It is actually pretty simple. Without getting overly anecdotal, and to put in very simple words, what President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday was racist.
I’m pretty comfortable in saying most of America has not experienced racism, as to the effect of it being directed at oneself. Racism is where someone is discriminated upon by someone of another race because that person thinks thinks their race is superior. It’s that racism that was directed toward four congresswomen by our president of the United States of America.
If you haven’t seen or heard, the specific tweet which inferred the congresswomen said in full, “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how…”
I could make a list of everything that’s wrong with that tweet, but I guarantee racist would be at the top of it. In so many words, the president said “go back from (where) you came” which would tell someone that they are not wanted in a free country in which they live. And from the long history of decades, centuries where American’s have heard that same phrase, it was because someone of another race thought they were superior enough to say they belong in this country more so than them.
I know when I have heard that phrase, directed at me, in general, or someone like me, the first thought that pops in my head is racist “WHITES ONLY” signs made infamous in the Jim Crow era, where the mindset of America was to treat people of color as second class citizens. While that’s what I think of, some people think worse. Some people hear more hate speech after that, some people see attacks after that, and to some that “go back to where you came from” could have been the last thing they heard before they were murdered because of their race.
Who knows what other images of racism horrified Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib when they heard that from our commander in chief. All of whom, by the way, come from America and popular cities of New York, Minneapolis, Boston and Detroit respectively. So in another inept fallacy, the president has labeled their government (his government) a complete and total catastrophe, broken and corrupt.
So here we are later in the week where President Trump is disavowing a chant of “send her back” said by thousands of supporters at a recent campaign event in North Carolina. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the same disavowal of his own comments. So can we assume he knows better? Or at least he was told better?
But then again just moments after chant the president started telling his audience to “tell them to leave”. Lesson unlearned. And if not unlearned then disingenuous after the fact.
The chant has been blasted by both sides of the aisle. Even Republican leaders and some in Trump’s own White House have spoke out against the chant. And just to be clear, several of them have called on the president urging him to disavow, clarify and apologize for the comments in the original tweet. But, clearly we aren’t getting any of that. Which makes this attitude against the chant at his rally worthless, seemingly making him stand by his initial statement of “go back to where you came from”.
It’s blatant racism. And to be honest, to not speak out against it kind of makes you complicit.