Roy Moore
Roy Moore (Courtesy photo)

That there could even be an intelligent conversation about even a remote possibility that a truly despicable person like former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Judge Roy Moore might be elected to the U.S. Senate is offensive to Black people in Alabama and nationally, on many, many levels.

First, it’s as though Black votes will not be counted in the Dec. 12 statewide election. That’s because this decision seems to be about what White folks want, even though the Black population in Alabama is 25 percent of the total.

Even though Moore has virtually no support among that black 25 percent, he still can see a path to victory just with the support of other rabid white nationalists — among the 70 percent of the population which is white — who believe the world has not yet been generous enough to them, and that the White race deserves better than it’s gotten. And they are neo-Confederates, or neo-Nazis and they are armed, by golly, and they are determined to take what they want. At last the white race has leaders that will get it for them.

What black people might want in Alabama is immaterial. Can you imagine a neo-Nazi daring a candidacy for any position in New York City, where Jewish voters make up about 12 percent of the total population? Why, it’s illegal in New York to criticize a foreign government — Israel — beloved by New York Jews. On the other hand, what black people think is inconsequential, unless it’s about “jive.”

Roy Moore’s unfitness for office is not just that he is a molester of underage girls. No, his mulish, gun-toting, law defying, inflexible, “White God-complex,” mentality is his curse. Unlike the draft-dodging incumbent president, Roy Moore attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and served as an officer in combat. Whereas The Donald might goad the country into war and then offer to “hold the coats” of the U.S. combatants while they duke it out, Moore, like George Armstrong Custer, another West Point graduate, would say: “Follow me!”

When I think of the scorn black patriots such as Muhammad Ali, Paul Robeson, Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. Du Bois underwent (passports taken, mocked, jailed and ridiculed — and they were on the side of a just cause) and then I see these scoundrels like Roy Moore and all those who support him dare to fix their mouths to tell the world to bow to their demonic desires, I’m revolted. It’s disgusting.

In Alabama, officials of the Republican (White People’s) Party shrug off the allegations that 39 years ago, the then dapper assistant district attorney molested a girl, who told the 32-year-old that she was 14. The state GOP officials don’t want to alienate those deep-redneck-Moore supporters they know are all over the state.

Alabama Republicans know that white people have seen gains from the Civil Rights movement materially benefit blacks in the South, while they feel there have been no initiatives for them, unless you can call the opioid crisis an initiative. No gains for ordinary white people. Not fair.

But how could the presence of a huge black population not always be decisive in Alabama (and other southern states) politics? Instead of competing to woo black voters with the merits of what their party can do, the Trumps and the Moores of the world appeal to their constituents based on shared whiteness, and in their perceived ability to make the black folks (the North Koreans, the Iranians, the Muslims, the Africans, etc.) succumb to their will. Rich, poor, educated, uneducated, male, female — white people all want the white guys to win in the end. They believe it’s just better that way.

So, Roy Moore gets a pass for defying the law of the land, refusing to remove a stone sculpture of The Ten Commandments, from public property. Then, he was removed from office, returned to office, and removed from office again, for defying the U.S. Supreme Court? He gets a cheer for taking a gun out of his pocket at a campaign rally? He gets a pass for getting freaky with an underage girl? Something he apparently did repeatedly, according to reports. Quite a guy.

OK, with Roy Moore — subject at any time to be armed, and with a proven disregard for any law he does not condone — he could very well lead an armed insurrection anywhere he goes from now on, win or lose the election. He’s that dangerous.

If I see Roy Moore coming, I’m going to watch out. Remember the Alamo.

Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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