Donald Trump, the History of White Supremacy, White Superiority, and Anti-Blackness in White America
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The reason that a narcissistic sociopath was able to become President of the United States, is because the culture of the United States of America (a culture built on narcissistic, sociopathic, and psychopathic cultural tenets; a continuance of European Anglo Saxon (White) colonialism during the 17th & 18th centuries) are based on these cultural tenets.
Donald Trump represents the psycho-social characteristics and qualities of most White men, and most White people in the United States of America. He has amassed his highest popularity and liability yet, because he has been able to energize White people by amplifying their true attitudes, nature, beliefs, and value system. This nature and attitudinal characteristics can be observed through the perspectives that many of our White American leaders have shared throughout history:
“You have to face the facts. The whole problem is really the Black people. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this without appearing to.”
Richard Nixon, April 28th, 1969
“The white men of the South were aroused by the mere instinct of self-preservation to rid themselves, by fair means or foul, of the intolerable burden of governments sustained by the votes of ignorant negroes and conducted in the interest of adventurers.”
President Woodrow Wilson, 1915
“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”
Abraham Lincoln, September 18th, 1858
“If blacks were given the right to vote, that “would place every splay-footed, bandy-shanked, hump-backed, thick-lipped, flat-nosed, woolly-headed, ebon-colored negro in the country upon an equality with the poor white man.”
President Andrew Johnson, 1841
“I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind.” (1781)
“I know no error more consuming to an estate than that of stocking farms with men almost exclusively. I consider a woman who brings a child every two years as more profitable than the best man on the farm. What she produces is an addition to the capital, while his labors disappear in mere consumption.” (1820)
President Thomas Jefferson, 1781/1820
Many progressive White people profess openly that they see themselves in a different light, compared to Donald Trump, many of the White extremists, and White supremacist moderate "conservatives" that he represents. Most will deny any overtly harsh racist attitudes and beliefs about and towards Black people, as conveyed through the examples of perspectives shared by American presidents throughout the evolution of the United States of America. However, most Black people that I know and have spoken to, see Trump as a pronounced contemporary display of White arrogance, following the tune and tone of America's true value and belief systems of White Supremacy and Antiblackness. The only difference between a Donald Trump-type and progressive White people, is that Trump openly admit his comfort in White supremacy, White superiority, and antiblackness. He doubles down and is not afraid to admit to the truth of this country's legal, economic, cultural, political, and institutional nature.
Covert, less conspicuous forms of White supremacy and antiblackness are acceptable amongst most White progressives, you see. Discretionary racism provides progressive White people the ability to claim ignorance, and/or opportunities to not stare the problem in the face or address it. It allows progressive White people to continue living and thriving in Whiteness and White supremacy without any self-reflection and/or disruption to their White comfort. Robin Di Angelo discusses these dynamics in her books White Fragility and Nice Racism.
We must continue to interrogate and critique the utter depravity of Whiteness and Anti Blackness.
Please consider reading The 400-Year Holocaust: White America's Legal, Psychopathic, and Sociopathic Black Genocide - and the Revolt Against Critical Race Theory, as a first and/or next step (if you have not already).