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The Absurdity of Singling Out Trump as a Racist

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Philip Roth, author of The Human Stain, noted that "America's oldest communal passion, historically perhaps its most treacherous and subversive", is the "ecstasy of sanctimony." The relentless commentary regarding Donald Trump's racism is a perfect example of this sanctimonious euphoria. Further, it is intellectually dishonest and totally disingenuous; more of a political tool than a righteous societal moral affront.

The first U.S. President, and your "founding father", George Washington stated: "Blacks are ignorant and shiftless; they are careless, deceitful, and liable to act without any qualms of conscience." In a conversation with British actor John Bernard, pertinent to fighting for freedom while holding slaves, Daddy Washington stated: "This may seem a contradiction, but it is neither a crime nor an absurdity. When we profess, as our fundamental principle, that liberty is the inalienable right of every man, we do not include madmen or idiots; liberty in their hands would become a scourge. Till the mind of the slave has been educated to perceive what are the obligations of a state of freedom, the gift would insure its abuse." How ominous today, as it was then.

The third U.S. President, and your "founding father", Thomas Jefferson stated: "Blacks smell bad...Blacks are ugly...Blacks suffer loss less deeply...whites have flowing hair, a more elegant symmetry of form...Blacks are inferior to whites in both endowments of body and mind". Father Jefferson was also a rapist and pedophile sickeningly enamoured of the stinky, ugly, curly haired beasts that he found so inferior.

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The sixteenth U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln, touted for "freeing the slaves" and the subsequent Emancipation Proclamation starkly stated: "I can conceive of no greater calamity than the assimilation of the negro into our social and political life as our equal." Lincoln went on to state that "we can never attain the ideal union our fathers dreamed, with millions of an alien, inferior race among us, whose assimilation is neither possible nor desirable."

The thirty-fourth U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, while speaking to Chief Justice Warren about white southerners, stated he understood why they wanted to make sure that "their sweet little girls are not required to sit in school alongside some big, black buck". Old D-wight tapped into some heavy stuff on that one. Seriously heavy.

The thirty-sixth U.S. President, Lyndon B. Johnson, loftily referenced for his signing of the Civil Rights Bill loved the n-word. I am not allowed to write his exact quotes because white editorial sensibilities (sanctimony, if you will) preclude these truths though they are matters of historical record. How weird is that? It is a term invented by the very people that claim to be so offended by it and, furthermore, regularly use it towards a group that I am part of. I suppose some folks do not like the smell of their own excrement.

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Tough.

President Johnson once said to a black chauffeur who requested that the president not refer to him as "boy", "n-word" or "chief" the following: "As long as you are black, and you're gonna be black till the day you die, no one's gonna call you by your goddamn name. So no matter what you are called, n-word, you just let it roll off your back like water, and you'll make it. Just pretend you're a goddamn piece of furniture." President Johnson was known to, in an irony of ironies, when discussing civil rights legislation with men like Mississippi Democrat James Eastland, who committed most of his life to defending white supremacy, call the Civil Rights Bill "the n-word bill." Johnson, in reference to his appointment of Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Supreme court stated: "Son, when I appoint a n-word to the court, I want everyone to know he's a n-word." Most notoriously, Johnson said: "I'll have those n-words voting Democratic for 200 years." Frighteningly prescient.

So far, so good.

The thirty-seventh U.S. President, Richard M. Nixon, on top of being an arch criminal, was thoroughly convinced that Blacks were intellectually inferior. In a conversation with Harvard Professor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who had been one of his house intellectuals, about the nature of his interest in research on the intelligence of Black People in America, Nixon stated: "The reason I have to know it is that as I go for programs, I must know that they have basic weaknesses." With regard to African nations and their leadership, Nixon stated to Moynihan: "Have in mind one fact: Did you realize there is not, of the 40 or 45-you're at the United Nations-black countries that are represented there, not one has a president or a prime minister who is there as a result of a contested election such as we were insisting upon in Vietnam?...I'm not saying that blacks cannot govern; I am saying they have a hell of a time. Now, that must demonstrate something."

The fortieth U.S. President, Ronald "Maximus" Reagan, in reference to Africans eloquently stated: "To see those, those monkeys from those African countries damn them, they're still uncomfortable wearing shoes!" He was speaking to U.S. President number thirty-seven when he made the impassioned remark.

The forty-third U.S. President, George "Dumbya" Bush.

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Katrina.

Done.

