Over the years, the definition of racism and who is racist has changed. The Right Wing has normalized quite a bit of behavior that people once readily recognized as racist and denies the existence of what can’t be explained. We have Federal Judges saying that racist gerrymandering isn’t racist, no matter the effect, if racist intent cannot be proven. They’ve introduced a new term, “racial,” when a thing has something to do with race without actually being racist in their opinion. When racist policies like voter suppression are brought up, they will shout you down with denials of its existence, unwilling to have a meaningful discussion. The one standard that remained unequivocally racist was when a white person called a black person a nigger. America is about to be tested to see if the last remaining test has been thrown out and it proclaims there no longer is such a thing as racism, it exists no more because nothing qualifies.
It’s only a matter of time before a tape is released where we hear the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, describing someone as a nigger. You’ll note I haven’t used, “the N word” which is part of the normalization of racism by substituting something nicer for the word actually used.
For years, rumors have abounded about Trump using vile language including the word “nigger” during outtakes of “The Apprentice.” Mark Burnett, Chairman of MGM Worldwide Television Group, owns those outtake tapes and has constantly refused to release them. Those tapes have received incredible focus since Omarosa has said that she’s heard them, and Penn Jillette of “Penn & Teller” says, “I was in the room.”
President Trump has tweeted about those tapes, “@MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up. Look at her MANY recent quotes saying such wonderful and powerful things about me — a true Champion of Civil Rights — until she got fired. Omarosa had Zero credibility with the Media (they didn’t want interviews) when she worked in the White House. Now that she says bad about me, they will talk to her. Fake News!”
It’s important to note that it’s Donald Trump saying Mark Burnett called him while there has been no comment from Mark Burnett himself. Burnett produces television shows which are in production around the world and shown on multiple networks. Eventually, the focus will turn towards Burnett, the networks that air his shows and the advertisers that support them. Burnett is covering for Donald Trump’s racism which cannot stand. Although he’s a powerful Hollywood figure, so was Harvey Weinstein until he met #MeToo. Burnett won’t be willing to sacrifice his finances to protect Donald Trump. He only has to consider what Trump would do if the shoe were on the other foot.
So what will America do? Specifically that portion of America that has turned the other way when the President spoke of “grabbing women by the pussy,” mocked a disabled reporter, attacked the widow of a dead solder and a Gold-Star family. He most recently called Omarosa “a dog” and a “lowlife.” You’ve always known who Trump is. When the tapes come out, and you can no longer pretend Trump isn’t a racist. What will you do?
Some of you won’t care, Trump is exactly who you thought he was and doing things you want done. He gave you Jeff Sessions who was too racist to be a Federal Judge but fine to be Trump’s Attorney General. He has been successful to some degree in banning Muslims entering the Country and has separated Hispanic families at the border. Others will rationalize, “everyone has used the N word at one time or another, I’m sure he really meant…” Others will be “shocked’ to learn Trump uses such language. They somehow missed Trump’s entire career where his company while he was President, was sued twice by the Federal government for housing discrimination, marking rental applications with the letter “C” for colored in order to deny them. They forgot his full page ad in the New York Times advocating the death penalty for the Central Park Five who he continued to attack after they were proven innocent. They don’t remember the “Birther-In-Chief” and the lies he told to attack the first African-American President.
Then there are the rest, who overlooked all that Trump has done and clung to something they liked about him, allowing themselves to dismiss everything in his past as unproven allegations. “We like his picks for judges” or “He’s the only one that speaks for us.” If he is speaking for you, you might want to look inward? What do you do when the President does the one thing that everyone at least used to acknowledge was crossing the line? What happens when you hear the President calling someone a nigger?
When the tapes come out, and one day they will. America will be unable to hide this time and pretend they didn’t know. Every television network(sans Fox News) will play it every hour and discuss the implications. The President that only catered to a certain base will be seen in a new light, though the information was always there. Fox will offer hope that maybe the tape was altered or fake and you shouldn’t take it at face value. Surrogates will spin his words, turning into reality the process that Katrina Pierson, Omarosa Manigault Newman and Lynne Patton began.
America will no longer be able to ignore Trump’s racism or go to the “What about?” argument, substituting Hillary or Obama or anyone else to keep from talking about Trump. What about Donald Trump? Commander-in-Chief, President… racist. It will no longer be a question that can be ignored America, what are you going to do?