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Donald Trump Is Just A White Man Allowed And Encouraged To Be As White As He Wants To Be

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Even when considering the torrential stream of bullshit that drips and sprays and drips and sprays and drips and sprays from Donald Trump’s mouth, his tweets today calling for a ban of transgender people from the military were remarkable. Because there’s no fucking way he believes that even the dumbest of his supporters believe a word of his justification — which is that the medical care for transgender people is too expensive. And he knows we know it’s bullshit. (Especially since the cost of transgender medical care is so minimal that the military spends 10 times as much on freakin Viagra.) And he knows we know that he knows.

We also know that Trump likely gives zero fucks about what transgender people do, and probably thought until maybe 53 minutes ago that “transgender” was just the name of Optimus Prime’s wife. That said, Trump’s actual feelings and apathies don’t matter as much as what he actually does, and this was a clearly discriminatory act that does nothing but encourage more violence against a group of people who are already disproportionate victims of violent crime.

What Trump does give fucks about, however, is this Russia-related heat on him and his family; a fire that burns hotter every day. His tweets were a way to deflect attention off of Russia while blowing a dog whistle and throwing a dog bone at his base. It was him reminding his people of his commitment to making America great again, and everything that means. And him feeling backed into a corner, and reaching deep into his bag(s) of Whiteness and Maleness and White Maleness to throw a counterpunch. And him reminding us that this is all he is, all he’s ever been, all he’ll ever be, and all he aspires to be.

This recklessness, this shamelessness, this level of transcendent petty, this annoyance and anger with facts, this apathy with how his actions will affect vulnerable people as long as it excites his base and oranges his skin, this treatment of women and minorities (disposable) and “friends” (expendable) and the truth (erasable) — this is capital letter WHITENESS at its whitest. It’s Whiteness with unfettered access to unforeseen Whiteness rooms and hidden Whiteness portals. It’s Whiteness completely unencumbered with constraint; Whiteness encouraged to seek and find an even whiter White. Donald Trump exists as a concretized distillation of all the things the creation of Whiteness was meant to be. He’s a messy agglomeration of a thousand million trillion American Dreams; curated and congealed into a singular and sentient and terrifying reverie.

He’s the Whiteness we’ve known since there was Whiteness to be known. Which is why, for those schooled in detecting pervasive Whiteness, nothing he’s done or will do is a surprise. Still, seeing this destructive Whiteness unleashed is jarring; even for true believers, the violence of its language and the bruteness of its actions is unbelievable. The calamity it causes is unfathomable; its predilection for self-sabotage and self-destruction preposterous; its intentional obliviousness singular and total. And if we do not stop it, if we can’t at least find a way to stem its damage and cauterize the wounds it inflicts, it will kill us all.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • “a singular and sentient and terrifying reverie”

    NICE!

  • Mark M

    White Unchained! Do every conceivable thing that comes from your darkest side and get rewarded. Have no apparent sense of shame and get adulation. Treat people with the utmost disrespect and be treated with deference. Lie as if it won’t matter b/c the world will end tomorrow and have others believe you. Steal from someone and laugh at them as you are doing it.

    I don’t think I want to be that person. Total power corrupts totally. We’ve seen it from the first row for about four centuries.

    The question for me is whether vengeance has its place in such a situation. It’s against my DNA, but I cannot help but think that vengeance is a moral option. Maybe that’s partly why they can’t stop.

  • Yvonne

    He’s Optic White.

    • “M”

      You just ruined my toothpaste.

  • Ms.Moon

    You tell no lies here. Republicans cannot get over how well liked Obama was, how well received he was overseas and it burns Twitler that Obama is still well loved and well received no matter where he goes. 45’s actions and the enabling from the Senate and the House is white privilege at it’s finest. These people are willing to excuse all Trump’s many, many, many ties to Russia, Russian interests, and Russian money to stick it to poor people, people of color and try to move forward on their regressive agenda of making anybody not rich a serf.

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  • Iron Sheik

    I RESPECT WHOEVER IS PRESIDENT

    • Marceline

      I respect people who know the right way to use caps lock.

      • Iron Sheik

        GOOD FOR YOU

      • cedriclathan

        Ahhh. One blocked kick clears the air.

