Last Monday there was an eclipse. For this eclipse a band in which it could be seen as a total eclipse stretched from coast to coast. Not unprecedented, but rare enough to be notable.
Understand, eclipses are natural phenomena, results of the orbits of the moon and Earth around the sun.
So how in the world can people make them into political issues?
It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people…
Oregon, where this begins, is almost entirely white… From Kansas, the eclipse goes to Missouri, still mostly bypassing black people…
From Oregon, the Great American Eclipse will travel through Idaho and Wyoming. (It will catch a tiny unpopulated piece of Montana, too.) Percentage-wise, Idaho and Wyoming are even whiter than Oregon…
The total eclipse will be visible from Lincoln, Nebraska, the state’s capital, which reports a black population of 3.8 percent…
To get the full show, eclipse chasers should go north to St Joseph, almost 90 per cent white and about 6 per cent black, the place where Jesse James died and where Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, was born.
Someone noted that the Eclipse passes mostly over areas that supported Trump:
There are about 240 counties roughly along the central path of the eclipse, a 70-mile-wide trail extending across the country where people will be able to see a total eclipse, meaning the sun will appear completely obscured by the moon.
And about 92 percent of those counties swung in Trump’s favor, while fewer than two dozen counties voted for his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Seriously, how in the world is this “correlation” of any importance at all? Is this some kind of political astrology? The moon and planets dictate the administration of Trump?
Are these folk that disconnected from reality?
But it doesn’t stop there. The Hurricane currently hitting the Gulf coast of Texas? It’s racist:
… since no one is even talking about the potential racial and socio-economic impact of this storm, it’s doubtful that local and government officials will be thinking about it during the clean up, either.
It’s a shocking idea but perhaps not everything is partisan politics. And not everything is identity politics. Some things can actually happen without being political.
Unless, perhaps, one thinks that Trump combines the might of a storm deity and a celestial god in one: kind of like Odin and Thor combined. If that’s what you believe, well, we do have freedom of belief in this country.
But do you really want to ascribe to him that much power?