This is a great short clip of an interview that actor Bryan Cranston had with Chris Wallace a few weeks ago. Not only is Make America Great Again a direct lift of Adolf Hitler’s slogan, Make Germany Great Again, due to slavery on this continent, taking America back to a time of “greatness” could mean taking it back to a time of slavery and that is anything but “great.” That was America at its worst.
This is what all the fuss over CRT is about. Nobody teaches Critical Race Theory except at the graduate level, but it became a buzz word in the south during the last election. Yessir, everybody from Marge Greene to Hucky Boo Boo Sanders to Ron DeSantis wanted you to know that they were on the job to keep this awful wokeness away from school children. It was never in the hands of school children to begin with.
Bryan Cranston nails the issue quietly and simply.
Was it great when violent white racists blew up four little black girls in a Birmingham church?
Or was it great when people were beaten on the Edmund Pettus bridge marching & demonstrating for equal civil rights?
Or has it ever been great for African Americans? pic.twitter.com/uHF5LfGgCV
— Grey Pilgrim (@GreyPil16276885) March 14, 2023
It has never been great for African Americans in this country. It was that way from the beginning. Do you recall Frederick Douglass’ 4th of July speech?
This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn you that it is dangerous to copy the example of a nation whose crimes, lowering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrecoverable ruin! I can to-day take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people!
“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down. Yea! we wept when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there, they that carried us away captive, required of us a song; and they who wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth.”
Fellow-citizens; above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions! whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, to-day, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them. If I do forget, if I do not faithfully remember those bleeding children of sorrow this day, “may my right hand forget her cunning, and may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth!” To forget them, to pass lightly over their wrongs, and to chime in with the popular theme, would be treason most scandalous and shocking, and would make me a reproach before God and the world.
My subject, then fellow-citizens, is American slavery. I shall see, this day, and its popular characteristics, from the slave’s point of view. Standing, there, identified with the American bondman, making his wrongs mine, I do not hesitate to declare, with all my soul, that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this 4th of July! Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting.
America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. Standing with God and the crushed and bleeding slave on this occasion, I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the constitution and the Bible, which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery—the great sin and shame of America! “I will not equivocate; I will not excuse;” I will use the severest language I can command; and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgment is not blinded by prejudice, or who is not at heart a slaveholder, shall not confess to be fight and just.
This isn’t the whole thing. If you’ve never read it, hit the link. You’ll want to read it in its entirety.
This is Cranston debating the same thing with Bill Maher. Yes, Maher points out, things have gotten much better. We’ve had a Black president in this country, we have a Black (and female) VP now. That would not have happened when I was a kid, or in college, or even when I was in my 30’s. Many incredible changes have been wrought and we are here to see them.
I agree with that, and I agree with Cranston that this MAGA, taking America back in time to some white Disneyland, 50’s sitcom version of life, that never existed in the first place, is pure fantasy.
This culture has come a long way. It’s also got a long way to go.