The epitome of white privilege is calling for the firing of a person from a private company simply because you didn’t like that she made a truthful statement about you. Add being an egotistical, narcissistic bully to that privilege and you have a whole recipe for disaster. America’s “leader,” President Donald John Trump isn’t shy about tossing around his privilege or bullying people via Twitter or through others. He wears his bully badge proudly, as proudly as Sheriff David Clarke wears his flair.
On Wednesday, his proclivity to bully rubbed off on White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the podium in front of God and every body, as she called for the firing of Jemele Hill, an ESPN host who posted something that the people over at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue found a bit uncomplimentary.
I know. I know. Colossal WTF moment in American history. This moment that NO American citizen should be proud of happened because Hill posted this tweet on September 11:
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
I’ve searched high and low and I can’t find the lie.
Steve Bannon. Sebastian Gorka. Stephen Miller. Jeff Sessions. Michael Flynn. All have or had high ranking positions in the Trump Administration. Instead of draining the swamp, he gathered all of the muck covered swamp things he could find and gave them titles. You know that old saying: birds of a feather, flock together.
And before you bring up the argument that most of the aforementioned list is no longer with the administration. Let’s count some of the ways that 45 has proven to be a racist, xenophobic hate monger all by his lonesome.
The creation of the Birther Movement. His decision to repeal DACA. His obsession with the border wall between Mexico and the United States. The Muslim ban. His vitriol and disdain for The Central Park Five even after their innocence was proven. His refusal to condemn Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacy after terrorist attacks in Charlottesville, VA. Labeling Mexican immigrants rapists, drug dealers, and violent criminals. Being sued by the United States Justice department for racial discrimination, TWICE. His failure to disavow members of his racist base that campaigned for him.
I’m not the only one keeping count:
— ✊?Black Aziz aNANsi✊? (@Freeyourmindkid) September 14, 2017
And folks are mad at Jemele for commenting on what she, like the rest of us, has seen with her own eyes? I call shenanigans. My boy Keith Boykin does too:
Who Trump Has Called Racist on Twitter:
Who He Hasn't:
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 14, 2017
It appears that Trump can call anyone racist, and will, except for, you know, the people that are really racists, like himself.
Which brings me back to Jemele Hill and her fearless tweet. Hill, spoke up and said what millions of sane Americans have been saying since Trump started on his road to the White House.
Nothing about what she said/did was incorrect. Definitely nothing worth losing her job. The problem is that she said it. This country has a history of getting up in arms when Black women speak their minds. Instead of paying attention to what was said and addressing the issues behind it, the woman is called aggressive, angry, and combative. The myth of the Angry Black Woman is real as hell. It always comes out when a Black woman speaks out against whites, particularly white men in authority. A Black woman who speaks out against a powerful white man in public must be punished.
I know I’m right, because when Stan Van Gundy, head coach of the Detroit Pistons said:
“I don’t think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic,” Van Gundy said. “We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus, and I have problems with thinking this is where we are as a country.”
There were no calls for his firing during a national press conference.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr agreed with Van Gundy. Even wrote a whole statement about Trump and his awfulness that, at one point, was posted on ESPN.com! Not a peep from Trump’s people about sending him to the unemployment office.
So, if you haven’t been paying attention. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, with what I have not doubt was permission from her leader, stood in front of the whole country and called for the figurative lynching of Jemele Hill. Without blinking she called for the death of Jemele’s career. The death of her livelihood. The death of her right express her opinions without censorship or restraint.
In response, Jemele posted this tweet:
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 14, 2017
No apologies for what she said or how she said it. And she still has her job. Now that’s a strong, Black woman.
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