white liberals who minimize trump’s racism are just as toxic as racist bigots

November 14, 2016

I’m so tired of talking about this election and its obvious examples of sheer hatred. I don’t need any reminders that there are people who hate me based on my identities. I know full well that as a woman, a Black American (the descendant of African slaves), and furthermore a queer person of color, that the white right is full of people who think my existence is an affront to their survival and way of life, even if that means to the physical, emotional, financial and cultural ruin of the opposition. But the only thing that burns me up more than Trump’s outright supporters are the white liberals telling us to give Trump a chance now that he’s been elected. The piece of advice that I was given as an adolescent has run true since, and that’s to believe someone when they show you who they are. Regardless of Trump’s individual, personal beliefs, he ran on a platform of hatred and he spewed it copiously and without regard for the lives impacted in its wake. I don’t care if he’s “actually” racist, because he is now beholden to the racists who got him elected. He’s adding morally deprived men like Steve Bannon and Rudy Giuliani to his cabinet and staff. So what is my incentive to give him a chance? And why are liberals telling me to fall in line? This toxic erasure of dissenting voices and the rush to usher in Trump makes me weary of the ways of the world, and this time around we should be demanding a seat at the table, for the sake of our futures and the future of our liberation in this country. For an example of how to shut down a self-purported liberal coddling racist trolls, look no further than John Legend in this clip from Bill Maher’s show below.

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor

From Bill Maher’s show