“How do we know the Trump administration is racist? well, they’re all white – and if this had been a white student murdered by a black student or immigrant student in what appears to be a racially-motivated hate crime, they’d have plenty say about it.”
—-A Facebook friend who works at Bowie State, exploiting the tragic death of a black student there at the hands of a white student from the University of Maryland, to attack President Trump in a post on his page.
How hysterical, unfair and unethical is this statement? Let’s see:
1.The administration is not all-white. Even if it was, that would not prove it was racist, except in the warped logic of progressives and social justice warriors. People like my friend know Trump is racist because that’s the narrative, and they just decided that he was, mostly by designating as racist comments that were not, and using race-baiting as substitute for substantive arguments to support their irresponsible love of illegal immigration.
2. The assertion that simply by being white, one must be racist is itself a racist statement. (My friend is white, but this is virtue -signalling on the Left. Denigrate men, whites and conservatives, and that means you are good.)
Addendum: a commenter on the post who had the bad manners to point out that “we know they are racist because they are all white” was a questionable assertion saw his comment immediately deleted.
2. “We know you are racist because we are sure what you would do, though you have never done it.” This kind of reasoning from a faculty member is what Bowie students pay tuition for.
3. In fact, earlier this month a black student attacked and stabbed FOUR white students in Austin, Texas.
The President had no comments, though it was unquestionably a “racially-motivated” crime. Never mind though, you know he wanted to say plenty.
4. Presidents should have nothing to say about such incidents. They are local, they are single events, they don’t prove anything, and their comments can undermine the justice system and inflame public opinion. President Obama never learned that, repeatedly making inappropriate comments about events that were none of his business, often exacerbating racial tensions, as in his uninformed, slanted statement about the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman tragedy. Obama also did exactly what my Facebook friend suggest is racist. He never commented on incidents where whites were the victims, as when Francisco Sanchez, a repeatedly deported Illegal immigrant, shot and killed 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in 2015. Does that prove Obama was a racist? Of course not! When you are in the grip of irrational Trump paranoia and hate, these standards only apply to this President, not the previous one.
5. My friend’s statement promotes hatred, anger and fear, and fills the echo chamber hyper-partisan misinformation and false narratives. It is as much “hate speech,” indeed more, than anything Richard Spencer could say. The hate is just directed at the President of the United States.
Naturally, the post received many likes.” My friend is, as I noted, a nice guy and a smart man, which makes his post even more disturbing. I considered rebutting him on his page; I even considered putting this post there. He works at the site of the school where the victim was enrolled, though, and I’m sure he is distraught; he doesn’t need me going into ethicist attack mode on him now.
Nevertheless, this and posts like it, appearing every day on social media, weaken and divide the country and incrementally replace rational thought with raw emotion, bigotry and stupidity.
It is wrong, that’s all. Terribly wrong.