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Donald Trump’s Nomination Acceptance Speech Scared The Shit Out My Wife

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About an hour after Donald Trump ended his speech Thursday night, I looked over at my wife. The look of disbelief was still on her face. It was a look I had not seen since the jury declared George Zimmerman not guilty a few years ago.  

Asking the obvious question, she gave me a response I will likely not forget soon. She thought she had been placed squarely in the center of an Octavia Butler novel.

“It was like one of my dystopian novels come to life. I’m not exaggerating,” she said.

Pundits on social media and television Thursday night quipped that the speech was arguably the most negative acceptance address in modern U.S. history. That’s an understatement. I’m sure many people who watched last night thought that, if they looked directly into Trump’s depiction of America, they could possibly turn into stone.

But the tone of the speech is not the reason that my wife, or Van Jones and Ann Navarro of CNN were left so disturbed by the speech. It was because, in Trump’s representation of America, the reason this nation is not great anymore rests squarely on the shoulders of people of color. And his speech was nearly universal in its attacks on folks with melanin.

While he dived into other topics, Trump spent the vast majority of his speech explaining why “real” America should be terrified by the racial other. Latinos were hunting them domestically, and Muslims hunting them internationally. African Americans – or “the blacks” in Trump language – are killing each other at historic rates in American cities. For good measure, he also let Americans know that the Chinese were ripping off the American economy.

But “real” America didn’t have to worry much longer. Trump, the law-and-order candidate, would reign in each of these populations swiftly, as soon as he entered office.

Maybe that’s not the speech the “real” America heard Thursday night. But for many people of color in America, individuals who watched last night, this is exactly the speech we heard. Many of us were hoping to hear anything that would lead us to think that Trump’s racism and xenophobia were acts. Instead, we found out, to quote the late, great Dennis Green, that Donald Trump is who we thought he was. And we were left without a single grain of shit left in our bodies.

Why? Because this is no longer funny. It’s no longer a joke. Donald Trump, who rose to power by tapping into White rage, doubled-down on the rage in his acceptance speech. If he wins, his address left us with no other conclusion that such rage would dictate actual policy decisions in this nation.

And the potential nightmare is only a few months – and percentage points – away from reality.

Speaking of nightmares, when my wife woke up the next morning, the same expression from the night before was still on her face.

“I’m still disturbed,” she said.

We all should be.  

Dr. Letrell Crittenden

Dr. Letrell Crittenden is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Robert Morris University, and a board member of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation. He studies and writes on issues related to diversity and inclusion with the media industry, and community journalism.

  • Other_guy13
    • Question

      What was amazing to me was just how empty it was. He stood up there for 76 minutes and said a lot of nothing. Do you know what kind of feat that is? To stand up for over an hour, talking non-stop and say NOTHING?

      • Other_guy13

        It’s pretty impressive…all I learned is that the world is going to end if we don’t elect him, he alone can stop the apocalypse, he is going to build a wall, Hillary should be in jail, and something about loving us all but he failed to mention America.

        • Blueberry01

          …and saying “Law & Order” then pausing with his lips persed and eyes squinted…

      • Blueberry01

        Like I was legit waiting for him to unveil his plan on how bring equality and bring us back as a nation, but EVERY time that I got my hopes up, he would say some catch phrase and do the Michael Jackson pause/wait for audience to cheer.

  • DBoySlim

    I hate to say it but Trump is going to be our next president. He embodies the American attitude to a T. Ignorant of the world, politics and finance. Our country is a young child compared to many others and we act like it.

    • Proverbs31WIFE!

      Will NOT be surprised if he becomes the President.

    • Other_guy13

      I just hope at this point there are more of us than them at this point. I blame Bernie Sanders at this point.

      • DBoySlim

        I blame the DNC. They sabotaged his campaign.

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          Yup, the dnc chair just resigned. And then immediately rehired by Hillary

          • Cleojonz

            Yeah, this doesn’t seem suspicious AT ALL. SMH.

