Orange is the Beacon For Racism

Trump is proven to be a traditional bigot and racist in his opinions and behavior, but  there is a little more at stake, with Trump being a representative of the most powerful nation in the world.

 

Often, when people of color point out racism they are met with some resistance. From the sublime to the outrageously offensive, there is a refusal to accept oppressive, hurtful language or behavior which is racist in itself. President Trump has repeatedly inhabited both ends of the intolerant, racist spectrum with his actions. It is safe to say that the time has long passed for the sentiment – ‘the denial of racism is the new racism’ and we have, instead, found ourselves firmly in the era of ‘Orange is the new racism’.

Trump is proven to be a traditional bigot and racist in his opinions and behavior, Donald J Trump is much more than a powerful, successful white male, and he is sure to represent the views of more than a few Neo- Nazi’s, white nationalists and right-wing extremists. If the  stipulative definition of racism is considered to be Prejudice plus power then trump is the living embodiment of racism.

There is a lot more at stake, with Trump being a representative of the most powerful nation in the world. Just as Barack Obama was an inspiration for black people around the world as a progressive  and positive sign of of hope and change, Trump is a beacon for white America’s racism and regression. In retrospect, his campaign slogan ‘Make America Great Again’  is full of irony and prophetic when considering the suspicions of many people of color around the world.

It seems almost surreal that time and time again we find ourselves in the recurring debate ‘Is he or isn’t he a racist?’. It is fair to reach the conclusion at this point that Trump is not just using racially charged, insensitive language to appeal to the working class white male and female voters who share his views, he is in fact powerless to resist the bigotry, racism and white supremacy that resides in every molecule of his DNA. Open support for Trump among African American’s is fast becoming an untenable choice you would think; and his latest comment on Africa, makes any future meeting with African leaders a very tense and embarrassing affair.

On Thursday,  during a White House meeting with congressional lawmakers on immigration. Trump asked why the United States would accept immigrants from “shithole countries” in Africa and the Caribbean, rather than people from places like Norway, according to two people briefed on the meeting.

It would not be unfair to suggest that Trump’s cycle of racist recitals  is now well established and here we look back at few choice moments from the Commander-in-Chief.

 

June 16, 2015, (Trump announced his campaign for president).

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems.…They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”

 

Dec. 7, 2015, ( five days after the San Bernardino terrorist attack at the South Carolina rally).

 

June 3, 2016, (pointing to a black man surrounded by white Trump supporters at a campaign rally in Redding).

“Look at my African American over here. Look at him.”

“Our inner cities, African Americans, Hispanics are living in hell because it’s so dangerous. You walk down the street, you get shot.”

June 5, 2016, (CBS News interview).

Trump said the Mexican ancestry of a federal judge born in Indiana should disqualify him from presiding over a fraud lawsuit against Trump because of his proposed border wall. After he called U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel “a member of a club or society very strongly pro-Mexican,” a reporter asked Trump whether he would also feel that a Muslim could not treat him fairly because of his proposed Muslim ban. “It’s possible, yes,” Trump said.

 

Sept. 22, 2016,( presidential debate with Hillary Clinton).

“Our inner cities, African Americans, Hispanics are living in hell because it’s so dangerous. You walk down the street, you get shot.”

 

June 2017, (at Oval Office meeting, according to a New York Times report quoting unnamed officials. A White House spokeswoman denied the report).

Haitian immigrants “all have AIDS” and Nigerian immigrants will never “go back to their huts” in Africa.

 

Aug. 15, 2017,( In the aftermath of the Charlottesville rally; attended by torch-bearing Ku Klux Klansmen and other white supremacists waving Confederate flags and chanting “Jews will not replace us” confronted by counter-protesters over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue; and culminating in the horrifying death of Heather Heyer).

“I think there is blame on both sides.…You also had people that were very fine people on both sides.…Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.”

 

Aug. 22, 2017,  (rally in Phoenix, referring to the removal of Confederate monuments).

“They’re trying to take away our culture. They’re trying to take away our history. And our weak leaders, they do it overnight. These things have been there for 150 years, for a hundred years. You go back to a university and it’s gone. Weak, weak people.”

“They’re trying to take away our culture. They’re trying to take away our history. And our weak leaders, they do it overnight. These things have been there for 150 years, for a hundred years. You go back to a university and it’s gone. Weak, weak people.”

 

Sept. 22, 2017,  (political rally in Alabama, where he reprimanded black football players who have taken a knee during the national anthem to protest racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!”

Nov. 27, 2017, (racial epithet directed at Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has claimed Native American heritage, in his remarks honoring Navajo veterans for their service in World War II).

“You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahantas.”

 

Sebastian@reallyracist.com

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