The American Dream?
ONE OF THE TENETS OF WHITE PRIVILEGE IS THAT ONE DAY YOU CAN BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. White America calls it the American Dream. Yet, “that” American Dream is folly at best for Blacks. Even if you are eminently qualified, great qualifications do not usually translate as electable for Blacks. Barack Obama was THE notable exception. It goes without saying Barack Obama was eminently qualified to serve as President. He was a graduate of Columbia University, worked as a community organizer in Chicago, was the editor of the prestigious Harvard Law Review, graduated from Harvard Law School, worked at a civil rights law firm in Chicago, taught constitutional law part-time at the University of Chicago Law School, was an Illinois State Senator, and was a sitting United States Senator. A soaring orator, Barack Obama articulated and understood the needs and the concerns of many Americans, and obviously Black America.
The Contrast between President Obama and donald trump cannot ring louder or show more clarity. donald trump came into the White House with a defined narcissistic checkerboard past of lying and cheating and Racism and sexism and misogyny and xenophobia and crudeness and a plethora of other charges. Add to that, paying an adult film star more than $100,000 to keep her quiet about an ongoing sexual affair. The same issues would have seen Barack Obama mercilessly excoriated in the White press, or land him in jail, let alone allow him to continue a presidential campaign, and his election as president. donald trump is a Racist who resents being compared to President Obama. Yet he cannot run from the comparisons as he continually looks over his inarticulate shoulder at the accomplishments and the sheer achievements of this Black man who was his immediate predecessor as President.
When you ask the question why was donald trump elected, two answers come back at you “like a snowball rolling down the side of a snow-covered hill.” First, donald trump’s White Privilege, because he was certainly not qualified or even close, to serve as president; and Second, donald trump’s Core Racist Attitude connected with White America’s Core Racist Attitudes---A veritable match made in Heaven, or Hell if you will. His first year has shown you what to expect just as his campaign showed you what to anticipate. This Racist president has expanded his Racist ideology by filling his White House staff and his cabinet with those who look like him and who thinks the same Racist thoughts.
White America and Black America can no longer pretend Racism does not exist. America has always been saturated and infused with Racism, and now a Racist president is making it a part of the nation’s daily conversation. Racism is out in the open now, and officially emanates from the White House.
And as always, The Struggle Continues.
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Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.