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I stand with the ‘looters and lowlifes’ by Julianne Malveaux

6/25/2020, 6 p.m.
According to the Washington Post, the 45th president told 19,126 lies between his inauguration in January 2017 and June 1, ...
Julianne Malveaux

Then there is the term “low- life.” The dictionary describes such folks as people who have “low social status” or “low moral character.”

So what kind of moral character does a man have who brags about grabbing women by their genitals? What kind of moral character does a man have who derides people because of their race or gender? What kind of person calls people he disagrees with “sons of bitches?”

At 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the house that enslaved people built, our tax dollars are housing the lowlife in chief. We have endured more than three years of this man’s venom, vituperation, name calling and contempt of the people who are merely exercising First Amendment rights by taking it to the streets.

Many of the so-called “looters and lowlifes” are descendants of enslaved people who have had enough. I stand with the looters and lowlifes, the people who, in the shadow of the poet Langston Hughes, ask “What happened to a dream deferred?” It explodes. Since 1619, since 1865, since 1964, it has been exploding.

I stand with the looters and lowlifes and reject a man whose unfamiliarity with truth is a vexation, abomination and a despicable affront to decency.

The writer is an economist, educator and author.