When Donald Trump made his bid to be President Of the United States of America, he immediately had a chance to denouce racism. This chance came from the opportunity to start within his own family.
Donald’s father, Fred Trump, is noted as having supposedly said, “I don’t rent to n*****s.” Fred was referring to registered nurse, Maxine Brown, a woman with brown skin and nearly perfect credit, who, in 1963 attempted to lease an apartment in the Trump-owned Wilshire.
Although Donald was a teen when this horrible and illegal act of racism occurred, he didn’t address or denounce it and similar acts when he first started his campaign. In fact, some of the only statements he made around skin color, religion, and diversity in general, were just as bigoted as his father’s alleged remark in 1963.
Therefore, when Trump failed to make an official statement about Charlottesville, then eventually said:
‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. It has been going on for a long time in our country — not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.’
It was a sickening insult to anyone who has ever experienced racism in America, and certainly a brazen show of disrespect to Civil Rights leaders who fought so hard against the systemic perils of slave and Jim Crow-era hate. The reality is that although America’s history of racism dates back to when the first settlers thought they had the inherent right to steal, kill, rape, introduce disease to, and otherwise attempt to destroy the Natives, Donald John Trump is responsible for the vile acts of hate that have taken place since he doused the nation’s wounds of racism with gasoline.
Donald Trump is responsible for Deandre Harris having been savagely beaten while onlookers yelled, “Die n****r, die.” Although Harris survived the brutal attack, the image below isn’t one that’s easily forgotten:
Trump certainly has Heather Heyer’s blood on his hands:
Sometimes the least expected have to perish before people pay attention. However, with that said, Trump’s highly charged language and failure to condemn racism while on the campaign trail, truly set the tone for the deaths of Officers Jay Cullen and Berke M. M. Bates, thus making Trump guilty for their deaths via his contributions to America’s current racist tone, as well as his lack of willingness to end it:
Deandre, Heather, Jay, Berke and others deserve to be household names and have their places in history marked with notes that Donald Trump openly blamed “many sides” for what happened to them.
Trump also deserves to be credited for other horrific acts that took place in Virginia on the fateful Saturday, two weeks ago. For example, video has now surfaced of one of the terrorists who was present, openly firing a gun into a crowd of counter-protesters. Nothing was done. Police were nearby. This is the societal climate that Trump has allowed to bubble out of control.
Video of the white supremacist firing into a crowd, is below:
Featured Image screengrab via CNN.