Trump’s Presidency Has Given Everyone an Excuse To Be Shamelessly Racist

By Cory Alexander Haywood
Smile, you’re a racist.

No, seriously, I’m talking to you (the reader) – say cheese! 
 
I don’t even know you and I’m 100 percent sure that you’re a racist SOB. 
 
Wanna know how I know you’re racist? 
 
It’s because 99.99999 percent of the American population is racist. 
 
Wanna know how I know that? 
 
Well…fuck you. Just roll with it – I’m trying to prove a point.
 
If you’re white and reading this editorial, then I’m sure you’ve made a “nigger” joke or two (or three, or four, or five…thousand). 
 
If you’re black and reading this editorial, then I’d bet my entire savings (all 300 dollars of it) that when you order Chinese from a restaurant in the hood, you always check to see if the teriyaki chicken you selected is actually somebody’s dead cat.
 
I would mention other racial groups, but frankly they don’t matter. (See what I mean? Racism!). It’s the American way.
 
I recently overheard a senile, old hag complain that Donald Trump is dividing America with his “racist poison” (as if this country wasn’t a dumpster fire already). 
 
Racism is the foundation on which this country was established. 
 
So I politely asked her: 
 
“Mam, are you aware that racism has been around much longer than Trump?”
“Yes. But what’s your point?” she responded.
“How can you blame Trump for a problem that’s older than America itself?”
“Well, it’s gotten worse since he’s been in office.”
“No Mam, you’re wrong. Trump is exactly what this country needs.”
“I don’t understand.”
“Because of him – now we know how divided this country has ALWAYS been.”
 
To be frank, we should really stop kidding ourselves. 
 
The writing is on the wall, and it’s screaming: “Holy fuck! America is an odorous landfill of shameless moral decadence.” Racism is merely a side-effect. 
 
When I say “we,” I literally mean everyone:  black people, white people, old people, young people – all people.
 
No matter how much an individual believes in racial equality, the truth is that racism is a byproduct of social engineering. There’s no way to avoid it apart from resisting the urge to interact with the outside world. This would be a tall order for even the most reclusive introvert.
 
A vast swath of the population believes Trump propagates hate and violence. Most recently he was chastised by the media for his lukewarm response to the fiasco in Charlottesville, Va., where a White motorist plowed into a throng of protesters, killing a woman and injuring 13 others.
 
This incident shines a light on the nation’s turbulent political climate.
 
In 2008, when Barack Obama became the first black president of the United States, observers theorized that it was the dawn of a post racial era. 
 
The country was seduced by a false sense of moral purification and many of us were convinced that racism expired with previous generations.  
 
It didn’t take long for reality to strike, and seemingly overnight Obama became a high-ranking target of ruthless hate-speech from disciples of the far right. 
 
Obama’s harrowing experience as commander-in-chief shouldn’t be underestimated, but with respect to his legacy, never in America’s history has a president encountered as much public scorn as Donald Trump.
 
He stands alone as the most reviled public official to date, and his presence in the West Wing has sprouted seeds of racism this country hasn’t seen since the days of Jim Crow.
 
With that said, it’s unfair to blame him for the rash of civil disobedience spreading across the US, provoked by the volcanic eruption of racial tension between African Americans and their white peers.
 
This rivalry threatens to dismantle the veneer of social progress that characterized Obama’s presidency, and it reflects a harsh reality that racism had only gone into moderate hiding during the eight years he was in office. 
 
So why are so many people pointing a finger at Mr. Trump? Is this fair? 
 
Not really. 
   
It’s hard to pinpoint when the country began unraveling, but a pivotal turn may have come during the aftermath of Michael Brown’s slaying in 2014.
 
His and numerous examples of police brutality reawakened a spirit of disenchantment among African Americans, igniting dozens of protests nationwide for several months leading up to Trump’s vexing presidential victory in November 2016.  
 
America was already a raging inferno of racial hostility long before he turned water into wine and stole the presidency from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
 
Nevertheless, as the carnage worsens, Trump will continue to be a scapegoat for the masses
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