Yes, Call Donald Trump a Racist

I’m the kind of person who tries not to reach overly simplistic conclusions. I try to recognize nuance and not get caught up in lobbing unsubstantiated accusations. But sometimes we must call something exactly what it is in order to deal with it. And Donald Trump, as a New York Times op-ed says, is a racist. Always has been.

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Donald Trump has been obsessed with race for the entire time he has been a public figure. He had a history of making racist comments as a New York real-estate developer in the 1970s and ‘80s. More recently, his political rise was built on promulgating the lie that the nation’s first black president was born in Kenya. He then launched his campaign with a speech describing Mexicans as rapists.

The media often falls back on euphemisms when describing Trump’s comments about race: racially loaded, racially charged, racially tinged, racially sensitive. And Trump himself has claimed that he is “the least racist person.” But here’s the truth: Donald Trump is a racist. He talks about and treats people differently based on their race. He has done so for years, and he is still doing so.

The column goes on to cite example after example after example of Trump saying and doing racist things. Now is not the time for euphemism, nor is it the time for playing nice. We must look at the reality of our present situation with clear eyes and admit that we elected a racist to the highest office in the land. And then we must ask what this says about us as a country. There is no good answer to that question. It’s troubling no matter how you answer it.

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