FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Under President Trump, Will I Be Forced Into Slavery?

The “racial divide” that draws profits for the infotainment networks was on full display after Secretary Clinton’s description of half of Donald Trump’s followers as “a basket full of deplorable.” Most of the White commentators viewed it as a misstep. Since there are only a few Black commentators who are approved of by network executives, I had to consult Richard Prince’s “Journal-isms” to find what Black journalists were thinking. “Journal-isms” keeps tabs on how Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American journalists are faring in the media industry. The majority of these journalists agreed with Secretary Clinton.

The statistic that jumped out to me was that 20% of Trump’s followers believe that Lincoln was wrong to free the slaves. So if the media succeed in electing an Entertainer-In-Chief (think of the ratings) and he implements the wishes of that 20% of his followers in the form of an Executive Order returning Blacks to slavery, to which task would I be assigned?

I suspect that the job of rounding us up and placing us on buses and trains will be managed by the Trump son, Donald Trump, Jr., who recently paid a visit to Mississippi and said that he was okay with the Confederate flag, which gives encouragement to those Trump followers–38%–who are upset about the outcome of the Civil War. His involvement in managing transportation would give those animals he likes to murder a break.

Since the production of cotton is handled by machines, maybe we will be assigned to Trump’s hotels. We woud be cooks, chamber maids, and doormen. We would replace the immigrants who now handle those tasks. Why pay people when you can have slaves for nothing? Maybe people like me who have a university background would become accountants or hosts and hostesses or card dealers. Of course, we’d be barred from counting the money. Some of us could become desk clerks. Others could be assigned to sit behind President Trump as he makes speeches. This would be a sign that he is righteous with diversity.

Though Alexander Hamilton may or may not have owned slaves, he certainly rented them, which is like receiving stolen goods. I could see President Trump renting some of us out to his friends. Maybe serving as a sparring partner for Corey Lewandowski, or becoming fashion consultants for Sir Rudolph Giuliani, who likes to dress up in women’s clothes. Someone could put first lady Melania Trump’s speeches through Grammarly’s plagiarism check. Maybe a dozen of slaves would be on 24-hour call, in case Governor Christie needs orders from MacDonald’s.

Of course, if the slaves resist or engage in the kind of work slowdown, one of the factors that ended the Civil War, Trump could say that they’re “lazy.” According to him, they can’t help themselves.

More articles by:

Ishmael Reed is the author of The Complete Muhammad Ali.

November 20, 2018
John Davis
Geographies of Violence in Southern California
Anthony Pahnke
Abolishing ICE Means Defunding it
Maximilian Werner
Why (Mostly) Men Trophy Hunt: a Biocultural Explanation
Masturah Alatas
Undercutting Female Circumcision
Jack Rasmus
Global Oil Price Deflation 2018 and Beyond
Geoff Dutton
Why High Technology’s Double-Edged Sword is So Hard to Swallow
Binoy Kampmark
Charges Under Seal: US Prosecutors Get Busy With Julian Assange
Rev. William Alberts
America Fiddles While California Burns
Forrest Hylton, Aaron Tauss and Juan Felipe Duque Agudelo
Remaking the Common Good: the Crisis of Public Higher Education in Colombia
Patrick Cockburn
What Can We Learn From a Headmaster Who Refused to Allow His Students to Celebrate Armistice Day?
Clark T. Scott
Our Most Stalwart Company
Tom H. Hastings
Look to the Right for Corruption
Edward Hunt
With Nearly 400,000 Dead in South Sudan, Will the US Finally Change Its Policy?
Thomas Knapp
Hypocrisy Alert: Republicans Agreed with Ocasio-Cortez Until About One Minute Ago
November 19, 2018
David Rosen
Amazon Deal: New York Taxpayers Fund World Biggest Sex-Toy Retailer
Sheldon Richman
Art of the Smear: the Israel Lobby Busted
Chad Hanson
Why Trump is Wrong About the California Wildfires
Dean Baker
Will Progressives Ever Think About How We Structure Markets, Instead of Accepting them as Given?
Robert Fisk
We Remember the Great War, While Palestinians Live It
Dave Lindorff
Pelosi’s Deceptive Plan: Blocking any Tax Rise Could Rule Out Medicare-for-All and Bolstering Social Security
Rick Baum
What Can We Expect From the Democrat “Alternative” Given Their Record in California?
Thomas Scott Tucker
Trump, World War I and the Lessons of Poetry
John W. Whitehead
Red Flag Gun Laws
Newton Finn
On Earth, as in Heaven: the Utopianism of Edward Bellamy
Robert Fantina
Shithole Countries: Made in the USA
René Voss
Have Your Say about Ranching in Our Point Reyes National Seashore
Weekend Edition
November 16, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Jonah Raskin
A California Jew in a Time of Anti-Semitism
Andrew Levine
Whither the Melting Pot?
Joshua Frank
Climate Change and Wildfires: The New Western Travesty
Nick Pemberton
The Revolution’s Here, Please Excuse Me While I Laugh
T.J. Coles
Israel Cannot Use Violent Self-Defense While Occupying Gaza
Rob Urie
Nuclear Weapons are a Nightmare Made in America
Paul Street
Barack von Obamenburg, Herr Donald, and Big Capitalist Hypocrisy: On How Fascism Happens
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Fire is Sweeping Our Very Streets Today
Aidan O'Brien
Ireland’s New President, Other European Fools and the Abyss 
Pete Dolack
“Winners” in Amazon Sweepstakes Sure to be the Losers
Richard Eskow
Amazon, Go Home! Billions for Working People, But Not One Cent For Tribute
Ramzy Baroud
In Breach of Human Rights, Netanyahu Supports the Death Penalty against Palestinians
Brian Terrell
Ending the War in Yemen- Congressional Resolution is Not Enough!
John Laforge
Woolsey Fire Burns Toxic Santa Susana Reactor Site
Ralph Nader
The War Over Words: Republicans Easily Defeat the Democrats
M. G. Piety
Reading Plato in the Time of the Oligarchs
Rafael Correa
Ecuador’s Soft Coup and Political Persecution
Brian Cloughley
Aid Projects Can Work, But Not “Head-Smacking Stupid Ones”
David Swanson
A Tale of Two Marines
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail