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It Never Did

The South can’t rise again – it never fell.
It never gave the black folks back the things
It took away, things lost, like dignity,
Security, and freedom just to be.

The South had stolen all they ever had
By simply never granting it to them,
And then enslaving their own white kids’ minds
That what they’d done they had the right to do.

They felt they had the right to never tell
The awful deeds they did to everyone
And cooked the history books to hide it all,
Pretending that they’d lost and given up,
But quietly rebuilding all they’d lost,
Restricting access every way they could
To folks who didn’t look like they did: white.

By flying flags and waving guns, they built
Their horrid practices to make them laws
For schools and restaurants and toilets, too,
To separate their equal attitudes.

The South thus never fell but simply hid
Until it found its new white champion.

Lenhardt 2020

Arthur Lenhardt

The coronavirus has disproportionately affected Californians. The number of positive tests continues to rise, which is putting lives at risk.

President Trump and his administration have done nothing but stoke division over the past six months while failing to execute a coronavirus response to keep Americans safe.

Now that their failures are being examined in Congress, news reports appear to be shifting the blame to medical companies that manufactured life-saving equipment on the front lines of this pandemic. The United States didn’t have a full ventilator stockpile before companies like Philips, Hamilton and Vyaire accepted the Department of Health and Human Services’ request to produce ventilators to ensure all Americans have access to one.

Once the stockpile was full, the Trump Administration canceled the ventilator contracts before the companies completed the order, and for some reason, the medical equipment manufacturers are taking the blame. These companies stepped up during a time of need, adding thousands of good-paying jobs to the economy in the process.

Manufacturers and their employees across America that worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week to produce life-saving equipment should not be vilified because of the Trump Administration’s coronavirus response failure.
We need our representative, Ro Khanna, to stand up for our community, and those who helped save lives, by holding this administration accountable.

Dolores Donnelley

I am so tired of the ridiculous behavior of my fellow Americans. Getting all worked up over election business as usual. While I do agree our fine nation could use more than a few changes, I’m not sure violence and destruction are the way to change it. Can’t we talk problems out like adults without physically destroying each other and the places we live? This goes for the police in “high-stress” situations, too.

I’m also talking to the violent right-wing extremists who seem to be getting away with threatening our elected officials with violence. We already know how everyone feels about the “riots.” But these acts of insurrection at state capitals with weapons designed to dispatch human life with great alacrity, shutting down highways with belligerent blockades and threats of capture and violence are equally unacceptable.

Now that the election is over, it is time to get off your extreme opinions and get back to reality. Stop overreacting to new information. Slow down. Breathe deep and please, shut up. Think twice about sharing your opinion — think, “Is this really necessary? Am I doing this to get a reaction because I’m bored or unsatisfied?”

And I shouldn’t have to say this, no one needs to express dissatisfaction over the election by using violence. Aren’t we better than that? Grow up and get over it. Handle it like an adult and do something productive.

After all this drama and sabre rattling I bet we all just go back to doing what we always do after an election anyway: nothing different.

Coho Jerkins