Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out: Steve Bannon...

Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out: Steve Bannon is Finally Fired

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The chaotic rolling tire fire that is the presidency of Donald Trump continues to feature his aides being firing after a short time of service. This time that of White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

“Bannon needs to go – as do other white supremacists working in this Administration – but the policies need to go too,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond in a statement.

“Firing Steve Bannon is not enough because the issue of him working in the White House has never only been about him. It’s also been about the racist and discriminatory policies he’s helped draft and implement which hurt African Americans,” the CBC release then provided a top ten list of exactly what those policies were:

1. Voter Suppression Commission
2. Supporting Texas’ Discriminatory Voter ID Law
3. Reinstating the War on Drugs
4. Attacking Affirmative Action at Colleges and Universities
5. Rolling Back Consent Decrees that Keep Police Accountable
6. Muslim Ban
7. Mass Deportation
8. Rolling Back Civil Rights Enforcement Across Federal Agencies
9. Reinstating the Use of Private Prisons
10. Refusing to Protect Americans and the Nation from White Supremacists

The Black Caucus wasn’t the only entity celebrating Bannon’s departure.  Civil rights leaders loudly stated their dislike of Bannon and the long held desire they had to see him go.   

“Steve Bannon has unquestionably been a driving force behind the racial turmoil that threatens to tear this country apart. Such a divisive figure has no place in the White House,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in a statement.

“The president… clearly did not fire Bannon because of his white supremacist views and ties to the so-called ‘alt-right.’ Someone like Bannon should have never worked in the White House to begin with,” said Vanita Gupta, President of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

“It’s not the crew folks it’s the captain,” said Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC after Bannon was fired.

Bannon’s firing ended a week that started with Trump announcing, via the strict control of a telepropter that racism and bigotry was wrong after one person was murdered by a white supremacist in Charlottesville, Va.  on August 12 during what may are calling one of the largest white supremacist gatherings in decades. 

Trump then erased his Monday, August 14 statement against racism with an equivocating statement declaring that some at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville were “fine people” and that there was violence “on both sides,” at the rally.  A firestorm of disagreement then followed with many pointing out that Trump’s failure to call out racism in a clear way was the first clear “wink” to white supremacists from a U.S. President since President Wilson had “Birth of a Nation” screened at the White House on March 21, 1915.

The backstory on Trump and race has always been controversial to say the least.  From his 1989 involvement in the Central Park Five Case to his company being sued for housing discrimination against Blacks in 1977. Many Republicans from Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to Mitt Romney declared the President’s weak rationalizations on white supremacists to be a major blow to the moral authority of the country. 

“We have a President who is a neo-confederate,” said Bret Stephens, a conservative writer for the New York Times. “It’s called a lost cause for a reason.”

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.

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