Quite possibly the most frustrating aspect of the repeated attacks that ALL non-white males will eventually receive during what can only be termed a highly volatile and contentious political season orchestrated that has largely been orchestrated by Donald Trump is the annoying and repeated denial by his followers denial that the catalyst behind their anger is the disappearance of what can be best termed ‘white privilege’.
Americans should make sure that their seat belts are fastened tightly, because this nation stands on the precipice of racial discord that will make the Edmund Pettus Bridge conflict appear to be child’s play. Make no mistake about it; the bigotry train is not only rolling, but also determined to roll over any and all in its dastardly path.
Let’s be clear about what the entire nation is facing. There is a segment, certainly not all, of white America that fervently believes that America is “a nation that was founded by whites, built by whites, and should therefore serve only the interests of whites.” Interestingly, Donald Trump’s loaded slogan of “Let’s Make America Great Again!” appears to be directly descended from an antiquated, but still used, playbook that immediately stokes the flames of racial animosity.
For some illogical reason, the most shocking aspect of Trump’s Presidential Campaign to many Americans has been the appearance of white supremacists who have boldly inserted themselves into this election cycle by endorsing this tragic candidate. The reaction of sober minded Americans to the appearance has been one that could be termed ‘shock and awe’, unfortunately, such individuals either forgot or fail to realize that persons of such ilk have not only always existed, but also seen their relevance vacillate between irrelevancy to a peripheral discussion topic.
Unfortunately for all civilized people around the globe, the innuendo filled race-baiting that Trump’s candidacy has seemingly trademarked has implicitly invited the white supremacist movement’s emergence from the dark shadowy places that it calls home. Make no mistake about it, white supremacist are considering Trump’s candidacy to be THEIR best chance of capturing the Oval Office.
The appearance of race-baiting language from white terrorist groups should remove all doubt that it actually does matter who our political leaders are; there is no doubt that Americans take their cues from national leaders and public figures. Put simply, Americans take their cues regarding what is, and more importantly what is not, permissible from the rhetoric used by national figures and leaders.
Recently a group of thirty-African-American students attending a Donald Trump rally at Valdosta State University were expelled from the event for no reason other than their racial classification. The very next day, a group of African-American protestors at yet another Trump rally were rousted out of that venue after having their signs ripped from their hands while being physically assaulted by members of white supremacist groups. The public behavior of a rising tide of white supremacist organization leaves no doubt that their membership is attempting to capitalize upon this political climate where any and everything can be said or done regardless of who may be offended; we are apparently witnessing the death knell of ‘political correctness’.
It should now be obvious to naïve African-Americans who foolishly tempt fate in a desperate attempt to have their voices heard above a symphony of racial innuendo and half-truths that this is a moment that their political viewpoints are not only undesired, but also considered offensive by angry whites.
Shiya Nwanguma, a student at the University of Louisville related the following. “I was called a n—– and a c–t and got kicked out. They were pushing and shoving at me, cursing at me, yelling at me, called me every name in the book. They were disgusting and dangerous.”
Although many Trump supporters will attempt to continue skirting his responsibility for many of his supporters’ actions, the truth of the matter is that when he stands before an audience of angry whites and repeatedly yells “get them out of here”, no one should be surprised when those in attendance fill in the blanks and take the initiative to physically attack those in possession of viewpoints they consider not only morally repugnant, but also the basis for what they erroneously believe is a rapidly disappearing ‘white privilege’.
Chanelle Helm, an anti-Trump protestor shared the following chilling account.
“In my entire life I had never had anyone look at me with such hate. It was like the videos and photos we’ve seen from the Little Rock 9 and other school integration moments from the 1950s and 60s…
We were there alongside them for hours and hours waiting for the rally to begin. They would regularly bump into us on purpose, step on our shoes, accidentally wave signs that smacked us in the face. We actually heard them talking about us for hours. It was eery.
All we want is justice, peace, and equality. All of us are peaceful protestors, but we clearly walked into a deeply racist and violent atmosphere at the Trump Rally. Some of us who were taken out of there by police, by black officers I might add, were actually told that they wanted to get us out there for our own safety.”
Although I would love to call this a peculiar moment in our nation’s history, however, this moment is rather typical, if not predictable. Today’s climate where wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few has caused groups to fight for what they perceive to be limited resources that are desperately need for group survival.
One thing is certain, it is time for progressive minded activists who have historically been able to confront opposing political viewpoints in a somewhat civil arena to recognize that appearing at a Trump rally with the intention to exercise the First Amendment rights places their lives in immediate danger.
It may be time to abandon such bold political action and replace it with an even more powerful tactic of politicizing and energizing the Left.
One thing is certain, if the Left does not show up for this Presidential election, all of our lives will be placed in peril. And if many of Trump’s supporters have their way, that peril will never cease.
James Thomas Jones III
©Manhood, Race and Culture, 2015