I try hard not to get
caught up in the political news cycle of the moment. I try
to ignore it when the president of the United States does something that isn’t
presidential even if it is at the expense of his presidency. I try not to write about Trump or focus on
what he does because I know that there will always be something new that he
will do or say to show a different side of himself even if the side he is
showing is the same side of his face all along. But there are times when
despite my best efforts, I can’t turn away when the person that occupies the
oval office does or says something that shows who he really is.
Like many of us, I am no
longer surprised when he says or does something that is so abhorrent in nature
that you wonder if this is really coming from the White House. I wish I could say that I am surprised.
But I’m not.
And while I am not
surprised over the latest comments from the commander-in-chief that four
Congress women of color should “go back to their countries” even though all
four of them are citizens, I am no less appalled.
And like many of you, I
I am tired of a man who
truly believes that he is above the rule of law and will therefore do or say
anything to anyone simply because it comes to his mind to do or say it. I am tired of the scandals. I am tired of the name calling. I am tired of his overtly racist policies of
child separation. I am tired of
wondering what happened to the missing infants and teen aged girls. But I mostly tired of the supporters who
seemingly worship the ground he walks on simply because he appeals to the needs of tribalism. I am also tired
of the GOP which has rapidly become the party of Trump giving him a pass for
everything he says and does.
I have never felt the
need to write about a president as much as I have to write about this one. No president has done so much damage simply
because of who he is. But who he is
accompanied with the power of the presidency which makes for a scary
It’s not that I believe
that he will propel us into a national confrontation although that thought
alone would be enough to keep me up at night.
What I believe is that he
is on a mission to re-make the United States into an image of a white dominated
country…a country were men of color were relegated to second-class
stature. He wants to take us back to a
time where it was okay to talk down to women of color and then dismiss them as
if they didn’t matter no matter how many degrees they held or achievements they
may have accomplished. Based on what he
has already said and done, it appears to be his mission to stop the black and
browning of this country and instead make it predominated by white people. Even though he has stated that he has no
problem with the LGBTQ community, he has attacked the transgender community in
our military…and it won’t be long before he launches an attack against the rest
of us that belongs to that same community.
He seems poised, ready to
attack any unsuspecting victim at any given time. In watching the news cycle, I can’t tell you
how many times that I’ve heard, “Trump attacks” or “Trump lashes out” because
someone may disagree with his policies, much like these four Congress women of
And here’s the funny
part…we knew who he was. We knew that he
had a pre disposition to racist tendencies, was misogynistic, a sexist, thieving,
a liar, Islamophobic, Xenophobic, Trans phobic, rude, ignorant, insensitive and
chauvinistic. And yet, he still has
supporters. He still has the GOP under
his thumb. What is frightening about all
of this is not the rise of Trump per se, but that we are seeing more and more
of the man that he has become. Giving a
man who has been surrounded by both “yes” people and money and mixing that with
the power of the presidency is dangerous.
Where other men that have
been president had filters if someone disagreed with them, this one does
not. He does not have the restraints of
someone who gives thought to what he will do or say if someone responds
negatively to his actions.
But in order to have
someone like a Donald Trump you must have people that enable him. His supporters and the GOP have given rise to
a man who is perhaps the most non-deserving man to hold the office. And if you think that his behavior will get
better over time, it won’t. Over the last
two years, you see him growing more emboldened by the day to say what he truly
thinks even if it is not expedient to do so.
The four Congress women
that he has attacked for the past couple of days were elected to do a job for
the Democratic Party. It is a system of
checks and balances that is much needed to run this nation. And yet, part of that job is calling out the
president on the policies that he has implemented at our border. The un humanitarian crisis at the border where
men and women are forced into overcrowded detention centers where they are
forced to sleep on the floor for nothing more than fleeing conditions that are
life threatening is unconscionable.
Animal kennels have
And yet, Trump will tell
them that if conditions are so awful, go back to where you came from…the same
language that he used to these four Congress women.
The language of an overt
racist is to tell all people that he deems as “other” to go back to where they
came from; that this is his land…a land that has been claimed by he and his
followers because they too have the gall to tell others to get out of “their”
The simple truth of the
matter is that this land does not belong to them exclusively. It belongs to all of us. White people do not have the right to claim a
land that was never theirs to begin with.
History tells us this.
But here’s the real
problem and a possible solution. If Trump
did not have access to the media; the same media that he has attacked and
deemed the enemy of the people; would his actions change? If the media did not cover every single thing
he says, ignoring his tweets and his statements, would that make a difference?
But we in the media have a
duty to report the actions and policies of the president. So, what do we do?
I for one can ignore him. I can go dark and not say anything about
him. But that’s just me. I don’t know what to suggest for the rest of
He still has a following.
People still cheer him on.
And he will continue to
behave this way until he is given a reason not to. Because you see, he believes that no one will
tell him not to. Right now, there is no
system of checks and balances in place.
There are no repercussions for his actions.
We are living in an age
where we have a racist man-child holding the reigns of the most powerful office
in the land.
But there is something
that we can do about it. We simply must
wait until the time comes and do what we need to do to get rid of racist in the
Until then, we must be
patient. And patience as we know is truly
~ J.L. Whitehead