          • Can you provide a link to Hillary rehiring her? Because all I’ve seen is Debbie saying she’ll campaign for Clinton.

          • Question

            Which was dumb. So dumb.

            • L8Comer

              They missed a opportunity with that. They didn’t select a progressive vp that would quell the dissatisfacfion of the Bernie supporters bc they were going after the white male Christian vote. Okay. but they could’ve at least thrown them a bone by immediately making a statement saying they emphatically disagreed with Debbie’s actions, that’s not what the party is about, and shown us that to be true by having her go quietly. Instead she’s making a spectacle of herself and the party by giving speeches which everyone knew would be met by boos. I really think she has something on Hillary.

              • Jacqueline

                No – the woman just has done her job. President Obama was elected and re-elected in part due to her hard work. You do not throw out the baby with the bath water.

                I do, however, think that she should not speak at the convention. But I am going to need these immature Bernie Sanders supporters to have a seat and grow up.

                • L8Comer

                  She didn’t do her job. She was supposed to be impartial. It’s clear she wasn’t.

            • Val

              Arrogance leads to doing dumb things.

              • Question

                Or dirt. I think its dirt.

          • StellaOliver

            And that is privilege right there coupled with lack of self-awareness (okay that might be redundant). Who are Hilary’s advisors, a bunch of bobble heads?

          • Kas

            You are joking right?

          • LuLu ORange

            She wasn’t hired by Clinton. DWS is running for reelection in FL, so they will no doubt campaign together. There’s a reason right-wing news outlets are the only ones circulating this false rumor.

          • Nik White

            Flag on the play! How does that work? For real doe!

        • Other_guy13

          True but at this point he hurt himself when he just wouldn’t get out of the race after he had no chance to win anymore. They were going to end it for him because he was causing more harm than good.

          • DBoySlim

            He had to stay in. That’s how he got some of his ideas on the Democratic platform. Honestly, he should have ran as an Independent.

            • Other_guy13

              And split the vote and Trump just walks right in? .

              • DBoySlim

                That’s always the argument and we usually get the worst person anyway.

        • Crawford

          Did they? I know the e-mails had plans, but did they ever go through with it?
          And when you take in that Politico article( http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/bernie-sanders-campaign-last-days-224041) from people inside the campaign, it becomes more complicated.
          Does this mean they were right? No. Does it prove they sabotaged his campaign? Not really. It shows a disdain for him and his campaign, but nothing to suggest they actually followed through on their plans. What does need to happen is they need to establish neutrality again in the DNC.

          • Jacqueline

            Agreed. Bernie Sanders was a pain in their behind, but they knew they were going to have to let it play out and they did.

        • Val
          • L8Comer

            Smh. I just don’t get it. People already don’t trust Hilary. She has a credibility problem. How is keeping this woman on her campaign combatting that issue AT ALL?! If people were inching towards Hilary just to get away from Trump, this was like taking two big steps back

            • Val

              Like I said, L8, it’s arrogance. Hillary is a horrible candidate partly because of her arrogance. She believes she’s destined to be President.

              Or she’s just very, very dumb and has very, very dumb advisors. Lol

              • L8Comer

                You must be right, it’s arrogance. Her arrogance is blinding. She has too much faith in the American people (who voted Bush in twice) and too limited an understanding of how much people dislike her.

              • Ani-Q

                Yep. Hillary has always thought the presidency was hers. Remember how she behaved when she ran against Obama? Never understood why she thinks that.

                • Jacqueline

                  I understand. If you know how long this women has been fighting and in the trenches, then you would understand.

                  President Obama’s ascent was a shock and the Clinton’s lost their cool, ( I supported President Obama in 2008 and 2012 because I was familiar with him in Chicago) however, that really does not tell the whole story.

