Protesters are picketing from sea to shining sea in defiance of democracy. Donald J. Trump is the president-elect, and some people just cannot accept it.
Its that damned old electoral college system. FBI Director Comey did this to us. Uneducated white people are responsible for electing such an unlikely unlikable candidate.
It just isn’t fair. America just elected a man that hates minorities. The accusations aired endlessly during the election from the $1.3 billion Hillary Clinton political machine, a loudspeaker pointed directly at the ear drums of America’s conscious.
It’s indisputable: Trump is a racist. He wants to “ban Muslims” and “send all the Latinos home.” It’s, like, in the Geneva Convention, man…
And challenging this sentiment, that Trump is racist, will earn a fiery backlash from liberals. So concerned are white Americans with standing up for themselves and disputing these irrational accusations that election polls were radically inaccurate. Many voters were fearful of admitting that they voted for Trump because, to Leftist phraseology, they had fear of “shaming.”
Republican political consultant Roger Stone projected the silent Trump supporter months before the election, stating that, “…the average person does not want to tell a stranger that they’re going to vote for Trump. Perhaps because it’s not politically chic, it’s not acceptable, it’s not politically correct. So yes, there’s an under-vote for Trump.”
A look at American political culture demonstrates why many white Americans are reluctant to publicly admit their support for Trump. Universities and literary groups have for forty years taught a white hate so vitriolic as to produce an entire generation of self-loathing socialists opposed to any policies that might result in their own prosperity. Simply proclaiming that “all lives matter“is sufficient to earn an endless stream of death threats, and an Alabama teenager was severely beaten simply for making statements supportive of law enforcement.
It is often said that attempting to change someone’s political opinion on social media is an exercise in futility. However, if the unexpected Trump victory on election night taught us one thing, it is that there are millions of Trump supporters that are not vocal about how they feel.
The Facebook threads detailed below poignantly capture the polarization that has gripped America. Names have been changed to protect the identities of every participant but, of course, myself.
When I engage a former classmate in a discussion about race and politics, I quickly find myself on the defense from four of my articulate, intelligent black friends. This thread is included because it accurately portrays how black Americans feel about the Trump victory. I found that, for these friends, perception is reality; is feeling disenfranchised any different than being discriminated against?
FRIEND: Hard Truth: Voting for Donald Trump is an expression of agreement with the hatred he sold during his campaign. Even if these things he enacts don’t effect you they will effect the people you know. Your vote means you don’t care about them.
CRUSADE OF TRUTH: Can you name a single policy that Trump proposed that is motivated by hate?
FRIEND: Police profiling of Muslims, blacks and Latinos. Private prisons. Eliminating Roe v Wade, marriage will probably end. None of these things will effect you because you are Christian white men. But that doesn’t mean other groups aren’t terrified of these things
CoT: Not sure where you getting your information. Like many American Leftists, you are distorting his statements and policies to make it appear that he is a xenophobe.
First, Trump clearly said that Muslim immigrants coming into the US should be placed on a hold until Congress can determine a better way to vet Muslims coming in from radical countries like Syria.
It is not the ethnic status that would send Latinos home….it is their ILLEGAL status in the US. Are they here legally or not? I am not sure how this can be called racist. It is simply asking law enforcement to execute the second part of their name: ENFORCEMENT.
Not sure what he did to black people, but if your other two examples are any indication of the validity of this claim, I am sure he did nothing racist.
Not sure how [opposing] Roe V Wade has anything to do with hate or racism.
Look, if other minorities groups are terrified of these things-first, they need to educate themselves on the facts. Second, the democratic party needs to stop spreading misinformation for their own political gain.
FRIEND: 1.) I’m not a democrat.
2.) These things have happened to me, my friends and family. I’m not distorting anything. I’ve been humiliated by profiling multiple times.
3.) Eliminating Roe v Wade in its an entirety is an act on women’s rights. I understand people don’t believe in abortion. But the alternative of people doing illegal abortions in non-medical environments isn’t worth the risk.
I’ve never been arrested never been charged with a crime but I’ve been treated like a criminal for simply “fitting a description…”
CoT: I don’t know the details of any profiling that has happened to you in the past. But I do know that Trump is hardly responsible for them…and THAT is the point of this conversation.
At some point, others joined in the conversation.
FRIEND #2: So “stop and frisk” which Trump wants to make national doesn’t perpetuate racial profiling?
