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A Clear and Present Danger

POSTED: October 13, 2020, 2:00 pm

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White supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017

Any thought that Donald Trump had the gravitas to rise to the occasion and serve honorably as President of the United States was eviscerated when he validated tiki torch bearing White supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. At that moment, Trump declared himself a neo-Confederate, aligned with the racist, violent, and reactionary Whiteness that has been a mortal threat to Black-skinned people since the nation’s founding. Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to the very existence of Black and Latinos in America, and if he has his way, the government of the United States will be weaponized to systemically eliminate us from this nation.

We need not keep pondering why Donald Trump will not clearly denounce White supremacy and White supremacists. He is one and sees their work as aligned with his personal values. Trump can only see Black Lives Matters protesters as violent because he sees blackness as violent and offensive to White domination. Violent White supremacists are simply ‘patriots’ in the eyes of Donald Trump, loyal Americans rightly intent with preserving the nation’s racial hierarchy.

Trump’s lack of concern over the deadly impact of COVID-19 isn’t simply because he is hostile to science and public health and medical expertise. The pandemic serves an end – the disproportionate impact on Blacks and Latinos is a measure of population reduction that counters demographic trends projecting a Black and brown majority in America by 2050. Am I suggesting genocidal intent? Absolutely. It is plainly obvious to any objective observer of events since COVID-19 took root in the United States. Trump’s lack of empathy toward the death of Herman Cain, an ally and supposed friend who contracted COVID-19 at a Trump rally, reveals the depths of Donald Trump’s disdain for Black people. Cain’s death barely registered a blip on Trump’s radar. White deaths are incidental to Donald Trump and serve as a necessary expense for his ultimate goal – building a White supremacist theocracy with Trump as the deity.

To some this may sound paranoid or delusional, but the evidence is clear. Trump’s use of Black betrayers and racism apologists like Candace Owens, ‘Rev.’ Darrell Scott, Alveda King, related to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in name only but not integrity, and buffoons Diamond and Silk is meant to muddy the waters so to speak, and present an alternative reality to the history and factual evidence of the nation’s oppression and abuse of Black and brown people. These shadows of blackness are paraded around to soothe the conscious of White racists and give comfort to their ignorance. Owens and others are no more than the house slaves who assumed some level of entitlement due to their close proximity to the slave master, who still viewed them as less than human, disposable and nothing more than an annoyance tolerated so long as the master was served and obeyed. There is a level of disgust and hate that should be reserved for these Black Trump supporters and their presence among us should be forever marked with disdain. These are the same type of race traitors who would have been ‘necklaced’ during the height of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Their names should be synonymous with those of White supremacists, their Black skin notwithstanding.

Donald Trump possesses no redeeming quality and there is no chance of redemption for this morally corrupt individual, whom I hesitate to call a ‘man.’ The 45th resident (hardly a President) is a dangerous and evil being, intent on imposing dictatorial rule over the United States. His intent is not to make ‘America great again,’ as if it ever were great, but rather to make America intentionally White again. This can be seen in his maniacal obsession with immigration and the construction of a wall along the southern border of the United States. His concern is not with illegal immigration, it is with the influx of Spanish-speaking immigrants. That same disdain is shown toward Puerto Rico, a United States territory, where Trump sees those citizens as a threat to Whiteness and therefore sees little reason to provide humanitarian aid during natural disasters on the island. Trump’s reference to Africa as ‘shithole countries’ is similarly situated in his determination to preserve Whiteness by keeping African and Caribbean immigrants out of the country.

Trump’s whitewashing of the federal judiciary is designed to reverse course on the hard fought rights gained by Blacks in the 20th century. The dismantling of the Voting Rights Act by first, the elimination of Section 5 that provided federal oversight, and the imposition of various voter suppression devices is a strategic campaign to disfranchise Black and brown people. Under Donald Trump, the Republican Party has embraced voter suppression as a campaign tool that Republicans believe will sustain their political power even when their base is dwindling. The attack on voting rights is seen in the dismantling of the nation’s postal service, the false and baseless claims of voter fraud due to mail-in balloting, efforts to impose voter identification requirements and his encouraging voter intimidation at the polls. These are all elements of a larger reductionist strategy – via immigration, COVID-19, violence, and voter suppression.

“The 45th resident (hardly a President) is a dangerous and evil being, intent on imposing dictatorial rule over the United States. His intent is not to make ‘America great again,’ as if it ever were great, but rather to make America intentionally White again.”

Donald Trump’s hatred of Barack Obama is further proof of his racial obsession as he sees his predecessor as not worthy of the adulation President Obama receives in this country and internationally. If nothing else, Trump wants to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (‘Obamacare’) because it is a historic and signature policy accomplishment of the Obama administration. Trump’s opposition to Obamacare has no basis in policy. His wrath is rooted in his despising the accomplishment of a Black president. Despite his frequent lies, Trump has no health care plan and only seeks to erase an Obama legacy. A legacy, by the way that directly impacted Black Americans, many of whom face chronic health issues and heretofore could not obtain insurance before Obamacare. Trump’s claim that he has done more for Black Americans than any president in history is the rantings of an unstable person who has a God complex and is desperate for unearned adulation.

Black Americans must understand that Donald Trump is a mortal danger. We must do all within our power to contribute to his defeat on November 3rd. Our families, our children will not survive a second Trump term in the White House. I am not trying to be alarmist, but genuinely desperate to make Black people understand what’s at stake. His handling of the COVID-19 pandemic alone should convince us that Donald Trump has evil intent but when you examine the totality of his actions, it becomes painfully obvious that the person occupying the Oval Office only seeks our elimination.

Walter Fields is Executive Editor of

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