How is Trump not racist
Trump and racism in the US : The killer pit in his heart
It's true: racism in the US has not only existed since George Floyd was brutally killed by four white police officers in Minneapolis. It is open and hidden, systematic and systemic. Whoever wants to see him sees him. If you don't want to see it, you don't see it.
When George Floyd died, so did others. Blacks in the United States who contract Covid-19 are 2.4 times more likely to die from the infection than whites and 2.2 times more likely than Asians and Latinos. In Washington D.C., the country's capital, around 450 people have died of the coronavirus so far. Eighty percent of them are blacks, who make up just under 50 percent of the population.
Donald Trump also became President of the United States because his propaganda against Barack Obama's healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act, caught white voters. Many of them objected to their taxpayers' money being used to improve health care for blacks and Latinos.
A bitter result
Racist motives were mixed in with the anger over the health reform from the start. To take the privileged white majority society into a community of solidarity and responsibility with all Americans was rejected as presumptuous.
Now Trump is reaping what he did not sow but fertilized well. The racism that once brought him into office is now supposed to secure his re-election. Nothing else remains for him, no other card stings. The recession and mass unemployment caused by the corona pandemic have drastically narrowed its range of topics. The result is bitter.
You can see a president walking the short walk from the White House to the “St. John's Episcopal Church "with tear gas. There he holds up a Bible and says: “We are the greatest country in the world.” You can see a president threatening to “use the military and solve the problem quickly”.
You can see a president who doesn't say a single word about racism, but who gossips to his heart's content about “local terrorists”, “criminals” and an “antifa” that he wants to classify as a terrorist organization.
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He's waiting for looting
It is no coincidence that this president keeps mentioning the second amendment to the constitution, which guarantees the right to own weapons. Because that inspires some of his followers to use their methods to ensure law and order. It is also no coincidence that this president uses every opportunity to polarize. He is waiting for a pillage so as not to have to talk about the reasons for the nationwide rebellion.
Like in a magnifying glass, Trump's racism and his phobia of a "deep state" whose representatives want to overthrow him - the FBI, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, the media - are condensing these days. Apparently he projects his own guilty conscience onto the motives of his opponents. Trump lives in a mad world from which he can no longer find his way. He no longer makes a murderous pit out of his heart, but heart and pit have long since become one.
Almost three years ago, on July 4, 2017, just in time for the national holiday on which America celebrates its independence, the broadcaster NPR decided to try something new. The declaration of independence has been read on the radio on this day for decades. Now it should be spread in 112 tweets on Twitter.
Life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness
What followed was an uprising by Trump supporters who failed to recognize the quotes. NPR had a mission, calling for revolution, spreading fake news and propaganda, it was indignant, some speculated that NPR's Twitter account had been hacked.
The United States' Declaration of Independence is an outstanding document of political philosophy and a foundation of human rights teaching. All human beings were created equal and given inalienable rights, it says in the preamble. This included life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
A right of resistance is also formulated. For when a form of government "becomes corruptible to these ends", be it "the right of the people to change or abolish it and to establish a new government". And further: If unrestricted rule is to be established, it is the right of the people, “yes their duty”, to overthrow such a government.
Barricaded in the bunker
The sometimes angry reactions to the NPR tweets are revealing. They testify to a deep-seated fear - of subversion, rebellion, resistance. That there could be a justification for this in the Declaration of Independence increases this fear.
Racism in the US has not just existed since Trump and not just since the death of George Floyd. But Trump's racism only adds to the problem. His calculation of being able to distinguish himself as a firefighter in a fire that he himself started is pure cynicism.
According to CNN, Trump is said to have barricaded himself temporarily in the White House bunker in the past few days. If so, it would be the record of his presidency in a single picture.
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