Clearly, I could continue ad nauseam with both verbal examples and, more importantly, policy examples from every last one of the forty-five U.S. Presidents that verify racial animus; especially towards Black People. The fact of the matter is that this society is steeped in racism; especially Blackism. And, it is patently unfair to single out Donald Trump as a racist however intoxicatingly burlesque his behavior.

I said unfair, not inaccurate.

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This article is sad to read but valuable to read. It is true that Donald Trump is nothing new in terms of being a racist president. I just believe that in large part, social media has allowed for him to share his views more consistently and more "up-front" compared to other presidents. Twitter did not exist in 1789. An additional point is the absolutely sickening and maddening "debate" that some people seriously have of "Is Donald Trump really a racist to begin with?" I have not been on this planet for an exceptionally long time and already, I am weary... due to "debates" like that one. A delusional society is really difficult to deal with.

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Speaking for myself (and not as a editor*) I think Rohn is exposing historical truths which really need to be embraced and affirmed. The Founding Fathers were white supremacists, racist and genicidiares.

I will go even further to opine that they were sleazy politicians no different from the worst of those we have today. The US Constitution is a badly flawed document that was designed to cater to their self-interests and perpetuate their elitism.

The fetish for the Constitution stunts the ability of the US to progress as, and beyond an 18th century "liberal democracy". The ideals of a representative republic, elitism of the Senate, the Electoral College, states' rights and the lifetime tenure of appointed judges are glaring examples of the perpetuation of the elitism of the founders.

Until the nation internalizes the limitations and deficits of the unjustly glorified founders and the structure of the ruling elite the US will be a white supremacist racist imperialistic society. The whole concept of exceptionalism and American/Western values are based on white supremacy. We can add to the list Christianity, and for good measure Judaism.

*(All of my comments and articles are my opinion. As far as I know OEN does not have an editorial policy, or at least nobody ever told me about one other than the "community standards" and FAQ.)

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Dear Sir: upon deep rumination and reflection on your comment (made even more remarkable by the prevailing demographics), I am reduced to one rudimentary and simplistic term...

Whew!

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Well taken. I read history. IMHO most white "liberals" on this website know it too, but even on OEN don't want to hear it from a Black man. Otherwise there would be a lot more comments. I am sure that many would even like to push back but can't deal with the cognitive dissonance. Thus the silence.

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Any, and every, Black Person in America that has espoused and/or defended the rights of Black People and their specific injustices is villified at best, and dead at worst. Ask yourself: how many Black People in America have confronted the United States with its crimes against them in recent memory? Even in the past, how well were they received? White folks love MLK...now; he is dead and died quite violently. As did Malcolm X. Muhammed Ali was villified. Hell even white folks who tried to show some modicum of decency towards the very folks that built this nation end up dead. RFK, JFK.

Barak Obama, a man, arguably, in a better position to address issues of Blacks than anyone else was a complete coward. This is the essence of "white supremacy": WE will tell you what to think, how to think, who represents you and what we find tolerable; truth be damned. And, n-word, if you dare get out of line we will smoke your Black Ass.

THAT is the reality. And, it is also THE reality that until I transition elsewhere I will continue to tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may. Too much lying in the United States, by everybody. Matter of fact, the whole thing is a lie.

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He does indeed have a succinct way of putting his thoughts on paper. I was hoping to comment in a similar way but he is the better wordsmith, which is for the best anyway. I don't really feel like being called a self-righteous lying fool by Goldberg today. I would like to add that even though it was fashionable at the time I can't see how men wearing powdered wigs could be taken seriously by anyone.

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I, respectfully, ask that ad hominem attacks not be a part of any commentary pertinent to my writing. I have, absolutely, no problem with anyone attacking me because that's the price of admission. But I really would ask that folks do not attack each other.

As Father Merrin said in the iconic film The Exorcist: "Take Me!"

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Haha, I see what you did there Mr. Kenyatta. Who knew that you and Father Merrin both share the courage to take on demons of all sorts. Thank you for your service.

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Guilty as charged. Quite clever, you are.

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Sorry Rohn, but you do not get to set the "rules". While ad hominems are against the community standards here, anyone who wishes to attack my comments may do so freely. As FDR said, "I welcome your hatred", pushback and critique.

When OB became president in 2009, many of us white liberals thought it would open a dialog between the races. Others saw it as proof that the US had conquered racism. Neither happened. The tears have turned to salt.

Rohn has asserted the opportunity here for an honest dialog about race. It is a rarity. He is in a unique vanguard of blacks willing to bear the cross of black/white dialog; in a majority white setting.

Why is it so difficult for blacks and whites to be honest? Blacks have swallowed their anger for centuries; likewise whites have their guilt. It is time for a good healthy voment.

