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Rebecca Ferguson’s Blatant Trolling Of Donald Trump Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

Unless some unforeseen and arbitrarily specific and fortuitous calamity happens between now and January 20th, rendering him unable to hold office, Donald Trump will officially be President of the United States.

Typing those words out, seeing them on the page, repeating that sentence aloud, and thinking about what those words put together in that sequence actually means still feels surreal, like we’ve tripped and slipped into some Kafkaesque parallel dimension. And not because the Trump election and the upcoming Trump presidency is unbelievable; but because it’s actually too believable. Too fathomable. Too predictable. Knowing what we’ve known about America and what America steadfastly refuses to know about itself, it makes too much sense that Donald Trump would follow Barack Obama. So much sense that it seems too horribly simplistic, too unfathomably and brutally transparent to actually be true. The path to his presidency was so plain and straightforward and linear that it stretches, morphs, and breaks the concept of believability.

But this is our reality. There’s no denying or fighting the truth. But there is a fight — a big-ass, messy-ass, bloody-ass fucking fight — against what has made that truth the truth today. It’s a fight for us to be as free as we can possibly be. To not allow them to shape or take our capacity to love. To prevent them from stifling our laughter and to prevent us from preemptively stagnating, concealing, and barricading our joy. To be steadfast in both preserving us and in refusing to yield to any force out there wishing to prevent us from doing that. We just don’t possess the privilege of hopelessness. It’s not something we’re equipped to carry.

Perhaps Rebecca Ferguson’s response to an invitation to perform at Trump’s inauguration — where she agreed to attend on the condition that she’s allowed to perform “Strange Fruit” — doesn’t quite register as this type of fight. But by offering to perform a song that would be both a deliberate and unambiguous insult to the man she’s performing it for and a deliberate and unambiguous paean to us — an offer I’m 1000% sure the preternaturally petty Trump will decline — she’s doing what she can to confront and to refuse to normalize today’s truth.

We can not prevent Donald Trump from being President. That ship has sailed. But we can refuse to refuse to fight him; to halt him and his administration from allowing ourselves to relinquish our love of ourselves and our Blackness and our pride in refusing to allow that motherfucker to extinguish our hope.

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.

  • Trumpacolypse Day 55: We have exhausted all other options. All that is left is…the troll. Unlike racists who trolled the President for 8 years whilst reaping benefits of health care, an auto bailout, Lily Ledbetter, and 5% unemployment. I wish I could say the same about the TwitterFingers-in-Chief. All I can do is sit semi comfortably above the poverty line and watch as the same poor uneducated people who elected him get hit harder than Ronda Rousey. It feels cruel. Enh, well.

    • Rae Hamilton

      … Trump wasnt elected by poor uneducated people though.

      • MsSula

        Well the poor uneducated people who didn’t vote for him are going to pay then.

        • Rae Hamilton

          Oh no doubt. I just think its a dangerous rhetoric thinking that it was the poor/uneducated, when it’s really is our bosses, professors, and others who have both intelligence (allegedly) and $$$.

          • there was a humans of new york post where this guy was like “I resent the fact that people think all trump voters are uneducated. My wife has a Ph.D. from MIT and I have 2 masters.” And all I could think was Sure, you’re not uneducated, but you’re HATEFUL. Your intelligence couldn’t save your dirty soul – and you will reap!!

            • kingpinenut

              The revel in whiteness athe any cost is real.

              • At any cost. I wish they would just man up and say they voted for him because now they can be above-board racists.

                • kingpinenut

                  Admission would be doing too much like right,

            • Mary Burrell

              Preach!

            • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

              Exactly.

            • Mary Burrell

              But they believe Trump when he says that in the black community everyone is getting shot and killed. Of course we have our issues but now they know how it feels to have stereotypes belived about certain groups of people in different parts of the United States.

            • The only thing intelligence does for hate is amplify the impact hate can have for other people. This dude’s educated wife is going to fuck up the lives of many more people simply because her educational level confers so much power.

            • Question

              But that’s just it – they won’t be effected by things like the repeal of Obamacare, slightly higher prices on imports due to poorly renegotiated trade deals etc. And they will benefit from lower taxes, lower taxes on the repatriation of foreign capital which will probably lead to stockholder dividends, loosened environmental protections etc.

