I really don’t want to spend the next three years writing and responding to Donald Trump. In an attempt to maintain my composure – I’ve opted to take frequent breaks from theorizing our current state of affairs. However, one thing that recently struck me was Trump’s insistence that the violence in Charlottesville, VA at a white supremacist rally was caused by “both sides.” He was referring to white supremacy advocates versus their opponents – people that are anti-hatred.
Throughout American history, people in opposition to progress have always blamed the “other side” for violence that ensues when countering oppression. The issue isn’t that the “other side” is violent. The issue is that the other side won’t be passive, won’t accept things the way that they are and won’t fearfully bide in silence.
Thus, they are labeled trouble makers for their insistence that society must make positive and progressive changes.
Harriet Tubman was labeled a thief and an outlaw.
Martin Luther King Jr. was beaten and jailed.
Fannie Lou Hamer was beaten and jailed.
Angela Davis was labeled a fugitive and jailed.
Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and labeled a terrorist.
Medgar Evers and countless others were murdered.
They were the “other side.” Today, history is on their side.
Playing the blame game is an old tactic and I’m not surprised at all. So to members of the “other side” – keep dreaming, keep pushing, and keep disrupting.
Keep on being the “other side.” We need you.
Jessica Ann Mitchell Aiwuyor is the founder of OurLegaci.com. To reach JAM, email her at OurLegaci@gmail.com. Follow her on Facebook at Facebook.com/JAMAiwuyor.