During yesterday’s GOP Debate (Dec. 15) comedian W. Kamau Bell proposed and created the hashtag #WhitesAgainstTrump as a way of calling white people to stand up against the bigotry (and outright idiocy) that Trump spews.
Donald Trump isn’t a Republican issue or a rich people issue or a human issue. Donald Trump is a white people issue. Whenever Ben Carson says batshit crazy nonsense, Black people rise up, and let him know that he needs to STFU. Whenever Raven-Symone pops off, we put her cap back on. We even handled Rachel Dolezal for you. Yes, we also make jokes and come up with clever memes and hashtags, but at the core of all that is that we are letting these people know that they are embarrassing us as Black people. It is time, white people, for you to finally step up and recognize that you also (even more so) have a responsibility to your race. It is up to you to silence Donald Trump. Don’t just insult him and make fun of him. You have to connect it to your race, Recognize that he is embarrassing you as a white person. Simple snark won’t win here. You have to feel it. You have to use words like “as a white person” and “he is an embarrassment to my race.” Stop acting like Trump isn’t the pinnacle and the result of America’s history and tradition of white supremacy. And again, I don’t care if you had no plans to vote for Trump or anybody, if you are white, he is your problem above all else. Simply put, white people, come get your boy.
At first I was conflicted but after thinking about it for a few minutes I decided Bell is right and white people do need to go get their boy.
If there is one thing the media has show in the past few years with the numerous mass killings that take place across the country it’s that: if the killer was black then the whole race is to blame; if the killer was Muslim then the entire religion is at fault; however, if the killer is white then he was just a misunderstood loner with a history of mental illness. The same rhetoric applies here, as Bell points out with his comparisons to Ben Carson, Raven-Symone, and (unfortunately) Rachael Dolezal. Trump’s whiteness allows him to operate as a solitary figure whose actions and bigotry is excused as an isolated case (which it clearly isn’t considering he’s leading the GOP polls). Despite political affiliation, there needs to be a push back against the hate that comes from Trump’s mouth and the best people to do that are white Americans (and to be quite honest, I’m not sure he would listen unless it came from someone who looks like him).