Warning for vulgar language.
Dear President Trump,
You asked a truly fascinating question today. I’d paraphrase, but I don’t want your words to be misinterpreted or misremembered. So here’s your exact quote:
People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?
Oh Mr. President, I just don’t know what to say. You see, most American children could answer those questions. The kindergartners who play with Addy, the American Girl doll whose family escapes slavery. The 2nd graders who complete book reports on Harriet Tubman. The 5th graders who first begin to explore American history, and the 8th graders who dive deeper. The high school juniors who frantically devour thousand-page history books to pass the AP US History exam. All of those children could answer these questions for you. Since you won’t ask any of those children to address your inquiry, I’ll be happy to answer your questions in their stead.
If we think about it, why, the Civil War happened because of the expansion of and existence of slavery.
Why was there a Civil War? There was a Civil War because of the expansion of and existence of slavery.
Why could that war not have been worked out?
You see, Mr. President, as much as you try to dehumanize and disenfranchise people, as hard as you and your cronies and your doe-eyed followers work to send us back to an era where people of color were treated even more abysmally than they are now (which is often, frankly, pretty damn abysmally), we’re not going back to 1865.
You, Mr. President, say that Andrew Jackson, a man who directly caused the death of 4,000 members of the Cherokee nation, who removed almost 50,000 Native Americans from their ancestral lands, “had a big heart.” You say that, if he had been around a little later, we “wouldn’t have had the Civil War.”
To that I say, fuck you Mr. President. And open a goddamn book.
Day 121: May 1, 2017