                  She is no different than any other man who grew up wanting to be President of the United States, and considering there was no way that Bill Clinton would have become president (or Governor, for that fact) without Hillary; well she has earned her bones.

                • Janelle Doe

                  That yellow pant suit and the think of the children speech after he won Iowa? That’s on a greatest hits POTUS documentary from ’08 I am sure ..

        • Jacqueline

          Sorry brotha but this narrative….the DNC did not sabotage his campaign. If Bernie Sanders wanted DNC money then Bernie Sanders should have spent the last 20 years raising money for the DNC instead of just “caucusing” with the Democrats.

          He is not a Democrat, he is an independent who decided to carpet bag the democratic party, when anyone with common sense should have known that Hillary Clinton was going to be our nominee.

          I appreciate most of his ideals and his role in bringing certain topics to the forefront, but I am a little tired of his playing the victim.

          • Kas

            Speak on it.

            • Jacqueline

              I try. LOL

          • LuLu ORange

            Exactly!! You don’t get to attack a party, then join it when it’s convenient and expect the red carpet treatment. And the fact that he’s reluctant to fully endorse Clinton is further prove that he doesn’t give a hoot about democrats. Now he’s forcing a party he clearly loathes to adopt his pipe-dreams.

            • Jacqueline

              You said it all!! I hope that he calls on his better angels in his speech tonight, because we do not have time for his nonsense.

          • #facts

        • LuLu ORange

          The DNC supported Clinton because she’s a democrat and Bernie is an independent who conveniently switched sides to run for president. And now Bernie is shocked (!) he wasn’t welcomed with open arms after attacking them for years. Shocking (!)

      • HouseOfBonnets

        Nah Bern did a lot but this isn’t on him, Hillary been problematic.

        • Other_guy13

          Agreed it’s not all on him but it could have been avoided. To me it got to a point where he should have just endorsed her and fought the good fight another day.

          • HouseOfBonnets

            True but Clinton’s entire campaign would still be problematic without Bernie running. I had my reservations about both but the levels of pandering she’s doing in addition to the dirt that keeps popping up and her lukewarm stance/plan of action on the current racial/police issues aren’t doing her any favors.

            People don’t see her as a better alternative. Hillary is like settling for rose art when you really wanted crayola.

            • the lesser of the 2 evils

            • DBoySlim

              Maybe sabotage is too strong of a word. I will say they handicapped him in a big way. Hillary was always supposed to be the candidate.

              • HouseOfBonnets

                That’s why she only served as Secretary of state for one term.

            • Other_guy13

              Again…I agree that Hillary needs to make a firm statement this week and let us know where she truly stands. But I cannot say that I am comfortable with Trump as the President. I would take Hillary and pray nothing bad happens. With Trump…I’m just waiting on WW3.

            • Mochasister

              Rose Art vs. Crayola. Crayola wins hands down any day.

    • LMNOP

      I wish he was running against someone other than Hilary, so many people don’t like her.

      • Other_guy13

        It doesn’t matter at this point. I honestly think if trump is elected we will have a YUGE problem on our hands.

      • tgtaggie

        Anybody but Hillary would be up like 30-40pts at this point against Donald

        • Sigma_Since 93

          My boy made the pilgrimage to A&T last week. It’s on the short list.

          • tgtaggie

            Good choice. Lol. Tell him to make another trip late October. Im pretty sure that will seal the deal for him

            • Sigma_Since 93

              I needed the band to play Neck /. Hay and a Cold Steel cadence or two and I’d drop that deposit money! lol

        • Negro Libre

          That’s kind of a testament to this country, nobody who is smart enough wants to be in charge of the mess America is in now.

          • Question

            I wonder if this is true. In other words, are people avoiding public office because they don’t want to participate or because they don’t like what participation requires in 2016 (e.g. the massive fundraising and campaign efforts)?

