Poor Trump. He is so out of touch with what “blackness” is and what it means that he has formed this very distorted campaign strategy as a result that makes him look and sound like a man who does not know any black people, except insofar as they are this “bad” monolithic group of sufferers. He really does not know the first thing about how to go about interacting with people in this demographic.
I mean, okay, he knows Don King and they have been friends for a long time.
He is friends with Ben Carson and he hired Omarosa.
And you are known by the friends you keep. And Trump does have “black” friends.
But Trump has a very common ailment that, perhaps, a majority of people on the Earth today have. He really thinks that “blackness” is a sub-group of the human race. He really does. Black is “other.” Black is less. You see black and your opinion and mood and predisposition changes. Black is a different category that is out there and removed. Black is DIFFERENT.
Trump, like a lot of people (it is not just Trump!) lumps everybody with “black exterior” into a meta mass of sub-ness. Blackness has its equivalences and those are set in rock and stone. For example:
black = poverty
black = crime
black = uneducated
black = no job
black = people looking for handouts
black = bad neighborhood
black = people who refer to themselves a “nigger”
black = a certain type of religious worshipper
black = problems the police need deal with
black = people you don’t want in your neighborhood and in your establishment
(There are people who hold these views in their DNA, in their deep tissue and nothing in the world allows them to see any individual whose humanity is packaged in dark skin any other way. They completely don’t get that everybody has the same color liver and heart and blood and platelets and kidneys and bones – but that is another story.)
So Trump has this ailment as I said. I don’t want to call it “racist” because this is over-used and has lost meaning. It is beyond “racism.” It is a human problem. A disease. It is a disease of the mind, really. A lot of people – including black people I hate to admit – have this disease. It is a disease.
But so Trump goes campaigning trying to win the black vote and his view of the black community is an an even bigger, grosser distortion of these equivalences. Because he does not know any black people. He only knows what he has been taught since he was born. And it does not make him a bad person. So many other people share these perceptions. It is a sickness of the mind as I said.
But this guy is running for president.
He has to think more broadly, I think, about his potential supporters and constituencies. First of all, this notion of “blackness” and “whiteness” is a racist construct and this is something that modern humanity needs to rethink. This screen, for example, is “white.” I don’t think I have ever seen a human being who is the color of this screen. I have literally never seen a “white” person in my entire life (except for that woman I once saw on the streets of London)! So what does that even mean? But that is another story. Future-Modern humanity will have to figure that out.
What does being “white” and being “black” mean? What the hell does this mean?!
Until then, Trump needs to recall that here are “black” teachers, Mr Trump. There are “black” lawyers. There are “black” financial analysts. There are “blacks” with nice homes living in nice neighborhoods. There are “blacks” who are successful owners of their own business. There are “blacks” who have never been in trouble with the law. There are “blacks” who are Catholics. There are “blacks” who do not subscribe to any religious affiliation. There are “blacks” to are rich. There are just all kinds of “black” people! “Black” people are not a monolith – except that their intestines are the same color as everybody else!
I mean, Trump has a very Don King definition of “blackness” that is not very erudite.
“I told Michael Jackson, I said if you’re poor, you’re a poor Negro — I would use the N-word — but if you rich, you are a rich Negro; if you are intelligent, intellectual, you’re an intellectual Negro; if you’re a dancing and sliding and gliding n—–, I mean, Negro,” King said.
I mean, I guess I get what King is saying between the lines. I get it. But by having him on at a campaign event saying this stuff in 2016? It is saying something about Trump that I find very off-putting. I can excuse King cause he seems not to know any better way to describe his life experience – and, as I said, I get why he would so conclude. I do! And I excuse him. I excuse Don King.
But I cannot excuse Trump. Because Trump is running for president of the United States – the “greatest” country in the world or certainly the most influential. If he wins he will be my president too. And I want and need a president whose perceptions about people walking this earth in skin of a hue similar to mine to have a more modern, sophisticated, open view of what that means. I don’t want someone like Don King safe for the hue of skin that that someone happens to walk the Earth in who just reduces millions of human people to one blob, one word.
This is unacceptable to me.
Saying the black race is in the “worse shape ever, ever, every” is also unspeakably insulting and dismissive. Too many people in this demographic have achieved too many great and laudable things for me to sit back and allow Trump and his ilk to throw dirty water on it and then turn around and try to tell me that it is raining.
Excuse me, Mr Trump. But you lie.