congressional Budget Office defines before-tax income as “market income plus government transfers,” or, quite simply, how much income a person makes counting government social assistance. Analysts have a number of ways to define income. But they all tell the same story: The top 1 percent of U.S. earners take home a disproportionate amount of income compared to even the nation’s highest fifth of earners.
Since 1979, the before-tax incomes of the top 1 percent of America’s households have increased more than four times faster than bottom 20 percent incomes.
The Congressional Budget Office defines after-tax income as “before-tax income minus federal taxes.” After taxes, top 1 percent incomes are increasing even faster than before taxes. Before-tax income growth for the top 1 percent has averaged 174.5 percent since 1979. The after-tax increase: 200.2 percent. A progressive tax system should function to narrow income gaps between the affluent and everyone else. Over recent decades, America’s tax system has done no narrowing.
In the United States today, unions have a much smaller economic presence than they did decades ago. With unions playing a smaller economic role, the gap between worker and CEO pay was nine times larger in 2013 than in 1980.
Wages in the United States, after taking inflation into account, have been stagnating for more than three decades. Typical American workers and the nation’s lowest-wage workers have seen little or no growth in their real weekly wages.
Between 1979 and 2007, paycheck income of the top 1 percent of U.S. earners exploded by over 256 percent. Meanwhile, the bottom 90 percent of earners have seen little change in their average income, with just a 16.7 percent increase from 1979 to 2014.
Productivity has increased at a relatively consistent rate since 1948. But the wages of American workers have not, since the 1970s, kept up with this rising productivity. Worker hourly compensation has flat-lined since the mid-1970s, increasing just 15.5 percent from 1979 to 2013, while worker productivity has increased 132.8 percent over the same time period.
Nobody has to be an economist to see what’s right in from of their faces. Greed at the top has sucked a lion’s share of money directly away from the majority and into their own pockets. And the top earners in this country WANT the majority of Americans to remain broke and dumb so that they can continue to rob us blind.
The top 10% of earners are the very ones who are making the corporate decisions to slash thousands of American jobs at a time with a stroke of a pen which represent billions in American wages . They then hire cheaper employees abroad. Despite popular belief, overseas employees are NOT just laborers in the manufacturing sector. They are also giving our jobs to cheaper highly skilled professionals ranging from engineers and scientists to construction workers and MBA’s.
To slap a “STUPID” sticker on the brows of Americans, they promote a big fat lie that of all people – it’s the Mexicans who are taking over. Then, they get all the stupid-sticker folks riled up to VOLUNTARILY pay for a 2,000 mile long x 30 feet high Trump billboard.
If you’re not rich and are looking to improve your quality of life i.e.,. the very possibility of higher wages, lower taxes, and guaranteed healthcare in the event that you get ill, vote for Hillary Clinton. On the other hand, if you want to lose any chance of keeping affordable/ guaranteed healthcare as you continue to work at a job which pays you less than you made 10, 15, and even 20 years ago, while watching the rich pay less in taxes than you do – vote for Donald Trump. That’s just the bottom line. Check their records. Oh, Darnit! I almost forgot…one won’t release them.
Tim Wise, the now internationally acclaimed antiracist essayist, author, and educator breaks it down: “Racism as Divide and Conquer, From the 1600’s to Donald Trump”. ( Talk starts @ 1 minute, 35 second mark.)
When questioning a “Tea Party” leader during the 2012 Presidential election, what year she would pick as ideal to their slogan, “Taking America Back”, her answer was 1957.
It’s no surprise that Tim Wise was the person who posed that question. In this CNN interview, Wise breaks down racial nostalgia and racial anxiety represented in the Trump campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again”.
What would America be like if Tim Wise became President one day? Perhaps his slogan would be, “Love Thy Neighbor: Make America Better For Everyone”.
M. Kita Williams
In honor of the life of “The Greatest” man who shook up the world, Muhammad Ali, this article has been reposted.
It’s over, Trump. The GOP contender, Donald Trump might as well find that white towel while he can still see. You know, kind of like the self preservation tactic billionaires use before they have to pay “humungunomous” debts. They would find that attorney of theirs QUICK and file bankruptcy Chapters 7, 11, and 13.
The most globally recognized, heroic, living icon on the planet just knocked Trump out cold. Oh, and by the way…he’s Muslim. His name? The Champ, otherwise known as Muhammad Ali.
