toni morrison: white fear elected donald trump

November 22, 2016

For The New Yorker, Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison penned an incredible, thought-provoking (as always) essay about America’s last attempt to preserve whiteness. This comes as no surprise in a country that has always resisted minority inclusion, the expansion of human rights, and society’s pushes for actual equality. But with the election of Donald Trump, White America’s desperation to cling to White Supremacy—no matter the cost—has become just as apparent, pathetic, and cowardly as it was 50 years ago.

“[…]but in America today, post-civil-rights legislation, white people’s conviction of their natural superiority is being lost. Rapidly lost. There are “people of color” everywhere, threatening to erase this long-understood definition of America. And what then? Another black President? A predominantly black Senate? Three black Supreme Court Justices? The threat is frightening.[…]So scary are the consequences of a collapse of white privilege that many Americans have flocked to a political platform that supports and translates violence against the defenseless as strength. These people are not so much angry as terrified, with the kind of terror that makes knees tremble,“ Morrison writes.

Read all of Toni Morrison’s essay “Making America White Again”, here.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor