MUHAMMAD: Trump’s Influence is Far and Wide

President Donald Trump (Courtesy of Trump via Facebook)
President Donald Trump (Courtesy of Trump via Facebook)

To say that a soulless, godless force has taken root in the White House is no exaggeration. But what is worse is that there are so many people who would be just like The Donald if they had the chance.

Some of them express themselves in petty ways, like the Oakland, California, woman known as #BBQBecky. She called the police to complain about a Black family barbecue being held in a park. The latest character to emerge is known as #PermitPatty because she was seen cowering behind a wall apparently calling the police to complain that an 8-year-old was selling water in her neighborhood without a permit.

The child claims she was raising money for a trip to Disneyland. The woman claims she was making too much noise.

Until Donald Trump emerged, such behavior had been reserved for U.S. citizens traveling abroad — the so-called “Ugly American” who thinks the whole world should be his/her clam. But now, they are unloading their attacks right here at home — Starbucks, Waffle House, anywhere a Black person, or even a Spanish-speaking person, shows up, there’s a possible White antagonist who will try to give the non-White folks the blues.

White folks feel like they’ve got it going on like that, now that The Trumpster is in office. They warn folks to “get out of my country” and such, as though this land had been bequeathed to them by some John Wayne Caucasian Lord. They complain that America is “not White enough,” and that there must be rallies held to defend “White civil rights.” One is set for D.C.’s Lafayette Square on the anniversary of the deadly “Unite the Right” White supremacist rally in Charlottesville, North Carolina, in August which left a woman dead after a Nazi supporter drove his car into a crowd of pedestrians at high speed.

One of my favorite poems by the world-renowned Last Poets sums up the White attitude toward everyone else on the planet: “I don’t know what in the hell I’m gonna do any more/Not from this day to the next/Cause the White man’s got a god complex.” A “god complex.” That just about sums it up. Thanks Trump. You’ve made White people think they’re not just “Great Again,” but are in fact “God again.”

Trump’s family members and appointees stomp around the place abusing every privilege of their office. From first-class airfare to exceeding every conceivable budget constraint to sirens for motorcades so they can rush to pick up their laundry, these guys and gals are way beyond being way out of control, and their constituents are beginning to behave just like the bosses.

The sad thing is that even as they turn their backs on their friends and allies, politically urinating on their shoes, then telling their so-called friends their shoes are wet because it’s raining; even as they perpetrate these absurdities, the Trumpistas, are provoking and instigating conflicts all over the place, as though there will never be a day when they won’t need the goodwill or assistance of those now-offended allies.

Never mind that Caucasians everywhere on earth, and especially here in the United States, are dying faster than they are reproducing, while at the same time the Black and Latino populations in this country are increasing. White think that their “shock and awe” weapons arsenal will vanquish any potential enemy in a matter of hours, so the military will only need video-game-savvy children who can operate drones and war games, in order to prevail in a military conflict. Wrong. The bloody fight has continued for 17 years without letup in Afghanistan!

There will certainly come a time when these White Americans will need Black and brown recruits for the military. Recruits I hope will say to the White mothers like those who call the police on Black Starbucks, or Waffle House, or lemonade-selling children, will tell those White mamas: “Get your own privileged sons to fight the wars that you want to benefit only your lily-White tribe.”

How can you expect folks who’ve been dumped on by these xenophobes, to then turn around and rush in with blood and treasure to the rescue of the clearly ungrateful White Americans? You can’t expect them, and they probably will turn a deaf ear, just like The Donald and all his acolytes are turning to the world’s needy today.

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About Askia Muhammad 106 Articles
WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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