Donald Trump’s Response to Protesting NFL Players is the Dog Whistle Every Racist’s Been Longing to Hear
If nothing else, Donald Trump is proof positive that: (1) Most racists aren’t all that bright; (2): Far too many Americans are easily emotionally manipulated, and (3): America still believes Black people – especially Black Men – should be seen, but never, ever heard.
How else can you explain Trump’s largely successful attempt to derail the national dialogue on police brutality – the epidemic that inspired former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick to take a knee to the National Anthem, in protest – by insisting that any pro athlete who joined suit was a “son of a bitch” who should be immediately fired?
Making the problem with the NFL players’ peaceful protest about “disrespecting the flag” ignores their humanity, delegitimizes their very real concerns, and reduces them into spoiled, unpatriotic ingrates whose economic “privilege” renders them hilariously out-of-touch with reality, while also conveniently ignoring the reality of Racism and White Supremacy in America, and of the First Amendment right that all Americans – even the Black ones — have to freedom of speech.
Luckily, there are those who see Trump’s dog-whistle politics for what they are, and aren’t afraid to call it what it is: A love letter to every racist who’s ever had to endure the “indignity” of living in a world in which they are under constant attack from “The Blacks.”
Here’s a sampling of some of the pushback:
Negroes, Learn Your Goddamn “Place”
“Donald Trump’s hostility and racism towards [B]lack and [B]rown people is not an accident or coincidence. Racism is a central part of his political strategy. Trump practices racial authoritarianism against non-whites because his voters respond positively to it,” and that “Trump (and by extension his voters) has a special anger towards black people who are ‘disrespectful’ and ‘do not know their place…a deep disdain for “uppity” [B]lack people.”
Methinks He Doth Protest Too Much
“Do not forget Trump’s divisive words, do not become distracted by his antics, do not let his offensive behavior slide, do not overlook his racist and white supremacist patterns, do not normalize any of the President’s unconscionable actions…Repeatedly insisting and claiming to not be racist, while saying and doing things that appeal directly to a racist base and employing rhetoric to unmistakably stoke fires of division, is racism in action…”
Words Matter – A LOT
“…[T]he language we use organizes our political thinking. And one of the terrible things Trump has done to this country has been to warp the terms and categories — and, hence, the character — of the political opposition through the exertion of sheer terror. Seemingly harmless changes have crept into our political lexicon, which may have dangerous consequences.”
The moral of the story: I’m not really sure there is one, unless it’s to point out that Racism and White Supremacy NEVER went away, and are stronger now than they’ve ever been before. Using the rhetoric of patriotism to disguise White Supremacist sentiments is nothing more than an updated parlor trick, designed to cloud an issue that only a fool can’t see for what it is.
If we don’t start flipping the narrative, the narrative will never stop getting flipped on US.