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Putting White Supremacy Into the Dustbin of History, Where It Belongs
With the torrent of awful rulings from a corrupt Supreme Court over the last few days, I struggled to put all my thoughts into something cogent before the day ended. So instead, I send along an excerpt from an essay I wrote in September 2020, which spelled out my hopes for a Biden Presidency:
When WWII was coming to an end FDR forged a comprehensive plan to “build back better.” It was based on the inspiring and universal principles found in the Four Freedoms – freedom from want and fear, freedom of speech and religion. So simple, so powerful. From these words came the post WWII global order, the building of institutions like the UN and the WTO, the ending of colonialism and the institutionalization of the fight against authoritarianism through the building of NATO and the prosecution of the Cold War. We did big things, and did them over a long period of time.
Of all the big things we have to do in the coming years there is one more – to honor and build on the work of FDR American leaders should forcefully denounce white supremacy in all of its forms. We have to make clear that American, Western, liberal, Four Freedom values are universal values, values of all people everywhere, regardless of race, religion or country of origin. They belong to all of us. White supremacy is not just a malicious legacy belief system from our racist and colonial past, it’s also profoundly anti-modern; for who could, after seeing the advances and potential of the people all over the world over these past fifty years ever believe that any race or religion or culture was somehow not capable of extraordinary things, and the people of all nations not deserving of the opportunities and freedoms we cherish. Trump’s white supremacy must be returned, aggressively, to the dustbin of history, where it belongs.
No doubt we have a lot of work to do in the days ahead.
Keep working hard all - Simon