Donald Trump’s Haiti Comments: Trump is NOT the Problem
I woke up this morning and heard the news that is controlling the airwaves, all about the latest racial comments that Donald Trump mad about Haiti in an Oval Office meeting. It doesn’t make any difference whether his bigoted remarks were specifically directed at Haiti, or he was referring to all of Africa (like it has been suggested). People around the world are outraged at Trump’s words. As for me, I finally came to a realization about him and his presidency. Donald Trump is NOT the problem, and in a minute, I’ll tell you why.
Like many of you, I believe that Donald Trump is responsible for breeding and nurturing hatred, not only in the current generation, but in the next generation to come. As the leader of the free world, his bigoted rhetoric can be particularly contagious to young minds, and result in extreme ideologies from both sides of the coin. His words are responsible for inciting hate on all sides, especially when it comes to blacks and whites. Consider the negative feelings he continues to incite in those of us who lived during former hate-filled eras (MLK marches, Watts riots, L.A. uprising, etc…). Whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, or any other party, as human beings, Trump’s behavior should be of major concern to us all. Every word that comes out of his mouth (or Twitter feed) will at some point have a direct effect on:
- How your own children, teens, and young adults behave AND are treated now and in the future
- How other people around the world perceive AND treat you and your loved ones, as Americans, especially when you travel to their countries
- How willing other countries are to help or align themselves with this kind of BLATANT hatred and bigotry that APPEARS to represent all Americans
Don’t Blame Donald
So why have I come to the conclusion that I don’t blame Mr. Trump for the way I see our country headed? Because from the very beginning, he has always told and shown the American people exactly who he really is. In fact, in most instances, he has proudly done so; even feeling secure enough to repeat negative statements, just in case you missed them the first time. His racist, sexist, homophobic attitude was demonstrated long before he ever took office. We knew he came from a racist background. We knew he had questionable ethics, especially when dealing with non-whites. Let’s face it; Donald Trump is just a typical racist with bigoted ideas and black America is not surprised. The only surprising thing is the fact that he was ever allowed to get into office. But once again, don’t blame Donald for that.
While many derogatory and racist statements have been made by Donald Trump, both before and during his Administration, he has never really cared about cleaning any of those statements up, nor did he have to. He has always been surrounded by those who were (and still are) willing to try and clean things up on his behalf, no matter how bad a mess he makes. These are the ones who are really the problem.
Not Just Republicans
We tend to believe that everything in politics is politically motivated, therefore, we assume that Republicans are the only ones who continue to enable Donald Trump. In reality, it’s not just the Republicans, because this is not just a political issue. If you put aside the political reasons that you might object to Mr. Trump remaining in office, this issue of bigotry is still hard to look away from. This is not just about Washington politics as usual, especially when this sad and pathetic behavior is being acted out on the world stage.
Who is the Blame
It is no secret that Mr. Trump is surrounded by individuals who are more than willing to kiss his racist rump, presumably, to further their own agendas. Reportedly, previous meetings have ended with a round table of comments from his administration, specifically for this purpose. But politicians aren’t the only ones who persist in enabling his bad behavior. So just who is at fault, besides those at the Donald Trump praise parties?
Well here’s a quick checklist.
- Those who continually make excuses for Donald Trump. You’re the problem!
- Those who lie for him, and act like he is not the racist that he truly is. You’re the problem!
- Those who hedge, beat around the bush, ignore, make light of, parse words for, and are just plain blind to the true nature of Mr. Trump. You’re the problem!
- Those who allow him to remain in office, in spite of all his lies and his long list of: Hateful, racist, bizarre, and questionable comments and behavior. You’re the problem!
Stop Enabling Trump
When I look at the above list of ways that ANYONE (Republican or otherwise), could be enabling Donald Trump’s behavior, I can honestly say “not me” to all of them. However, there is one thing that is not on the list that I know for a fact I’ve been guilty of.
- Those who fail to DENOUNCE the attitudes and ideas that Donald Trump stands for, by making their voice heard at least once in a public forum. You’re the problem!
Nowadays, it doesn’t take much to go online to your favorite social media site, blog site, website, or other forum, to make a comment in solidarity. This past year, we really got a chance to see the social media machine in action with the #MeToo movement around the world. Scores of people (including me), spoke up online and added their voices to how they feel about sexual harassment, assault and abuse. Just speaking up and making your voice heard truly counts for a lot. All of us (Republicans, Democrats, etc…) must be willing to do the same thing, when it comes to continuing to enable the hate-filled speech of Donald Trump. Only now, it’s time for us to say NOT ME!
Say Not Me
As a longtime freelance writer and self-published author, I have never had a problem speaking my mind, especially via the written word. But in all my years of writing, I’ve basically refrained from writing or commenting about politics. I guess I’ve felt that It’s too controversial, too messy, too scary, etc. But tackling another story of racism in my newly released book: “Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge” has given me newfound courage. That is why I felt compelled to speak out today. I want to let it be known that when it comes to enabling Donald Trump and being part of the problem, I can honestly say NOT ME! Today I dare to go on record in doing so at #StopEnablingTrump to make my thoughts known.
In my humble opinion, even when you take the whole issue of Russian collusion out of the equation, Donald Trump has never demonstrated any notable presidential qualities that I could admire. Not once has he said or done anything to give me the impression that he embraces and truly cares about anti-white Americans.
Many Republicans know this is an accurate description of Trump, even if they themselves don’t hold the same view. Those of you who continue to enable this president, regardless of your reasons for doing so, you also need to know that you’re accountable for the pending racial storm that is surely on the horizon. When you talk to your kids and next generation, or worse yet, when you meet your Maker, will you really be able to say NOT ME? It is time for everyone to STOP ENABLING DONALD TRUMP. Speak out! Better yet, if you’re in a position to do so, do something about it.