I had planned to submit a different story until I learned of Trump’s lewd conversation about women in a 2005 video.  This video made one recall more recent comments/attacks on women made by Trump. (Sob.)  

“You can use what someone is doing today to judge what he will do tomorrow.”  (Nigerian proverb)

“A zebra takes its stripes wherever it goes.” (Maasai proverb)

Trump has apologized for what he said in the video and said the words in the video “don’t reflect who I am.” What amazes/disappoints/maddens me are the women who still endorse (idolize) Trump in spite of his attacks on women. My stomach churned (and I put down my remote) when the TV showed women holding up signs: “Women for Trump.” It made me wonder what these women learned/were taught to value in themselves other than being (wishing to be) sex objects. (Sob.)

“It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.” (Sally Kempton)

“A person is what he thinks.” (Liberian proverb)

Trump says that the women who now come forth to allege his inappropriate sexual behavior with them are liars.  Those who want to believe him are quick to point out that these women did not file charges against him when these assaults allegedly happened.  Would you?  Denying that the alleged assaults did not occur because the persons did not file charges when the alleged assaults occurred is similar to the defense offered for Bill Cosby (Sob.)  Although the legal system may have laws on paper against sexual assaults, many people who are assaulted legitimately fear that the system will assault them even more if/when they file charges against the person(s) who assaulted them. Let us not forget about the young people who were afraid/unwilling to press charges when assaulted by religious leaders/teachers/coaches/officials/neighbors/kin or when charges were filed, the system simply moved the offender to a different location. (Sob.)

Signs I saw on TV that said: “Blacks for Trump” also bewildered/saddened me.  Why would anyone black support Trump after his history and comments against ethnic groups?

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.” – Martin Niemöller, 1892-1984; prominent and controversial German Protestant pastor, spent his last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. (U.S. Holocaust Museum) One can substitute the groups cited in this quotation with Muslims, Mexicans, immigrants, refugees, the disabled, women, blacks, the poor, et al.

Black folks need to remember their history of slavery in the U.S. and the discrimination against them that has not disappeared. “He who forgets his past is lost.” (Sudanese proverb)

It has now been revealed that there is no process by which a presidential candidate can be removed. 

“Not even good counsel can make strong a person whose character is weak.” (Kenyan proverb)

“He who lets a snake into his house should know how to get it out.” (Tanzanian proverb)

Please vote. The right to vote has been a struggle to obtain and retain.

“When you have to choose and decide not to choose, you have already made the wrong choice.” (Kenyan proverb)

*African proverbs from African Wisdom for Life – Annetta Miller

Peggy Tarr

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...