            • Negro Libre

              I think if you’re smart enough to actually grasp even on a small level, how vast Americas problems are, on a wholistic level, you’re probably smart enough to cash in on a hedge fund and not deal with all the stress and gray-hairiness that comes with president.

              I think it’s only people who don’t understand the whole picture, and don’t have any idea how to fix the long term problems that America faces who are willing to take on the challenge.

              • Blueberry01

                In other words, we’ve been screwed since the inception of our nation and there’s no real solution to all of our problems.

                • Negro Libre

                  It’s more than just that though. It’s the problems of the nation as a whole.

                  I talk to a lot of people who travel and ish, and the word on the street is that ppl are coming back from other countries, like in Asia for instance, where they’ve already got robots playing with kids and offering services to customers; high-speed trains; healthcare innovation (medical tourism) ambitious architecture and the rest, and realizing that America is nowhere where we who live here and only pay attn. to what goes on here, think it is.

                  • Blueberry01

                    Yeah, I’ve known this for a while; but then again, my parents aren’t from this country. The glow of America, although full of opportunities, has been on the steady decline for at least the last 20 – 30 years, IMO. Other countries no longer automatically defer to our presence; we’re challenged in various areas (from technology, medicine to quality of life and security) and I’m not sure if we’re proving our worth well.

            • tgtaggie

              Citizens United changed the game. I think if congress took super pacs out and require canadiates self finance I think you will see better Canadiates.

              • Question

                The problem is if Congress took Super Pacs out and required candidates to self-finance or use public financing (equal access to both parties), half the people in Congress wouldn’t win re-election. Their ability to win requires that they tightly control and manipulate messages at a level their opposition can’t compete with.

                • tgtaggie

                  I agree. But special interests have to be dealt with eventually

            • Kas

              The latter

              • Question

                Agreed.

        • Photoshop’s a helluva drug

          Not really. There are Republican who wouldn’t vote for ANY democrat. It’s amazing how much people complain about Hillary. You would think she was drinking human blood on the low low the way she is denigrated. The things good people I know have said and done could be taken individually and used to vilify them but they are good people I am happy to have as friends and neighbors.

      • Janelle Doe

        OK but David Duke though? That can’t be happening can it?

    • [Insert Creative Name Here]

      “[Orange face dude] is going to be our next president.” (I refuse to speak or type his name.) I keep seeing/hearing this and, though I understand why, I believe words are powerful. Why would we speak something into existence that we obviously don’t want to happen? I don’t want him to be President. I am literally afraid for my life, those who look like me, and those who don’t look like him. He has given racists the confidence to say and do whatever they want and he’s only a candidate! Nah, I’m not going out like that.

      Hillary Clinton IS GOING TO BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT! Say that, type that, and make sure you and the people you know do what they can to make it happen.

      • DBoySlim

        “Why would we speak something into existence that we obviously don’t want to happen?”

        I don’t want HRC either so I’m screwed either way.

        • [Insert Creative Name Here]

          Lol. I get that too. We got two options (technically yes, we have more but who are we kidding), who would you rather have?

          • DBoySlim

            Bernie.

            • [Insert Creative Name Here]

              Sorry for not being more specific. Out of the two options that we have (Bernie isn’t one of them), who would you rather have as POTUS?

              • DBoySlim

                None of the above *Richard Pryor voice. But seriously though, I’ll take Super Predator for $500.

                • Kas

                  Sounds like you would like to buy a vowel.

                • TJ

                  ?????

      • Ani-Q

        Complacency breeds failure. No one was taking the Drumpf seriously, now look where we are.

    • Val

      Plus, Hillary is a horrible candidate.

      • PriceIsRightHorns

        She is. I’m going to be gnashing my teeth in the voting booth.

        • LMNOP

          I feel like I should get more than just a sticker for such an unpleasant act as voting for Clinton.

          • PriceIsRightHorns

            Right! This circus of an election season is disheartening. My face is going to look like a flat tire on Election Day.