              So its hard to say that the upper-middle class white folks voted against their interests. They didn’t. What is true, however, is that the interests of the upper-middle class don’t align in any way with middle and lower white people…and THEY (the middle- white people) don’t realize it.

              Middle- white folks voted for racial solidarity, not realizing that the middle+ white folks don’t give a damn about them either.

      • Brandon Allen

        The rich and selfish (as per usual) and a certain group of uneducated folk.

        • Rae Hamilton

          right, Clinton led only among voters with a family income under $50,000- and Trump got the Suburbia vote too.

        • The alternative is the fake charitable left. You think people want power merely to help people and Do Good? ROTFLMAO

          • Brandon Allen

            I mean what exactly is fake charitable? Either you’re rich and for social programs or you’re rich and and in favor of feudalism and robber barons. The left is a better alternative for most people.

            • The rich charitable set is in it for the social control. Past a certain amount of money, power is more valuable. All most of them want to do is control the poor and eat apples… To keep their strength up of course.

              • Brandon Allen

                Social control in what sense?

                • If you realize how much social services meddles in the lives of their clients, you’d be shocked. I remember dealing with them briefly when my then-wife was filing for disability. When you can’t pee without them telling you how to shop for groceries and get dental check-ups in 50-11 posters, I’m shocked that more employees don’t get snuffed by clients in the welfare office.

        • “M”
    • Marceline

      Strategic selfishness is the only way I’ll make through his tenure with any sanity.

      • MsSula

        I love the term Strategic Selfishness. It needs to be the name of the game.

      • Bah Debo

        Strategic selfishness is my only new years resolution (and I don’t do resolutions typically)….I’m planning on hurting some feelings this year and I’m looking forward to the end results!!

      • Yahmo Bethere

        Invest in the makers of opiates. I am.

    • Junegirl627

      Did you see the report on CNN that the same rust belt miners that voter for Trump are scared because if Trump gets rid of Obamacare as promised, the will lose their $800 a month in black lung benefits for them and their widows for mining coal.

      • MsSula

        They ain’t ready!

        • Junegirl627

          I was gonna feel bad for them and then I remembered they want to see me hanging from a tree in the rear view mirror of their confederate flag adorned pickup truck and proceeded to paint my nails

          • MsSula

            Girl, nails painting is a priority in these times. These M’fers will cut their nose to spite their face, they can go play somewhere else.

      • They’ve still got their guns and but their kids are uninsured.

        • Adrienne_in_MTown

          So if said kid gets shot, they’ll be footing the hospital bill. The irony.

          • Cheech

            Well, no. They’ll still get ER care, and we’ll all foot the bill. One of the things the ACA was designed to address. (Pushed by those anti-welfare Heritage folks, who turned out to be more anti-Obama than anti-welfare, surprise surprise.)

          • Question

            No they won’t. They’ll do what they were doing before – showing up at ER’s for sniffles, gun shot wounds and everything in between, without insurance while the rest of us pick up the tab…

            • Adrienne_in_MTown

              Not necessarily, if they get medical care the bill is still their responsibility. The taxpayer is only on the hook if they have state or federal sponsored medical coverage or the hospital is owned by government AND they don’t pay the bill. If they have private insurance or no insurance (which is still possible), they pay the bill or it gets sent to a collection agency.

              • Cheech

                But when it’s uncollectible, the hospital eats it. And so, like any business, they price that into the cost for the rest of us. So whether we’re paying for it in higher premiums, in taxes, or in the hospital price if we pay fee-for-service, it’s still getting spread around.

                • Adrienne_in_MTown

                  You’re splitting hairs. Consumers also foot the bill for failed loss prevention, insurance fraud, wages, credit card fees and many other business costs. It’s called trickle down economics. You really can’t say that what I said is wrong and you just wanna argue, I think. TBH it was really just sarcasm that you took way too serious. I’m going back into the shadows on that note.

              • Junegirl627

                no collections from a hospital differs from other institutions. they try to recover the cost and if not the hospital eats the charges and if its a private hospital they write it off as a loss on their taxes and get breaks that we as taxpayers pay for

            • Vladimir

              HAHAHA RUFKM? What you posted epitomizes the typical inner city welfare niqqer. Russia have no niqqer problem. TNB illegal.

