By Bob Weaver 2019

Raccoon Run black man Jacob Henry "Jake" Catlip was remembered attending church services in both the Raccoon Run black church and school and the Steer Creek white church for "prayin' the house down."

Jake would deliver a long prayer during which he would insert, "Some folks think us Negroes don't even have a soul," recalled by Gladys Weaver Stump, who attended the church services in the 1920s.

Catlip would come to the white church and stand during services, coming half-way up the aisle to deliver his prayer, even through offers were made for him to sit down.

It is more than sad we now have a US president Donald Trump, that has gone from dog-whistle bigotry to being a shiny racist, with few in his base raising dismay, mostly defending him.

For years he had displayed an obsession with race, ethnicity, religion and gender as the showman and businessman.

Then there were years of Trumps birther statements about President Obama being born in Africa, admitting later it wasn't true but still continuing to resurrect the myth.

Then normalizing neo-Nazis and KKK members with those protesting them, and saying Haitians "all have AIDS", Mexicans sends rapists, building walls, to describing African nations as "shithole countries," protesting the idea of admitting immigrants from those countries, preferring white Norway.

Trump says that is all fake news, misreported, and most of his supporters seem to agree, while he governs with a new tweet.

It is now the normal.

In the 1950s I had a civics class to the Rev. Glendon McKee, the course teaching that the great Americian Dream was a melting pot of all races, creeds, minorities, religions, colors and constitutional law.

I still believe that, mostly because it is linked to the dignity of human beings.

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