Unanimous: The Silent Majority

In Richard Nixon’s speech to the “Silent Majority” about his decision to keep troops in Vietnam and his plan for the Vietnam war:

“In San Francisco a few weeks ago, I saw demonstrators carrying signs reading: “Lose in Vietnam, bring the boys home.”

Well, one of the strengths of our free society is that any American has a right to reach that conclusion and to advocate that point of view. But as President of the United States, I would be untrue to my oath of office if I allowed the policy of this Nation to be dictated by the minority who hold that point of view and who try to impose it on the Nation by mounting demonstrations in the street.

For almost 200 years, the policy of this Nation has been made under our Constitution by those leaders in the Congress and the White House elected by all of the people. If a vocal minority, however fervent its cause, prevails over reason and the will of the majority, this Nation has no future as a free society.

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And so tonight-to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans-I ask for your support.”

In life we deal with majorities and minorities. Majorities win and minorities have to deal with the loss. It is really the only way we can decide on anything because it satisfies a majority of the population. Democracy, am I right?

I find it interesting that even though some places have more “minorities” than the majority, it is often referred to a big minority population. As long we continue to call small rural/working class towns, that are mostly white, “the last bastion of a traditional American city”, it will always be a problem.

I do believe that it has to do with fear.

 

“The silent majority supports Trump”

That statement is very dangerous. It means that there has and is a feeling of civil and emotional unrest within the white population. The people that remember how life used to be, how life was better for them. The “attacks” towards white people makes them feel persecuted because they are not able to say whatever they want to say without being judged as a racist. That pot where the feeling of being covered, muffled, and judged for anything you say is overflowing, boiling over the top unto heated discussions on social media and police brutality videos. Role reversal, ain’t that something. It is always nice being on the other side but when you experience it for yourself, all you can do is complain about it.

Here’s why the statement is very dangerous:
Minority groups have to be loud to exact change but white people can be silent. That difference alone makes us not united but set apart to continue fighting this uphill battle.

We are not post racial

We are far from it. We will never be post racial because bias (unbiased or not) is what makes us human, what makes politics politics, what makes us American. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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