        • JennyJazzhands

          Priorities

        • Junegirl627

          so when they shoot up the school they won’t have coverage

      • Marceline

        I saw an interview in WaPo with a Trump voter who is terrified because her husband is waiting for a liver transplant and they are on Obamacare. Think about it. This woman was so enamored with the idea of a wall or Muslim registry that she essentially voted to kill her husband. That’s how filled with hate these people are.

        • Sigma_Since 93

          There are soo many examples like this in history. Choosing your whiteness over your best interest has been problematic for Dwights

          • Brooklyn_Bruin

            Only for individuals. This is the racial unity that most of these hoteps advocate, but would never actually do themselves. Umar free, Robert Muhammad free, Farrakhan free and Zimmerman still out there breathing.

          • Blackberry02

            “Stop choosing your whiteness” should be a t-shirt slogan.

            • Brambles

              Repent your Whiteness!

              • Blackberry02

                LOL!

                This will go on the back of the shirt, as I’m sure the White people will get frustrated as we walk away, and they’ll need something to read.

            • “M”

              “Choose Life Not Whiteness”

              (you want to make your slogan positive :-))

              #TalkingPoints

              • Strawberry03

                True…I am trying to do better this year.

                • “M”

                  You are already doing better!
                  :-)
                  #BestEfforts

          • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

            Exactly.

          • Brambles

            Dwights? Is this like Leroys, only white? It’s so hard to keep up;}

        • marwilli

          Picking being white over being Christian is some amazing ish though. They picked an aging billionaire playboy/Michael Douglass from Wall Street over a gramma sunday school teacher.

          • Vladimir

            Kind of like picking niqqer over Christian when you voted Oh0mo?

        • UrbanNortheast

          I’ve posted about that woman in a few places! She was like, “wait, he can repeal it? But we need it!” Lady, WTF?

        • SororSalsa

          And those women chose being a second class citizen because they had to vote for their whiteness. Great lady…you won’t have any agency over your own reproductive organs, but at least you can fall back on being white. Girl, I guess.

        • pdbraide

          you win for using enamored

      • Black Jesus is real…. Poor white folks are gonna learn the hard way and that’s what they get.

        https://images.gr-assets.com/hostedimages/1394044664ra/8800283.gif

        • SororSalsa

          They played p***y, and now they’re gonna get f*kced.

      • Other_guy13
      • I hate to be unkind (not) but I think it would be a great lesson if they loose the benefits they gained under Obama. They’ll only learn through the hard way.

        • lizmcneill

          They’ll find a way to blame it on Obama somehow though.

          • Blackberry02

            I’m almost positive.

      • All the WELPS in WELPINGTON for their sorry azze5!!

        • IAmMikeBrown

          Welparoonie!

      • Well, there’s something that fits my libertarian tendencies AND my Black tendencies. Win, win. Perhaps some pellagra and beriberi can teach some tolerance.

      • Brother Mouzone

        Give their @ss a pack of cigarettes and some chewin tabaccy and tell em to have a nice day.

        • Mary Burrell

          Exactly!

        • Yahmo Bethere

          …and some bootstraps…

      • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        I read that news too.

      • Blackberry02

        Not black lung benefits….?

        • Junegirl627

          You’d think they would want to keep obamacare just to make sure they don’t have any part of them thats “black” because…… racism

    • ” the same poor uneducated people who elected him get hit harder than Ronda Rousey”

      https://media.tenor.co/images/dcb5c44e40fca4726ab030b551970ccf/raw

    • I almost want a twitter fingers battle between Donald, Miko Grimes, and Ayisha for the culture. #loserlogsoffmatch

    • And yet, when I said something similar, it got called something like the Southern Strategy for Black people. LOL

    • IAmMikeBrown

      She got (T)KTFO!

      • Rousy was the prototype that simply couldn’t rise to the levels of the fighters who evolved beyond her.

        • IAmMikeBrown

          You are correct. She’s done in the octagon, but she’s sort of the Dwayne Johnson of women’s MMA. She’s got many more avenues that she can travel, and she’s set a precedent, but the mystique is gone.