CoT: Just as it is not the ethnic status that would send the Latino home, but his or her illegal status, it is not the racial status that determines when and where stop and frisk is instituted. Rather, high crime areas would be subjected to these types of searches.
But you reserve your dismay for the fact that searches are happening in these neighborhoods, NOT the out of control crime that runs rampant through them…smh.
FRIEND2: You defend it because it’s a low likelihood it would happen to you. If Trump got his way they could stop and frisk me in front of my house in a nice neighborhood. You’re try to talk around the issue to justify it’s use.
CoT: You underestimate my empathy for my fellow human beings if you think that, because I am white and somehow “privileged” in your eyes, that I would ignore suffering or injustices.
A third, and final, participant joins in the revelry.
Friend #3: Didn’t you answer your own question? Why must only Muslim immigrants be placed on hold? Profiling = Prejudice. Why aren’t Irish immigrants put on hold? Italians have a history in this country of gang related violence, why not them?
CoT: Profiling does not equal prejudice. Just like inequity does not always mean inequality. Just because there are more black people in jail than white people as a percentage of their whole does not, for example, mean that social injustice and inequality is the cause.
The human brain is created to see patterns and respond to them. If its hot, don’t touch it. If it is dark outside, patterns tell my brain that I am at a greater risk of being attacked. The day we start ignoring our better judgement because we are concerned about offending someone is the day we put our futures at risk. For this reason, that we cannot ignore patterns, Muslims COMING FROM RADICAL COUNTRIES should be put on hold until we find a way to vet them.
Friend3: I’ll respectfully disagree. Profiling to its core is prejudicial. You’re using preconceived notions, such as he’s black in a high crime area or she’s Muslim and wears a jihab [sic], to judge a person’s intentions rather than speaking to them and gathering your own opinion based upon their character.
CoT: A justified profile would never target someone because they are black in a high crime area. Instead, one might profile individuals in a high crime area at a time of night when crimes are most likely to occur…being black is never the indicator, unless the situation warrants (very few circumstances).
What you are asking law enforcement to do is ignore common sense. For example, you are suggesting that officers should not be extra wary of drunk drivers out at 2am. They are profiling in this instance (late night drivers) in order to preempt a crime.
When I was in the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, we looked out for military aged males. If we would have ignored our better judgement in this regard, good people would die.
Notice that, in every issue raised here, the common denominator is identity. It is not the illegal status of immigrants, but their ethnic makeup that liberals choose to scrutinize. Stop and frisk is designed to root out criminals in high crime areas, but my friends believe that blacks, and not high crime areas, are the target.
By the way, Donald Trump left the Reform Party in 2000 because of Klu Klux Klan member David Duke’s affiliation.
This next Facebook excerpt is a recent debate that occurred with a white liberal friend in a private Messenger discussion. A debate about party policy quickly turned to racial politics. The order of the conversation has been altered for clarity.
FRIEND: If you throw people in a boat, take away their language, property, family, dignity, land, religion, labor, hope, education and freedom, suspend them in a state of humiliation for a couple hundred years and then free them-but return none of it, isolate them in areas with shit education, opportunities, and economies, and hate them for their inability to be abused…what race, sex, or culture should be expected to bounce back from that in a couple decades?
CRUSADE OF TRUTH: The Jews.
FRIEND: The Jews?
CoT: Yes…you asked who could be expected to bounce back from such hardships….well, the Jews did. More than once.
FRIEND: So why are their communities so dysfunctional?
CoT: It is cultural: Gang banging, drugs, sex, violence is glorified.
FRIEND: Black people…black communities need help. Deserve help…they are the definition of victims…
CoT: And they get help…lots of it. In the form of free education, business loans, and hiring preferences.
I will discuss some of these black privileges in the next and final Facebook excerpt, below.
Trump ran on a platform that promised to make America great again. This traditionalist sentiment resonated with millions of Americans on November 8th. The last transcript starts when a woman responded to a post expressing nostalgia for the values of the 1950s.
WOMAN: This 1950’s? White waitress needed, salary $60 per wk. Very good tips. Contact Mr. Charlie J. Griffin, Charlie’s Restaurant 2936 N. Blvd., Raleigh, N.C
CRUSADE OF TRUTH: We live in the Victimhood State. As Gail mentioned above [in response to another person], the 1950s ad offended her.
There was a picture of Obama’s staff today. They stood there looking pensively with their arms crossed as Trump got the tour of the White House from Obama. One thing struck me as immediately apparent: they were about 80 percent black. Given that black people make up 14 percent of the population, this means that Obama went out of his way to hire black people.
