Is Donald Trump really a racist

The president as the country's first racist


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Thousands of times in the past few days "I cant't breathe"(" I can't breathe "), Floyd's words shortly before his death, sprayed on house walls, painted a thousand times on posters. Because everyone who lives attentively in this country knows that the United States has overcome genocide and slavery, that they are still systemically unfair: American racism is present. It may, at times, be subtle; but millions of blacks see their own president as the country's first racist and understand his slogan "Make America Great Again"Revisionist: Oh, how nice it was in the age of lynchings.

The present is milder and yet sad enough. Black US citizens earn less and are less insured than white Americans. Your life expectancy is lower. They go to inferior schools, and in any case to inferior universities. They are imprisoned more often and longer, more often executed. And if a president like Trump then reverses all the reforms of the first black President Barack Obama anyway, if Covid-19 then finds the social weaknesses of society with brutal precision, then of course a disproportionate number of blacks die again in this crisis.

Rant and allegations

Atlanta's police chief Erika Shields says: "People are understandably angry. Black men are routinely killed. Whether it is by the police or by other individuals, the truth is that we have devalued their lives." "There is something fundamentally wrong with the way we train the police, our police culture, our police organization," says Harvard sociologist Lawrence O'Donnell, because the police see "entire communities as enemies".

On Friday, his aides took Trump into the White House bunker, as it seemed threatening outside the door. Trump should stop tweeting, the helpers advised him. But he couldn't. The president cursed Democratic mayors whom he considers "soft" and "weak". He berated the media as "enemies of the people", berated the company Twitter, which had classified one of his messages (that "when the looting begins, the shooting begins") as glorifying violence.

He alleged that MSNBC presenter Joe Scarborough had murdered a 28-year-old employee in 2001, although she had died of a heart defect and Scarborough was hundreds of miles away. He berated the protesters as "thugs"(Thug), which is a racially charged word, berated the Democratic Party, saying it would rig the upcoming elections, and eventually retweeted the message that" only a dead Democrat is a good Democrat ".

What is sad is what is missing: understanding

"Darker, more manic and lying" Trump's tweets have become in the months of the pandemic, he writes new Yorker. "These are clearly not constructive tweets," says Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only black Republican in the Senate. The double calculation, so people from the White House told the television station PBS and the New York Timessaid the rioting was finally diverting the nation from Covid-19; and that concern for their safety, especially older voters, would lead to Trump and the Republicans.

As you read through all of the analyzes, while watching the protesters shouting "Black Lives Matter" in Madison Square Park in New York, and then while writing these sentences, you notice what is the saddest thing about what is going on in the White House these days: namely what does not happen, what is missing. Understanding. Warmth. Sadness. A clever sentence from the American President.

We no longer dare to hope for a grand gesture or a very clever speech.