        • `Abdu’l-Karim Ewing-Boyd

          At the risk of going waaaay off topic, she is a case study in MMA returning to higher quality striking with enough grappling (Nunes) after a period of quality grappling with enough striking (Rousey). The whole game has evolved and strikers are taking control of all the divisions.

          • I remember the day where BJJ dominated because no one knew how to deal with a fighter who was strongest on the ground. Now that BJJ is a standard part of training, fighters are focusing on the way to quickly end matches- quality strikes.

    • Mary Burrell

      LOL @ getting hit harder than Ronda Rousey.??

    • Blackberry02

      Don’t forget the bank bailout and decrease in the deficit by 2/3rds…

    • Yay Radley

      Am I the only one who immediately adopted “TwitterFingers -in-Chief” into their active vocabulary?

    • Yve Black

      Cruel…nah its not. I’m actually waiting for the toxic fallout & have no shame nor will I bite my tone when some simpleton asks my opinion! Granny always says “You get what you pay for”. :o :)

  • Cheech

    “But we can refuse to refuse to fight him.”

    Good words to start the new year with.

  • DB

    Am I old or completely out of touch for not knowing who Rebecca Ferguson is?

    • We only care about Brits on scripted TV

      • Not even then..

        • With a few exceptions if they aren’t a part of the cast of Luther or in a Marvel TV show or movie then I probably won’t care. Outside of the lady who played Sarah Connor, Sean Bean, and Mayor Carcetti the cast of Game of Thrones could rob me at gun point and I wouldn’t have a clue who they were.

    • Cheech

      TV talent competitor. The only people even in the conversation for the inauguration.

    • miss t-lee

      Neither.
      She’s not a name most would know.

      • Blackberry02

        …and the fact that D-list celebrities are curving Trump speaks volumes.

        • miss t-lee

          Nobody wants any parts of that sh*tshow.

    • Brother Mouzone

      Nope…never heard of her either. Apparently neither of us is alone. I like the checkmate she put on his @ss though.

    • Nope.. I didn’t know either!

    • Mary Burrell

      She was a contestant on The Voice or one of those singing competitions.

  • It feels like Trump’s trolling of us just by being president is so much more potent we could do to him.

    The song choice of Strange Fruit will sting for some, and there will be some there who’ll be like “Yup – we should’ve kept stringing them up or we wouldn’t have had 8 years of Obummer” or something like that. I feel like the only/best way to wait out these next 4 years is to do it in absolute and utter joy. Like, every bit of progress President Obama made is up for the chopping block and while I can’t control any of it on that side, I feel like I’ll just still be over here trying to scrape together these coins and make a way for me and my babies in spite of the foolishness. What other choice do I have?

    • miss t-lee

      “It feels like Trump’s trolling of us just by being president is so much more potent we could do to him.”

      Agreed. I still can’t articulate my thoughts clearly about this.

      • VSB free my comment!

        • miss t-lee

          Very bizarre, Wu.
          Like opening stanning for Putin? Never thought I’d see the day.

          • It’s like a combo of the Manchurian Candidate and a Nick Fury comic from the 60’s. When was the last time Russia’s Q Rating was this high with hardcore white American conservatives, V-E Day?

      • It feels like being powerless, but not really. Like for all of my f-ck the orange cheeto shirts and refusing to refer to him as president Trump – he will be trainwreck c-nt as far as I’m concerned – I still don’t REALLY know what I can do.

        • miss t-lee

          Trust. We’re >here<

    • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

      Preach

      • Those better be sweet plantains and not green in your avi!!!

        • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

          Green. What savages you know are eating sweet plantains for breakfast?

          • Lea Thrace

            Private Savage reporting for duty sir!

            Green plantains are gross for any meal.

            • MsSula

              Aye, we are all in agreement here.

              Green plantains should only exist to terrify children into behaving properly. Hmmph.

              • Tam

                Green plantains is only good for chips.

                • MsSula

                  Here, here!! Someone who knows her stuff!

            • NonyaB?

              Preach it. We clearly have not achieved full civilization if some people are still battling for green plantain. Shio!

          • All the smart people! Sweet plantain, eggs and saltfish is what makes the world go ’round!

            • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

              Eggs and saltfish?

