Weeping for America
Speaking for me yesterday: Philip Kennicott of the Washington Post. In “What did the men with Donald Trump do when he spoke of ‘shithole countries’?” Kennicott tells of weeping, first when he read about the woman in Baltimore who was put out on the street in nothing but a hospital gown, and then again when he heard about Donald Trump’s reference to “shithole countries.”
I share his despair. And outrage. I had no words for what I felt as I watched Imamu Baraka’s video of that Baltimore woman being left outside in freezing weather in nothing more than a flimsy hospital gown and socks, her belongings in a bag at the bus stop. (I suppose it was expecting too much for the staff who put her out to at least dress her beforehand.)
And more outrage when I heard about Trump’s inexcusably vulgar, racist comments about “shithole countries.” He is, unfortunately for all of us, the president of this nation. And yet he doesn’t hesitate to use the most vile language to express his disgusting racist ideas. And he sees nothing wrong with it. No doubt there are a lot of Americans who share his speech habits and racist ideas (his beloved “base”), but they aren’t in the public eye, the international public eye, as president of the world’s most powerful nation.
I weep, not because I doubt the goodness of most of the people among whom I live in this country. There must be more Imamu Barakas than Donald Trumps in this land. Rather, I weep because the training in moral and civic corruption has already begun, it will inevitably continue, and it is gathering speed. — Philip Kennicott