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Yesterday, the President of United States told four women of color who serve in Congress that they should “go back where they came from.” (Three of those 4 women were born in the USA, by the way. Not that it matters; it’s a vicious racist comment.) One member of Congress who was not born in America happens to be Jim Himes, of Connecticut, who was born in Peru. But as Rep. Himes pointed out yesterday, “I’m a white male of European descent, so there’s no chance he’ll attack me.” True. But Trump will attack those four women of color. Because that’s the kind of shit he does. (This is, after all, the same man who accused the first African-American president of having been born in Africa.) Meanwhile, NOT ONE Republican member of Congress spoke out yesterday against Donald Trump’s racist and dangerously inflaming words. (And please don’t come back at me with the comment, “Not all Republicans are racist!” Because I will be forced to respond with Bill Maher’s line: “Not all Republicans are racist, true. But if you’re a racist, and you’re looking for a political party….”) I bring this subject up today, because once again I need to point out that most of my followers are white American women. And 52% of white American women voted for Donald Trump—a statistic that still haunts my dreams. White American women tipped the scales of the last election and put Trump into the oval office. If you are a white American woman who voted for him, please look into your soul and ask yourself why it’s ok that your president acts like this. And if you are a non-racist Republican, please give me one non-racist reason why your president might have told four women of color who serve in Congress to “go back where they came from”? Please give me a very solid reason why this is not a racist comment. I will not be able to bear it if white women pull this shit again in the next election, and vote this man into another 4 years of office because they like “a strong man” who they think might protect them. Like so many “protective strong men” throughout history, this one is a violent, unhinged menace. He endangers people. Stop defending and emboldening him with your silence and collusion.
In case you missed it, President Trump tweeted something racist yesterday…again.
“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.
Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”
He appeared to be targeting four women of color in Congress: Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
I am not surprised by Trump’s racist, xenophobic, immature tweet. It’s who he is and who he has always been. (Remember the Obama birther scandal?)
As a woman of color, I’ve been told—more times than I can count—to “go back where I came from.” I was born in New York City.
As a woman of color, I’ve been made to feel like an “other” in the very country in which I was born and raised. I’ve been called a spic. I’ve been asked, “What are you?” or asked if I’m really “black black.” I’ve been told, “Oh, I don’t see color.” (And yes, that is a racist statement.)
And as a woman of color, I’m exhausted. I’m exhausted from talking about this ignorant man-child. I’m exhausted by his lack of intelligence and class and basic human decency or compassion. I’m exhausted in my soul.
But again, not surprised.
What does surprise me (the tiniest bit—because again, I’ve been a woman of color my whole life, so racism is not a new concept for me) and continually pisses me off is that there are still people in this country who believe he’s a good man and a good president. People who sit back quietly and let him make comments like this and nod in agreement, or even worse, who try to excuse his behavior.
How much more clear does he have to be about who he is?
This morning, writer Elizabeth Gilbert addressed some of those people, namely, white American women—52 percent of whom voted for Trump. I bow in gratitude to her and her message (one that people of color have been championing for decades upon decades), and hope that everyone who reads it takes a few minutes to truly consider her questions.
“If you are a white American woman who voted for him, please look into your soul and ask yourself why it’s ok that your president acts like this. And if you are a non-racist Republican, please give me one non-racist reason why your president might have told four women of color who serve in Congress to ‘go back where they came from’?
Please give me a very solid reason why this is not a racist comment. I will not be able to bear it if white women pull this sh*t again in the next election, and vote this man into another 4 years of office because they like ‘a strong man’ who they think might protect them. Like so many ‘protective strong men’ throughout history, this one is a violent, unhinged menace. He endangers people.
Stop defending and emboldening him with your silence and collusion.”
And cheers to the three white, male, Democratic congressmen who have spoken up—clearly and boldly—in defense of their female co-workers and against Trump.
My emotionally exhausted self thanks you.
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