“Mad at the World, Fearful of the Future.”
As an American presidents stomps in the ground in mock anger, decrying the alleged wrongs of young women, he is chilling at windmills, fighting battles he can never win, for he is really wrestling with the future, trying in vain to bring back the dead past.
Journalists, mostly white ones of course, posed the explosive question: is the president a racist? All the while knowing that with his past, the answer is obvious. Is the Pope Catholic? Few, if any, black reporters posed this question. Few doubt Trump’s deep antipathy to black people.
The nation is roiled in conflict, a chaotic stew of misplaced anger used by dangerous demagogues generations ago to exploit white fear of dark others. The president is a man from another era fighting against the mass confusion of modernity. Try as he might, the future belongs to the young, not the old.
We are watching, in agonizing slow motion, the demise of the Trump generation. It is spitting hatred, yes, but beneath is a thin veneer of fear. He and they are mad at the world and fearful of the world to come.
From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.
These commentaries are recorded by Prison Radio.