Can I be honest about something? I believe that Donald J. Trump is operating out of America’s grandest tradition of white power brokers telling those they oppress “It’s my way or the highway.” This sentiment succinctly conveys the vast majority of whites belief that they own this America and if African-Americans do not agree with the way things are done around her, well, they should “Go Back to Africa.” Put simply; whites innate urge to control those consider they consider inferior is not new. Such a perspective is conveyed in whites belief that even the poorest citizen should display unending gratitude for being provided the “privileges and opportunities” afforded to those fortunate enough to call themselves Americans.
There should be no doubt that the recent “tweets” by Donald J. Trump toward professional athletes who have the audacity to protest while receiving unconscionable financial benefits in “the land of the free and the home of the brave” reveals much about Trump and his supporters.
I was unsurprised when in the midst of a political rally in Huntsville, Alabama, that the embattled White House figure reinvigorated his base with the following statement regarding NFL players who have decided to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out He’s fired! He’s fired!” Trump followed this sentiment with a tweet that read as follows, If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!
Most reasonable people, regardless of racial identity, realized long ago that Trump possessed neither a logical mind nor a modicum of impulse control. However, more frightening than Trump’s flaws is the presence of “American Patriots” who fail to realize that their demand that the alluded to protests cease serves as a supreme contradiction to the very U.S. Constitution that they profess to love. “American Patriots” are either absent basic insight or afflicted by cavernous blind spots that allow them to sleep well despite political viewpoints that are rife with contradictions and inconsistencies. blatant contradictions to their political position. In many ways, the alluded to individuals remind me of that great American Thomas Jefferson who penned that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” while holding black men, women, and children in bondage on his grand plantation.
In many ways, it is unsurprising that Trump and his followers allow their rather juvenile expressions of American Nationalism to eclipse founding principles whose very pillars provide allowances for freedom of speech and the right to protest.
Such inconsistencies flow directly from the fact that America is romanticized as a mythical land where hopes and dreams are readily available to those who diligently pursue them. It is this fallacious portrayal of America in venues from textbooks to films that sit at the core of self-proclaimed “American Patriots” illogical thought patterns and contradictions that serve as the justification for their very unamerican thoughts and deeds. It is flawed reconstructions of our national past that allows the alluded to individuals to boldly consider themselves the standard-bearers of a multi-racial nation whose history has been heavily bleached. So I am unsurprised by Trump’s continuation of one of America’s grand traditions of telling those who protest injustice in this nation with the same vigor that the “Founding Fathers” disagreed with British tyranny and exploitation in the late-18
Hence, I am unsurprised by Trump’s inability to recognize that he is merely adding to America’s grand tradition of telling those who protest injustice in this nation with the same vigor that the “Founding Fathers” did during their conflict with the British that they are in error. Afterall, from the perspective of Trump and modern-day “American Patriots”, political dissent and protest are unamerican activities. Afterall, the most consistent theme expressed by a radicalized cadre of White Nationalists to those who take issue with how things are done around here is that it is “my way or the highway.” Maybe, just maybe, the National Anthem for this nation should be changed to Percy Mayfield’s “Hit the Road Jack”, a song made famous by Ray Charles. It would, after all, be more fitting and represent the thinking and thoughts of those who consider themselves true Americans.
Dr. James Thomas Jones III
© Manhood, Race, and Culture, 2017