As Thou Hast Done…The Roy Moore Scandal is All About Us
Much of the country is aghast as the Alabama Republican legislature refuses to withdraw support from Senatorial candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused publicly by nine women of sexual abuse while they were teens. News outlets are twisting themselves into pretzels trying to avoid a discussion of the true reasons for that refusal, despite the fact that many believe the women’s accounts. It’s not “tribalism,” or “partisan politics.” It’s not about a Republican obsession with a single issue like abortion or gun control or tax cuts, for which they want votes. It’s not about the sanctity or safety of young girls.
It’s not that party has become a religion, where party affiliation for Republicans takes precedence over all other concerns. Though you’ll hear all these motives hoisted high in the attempt to explain the fanatical support of many Alabamians for former Judge Roy Moore, none of it is true. The hidden issue underlying all the uproar – is us. Yes… the hidden controversy that permeates the core of politics in America and the Roy Moore scandal is the raging Civil War that didn’t end in 1864, but continued as a covert operation. The surrender at Appomattox didn’t settle the question - the one that’s always been the litmus test for political candidates. Will Black people advance in America as empowered, equal participants in the society, or will they remain perpetual, new-age slaves in an America that’s “great again?”
In a recent speech where former judge Roy Moore waxed heavily nostalgic with Civil War lore, he reminisced on the effort to preserve the world as he knew it, traveling through the insertion of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954, during the Eisenhower administration. Next, the cherished moment when the words “In God we trust” were added to the nation’s currency. True to form, Moore couches his longing for the old ways as he and his ilk have always done, under a veneer of religious postulates. He continues in the reverie, and with just a few crafty sentences, assures his listeners of who he is. “But what have we done today?” he asks. “Are we still standing in that faith? Or have we forgotten it?
By 1962, the US supreme court took prayer out of school. Bible reading followed. … Then, they started creating new rights in 1965. And today we’ve got a problem.” And there it is. The Voting Rights Act, (1965), and the Civil Rights Act, (Fair Housing Act), (1968) signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson have created a “problem.” The fact that Black people were afforded the right to vote, and to be treated fairly As Thou Hast Done…The Roy Moore Scandal is All About Us when securing housing… is a problem. That tiny hint speaks volumes about the true ethos undergirding a few key words that suffice to make the point.
Roy Moore’s supporters know exactly who he is, and what agenda he’ll fight for as a United States Senator. Justice for the girls even they believe he molested is not a factor. The safety of women and girls he may target in the future, from a more powerful position than ever before – is irrelevant. But that makes sense. This is Alabama. This is the deep south, where White women like Alabama Governor Kay Ivey have always stood by their men as they made rape the very condition of enslaved Black men, women, and children’s lives. As the enslaved were conditioned by that experience, so were they who imposed it. Roy Moore is doing what his fathers have done for centuries, with the bone-deep conviction that it’s his right to do so. His wife, his governor, and so many other women supporters are doing what they’ve been conditioned to do – look the other way - even as the pathology metastasizes, engulfing and savaging their own girls. As what goes around comes around, even the alleged victims of Roy Moore’s depravity are reaping what they have sown.
These women are Trump supporters! These women listened to the cries and trauma and pleas of others, who begged us to believe their violation at the hands of Donald Trump. Their response? To help to usher him into the most powerful position in the nation. They listened to Trump’s own voice on tape, describing how he groped women’s private parts, and now they want somebody to care - that Roy Moore groped theirs. They want to be validated. Even though Moore can’t be prosecuted, they want to tell their truth, and have it matter. They do not want their community to reward their abuser with more prestige and power.
They should have thought of that last November, when they assaulted the majority of the country with “President” Donald J. Trump. As Thou hast done… so shall it be done unto you. The Governor of the state – a woman – has said without batting an eye that she has no reason to doubt these women’s stories, but will cast her vote for the Republican nominee. Damn. Right in yo face. As for Trump, Moore, and the network of structures that uphold this wicked nation built on slavery, oppression and death… don’t worry about it.
Sit back and watch the melee as those who have inflicted so much backbiting, betrayal, and fratricidal conflict become consumed by it. If Satan cast out Satan, how can his kingdom stand? Obviously, it can’t. And since a rising force pulls apart a falling force… rise. Plan your work, and work your plan. Converge with like minds to leverage the power of unity… and build the just and beautiful world that will replace the one that’s falling. Act like you know what they know. It’s over.