            • Ani-Q

              Welcome to third world problems.

            • LMNOP

              I remember the first Obama election in 2008, that was a great time to be alive. His speeches would leave me feeling good about our country and the future.

              These guys we got now seem like something out of revelations.

              • PriceIsRightHorns

                These shenanigans are like watching “Glitter” for the first time. You can’t believe how terrible it is and you’re left wishing you could have those 90 minutes back.

            • That’s how I felt about voting in the SC Dem Primary. I voted for Bernie but couldn’t say that I felt good about it.

              • PriceIsRightHorns

                Yeah, it’s a catch-22.

          • miss t-lee

            For real.
            I’ma need like a parade, a free meal, a gas card.
            SOMETHING.

            • LMNOP

              They actually give you a hershey’s kiss at my polling station, but that’s not going to be enough to make me feel better.

              • miss t-lee

                Word? That’s nice!

          • Kas

            You are getting Not Trump. :)

        • Nik White

          That’s ok – just vote for her and encourage others to do so. Make it a driniking game of some sort. We can’t just hand the election to that joka despite the lack of really feeling the alternative.

          • PriceIsRightHorns

            I’m definitely voting for HRC, but I’m not happy about it.

            I’ll have a box of Kleenex with me and a bottle of honey jack at the crib. I’ll be fine, lol.

            • Nik White

              Cheers to us!

      • tgtaggie

        She’s like the real life version of Selena Meyers of VEEP lol

      • We seriously had no good choices this year. It’s like the electorate was given a bag of Skittles and opened it find nothing but that wonky lime green flavor.

        • Literally, Orange & Yellow starburst

          • Blueberry01

            The orange one wasn’t so bad, but the yellow was meh. Shoutout to the almighty pink one!

        • LMNOP

          It’s like we opened a bag of skittles and found they all had nasty flavors like those Harry Potter jelly beans.

          • Buster Cannon

            Some of those Jelly Belly flavors can go play in traffic. Buttered popcorn? Really?!

            • Question

              You beat me to it.

            • ChokeOnThisTea

              Yes, buttered popcorn jelly beans. Delish! I love all Jelly Belly favors (except for those Harry Potter edition ones they did a few years back– vomit flavor, booger flavor, dirt flavor, and grass flavor. UGH!!!!!!)

          • Question

            All Buttered Popcorn Jelly Bellies.

          • ChokeOnThisTea

            Weren’t they the worst?!! Booger, vomit, grass, and dirt favors especially.

    • Vitianagary

      I, unfortunately, think you may be right. However, on the strength of my ancestors, I will not accept that without a fight. I have a daughter in college (University of Cincinnati where the UC police killed Sam Dubose) . I am offering her CA$H ($2 per completed registration card) to get her friends registered to vote. This deal is for my child to get people registered! I am not paying for votes! I’m providing my daughter with a financial incentive to become involved in politics… it worked, now she’s got her friends recruiting (for FREE)! I am having a cookout this weekend and hopefully every other weekend until the election to get these young people over to the house to “educate” them in an informal setting… we MUST reach back and grab a hand… educate and get our young people out to vote. This is CRAZY!! If we all got the 18-20 year olds to vote… we’d change the game!

    • Nik White

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • BlackExcellence

    Pretty sure Trump is the actual Anti-Christ.

    • Other_guy13

      You just said a mouthful sista

  • Other_guy13
  • Proverbs31WIFE!

    There is nothing that Trump can say at this point that should surprise anybody. I’m meh….

  • I will not run and I will not hide. This nation has always belonged to black people and I’m not going to let an orange skinned fascist take it over without contest.

    I am a simple, mortal man who refuses to bow to the darkest impluses of the American experiment. I can write, and speak, and register people to vote. I will not stop because I have accepted by equality. I will not run because I will force this nation to accept it as well.

