It was just a matter of time although it was sooner than I expected. To be fair, it was more of a suggestion, put to me as if it was for my benefit.
“ Given your hatred of America, you do have choices like just being African. It is a win-win situation for you. You will thank me once you assimilate there. For you see you are the winner by returning to Africa”
I confess I edited this quote to add a comma and hyphen because… punctuation. The person that shared this bit of advice is a regular commenter on a legal forum we both visit. He’s anonymous as are many of the cowards on the Internet who are suddenly emboldened in the Trump era.
I’m not upset about being told to go back to Africa. It’s not news there are racists out there that will say on the Internet what they wouldn’t in person. It’s the other part that equates disagreeing on policy or criticism of Donald Trump with a “hatred of America.”
I checked some of his earlier posts and saw:
“ Stop hating America or leave it. Pretty simple”
How easy it must be to justify hatred by turning everyone that disagrees with you into someone who hates his/her country. This same person wipes away facts by discrediting the source, a convenient way to not face reality.
It’s no surprise there’s racism on the Internet. What’s disappointing is that among a bunch of regulars, the ones that would take great umbrage at being considered racist. stood by and said nothing. I’ve reached the point where I’ve concluded you’re either with racists or against them. No middle ground.
This is Trump’s America. His former Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon said:
“Let them call you racist … Wear it as a badge of honor.”
Trump followers are equating racism with patriotism. The crowd in Greenville, NC that chanted, “Send her back.” After preening at the moment and disavowing them the next day. Trump came clean and called them “Patriots,” never finding a racist moment he didn’t like. And now, anyone that criticizes him is unpatriotic, and if you’re a person of color, you should leave.
I don’t know how this ends, or even if it ends. Even if Trump loses the 2020 Election, it will be hard to put the genie back in the bottle. It’s not only okay to be racist but to randomly start telling people of color to go back to their country. The President does it after all, and people of color I don’t agree with hate America. In my opinion, it shows more love of this country to stand up and say something when you see things going wrong. Attacking other Americans is what’s unpatriotic.
My anonymous friend goes by the screen name Estovir. The motto of the Agrupado Mission is “Esto Vir,” it means, “Be a man.” It asks them to follow the call of God and be a beacon of light for the world. Somehow he misunderstood God’s meaning.