Donald Trump, you have “bragadociously” barked up the wrong universal beanstalk. When the most admired, respected, and identifiable global giant gets roused, masses of millions of people from every ethnic origin and corner of the world will listen.
When a man is truly great, he doesn’t need to move a muscle to shake up the world. For when he showed the world how to “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”, the reverberations continued in the earth for decades to come.
“Muhammad Ali aims message at Donald Trump: Terrorism perverts ‘what Islam really is’ “
“Muhammad Ali aimed a powerful and impassioned message at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying that the recent global terrorism crisis has “perverted people’s views on what Islam really is.”
Ali became a Muslim and changed his name from Cassius Clay during the height of his career as one of the greatest boxers in history. His message came in a statement following a week in which Trump cast doubt on President Barack Obama’s assertion that several American “sporting heroes” practiced Islam.
“I am a Muslim, and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world,” Ali said. “True Muslims know the ruthless violence of so-called Islamic Jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion.
“We, as Muslims, have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda. They have alienated many from learning about Islam. True Muslims know or should know that it goes against our religion to try and force Islam on anybody.”
One of the main principles of Trump’s campaign has been taking a hard line on immigration. In the wake of the San Bernardino mass shooting that killed 14 people last week, Trump called for the establishment of a national Muslim database and for restrictions on Muslims wishing to travel to the United States.
Ali’s political views did not endear him to the establishment in the 1960s, and his affiliation with the Nation of Islam ignited controversy during his reign as world heavyweight champion…
Ali said, “I believe that our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam and clarify that these misguided murderers have perverted people’s views on what Islam really is.”
What can a person possibly do or say when The Champ has just knocked them out cold, without even leaving his heavyweight throne?
Mr. Trump, many people are now fully aware that you are not what’s considered a good man. Instead of using your spotlight to stand up for what is right and unifying, you pander to people’s fears.
You have built a wall all right. Now you’re boxed in its’ corner…by the “greatest of all time”.
Needless to say, you are a far cry from the greatness of a Muhammad Ali. “The Greatest” is a man who showed the world that he stood for peace and justice, still does, has never wavered on his positions, then keeps on coming until his opponent recognizes that they’ve been a dope before Ali ever stepped in the ring.
It would be absolutely logical at this point Mr. Trump to “run things like you run business,” starting with this debacle of a presidential campaign. Since you’re familiar with exit strategies, here’s one that will work well:
- Find white towel
- Wave white towel
- Fire everybody and blame your knock-out on a technicality / TKO
- Watch private jet power up
- With windblown hair, turn to camera and wave
- Exit stage left, board multi-million dollar jet, fix hair and a drink
M. Kita Williams, as well as millions of Americans and global inhabitants
As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; Donald Trump’s racism can easily be traced through his lineage.
American Herald Tribune
Most families of enormous wealth have a dark and sometimes scandalous, even monstrous past. Donald Trump‘s clan is no exception to that rule. His grandfather was a pimp and a tax evader, his father a racist who would in the course of his life, clash with New York City Police as a member of the Ku Klux Klan and then as a wealthy real estate magnate, refuse to rent to people of color.
Donald Trump’s legacy is anything but a rags to riches story. His dad kicked the bucket with $250-$300 million in the bank. The man who wants to ban all people of a particular religion from travel, wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, his was white gold. The only thing more obnoxious than Donald Trump himself, is his family’s money grubbing, bigoted history.
Trump’s Grandfather: Pimp and Tax Evader
Donald Trump’s grandfather, Frederick or Frederich Trump, made his money from operating a decadent restaurant and hotel during the Gold Rush at Klondike in the Yukon.
That’s a nice way of saying it.
“Trump made his first fortune operating boom-town hotels, restaurants and brothels“, is more accurate, according to the CBC news report, “Donald Trump’s grandfather ran Canadian brothel during gold rush, author says”. Author Gwenda Blair simply wrote, “”The bulk of the cash flow came from the sale of liquor and sex.”
Trump’s grandfather was born in Germany, to parents who were employed by a vineyard. He moved to New York City in 1885 where he became a barber. After six years of this, Frederick Trump moved across the United States to Seattle, Washington, where he owned and operated what he referred to as a “decadent restaurant” that was actually called “Poodle Dog” in Seattle’s red light district. Interestingly, the name and concept that had already been established in San Francisco. (He named his restaurant after a dog but would later make money selling horse meat) Around this time Frederick Trump became a US citizen.
