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The ‘America as a Cake’ Metaphor
Think of America as a Devils Food Chocolate cake. And for years, we have been eating a version of this cake, this cake that usually tastes delicious and tasty and even a little sexy, am I right? And many of us did not think so much about the ingredients, because this cake just tasted so good.
Like a country, a cake is made up of a few essential ingredients. For this Devils Food Cake, we need 2 eggs. These eggs, in my little metaphor you see, are foundational ingredients of what makes up America, without these eggs, you could not have built the America we have now.
These eggs are Racism, and more specifically, anti-blackness.
Can you take an egg out of the cake, please? I mean, now that the cake is baked, can you take those anti-black eggs out? Can you pull the broken shells out from your compost bin, and put the yolk and the egg whites back into the shell? Can you make the shell whole again, put that humpy dumpty shit back together so you can return them to the store and say: “hey Trader fucking Joe, I don’t want these anti-black eggs! I want racial justice eggs! This is some bullshit. I don’t want these eggs!”
And Trader Joe is all like: “but you’ve been making that same Devils Food cake for like 400 years, and it is so good. It is so popular. I mean, do you know how popular that cake is?”
“It is so popular that while cities cut their budgets for just about everything, funding for police departments skyrockets, all to protect this Devils Food cake. And I’ll tell you another thing- the carton that you took those eggs from—that isn’t even American. It’s Native American. And you know how much the original colonizers who made the first Devils Food Cake wanted that egg carton?
Genocide. That is how much they wanted your eggs and your egg carton.”
Again- that is the law and order the police are enforcing. And I know that defund the police does not equate to disappear all forces from the face of the earth tomorrow. Instead, it means that communities will get what they need and not have to navigate the occupying forces that so many urban police forces have become. And if I know that, Joe Biden, knows that. And Joe, where are you on this issue?
-Dennis Trainor Jr
June 10, 2020
Dennis Trainor Jr is the host and writer of Dear Joe Biden on Acronym TV. A Boston based theater maker, actor, writer, and Associate Professor of Theater, he is also the producer/director of the documentaries American Autumn and Legalize Democracy.
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