The Desert Trail calls for local Republican and Democrat clubs to condemn racism

We should all be able to stand in unity and moral clarity on this issue: Racism is a moral sin and a social evil. -- HDS

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On Thursday, August 24, the Desert Trail challenged the Republican and Democrat clubs in the Morongo Basin to join together to condemn racism.

This is outstanding. The newspaper editors are real people with the same concerns as most of us — but not all of us — about the damaging effects of racism and bigotry.

Community comments to the opinion piece solidly support the newspaper. Here is the Link to the opinion piece titled: Racism is repugnant.

“What a galvanizing statement it would be for the Morongo Basin’s Democratic and Republican clubs to join together to condemn racism”. — Desert Trail

The local newspaper is referencing the march in Charlottesville where neo-Nazi, the KKK crowd, and xenophobic ugly Americans shouting Nazi slogans and slurs, gave the Nazi salute or Hitler salute — and a driver ran into a group of people, killing a woman.

The HDS highlights that the “brunt of the responsibility for ending white-supremacist racism should not be borne by its victims or by a small group of churches or activists.”

I unconditionally support the Desert Trail calling for both the Republican and Democratic clubs in the Basin to not sit idle while some local churches do all the work to address bigotry and racism.

Read the opinion piece.  Don’t for a minute accept race hating, race superiority, or xenophobic philosophy. Silence is complicity.

Will either the Republican or Democratic clubs fluff this off, act jointly to condemn, or will they be silent and complicit?

Branson Hunter


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4 Responses to The Desert Trail calls for local Republican and Democrat clubs to condemn racism

  1. Dan OBrien
    Dan OBrien August 27, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    What a wonderful idea.

    I think the Republicans should own up to its Abolitionist beginnings , while the Democrats take ownership of 150 years of slavery.

    Democrats need to accept their own culpability in the Direct support of the Confederacy and the ownership of approximately 620,000 soldiers that died from combat, accident, starvation, and disease during that Civil War..

    We Republicans must accept the results of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Freeing of 3 Million Slaves, and the effects of Black inclusion in Southern Politics that Reconstruction brought to the Defeated South.

    Democrats need to own the KKK, Lynchings and Jim Crow,

    Republicans must realize their guilt in the passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments without a single vote in the affirmative by Democrats.

    Democrats must own the re-segregation of the United States Military Forces under Woodrow Wilson during the First World War.

    During the 1930s, and 1960s, 1970s 1990s and the 2008-2016, Democrats re-enslavement of poor Blacks and Whites to the Welfare system under FDR, JFK, LBJ through Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama. As we all watched the destruction of the Black family by a system that removed the Father figure from the family by denying that same welfare check to the nuclear families.

    The Republicans must assume the guilt in the passage of the civil Rights Acts of 1866, 1957, 1964 and 1968. Republicans must assume further guilt in the passage of the 1965 Voters Rights Act with little support of the Democrats.

    I know that I condemn the continued racism in its many forms, from race baiting to stirring up racial tensions for political gain..Let us hope we can end Racial antagonism in all its subtle hateful ways by the many Poverty Pimps that use race as a tool to keep the nation at each others throats.

    I am all for it.

  2. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter August 27, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Humm. Assuming the membership of both clubs were to move forward on the Desert Trail’s challenge, what are the actions they could take?:

    Joint news releases; call for a joint press conference; co-authored guest column in the newspapers; call for partisan public rally in the Basin; written request to local radio for joint club-community discussion on the Friday Up Close Show; …

  3. Papparatzi
    Papparatzi September 5, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Why leave the condemnation open ended, why not spell it out for those that in the future will seek deliberately twist such a declaration? This folly is more like publicly declaring that your not a wife beater. Utter nonsense.

  4. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter September 7, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Think again Papparatzi if you believe there isn’t racism every single day in the Morongo Basin. I had lunch with a long time resident. A woman of color who has been and is involved in daily humanitarian causes. She opened up to me and explained how everyday she deals with racism. Racism here isn’t utter nonsense, and meeting and brainstorming of ways the Rep, Dem clubs can best confront it is very desirable.


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