People have been accusing me of being a racist ever since I voted for Trump. I voted for him because he’s a businessman who can help improve our economy, create jobs, keep our borders safe from terrorists and people who enter our country illegally and take jobs from Americans. What does any of that have to do with being a racist? I am so sick and tired of being judged based on how I voted. This is so unfair! He’s our president. What do I have to do to prove I am not a racist?
-Not a racist!
Dear Not a Racist:
No one can know what’s in your heart. Voting for Trump in and of itself is not a racist act. However, perception is 90 percent of reality.
Okay look, racism doesn’t “necessarily” imply hatred. Racism can be subtle; for instance, complimenting a black person for being articulate, or an ethnic looking person for speaking English well is racism! The reason it’s racism is because it demonstrates an expectation of the opposite. Imagine being complimented for not being a cross burner. Insulting, right?
These are sensitive times, filled with fear. The killing of Heather Heyer sounded an alarm that openly bigoted fanaticism is a part of our landscape. We have struck a Faustian bargain on the promise of jobs, safe borders, and removal of terrorists. But at what costs?
Endorsement of Trump by white supremacists and racists are grabbing headlines. Inflammatory tweets and offensive comments have divided Americans. Supporters of Trump have cast aspersions on their character by association. You’re right it isn’t fair, neither is racism. Both are divisive.
In answer to “What can I do to prove I’m not a racist?”; I say accept and acknowledge it. Think of it as a twelve-step program, the first step is admitting that there is racism. Listen to the racism within you. As the song from Avenue Q says, “Everyone’s a bit racist.” It’s true.
Once we take the opportunity to recognize racism we’re able to fight and speak out against it. I commend you for being concerned about how you’re being perceived and wanting to disassociate yourself. I hope you’ll be able to make a difference in the fight against the negativity and hatred of racism.
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