I got a chance to watch my favorite movie today, “Do The Right Thing” by Spike Lee. No matter how many times I watch that film, it never gets old. It was one of the first movies that I ever watched that awakened a lot of emotion inside of me that was connected to how I look at the world versus emotion that is brought out of you from an entertainment perspective. As the final credits rolled and it showed quotes from both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X I thought, this movie or rather its plot was like a prophecy for what’s happened the last few years in America.
When you take a look at the political climate today, it’s truly a sad state of affairs. These elections more than any other in my lifetime, have truly shown the darkest side of the country. The attitudes of people toward each other based on race and class are abhorrent. The politics we are seeing aren’t even basic politics anymore, but a battle to the death over race and class. What we have now is never what politics was supposed to be about or represent, it’s rather the representation of the moral decay of our nation. One of the worst examples, albeit not the only mud slinger running for office is Donald Trump. The only good thing that has come from him running for office is that his rhetoric has made it possible for every undercover racist in America to show themselves to be who they really are.
Do I believe all his supporters are racist? No, but I believe a great deal of them are and the hate mongering and xenophobic attitudes and speech that he spews only encourages more of it. But he’s not the only one, he’s simply the best at it so far. Everywhere I turn I see supporters of both Democratic and Republican candidates attacking the very core of their peers and opponents. Sometimes I wonder if we are too far gone as a nation to reclaim our sanity and sensibility. But ultimately I know that I can’t lose hope, I understand that losing hope means that I’m giving up on everything.
I just think there are too many people out there with their hearts and minds in the right place to hand the world over to the crazy folks. Just like the movie highlights, I think the biggest issue lies in a lack of understanding, which leads to fear and hate. If we can’t learn how to understand each other and be more accepting, no matter how positive I want to be about it all, things will get a lot worse before they become better. Ultimately, I hope as a nation that we can stop the craziness and DO THE RIGHT THING!