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The Burning Times of Vesper Woolf

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross. ~ Sinclair Lewis

Today, Wednesday November 9, 2016, America is a failure in democracy. A month after “pussy-gate,” Donald Trump, the misogynist currently scheduled for two trial dates – fraud (Trump University) and the alleged rape of a thirteen year old girl – is the president-elect. Today, America is a winner only in absurdist reality TV. Trump voters elected the most popular misogynist in the western hemisphere. Our country had the opportunity to make history. We failed. China, Ireland, Indonesia, India, Turkey – countries considered less enlightened than our United States – have all had female heads of state.

Initially, Hillary Clinton wasn’t my first choice for this election. In fact, this was the first election in which my husband and myself had ever volunteered and campaigned. We were both on our…

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webduboisDu Bois has a talent for using his prose to sift directly to the root of the problem, and then offer an equally elegant solution. The problem of race in America continues to this day, but Du Bois has already blazed the trail toward a possible just solution – in one paragraph.

“Again we must decry the colour prejudice of the South, yet it remains a heavy fact.  Such curious kinks of the human mind exist and must be reckoned with soberly.  They cannot be laughed away, nor always successfully stormed at, nor easily abolished by act of legislature  And yet they must not be encouraged by being let alone.  They must be recognized as facts, but unpleasant facts; things that stand in the way of civilization and religion and common decency.  They can be met in but one way, – by the breadth and broadening of human reason, by catholicity of taste and culture.  And so, too, the native ambition and aspiration of men, even thought they be black, backward, and ungraceful, must not be lightly dealt with.  To stimulate wildly weak and untrained minds is to play with mighty fires; to flout their striving idly is to welcome a harvest of brutish crime and shameless lethargy in our very laps.  The guiding of thought and the deft coordination of deed is at once the path of honour and humanity. “

-W.E.B. Du Bois.  The Souls of Black Folk.  pp.56-57

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