Old Trump tweet calls the show ‘Blackish’ racist
Oh, Trump. He’s such an idiot that he can actually see into the idiot future and make statements that are prescient of idiocy to come.
At last night’s Golden Globe Awards, the fantastic Tracee Ellis Ross won the award for best actress in a TV comedy series for her role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on Blackish. Blackish, which is in its third season on ABC is hilarious, honest, and, according to Donald Trump, racist.
A tweet Trump posted about the show in 2014 resurfaced last night thanks to hero reporter David Itzkoff of the New York Times:
How is ABC Television allowed to have a show entitled “Blackish”? Can you imagine the furor of a show, “Whiteish”! Racism at highest level?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2014
There are so many things, here. First of all, yes, Donald, the title of a 2014 TV series is the worst racism has ever been. Nailed it, sir. Second, we already have a show called “Whiteish,” though you might know it by it’s working title, “Television.” Third, we know you are highly skilled in the art of racism, but you should probably save these kinds of questions for those closest to you, like the gentleman you tongue-kiss in the mirror every morning.
Of course, Twitter had some thoughts:
— Kris M. Wernowsky (@kriswernowsky) January 9, 2017
— kris (@notarealchris) January 9, 2017
— craig leslie (@craigles1144) January 9, 2017
And, naturally, there were also many who supported Trump’s position and were angered by promos for an upcoming episode of Blackish that is critical of the election:
— Jake Carlson (@TrumpStyles2016) January 9, 2017
— Matt Falk (@therealmjf1) January 7, 2017
☆ I actually agree with Trump about something! “Blackish” is as racist as you can get. But it’s okay for blacks to be racist, right?!
— Jon Doh! (@EricWil85943285) January 7, 2017
Let’s get real clear, here — saying that people who point out racism are “dividing our country” is vomitous. That is the argument of a white person who is privileged and sheltered not only from our history but from what real life is like for a person of color in today’s America. It’s white people thinking that everything is just fine so long as people of color don’t make them feel bad or declare themselves worthwhile. It’s the argument of a white person who is comfortable with the (racist) status quo and is threatened by anything that might chip away at their perceived dominance, like a TV show with an all-black cast, or a black person who says, “No, everything is not alright.”
There’s a weird dependency that white people have on black people to be complicit in their own discrimination. They rely on black people to stay safely out of their sight, even though they claim they don’t see color. Well, it’s easy to claim that you don’t see color when you truly don’t see color. It’s easy to say that racism is over when you don’t hear people of color saying otherwise. This reaction to multicultural representation and the ongoing fight for full equality is the 2000’s version of the one-drop rule: even one is one too many.
So, as always, f**k Donald Trump, and don’t ever close your eyes and ears to the realities of other people. Accept that the world might, in fact, be different for others. And be afraid — be very afraid — because if there is any justice in this world, the colors in the world will continue to wash out the whiteness on our screens.