This was the headline I read this morning on my USA Today news feed. The poll stated that “55% of whites surveyed believe that discrimination against white people exists in the U.S. today.” It also went on to state that “of those white Americans surveyed, only a small percentage say they’ve experienced discrimination firsthand.” Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the world of Trumpism.
Want to know what Trumpsim is? Here is the definition;
A fair article is even-handed. A Trumpism fair article is one which praises Trump. The truth is that which is true. Trumpism true is whatever Trump currently wants to be true. – Urban Dictionary
Now, I have been white for all of my 56 years and I have lived in America for all of those years and to narrow it down even further I have only lived in two southern states. I have never had a boss that wasn’t white, I have had non-white co-workers. The vast majority of people who I have worked and interacted with are white. I live in a white neighborhood and until recently attended an all white church. Why? Not because I am a racist, or discriminate against people of color the answer is very simple, this is America and despite what my hopes and dreams are for diversity, it is and has been a white America. Fortunately that is changing.
That “change” is what has some white people (Deplorables) terrified hence dumb-ass poll responses like the ones above and even dumber political “leaders” like Trump, Pence, McConnell and Ryan.
I don’t doubt that there are a slim few white people who truly believe that they have been discriminated against because of the color of their skin. But I would bet you a dime to a doughnut that those same white people wouldn’t trade places for one second to experience the discrimination Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, Muslims, Women or our LGBTQ brothers and sisters just to name a few, have experienced over the last 200 plus years in this country.
I hope the reign of old white people is drawing to a close. Not only do we need a diversity of people leading this country but we need a diversity of ideas to truly #MAGA. We need to erase the lines of segregation that do still exist, drawn by all sides and enforced by a vocal few. How the majority reacts to a President hell-bent on dividing rather than bringing people together will be the stuff history books are written about fifty years from now. Do we kick Trumpism in the ass or do we let it divide us? The choice really is ours.