A Yukon Sun Newspaper writer described his business: “For single men the Arctic has excellent accommodations as well as the best restaurant in Bennett, but I would not advise respectable women to go there to sleep as they are liable to hear that which would be repugnant to their feelings – and uttered, too, by the depraved of their own sex”.
Trump moved to Monte Cristo, Wash. in 1894, and then four years later, shortly after the Klondike gold rush began, he relocated again to Bennett, British Columbia. Here he ran the “Actic Restaurant and Hotel”. He would next build the “White Horse restaurant and Inn” in Whitehorse, Yukon.
An article published this year by Politico, explains that Frederick Trump sold off his investments and returned to Germany in 1901, as he sensed the end of the gold rush and a subsequent end to prostitution. The following year, he married his former neighbor, Elizabeth Christ in his native German town of Kallstadt. Then he came under heavy scrutiny by the German government,
The country had compulsory military service for men which had to be fulfilled by the age of 35. Donald Trump’s grandfather waited until he was 35 to go back to Germany. He had already amassed great wealth worth well more than half a million US dollars, or 80,000 marks. While his town council was eager to keep Trump and his money, who billed himself as a man who “avoided bars” and led “a quiet life”, other German authorities had a different plan, the Politico article explains. In their view, Trump had relocated to Germany in order to avoid both tax and military-service obligations.
“…the regional authorities refused to let Trump off the hook. Unlike his grandson, who would become too big to fail in business and, more recently, to ignore in politics, Friedrich Trump was not big enough to get away with being a draft-dodger. He and his wife, then pregnant with Fred, Donald’s father, would not be allowed to resume their German citizenship and it would not be extended to their daughter; instead, they were deported—the same fate that Donald would like to impose on undocumented immigrants in the U.S. today.”
The fact that Donald Trump has done so well in the Republican polls is quite amazing, as the party that we think of as conservative, would be expected to shun a man who created exploitative beauty pageants and was born rich strictly because of the nefarious activities of his ancestors.
Trump’s Father: a Lifetime of Racist Practices
Donald Trump has often said he made his money “the old-fashioned way,” and this is true, in that he prospered from racism.
A New York Times article published 01 June 1927, related Donald Trump’s father Fred Trump’s role in a Ku Klux Klan brawl that pitted 1,000 klansmen against 100 New York City Police in Queens. Though he wasn’t officially charged, Fred Trump was one of seven klansmen arrested during the incident. It probably wasn’t very shocking at the time as America’s racist practices were in full swing generations after Abe Lincoln freed the country’s African-American slaves. In fact the mid-20’s saw a peak in KKK activity. Donald Trump would later deny his father’s involvement in the KKK brawl in spite of the fact that it happened two decades before he was born. Fred Trump’s enthusiasm for racist practices never changed until he was forced to do so by the law.
Presidential Candidate Donald Trump joined his father’s real estate company in New York in 1971, and only two years later, the company was served with a civil rights lawsuit that was filed against the Trump organization because it refused to rent to Black people. The Urban League got wind of the racist rental policy and actually sent both Black and White people in to apply for apartments that belonged to complexes owned by the Trumps. What they proved, was that Black people were denied rentals across the board, and only Whites were approved. A Village Voice article by Wayne Barrett, published in 1979, blew the lid off the Trump organization’s brewing pot of racist practices.
“Three doormen were told to discourage blacks who came seeking apartments when the manager was out, either by claiming no vacancies or hiking up the rents. A super said he was instructed to send black applicants to the central office but to accept white applications on site. Another rental agent said that Fred Trump had instructed him not to rent to blacks. Further, the agent said Trump wanted ‘to decrease the number of black tenants’ already in the development ‘by encouraging them to locate housing elsewhere.'”
The article explains that Trump’s reaction was to claim that the suit was a, “nationwide drive to force owners of moderate and luxury apartments to rent to welfare recipients.”
“‘We are not going to be forced by anyone to put people…in our buildings to the detriment of tenants who have, for many years, lived in these buildings, raised families in them, and who plan to continue to live there. That would be reverse discrimination,’ he said. ‘The government is not going to experiment with our buildings to the detriment of ourselves and the thousands who live in them now.'”
Indeed, Trump’s wild, largely uninformed and unintelligent rants are the legacy of men who walked over the backs of other Americans to gain and secure their wealth. This may be symbolic to the American capitalist way, but it falls short of any form of greatness or real human success. As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.