Chelsea Clinton Takes Major Aim At The W.H. With Monday AM Twitter Takedown

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Sometimes the most powerful shaming comes in the form of a quietly graceful act. Although it is obvious that no one has taught Donald Trump this artful way of getting a point across, Chelsea Clinton certainly has it down.

Retweeting a very powerful slam of Trump, his supporters, and all of those who bash men of color in the NFL for being too “privileged” to have ever experienced racism, Clinton opened up a massive platform to an amazing writer of color who has now stood (or knelt) in solidarity with those criticized for not being “grateful” enough to ignore the injustice perpetrated against them, their families, and anyone with brown skin.

From Monday’s issue of The New Yorker:

‘The belief endures…that visible, affluent African-American entertainers are obliged to adopt a pose of ceaseless gratitude—appreciation for the waiver that spared them the low status of so many others of their kind. Stevie Wonder began a performance in Central Park last night by taking a knee, prompting Congressman Joe Walsh to tweet that Wonder was “another ungrateful black multi-millionaire.” Ungrateful is the new uppity. Trump’s supporters, by a twenty-four-point margin, agree with the idea that most Americans have not got as much as they deserve—though they overwhelmingly withhold the right to that sentiment from African-Americans. Thus, the wonder is not the unhinged behavior of this weekend but rather that it took Trump so long to exploit a target as rich in potential racial resentment as wealthy black athletes who have the temerity to believe in the First Amendment.’

The article, and Clinton’s retweet that called attention to it, follows a tweet by the current president of the United States who attacked NFL players for having an opinion on the disproportionate number of people of color shot and killed by police in the United States every day…because how dare they?

The prevailing attitude around this debate from both Trump supporters and the current president seems to be “we’ve given you people enough, now shut up and dance for us.” This is not a new attitude, as writer Jelani Cobb points out, but a historical one used to suppress people of color who take a stand. Or a knee.

‘It’s impossible not to be struck by Trump’s selective patriotism. It drives him to curse at black football players but leaves him struggling to create false equivalence between Nazis and anti-Fascists in Charlottesville. It inspires a barely containable contempt for Muslims and immigrants but leaves him mute in the face of Russian election intervention. He cannot tolerate the dissent against literal flag-waving but screams indignation at the thought of removing monuments to the Confederacy, which attempted to revoke the authority symbolized by that same flag. He is the vector of the racial id of the class of Americans who sent death threats to Louis Armstrong, the people who necessitated the presence of a newly federalized National Guard to defend black students seeking to integrate a public school. He contains multitudes—all of them dangerously ignorant.’

The entire article is well worth a read and can be viewed here. It’s just a shame no one can ensure that Donald Trump has to pay attention to the words within.

Twitter had a vocal and heated reaction to the retweet and the article it included.

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