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Presidential Racism: Shining Example of America's Somber Status Quo

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The now former British Ambassador to the United States described U.S. President Donald Trump as "a very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool."

That experienced diplomat employed polished phrases when referencing Trump, phrases applicable for what Brits colloquially term a Prat or Tosser.

The British slang definition for Prat is idiot a**hole while Tosser is a supreme a**hole jerk detestable qualities that many around the world contend Trump radiates.

No surprise that news media coverage of the Ambassador's leaked diplomatic communications enraged the easily irritated self-proclaimed 'stable genius' forcing that Ambassador's resignation despite wide acceptance around Britain that the Ambassador's characterizations of Trump were accurate.

Trump fans flames of racism to energize his base -- that denies he is racist.
Trump fans flames of racism to energize his base -- that denies he is racist.
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Across 'The Pond' in America even some Trump supporters acknowledge his assholiery* yet excuse it as a means for 'their' President to deliver their desired ends. (*Assholiery: the act of being an a**hole).

Given the wide recognition of this contemptible Trump character trait, it's amazing that dispute still persists about another widely recognized and well documented Trump infirmity: his racism.

While Trump preens as the "least racist person you'll ever meet" the public record is rife with abundant evidence that contradict his contentions.

That record includes the 1973 U.S. Justice Department lawsuit against Trump for discriminatory refusal to rent apartments to blacks, Trump's 2015 presidential campaign launch larded with racially repugnant slurs about Mexicans and his recent attacks on four non-white female members of the U.S. Congress that produced a rare Congressional rebuke of a U.S. President for racism.

Trump trumpets the low unemployment rate among blacks as proof that his body contains no racist "bones."

But what Trump doesn't say (and what the media doesn't report adequately) is that the current unemployment rate for blacks remains about twice that of whites. The June 2019 national unemployment rate for whites was 3.3 percent compared to 6 percent for blacks. The June 2000 rate was 3.6 percent for whites and 7.8 percent for blacks. Since Trump has neither eased nor erased that long-standing unemployment rate disparity one rooted in racial discrimination he does not deserve credit.

Trump's specious denials of racism far from Trump exhibiting another personality impairment exemplify a problem that exceeds even his enormous ego.

That problem is the pattern of indignant denials of racism from individuals and institutions. This is a problem that's persisted since the founding of the United States over 240-years ago.

On January 2, 1800 the U.S. Congress indignantly rejected a petition from free blacks that requested federal protection from illegal kidnapping into slavery and consideration of a gradual end to slavery. The sole Congressman who voted to consider that petition castigated the "prejudice" of his colleagues. Those professed freedom loving Congressmen blithely denied any prejudice when sanctioning freedom-robbing slavery and rights ruining second-class citizenship for non-slave blacks.

On May 18, 1896 when the U.S. Supreme upheld legalized segregation, that solidified the second-class status of blacks, all but one justice bashed blacks for believing the apartheid sanctioning ruling stamped a "badge of inferiority" on blacks. That arrogant assertion by six of the seven justices in the infamous Plessy ruling was a supreme denial of obvious racism.

The 21st Century dawned with wide societal ire cemented that affirmative actions to ameliorate the documented damages against blacks from over two centuries of legalized racism really constituted a wrong against whites"reverse discrimination against the beneficiaries of that American apartheid.

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