Friday, August 25, 2017

I Think Too Deep

This is going to be one of those posts where I am sure the reader will probably come to the conclusion that I think too deep. I'm often told that I think too deep when I give my thoughts in terms of the subliminal and subconscious messages and signals that are sent in words, photos, advertisements and of course actions. Such is the case with the retweet shown in the photo on the left by President Trump of a meme about the recent eclipse of the sun starring him.

When I shared my thoughts on the roles Denzel Washington and Halle Berry were awarded their Oscar Awards for, I was met with "You think too deep." That was not the only time I was met with that response. Maybe my critics are right. I may indeed think too deep and for me, that's okay because I really do pay particular attention to what is not said or seen. That's why I love autobiographies and memoirs as they reveal the behind the scenes and what's not seen or heard on camera. I'm fascinated by the subconscious and subliminal messaging that occurs that those who do not think so deeply miss. I love the book Subliminal Seduction and still have an old copy on my bookshelf as I write this post. I believe in 2017 the popular term for reaching the subliminal or subconscious is "Dog Whistling," which is a subtly aimed political message which is intended for and can only be understood by a particular group. Donald Trump's theme of Make America Great Again is viewed by many as one such dog whistle.

As stated, allegedly, President Trump retweeted a tweet about his eclipsing President Obama. In my "think too deep" mind, I see plenty of opportunity for deep thinking as the picture says a lot. First the fact that the creator came up with the idea and more importantly the fact that the president retweeted it says volumes. Clearly, it could not mean performance because as much as he may be trying, Trump has not out performed Obama. It cannot be about Trump winning an election over Obama because he did not run against Obama. It certainly could not be about Trump eclipsing Obama with oratory skills class or charisma because he does not beat him in those areas either. And surely it could not be about him eclipsing Obama on Twitter because Obama broke and now holds the record for most Twitter "likes" with his tweet about Charlottesville. So what could this eclipsing be? I know, I think too deep.

Trump won the presidency because there are a lot of "Trumps" (and I don't mean family members) out there who love the fact that Trump says what they feel deep down inside and cannot say or display, particularly about or against people who do not look like them. There are folks out there who have been in torment for the last eight years because an African American male was duly elected President of the United States of  America. Some of those folks did not have a good night's rest from the time Obama was elected until his two terms were completed.

If we look and listen closely to Donald Trump over these past months, it seems as if his agenda has been to outdo or overturn what was done by Barack Obama. It's almost as if he is obsessed with Obama. If you listen carefully, you will notice that Trump finds some way to weave Obama's name into his endeavors, reasoning or excuses every chance he gets. I will go as far as to say that I do not believe that Trump would have run for president if John McCain or Mitt Romney had won their respective elections against Barack Obama. Donald Trump ran for president because I am sure in his mind he felt if that Black man can do it, anybody can. How hard can it be if that Black man could get elected?

Trump connected with that meme above because it speaks to what he believes in his heart of hearts. He is trying to erase the fact that a black man was President of the United States. During the campaign, he called Romney, McCain and Hillary Clinton, losers and said it venom. He thought they were the biggest losers going because not only did they lose, but lost to that Black man. How dare they.....

Sadly, that meme spoke not only to Trump but to the many who think in terms of race such as the overt and covert supremacists, nationalists, and KKK as it was one of them who created the meme. This eclipsing of credit has been done historically with inventions, labor, music, and the list can go on and on.

Thankfully, as we saw in the Charlottesville debacle, in 2017 there are enough people of all races, colors, creeds, ethnic groups, and religions who are not supporting or standing for this hatred. This is not the early Twentieth Century which makes the retweeting of that meme by the President of the United States that much more troubling and sad. He is so starstruck that he can't see what that meme really was saying. He's so hellbent on erasing the Black man's legacy that he doesn't understand what his retweeting of that tweet signaled, or maybe he does.....  I know, I think too deep. The good news is, I don't believe that I am the only one thinking deep in 2017. Vast numbers of people are awakening to the hatred spewed by these hate groups and are not afraid to act and speak out against it.

I find it ironic that the President of the United States can retweet such a meme yet Colin Kaepernick cannot find a job in the National Football League because he chooses to take a knee during the saluting of the flag and singing of the national anthem. I know, I think too deep.

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