Right now their are many news commentators, political strategists, and journalists scratching their heads while debating the “How?” and “Why?” of Donald Trump being the leading Republican candidate in the national polls. They are perplexed about him being in the number one spot, let alone, staying in the number one spot. Why? Because Donald Trump literally began his Presidential candidacy by unapologetically calling Mexicans, who are illegally crossing the U.S. border, rapists and murderers. There is so much talk going on about these racist comments & how his comments seem to be catapulting him in the polls.
I got a story to tell you about somethings my daddy told us along time ago that can shed some light on this Trump “head scratching” dilemma. O.k. My daddy (a Native American) grew up in the South in the early 1900’s, like 1905 & on up. In his early 30’s he spent a lot of time in New York City, gambling, bootlegging & engaging in other forms of illegalities (that will remain un-named to protect “the guilty”). Anyway… In dealing with folks…he use to tell us this, “I’ll take the white folks in the South above the white folks in the North any day.” Now, back then, when daddy told us this, I didn’t know a whole lot about lynching…racism…slavery, etc..etc…etc… but I had heard (through old folk talking) about a 14 year old black boy named Emmett Till. You see… in 1955, in Mississippi, Emmett Till was brutally beaten with one eye gouged out, shot in the head & then thrown into the Tallahatchie River for allegedly flirting with a white woman. With hearing that story… back then, I thought to myself (being in Maryland), “I don’t need to be going no farther South than I already am. They can keep it!”
Well, back then… I also knew a little bit about the North. I knew that the North had fought the South in the Civil War & that the North seemed to be (to some degree) on the side of ending slavery. So…back then, I thought that the Northern white folk probably treated black folk better than the Southern white folk. So…I said all of that to say this…It was hard for me to understand why daddy said what he said. At first, it seemed as though he had it backwards. Yeah…it seemed that way…until he explained. He went on further to say this, “I can deal with Southern white folk because if they don’t like you because your black or brown, they will tell you to your face. However, I have found that the Northern white racist tend to smile in your face…while they are stabbing you in your back. I prefer to see the knife coming.” So, in other words, while not condoning any racist behaviors, my daddy had more respect for those who were straight up about how they felt (racist or not).
My contention is that one reason a lot of people are supporting Donald Trump is because he is saying what he really feels… be it “politically correct” or not. And, he just doesn’t give a damn. He feels that he has enough money to do what he wants. So what?…if he pisses people off. Now, let me continue. Another reason people are supporting him is this. What these commentators & others are either failing to understand or pretending not to understand is that Donald Trump is saying what many people would like to say “out loud.” You see…with all of this political correctness crap being shoved down our throats, it is not “cool” to be an open racist. Let me explain. How would it look for Mrs. So & So, the President of some Women’s league to publicly state that she…too, thinks that the Mexicans who are illegally crossing the U.S. border are rapists & murderers? You see…the rule is this…you say that shit privately & have someone like “loud mouth ass” Donald Trump say it for you publicly. That’s how that ball bounces.
This is not rocket science people. This ain’t complicated if you know who you are dealing with. A devil is a devil…is a devil…all day long. This is how it goes down. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty…you have a front man do your dirty work for you. Meaning…You support his work but you stay behind the scenes. Meaning…You let “Trump” spout out the hateful, racist comments that you are too damn cowardly to say publicly yourself. You see…bottom line… you don’t have to publicly wear a KKK robe or be a card carrying member in order to sympathize with the cause.
Trump is bumping the other GOP candidates from the top spot because, while they may privately agree with Trump, they ain’t saying that shit he’s saying publicly. Why? Because they do give a damn. They care about their reputation…their job…their image….etc… They don’t have the money like Donald Trump has and that makes them have to give a damn.
And, another thing…Trump’s bumping the other GOP candidates from the top spot shows there are more racist hearts out their beating than people want to acknowledge. And, as for my daddy, while he wouldn’t condone Trump’s behavior, he too would appreciate knowing exactly where this man stands. If you want to defeat your enemy, you must first know your enemy. When the devil tried to tempt Jesus to go against our Heavenly Father, Jesus was able to beat the devil at his own game because Jesus knew his enemy. Knowing that Jesus was in human form, the devil tempted Jesus with the riches of the world by saying to him, “All these things I will give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” Jesus knew that the devil had already been kicked out of heaven because he wanted to be God. Jesus knew that the devil was not God and therefore was not suppose to be worshiped. So, Jesus responded, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Matthew 4:9-10)
Iris R. Whiting ©