It’s from my mom that I got my love of western movies and film. An avid viewer of “shootemups” in all forms, she’d captivate me with her knowledge of stars from movie serials she’d seen as a young girl; the
same shorts that were making the rerun rounds on television. But it was my dad who filled out the untold story of the black cowboy for me.
Like any child, I wondered about who I was, who we were in reference to what I saw on tv as the depictions of blacks, any type of black people, was very limited at the time. From him, I first heard about Nat Love, a quintessential cowboy figure, and Bill Pickett, the inventor of bulldogging, a version of modern rodeo steer wrestling.
I thought about that and both of them listening to a commercial on MeTv for their Saturday western roundup; an entire day of programming. And since I now know that 1 in 4 American cowboys were black, I couldn’t help but marvel at the slick and subtle manner in which you can not only eradicate the accomplishments of an entire group of people but at the same time reinforce that extinction at the societal level .
Let’s face it, if you’re depicting even fictionalized accounts of old west figures and one in four of those figures are African-American and you have a block of programming totaling 10 hours, then given that each program lasts one hour, gives you 10 shows of which, averages dictates at least one of them should depict a black cowboy.
Sadly, that’s not the case and it shouldn’t be surprising at all. America has systemically over the years, suppressed the legends of blacks and other minorities, in favor of a mostly-white story that’s crumbling as we speak.
But the plan is still going strong, despite a re-examination of the past and the removal of so many monuments, spurred on dutifully and gleefully by our different president. As he reminded America, “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Barrack.” I don’t think people recognized that with those words, he enlisted the country’s culpability and complicity in an historic and continued suppression.
Think of all the Obama-era regulations enacted to better serve the environment and communities around the nation and then think of the ones that Different and his cronies have rolled back all for the sake of money and corporate viability.
Yet, there’s more than greed driving their actions. What he and many republicans want is the total eradication of all Obama administration accomplishments from the annals of American history. It’s the first step in making America great again. Consider the gravity of it: Trump and others are attempting to erase the achievements of America’s first African-American president from the pages of antiquity. Which, in and of itself, is the same old tired thing at its core; rather than allow a black man to be judged on his merits, you’ll just cheat and not allow him to compete.
In that way, history will never know if Obama’s entry into the Climate Accord could’ve made any difference because Trump pulled us out of it. Nor will it be able to discern if any of the EPA water pollutant regulations and clean air initiatives enacted by Obama would’ve contributed to the overall health of the nation’s most distressed populations because this “different kind of president” cancelled them. And we’ll never know if peace could’ve come to the Middle East, had we been able to secure at least a working, amicable relationship via the Iran deal because Trump basically didn’t like it.
“I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Barack”
I don’t think many Americans recognize the connection between the obscurity of the black cowboy in history and how the Trump administration is seeking to cancel everything about his predecessor. I wonder if they appreciate that somewhere along the line, at some point in history, there was a conscious decision to ignore the deeds of a whole group of people, many groups of people in fact. Do they know the same thing is happening again, right now, today?
Of course, it’s probably easier in their minds to believe that one half of the country is comprised of a cult of Satan-worshipping pedophiles, bent on child sacrifice and waiting on the resurrection of JFK,Jr. rather than believe our forefathers intentionally hid the deeds of many.
According to Trump, he’s where he is because you know who he is and what he stands for. So you know he’s the only one that can take America back to a time when blacks and other minorities knew their place. Then, and only then, will America be great again. And for maybe the first time in his presidency, he’s telling the truth, at least as he sees it. In that moment, he spoke sincerely to the ongoing plot at hand. And he’s asking for the ordinary citizen’s help in keeping the conspiracy rolling.