Commentators are saying Trump won by stoking fear and anger...fear of immigrants, fear of Muslims, fear of terrorists etc. "He is an anti-immigrant President." "He's a nativist." Sugar coat, sugar coat, sugar coat. Nice how they down play the reality, how they don't describe him as what he is. The man is a racist. The man is a bigot. The man is a narcissist. A sexual predator. A pathological liar. Money and power...what nourishes him. The unfortunate truth is that Trump represents the overwhelming or the majority culture of the United States. While there are many positive aspects of the American culture, the culture in America propagates and perpetuates hate. The culture propagates and perpetuates racism. The culture propagates and perpetuates sexism. You and I know it's apparent. Just look at all the TV shows, comedy shows, advertisements, movies, look at the mainstream news channels, look at the professors at universities, look on your job. It's everywhere. How many people with physical disabilities do you have working at your place of employment? More often than not, they are excluded from mainstream environments. US culture, a culture that pokes fun of the disadvantaged. It's a far stretch but it could be said Trump is a product of his culture. Everybody's talking about how disgusting Trump's comment captured on tape is and on the same token how unfathomable it is that he has as many supporters as he does and that so many people voted for him particularly women. While by no means do I condone what Trump said, it's very likely that many of the people who criticize him for having said what he said, buy music and listen to music with songs that have lyrics that are comparable to what he said if not worse. The truth is that a significant aspect of the US culture, the hypersexualized component of it to a large extent encourages sexual assault and condones it. A culture where telling lies is the norm and being honest is strange. A culture where liars are the winners and truth-tellers are the losers. Donald Trump or shall I say President-Elect Trump is no different from the part of the American culture that has a great influence on it's citizens and one in which people in the United States live in, is surrounded by and is subjected to everyday. How can we as citizens of the U.S. have expectations of our leaders when we don't impose these same expectations on our country's culture and these same expectations on ourselves.
I believe one way Trump goes against the culture is the way he speaks his opinions whatever they are regardless of who he offends. Not typical of the mainstream American culture and one big reason why he is so shocking to it and has attracted many who believe as he does but keep their feelings and opinions in the closet. They see him as brave and like his "reckless" style. It's also a style that has caused such an uproar.
Like Donald Trump, the reality is many people in this country are racists. They have hatred for Islam and for Muslims. They have hatred for blacks. They have hatred for immigrants. They hate Latinos. They hate women and their advancement. They see certain human beings and groups of people as inferior to them. And for many Donald Trump is their great white hope. That's a major reason he has the support he does! White America is scared it's losing it's country... Yes the country that isn't theirs. A country that was stolen by those who supposedly found it. A land where its original people were exterminated, massive numbers of its natives put on reservations, and members of families and tribes separated from each other and not to mention very likely some of my native American Indian forefathers and foremothers on both sides as well as so many others' blood relatives. A rich and vibrant culture destroyed. When will white America stop thinking it owns lands and people? When will white America stop destroying others and what people have for its own benefit?
to be continued...