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Abe Lincoln didn't wear a powdered wig. Neither did Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, nor George Bush.

Donald Trump's wig appears to be devoid of powder; though apparently soaked overnight in orange juice.

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Abe Lincoln, the "great emancipator":

My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union....."

Is there any other way to understand Lincoln than by his own words?

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I stand duly corrected and, by no means, intended to be dictatorial.

I have come to the conclusion, albeit an unfortunate one, that the reason that this greatest of American tragedies (and there are many) can not be addressed is because it is an area that puts white people in an indefensible position.

The white man, no matter his politics, is used to offense. Defense is not within his comfort zone. Think of the Department of Defense.

Actually, and you know this as well as I do, it is in the pragmatic, practical and operative sense, the Department of Offense.

Simply take a look at history. Did Vietnam attack the United States? Did Libya attack the United States (though posed an unacceptable economic threat). Did Afghanistan attack the United States? Did Iraq attack the United States?

I respect those that argue facts; something of which you are most adroit. The facts, in this diasporic tragedy of Black People in America, render white folks mute.

Plain and goddamned simple.

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How did Libya pose an unacceptable economic threat? are you referring to the Colonels desire for all of Africa to lift off the yoke of the US dollars dominance? Are you experiencing a bout of jingoism for the good old US of A?

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Obviously your neurotransmitters are sleeping on the job... or maybe they are just damaged beyond repair. The author was being sarcastic. Try again.

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It was actually just a good natured ribbing. Why are you so hostile to me? Am I allowed an opinion on this site? I apologize for whatever harm I have caused you.

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Yes, well it is difficult to discern which is "a good natured ribbing" and which is an attack on the author/his work, considering you have been more prone to do the latter. White devil comment, anyone? Your opinion is exactly that, your opinion. It is not a fact. People can disagree. The whole purpose of an opinion is to invite engagement. If disagreeing with you makes me hostile, so be it.

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Thank you for your response. My white devil comment was not an attack on anyone but the white devils, who ever they may be. Maybe in the future you could let the author discern if an attack has taken place or not. The hostility that I have perceived is not in your disagreement but in the way you have corresponded with me. You inferred that I am a self righteous liar and you've questioned my cognitive abilities as well. Let's keep it civil, maybe we can hit the reset button and start over. If not, my sincere apologies to you. Thanks

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Dana, in a previous thread you expressed pain about your Indigenous ethnicity. Your anger came out sideways, but is no less legitimate imho. I have great compassion for the genocide, dehumanization and continued repression of Natives. The study of the truth of that injustice is another one of my passions. For white Americans of all countries (i.e. Canada, Caribbean and 'Latin' America) we need to embrace the great crime and make reparations. America was born in genocide and slavery.

Above all we need to stop committing the crime. At this moment the crime is being repeated. The Natives of Latin America are continued to be massacred. The US and Canada are the number one perpetrators. We are allowing mining, resource and monocrop corporations to drive Indians off their land, massacring protestors and assassination human rights workers.

The so-called "illegal immigration" "crisis" is a direct result of US, Canadian and elite white minorities in the countries where people are fleeing to the US. There is a human rights disaster happening in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The US is backing an elite white minority in Venezuela. A fascist white minority is taking over Argentina, Ecuador and Brazil.

Native in the US and Canada are having their impoverished reservations (i.e. concentration camps) taken away to make way for pipelines and exploration. It just never stops.

In Palestine the US is backing a elitist minority of European settler colonialism. White supremacy is at the core of US foreign policy. The US has a natural affinity and self-interest to back other white supremacist regimes all over the world, as well as at home.

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ALL aforementioned Presidents, both past, present and likely future, have one thing in common. They are ALL high ranking members of the elite. That means they have about as much in common with the 'average' American (of ANY color) as a bobcat does with a 1/4 lb. stick of butter. The one striking thing about these observations of 'racism' amongst them and, unfortunately, a portion of the general public is that far too many in the general population are willing and, perhaps, eager to adopt the attitudes and biases of those same elites simply because they possess the 'power' in this system. That is the true indictment. No man or woman (of ANY color) is born a racist. That mindset is learned, and when people of all colors begin to learn from their own experiences and observations instead of following blindly the teaching and indoctrination of others, only then will we progress to an equitable world.

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I think you hit on a kernel of truth. Less than 2 percent of the white population owned slaves. In order for the other 98% to support it, they were encouraged by the elites to feel superior than blacks.

It was even more in the interests of the elites to perpetuate racism after the Emancipation Proclamation. The EP did not end actual slavery or slavery in other forms such as sharecropping, wage-slavery, chain-gangs, human trafficking, etc.