Where is your offense for this, Gail? And this isn’t 1950s America, this is today…And this isn’t a diner, this is the White House.
Context: often ignored, never explored by the Left.
WOMAN: No. The fact that Obama chose to hire people who are black does not offend me anymore than all of the other white presidents before him hired people who were white. Why should it? The picture of Obama’s cabinet was not an ad for employment for only black people. That doesn’t make sense. And doesn’t your notice of the fact that his cabinet was mostly black, only highlight the major issues blacks have had many many years?
CoT: One is overt racism and one is covert racism. You don’t have a problem with Obama hiring based upon skin color because it is minorities participating in the exclusivism. Obama hand-picked these personnel, and just because there was not an advertisement in the newspaper does not mean that the exact same procedure is not happening.
You asked, “Doesn’t the notice of the fact that his cabinet is mostly black…highlight the major issues blacks have had for many many years.” I am unsure of the connection you are making here. What does my noticing this fact have to do with black struggle?
I’ll be honest, it is this type of prevailing attitude from the Left that motivated many people to vote for Trump. It’s not about racism, it’s about being told that you as a white person are accountable for an imagined black struggle today. For all the police brutality that was not, for all the Hollywood depictions of white people as evil, one-dimensional, careless monsters, for all the false accusations of racism, and complete lack of personal accountability.
WOMAN: I am not at all trying to imply that as a white person we are accountable for the “imagined” (really) black struggle. I do, as a white, upper middle class, white woman have to admit that I have enjoyed a great deal of unearned privilege because of how I was born. Not that I need to feel guilty or bad about that privilege but I need to recognize it. I’m not sure I understand your “imagined black struggle” comment. Are you trying to imply that blacks have not had to fight their way back from oppression? Surely that is not what you intended. My point in the correlation between the covert racism you are accusing of the Obama administration has been an institutionalized and systematic racism that has occurred in every other presidency since Obama took office. Didn’t every other administration employ a primarily white staff? Didn’t black people argue that the percentage of black individuals did not equal the percentage of blacks in our population? I thought that was your argument, but I may have misunderstood. Do we know for a fact that Obama hired people based on their skin color, any more than George Bush or Bill Clinton hired people based on their skin color? Could it be that more white people know more white people and those are the people they tend to hire, and more black people know more black people and those are the people they tend to hire?
CoT: First, thank you for engaging in a rational discussion.
There is no doubt that African Americans have experienced institutionalized discrimination. But as I alluded to earlier, these injustices ceased in the years following the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There are no racist laws or examples of state-sponsored terrorism. If you cite demanding ID to vote to counter this point, then I am afraid that most Americans of any political persuasion, and black people themselves, disagree.
Today, African Americans enjoy a superabundance of benefits not experienced to the same extent by white Americans. In an attempt to comply with some vague, unspecified standard for diversity, universities are permitted to disregard academic performance and accept black candidates whose performance is sub-standard to that of white competitors. Things like GPA and SAT are secondary to skin color in many colleges.
Blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to receive Pell grants for school, and there are hundreds of scholarships available to students based purely upon racial makeup.
Despite there being no correlation between workplace diversity and increased performance, there are diversity recruiters for hundreds of businesses across the country. Many large corporations have strict equal opportunity policies that, just like in education, follow some vague standard for diversity that creates a demographic unbalance. There are minority job search engines. Black businesses have a strong preference for black employees, and 2/3 are African American.
Not only are there billions of dollars in grants for black people to start their own businesses, but there are federally guaranteed contracts that must be awarded to small businesses.
This is what I mean by the imagined grievances of African Americans. Yes, I am serious…meanwhile, textbooks in school are being revised in an attempt to rewrite the narrative: white people are the great oppressor, and whatever positives they have contributed to civilization have come at the cost of their victims.
Never mind that slavery has been practiced by every culture on earth for as long as people have been civilized-until British and American abolitionists decried this practice and demanded change.
At the cost of hundreds of thousands of white Americans lives-slavery was brought to its proverbial knees. Yet, even here the history books are rewritten. Now they state that the Civil War was fought for state’s rights, and not to free the slaves.
You want to know why Trump won? This^^^^^^
WOMAN: I see.
The white Americans most distant from the conditions of poverty, most isolated from living with people unlike themselves, seem to also have the greatest illusions about racial inequality.