    • Kirk Nurse

      why???

      • Iron Sheik

        BECAUSE THEY REPRESENT OUR COUNTRY. NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE THEY WERE VOTED TO LEAD. I MAY NOT LIKE THEM BUT BECAUSE OF THAT I RESPECT THEM.

  • Alessandro De Medici

    Trump is pretty much two characters combined from two bad Chris Rock movies:

    The rich white guy from “Down To Earth” before he dies and Chris in Head of State.

    • SororSalsa

      Except Cheeto’s state dinners won’t be nearly as lit.

  • Hugh Akston

    “This recklessness, this shamelessness, this level of transcendent petty, this annoyance and anger with facts, this apathy with how his actions will affect vulnerable people as long as it excites his base and oranges his skin, this treatment of women and minorities (disposable) and “friends” (expendable) and the truth (erasable) — this is capital letter WHITENESS at its whitest. ”

    We need a brotha to take this up…who can bring the same level of blackness…who y’all got?

    I vote for Damon lol

    • Tam

      Why do you want them to kill Damon?

      • Hugh Akston

        Someone gotta do it for the team lol

        Bring back memories of the Chapelle show lol

        • Tam

          Lol. Since you have nothing to lose , why don’t you volunteer? How are you today? How is your pickney?

          • Hugh Akston

            I’m good brushing on my Spanish lol

            Yourself?

            lil man is cool have to update my pic lol such a weird

            • Tam

              Ahh. Gets yourself a senorita and it shall be easy. Lol. I am good, i have to find my glasses and actually wear them.

              • Hugh Akston

                Lol what happened to them?

                But I’m cool i learn best by myself lol

                • Tam

                  Nothing, I usually do not wear them until my eyes start protesting. I think they are somewhere the hand bag I took to work today ( outside of the case). I am supposed to wear them all the time, but I tell myself I am training my eyes to manage without them. So how are you going to converse if you speak to your self. NWT can help you improve, ijs

                  • grownandsexy2

                    ” I am supposed to wear them all the time, but I tell myself I am training my eyes to manage without them.”

                    Don’t do it Tam, they’ll get worse.

                  • cedriclathan

                    No, you’re training your eyes to blink when you run into stuff. Wear them glasses. Get some you really like. Splurge. Treat yourself to a real nice pair.

                    • Tam

                      I shall.

                  • Hugh Akston

                    Lol

                    How many bags you have? Why do ladies have so many? Whereas guys have one wallet that can last them decades lmao

                    Do wear your glasses Tam Tam

                    • Tam

                      Hey Morning, you need to switch up but to tell the truth I have been using the same one the past month. We need different ones because they are accessories and help to pop the outfit. This morning as I was leaving the house, I could have sworn I threw them in my bag yesterday, when I got to work and started to dig for them, because the eyes have started to protest, the only thing I found was my sunglasses. Sigh.

                    • Hugh Akston

                      Must have been a different bag lol

                    • Tam

                      I have not. I just assumed it was in there. Lol. You good?

  • Alessandro De Medici
    • Love Heals

      Wow.

    • Hugh Akston

      Before that I think the first thing that might start happening is a few journalists are going to resign because some dirty laundry comes to light or are leaked from somewhere

  • Tam
    • Val
    • grownandsexy2

      SMH. He ain’t exactly light-skinned so what does that say about how he feels about himself? And his momma, who was dark-skin as are his daughters?

      • Tam

        What is he needs is an introduction to Kylie or Kendal Jenner. Kris and the rest of the clan will soon sort him out.

        • grownandsexy2

          BM like him are depressing and generally, they’re almost always dark-skinned with dark mothers. I grew up with a few. One who is at least honest about it and will tell you that he didn’t want no dark-skinned, nappy headed kids. He was dark and so was his momma. Then the other who was and still is in denial – dark-skinned himself with a mother the color of Lupita.

    • Janelle Doe

      Self- hate is sad to behold in action.
      Glad Lupita didn’t eem blink at his comments #melaninillustrated #blackgirlmagic #darkskingirldreamsarevalid

  • Damon just preached a Word in Zion!

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