The genocide of the Indigenous also was a benefit to the elite. GW was not a humble surveyor, as the textbook say. He was a real estate crook, not unlike or current POTUS. GW was the richest man in America from stealing Indian land and reselling it to other speculators.

My hunch is that the general public was not too difficult to manipulate into racism. It may have been a European prejudice that came over with the colonial settlers.

There is no doubt from my readings that racism and African slavery was prevalent in the Iberian Peninsula before the 1600. The Spanish brought slavery and racism with them when they "discovered", then conquered and settled what is now called "Latin" America. I assume the British adopted slavery from the Spanish, who got it from the Romans, etc.

I am going to stick my neck out and theorize that humans do have a racist DNA. It makes sense to me that historically colonies of tribes would be suspicious of other tribes, even if they traded with each other and had friendly relations. An encounter with an unknown tribe would set off alarm. There is a stranger-danger self-preservation gene.

Likewise there is probably a social gene as well. Living in a tribe and relations with other tribes is mutually beneficial. Cross-tribal relations would also be a survival tool.

However, studies have shown that fear is a much greater motivator than greed. Fear of the other would trump (pun!) the desire for friendship.

We also have the ability to be rational. Intelligence could trump kneejerk emotion. Cooperation and coexistence would be to the mutual benefit of almost everyone except the elites and Trumps.

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David, I have always believed that we , all of us, have racial identity in our DNA (as opposed to racist DNA). That is very natural and non-offensive in itself. After all, that's how birds and many other mammals figure out with whom to mate. It's funny how we revel in diversity in the 'natural' world, and rail against it often in the human world. It's all training. As you note, fear is a great motivator. Interesting how the elites respond more to greed, and they train the rest of us to respond more to fear, since our fears do not cost the elites anything. In fact, they generally profit massively from it.

I have also believed for a long time that most of what we perceive as 'racism' is actually a form of or extension of 'elitism', and is more about the 'haves' and 'have-nots' than skin color. Contrary to what some have said, people of many colors (yes, even white) have been slaves throughout history. There is ample documentation of this readily available. After all, slavery is an economic model, not a racial model.

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My father, my hero, though flawed like any other man, used to say the damnedest things (like most sons of the "bible" belt). One of them was "listen closely to what a man says, listen more closely to what he doesn't say".

I fully appreciate the debate, and honor same; but it is odd that no one has actually addressed the point of the article and that is: why is Trump's racism so different than everyone of his predecessors? The silence is deafening.

It is not what Trump does that most of you, in this 95% white forum, find unpalatable. It is how he does it that bothers you because you are forced to see a reflection of yourselves that you would rather not (the essence of white supremacy). Barak Obama made for a great, and acceptable, lie because the lie fitted the narrative of the American hoax. Denial could be in perpetuum.

Mr. Trump, conversely, is the buck-naked truth and confirms what the global majority has known for quite some time.

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It is hard to decouple yourself from racism once you hitch up that wagon. Trump wasn't born a racist, he learned it from his father and the gilded lifestyle he fell into. He is irredeemable at this point. The US stole native children for reeducation in the ways of whiteness, short of doing this with racists' children, stealing them for reeducation in colorblindness, what are the answers? What can I do as a 50 yr old half breed with a bad heart? I teach my children that we are all pink inside. Thanks

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Mr Kenyatta, I would like to apologize for any attack I may have leveled your way. Sometimes I let my emotions carry me to far from civility. I enjoy reading your essays and in the future I will refrain from any attacks on your presented material. Thanks again

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I am, and this is no platitude, absolutely humbled by everyone here; and every thinking person, anywhere in the world. I'd much rather have people thinking than agreeing. I am not new to this and any Black Person in America that fails to bow and scrape, let alone be the antithesis of same, is in for a tough tour; likely to the morgue. I've been in a few firefights in my time.

I deal with life as I have experienced it, and encountered it. I do not deal with life as I, nor you, wish it were.

My intent is to expose the truth, force critical thought and infect as many souls as I possibly can with the virus of independent thought.

I need all thinking people to keep me honest, try my facts and keep me properly focused. To that end, you are of great value.

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Much truth here, but the reality is the he is a dangerous man, because he is woefully ignorant and corrupt to the core, dreadfully incompetent to govern, a genuine criminal who has defrauded so many people, a needy brat and a malignant narcissist who puts himself first, and has not a shred of empathy. His cruelty is legend.


He is very dangerous, as are all genuinely stupid people who wield power. America will never recover from this wrecking ball!

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