There has been a lot of discussion about what ESPN’s sports commentator Jemele Hill said about Donald Trump being a white supremacist and if she should be fired for expressing it on her company’s twitter account. The debate seems to focus on should she have used her ESPN platform to promote her personal views or not, but the important aspect of this story is the fact that what she said about Trump is true.
A Fire-able Offense
It’s absurd for Sarah Huckabee Sanders to stand in the White House briefing room and say, with a straight face, that Hill’s commentary about Trump is a fireable offense. It might be a “fireable offence” if it wasn’t true. Here’s a question: when was the last time you heard a spokesperson for the White House, calling for the firing of a citizen from their day job because of a statement they made about the president?
Think about it; it’s never happened before. This only goes to show how thin-skinned Donald Trump and his comrades are. Compare this to the dignified grace of President Barack Obama, who endured an eight-year barrage of hatred, racism, and lies from the right-wing voters, media outlets, and Donald Trump himself. So, for Sarah Huckabee Sanders to stand up there, on the behest of the tiny-hand tyrant, and call for Jemele Hill to be fired for stating the obvious should be a fireable offense.
From the moment Donald Trump stepped onto the national stage, leading up until now, he has done nothing to discourage that opinion; he seems to go out of his way to perpetuate it. If Trump has done anything at all, he’s exposed America for what it really is: a country filled to the brim with white people who are likely to vote along cultural and racial lines than not. Underneath all the blister and raging, what drives white supremacist the most is fear- the fear that their whiteness means nothing and that they are not inherently special.
White supremacists fear progress and equality because they don’t want minorities to have the same unbiased opportunities that they have. They are weak cowards who can only find meaning in their pathetic lives by pretending that they are divinely anointed by some higher power. They are vindictive and spiteful creatures of pettiness who can only get what they want by bullying, lying and, in many cases, violence (Trump’s Rally). Does this sound like anyone we know? I’ll give you two hints;
- Hint number one: he lives in the White House.
- Hint number two: his name is Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is a white supremacist. If not, he is doing one bang-up job playing one on television; he should have received an Emmy already.
Our President, the White Supremacist
There is a track record of Donald Trump’s penchant for racially bias behavior toward minorities, and it goes back much further than that horrible terrorist attack by Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. The first introduction to Donald Trump for many of us who are not New York residents came in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s when a discrimination suit was brought against Trump for refusing to rent his apartments to African Americans and other minorities. Trump eventually caved and the suit was settled out of court.
In the late 1980’s Trump took out a full-page ad in several New York papers to demand the return of the death penalty during the notorious Central Park Five case where five minority young men were falsely accused of beating and raping a white woman in Central Park. In the ads, Trump never mentioned the five youths directly, but it was clear who he was referring to. When he wrote, “Muggers and murderers, should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes.”
14 years later the five men were acquitted after the real attacker, a serial rapist named Matias Reyes, admitted to the crime and his DNA confirmed his confession. Confronted with the indisputable evidence of the men’s innocence, Trump could not bring himself to admit that he had made a mistake. In fact, he doubled down on his previous statement saying to CNN, “They admitted they were guilty, the police doing the original investigation say they were guilty. The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous.”
Looking at the Obvious
This is a man with a clear disdain toward minorities. In Trump’s first political speech, Mexican immigrants were accused of being rapist and murders. Then there was his proposed Muslim ban as an attempt to keep Muslims and people of Middle Eastern decent out of our country. Furthermore, let’s not forget Trump’s crowning jewel of racism: birtherism. He also has claimed that Barack Obama, the first African American President, isn’t really a US citizen and therefore had no right to the presidency. This is an outrageous lie that Donald Trump kept repeating for years. He still hasn’t apologized for it. Jemele Hill is right after all: Donald Trump is a white supremacist and most white people that voted for him knew it.
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