by G. Brown
As news anchors, analysts and sycophants continue to try and dissect, flip and spin the narrative surrounding last weekend’s massacres in El Paso and Dayton, the more we tune in to news broadcasts the more evasive the truth about really happened seems to become.
As politicians like Beto O’Rourke call out the President for his racist rhetoric that he says was the precursor to these domestic acts of terrorism, his defenders blame violent video games, mental illness, and illegal immigrants even though both shooters were young White American males.
Now a new tactic to quell the angry cries that Trump is racist and fueling followers to massacres—racism doesn’t exist.
Actor and dad of Angela Jolie Jon Voight released a video yesterday declaring that “racism was solved long ago” before Whitesplaining that Blacks should get over wounds of slavery while Holocaust victims should legitimately still have wounds.
FOX News’ Tucker Carlson did him one better denying White supremacy even exists and calling the entire notion a “hoax created by the media and the left.” (HuffPost)
Both sides are off the rails in spewing hatred and lies. Where’s the voice of reason? In all the crazy talk that’s littering TV and social media, one Black man agrees that Trump isn’t the problem.
Eddie Glaude is a Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, an author, a news commentator, and a Black man living in America.
While others are screaming the sky is falling, Glaude took three minutes to sum up how this vitriolic, ugly racism isn’t Trump’s fault…it is America’s. You have to hear this…
Glaude says America is not unique in its evils or sins, but we are unique in our failure to acknowledge them. It’s what we saw with Carlson and Voight going to insane extremes to deny that racism and White supremacy even exist. Many Americans would rather hide, conceal, cover the truth with lies and propaganda so we continue to bask in the myths of America the beautiful, the good, the melting pot.
The men who pulled the trigger in Dayton and El Paso weren’t there to protect Americans…they were there to protect and preserve a country where White men have been the majority rule. As culture shifts and minorities threaten to become the new majority, that anxiety can be the catalyst behind their bloodshed. Mental illness, video games can all be contributing factors, but the main factor here is what makes so many people gravitate to Trump–that sense of where do we belong in a changing world.
Minorities have been the outliers for so long, they learn how to survive and cope in a system that enslaved them, denounces them, berates them, shuns them. But White males are new to this experience and so they strike out in madness that makes headlines of massacres and carnage.
Glaude eloquently summed up what is an absolute truth. Trump didn’t create this problem, but he is stoking the fires of racism that already exists.
Listen to Glaude’s commentary and tell us what you think. Is he spot on in summing up America’s racism? Do you think Glaude is wrong and Trump is to blame for the surging wave of White supremacy? Or do you think both perspectives are parts of the same truth?