              • Brooklyn_Bruin

                On the plate, not mixed together. Good enough for granny, good enough for me

                • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

                  Imma be a better person in 2017 2022. This comment section needs to get their act together.

            • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

              This should be right up your alley
              https://youtu.be/a24aE9bmHRk

          • Cheech

            (Done it with leftovers ….)

            • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

              Down vote to start the year for you sir.

              • Cheech

                Even if they were Salvadoran leftovers?

                I mean, I’ll eat any kind of leftovers for breakfast.

          • you called?

            hold on, let me fire off this pass first sir.

            https://cbshouston.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/gettyimages-460468176.jpg

          • NonyaB?

            No wonder you’re wrongly calibrated; all civilized peoples eat sweet plantain.

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          Get you a plate that can do both (or sweet plantain and boiled green banana with a dumpling and a Johnny cake, and some codfish, and some….)

          • I have to be in the mood to have boiled green banana – and only with saltfish and food.

  • Other_guy13

    But did he say “No”? If he does I REALLY want to see how he say’s it. She just set him up in the FUNNIEST way….your move Donald. Meanwhile Black America sitting back like http://i.imgur.com/rh8N36q.jpg

  • Sigma_Since 93

    I would love to see the Donald’s facial response. If it was anything similar to Mr. Burns’ response when Marge served him fish from the river that his company wasn’t polluting my soul would be satisfied. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8b4f9ad703543c32b54722208a3c40aafa5ca31a07387a4d07896af9c978233f.jpg

    • KNeale

      Theres a real life incident of this where a flint resident brought a glass of water to the hearing that the politicians swore was clean and drinkable, and asked them to drink it.

      • Other_guy13

        And they didn’t drink it….classic

    • Cheech

      I doubt he’d even recognize the song. He’d just keep smirking his self-loving smirk.

  • KNeale

    Unfortunately a lot of people wouldn’t even get it if she did end up performing but I like her style. She has to make sure to preface it with this is for all the people that have been lost to police brutality and hate crimes. Otherwise white supremacy deniers will be like, “this is just to show how far we’ve come and how we’re not that country anymore”. The white mind is the most elastic material on earth.

    • Actually, it would be better if she just got on stage, sung Strange Fruit, and rolled out. The song is enough of a message in itself that she wouldn’t need to say more. By the time the racists got the hint, she’d be on a jet plane back to jolly old England.

      • Interested

        It’s not jolly old England, you make it sound like a quaint village??

        • Blackberry02

          That’s how it’s been protrayed to us here across the pond.

          • Interested

            Then you should visit??

            • Blackberry02

              You’re right. I have extended family there, plus I’ve never been.

              I hear portions of London are like BK.

              Any recommendations on where in the UK that I should visit?

              • Interested

                London, Brighton, Lake District, York, Edinburgh, Birmingham – although they have awful accents in B’ham, but has a high ethnic mix along with London.

                You should def do, what’s life if not worth living!!

                • Strawberry03

                  Thanks for the recommendations!

                  LOL! I LOVE all of y’alls accents. I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

                  Let me find out you’re posh, though. (You’re clowning other accents?) Tsk, tsk. Lol. Where are you from? Do you have a true cockney accent?

                  • Interested

                    Cockney people used to live in London but the vast majority are now in Essex – don’t go there!!!

                    I’m from Liverpool, just like Rebecca Ferguson, but with a softer accent.

                    Anyhow, start planning your trip, let me know if you do it?

    • Blackberry02

      “The white mind is the most elastic material on earth.”

      I was thinking more of the lines like putty or Play-Doh, but your metaphor works for me.

  • Ra

    The Trump inauguration has not happen, yet it continues to be promoted nonstop on blogs & news sites, since day one, under the guise of forced/lack of performers. Who cares about which performers show up before they perform? Trying to break the reccord for most watch presidential inauguration? Can’t wait to watch it? The performers who are going to perform will show up anyways. Why so anxious?

  • I let our a cheer when I saw this hit the news the other day. It’s small things like this that may go over some folks head like a jet, but to those of us who know….we’ll know.

  • BatmansExWife

    I’ve never heard of her. I guess I have to listen to the song. Sounds like a song I can play at work, and no one will know.

    OAN: I received word from Yahoo that Ford will keep jobs in the country instead of moving to Mexico..

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