    Hhharris.wordpress.com

    • My folks survived Jim Crow, the end of the depression, Nixon, Reagan, disco, and so many other pit falls so I can do Trump.

      • PriceIsRightHorns

        Lol @ surviving disco.

        • You know it’s true.

          • Val

            Man, disco is underrated. Seriously.

            • Some of the deep cuts before it became a fad are.*

              *By fad I mean stuff the white folks flooded the market with.

        • Negro Libre

          Shid, Bush ain’t got nothing on disco.

        • lkeke35

          Yeah, some of us didn’t make it out of that era!

      • We gon’ be alright.

        • Question

          We gon’ learn to fight to be alright. And many of us starting to transition from just accepting alright to being ready to fight for what we deserve. I’m ready.

        • DBoySlim

          Do you hear me? Do you feel me?

      • PhlyyPhree

        LOLLLL. Disco tho?
        But you’re right. We can survive. Still doesn’t make it any easier to not be afraid.

        • I mean the bulk of “mainstream” disco was really bad. We will be okay.

          • Doradolsen4

            <<o. ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????:::::::!!br76p:….,..

          • Marycherron

            <<o. ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????:::::::!!br151p:….,..

      • tgtaggie

        You forgot to add Nikki Haley lol

        • My parents were alive when Strom Thurmond was chilling at 1100 Gervais so Nimrata didn’t bother them one d*mn bit.

          • brothaskeeper

            He told me I was a “credit to my race” at Boys’ State.

            • So he’s a racist and a liar, huh? #iKid

              • brothaskeeper
              • Mochasister

                Man, Black folks and they shade be on point! Lol!

      • miss t-lee

        Hallelu.

      • Cleojonz

        LOL @ the disco shade.

      • Cj

        Spot literally shot out of my mouth at disco lil

    • miss t-lee

      :This nation has always belonged to black people and I’m not going to let an orange skinned fascist take it over without contest.”

      Say it.

    • Jacqueline

      Slow clap!!

    • ronehjr

      “This nation has always belonged to black people”. You write that and the very next sentence you call trump a fascist. You need to look up the words irony, hypocrite, and fascist.

      • Hi, troll.

        • ronehjr

          Piss off idiot.

          • ??

            • Cori Hoston

              And the shade was sooooooooo cold….I took my sunglasses off and put on a parka….timberlands….shearing filled gloves and a turtleneck. ..in July…ijs!!!

          • Look at this racist coming here and trying to put Sweet n’ Low in our Kool-Aid!

            • BWAHAHAHAH

              I will get receipts on you if you come here talking smack. No one here takes you seriously.

  • Brooklyn_Bruin
  • Other_guy13

    Apparently feeling safe and being safe are two different things. I cant with Republicans for ever. Just watch and let your brain turn to mush https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNdkrtfZP8I

    • DBoySlim

      I can’t see the link but I’m guessing Newt Gingrich and his fcukery?

      • Other_guy13

        Yea John Oliver and the RNC and him not knowing that crime is down Nationally. He and the rest of the Republicans deal on feelings rather than facts.

      • Ani-Q

        Newt Gingrich and the whole lot of them embody the quote “Arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pigeon. It will just knock over all the pieces, s h i t on the board and strut like it won anyway.”

    • HouseOfBonnets

      Saw it last night…..if it wasn’t so real it would be hilarious.

      • Other_guy13

        Yea…now its just scary.

      • Niecy

        Right. That just made me sad :'(

    • So, where we at with that plan to buy PR?

      • Val

        Lol We haven’t even decided on a location yet. Delaware was the most recent suggestion.

  • Skegeeaces

    Such B.S. People of color BUILT this mothaflockin’ country. We should NOT be made to be afraid to exist here. I’m tired of it.

  • HouseOfBonnets

    Been disturbed since February if i’m being totally honest…..and the jokes started then too.Add in the fact that the alternatives can’t even register as a decent alternative I would’t be surprised if people are prepping for doomsday.

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