By Brittany King
I woke up Wednesday morning to a slew of confused Facebook statuses and tweets. Most of them read something like this:
“So disappointed in my country right now. How could we let a blatant racist get so far in this election?”
Because this country is racist. I know it seems crazy, but your Facebook friend from high school isn’t the only one in the country who still calls black people monkeys and assumes all Hispanics are here illegally.
Before I get called un-American, or a hater or whatever else Trump supporters will put in the comments let me say that I love this country. I’ve grown up very fortunate and privileged to live in America and for that I am thankful. Truly. But growing up black I was taught a lot earlier than my beige complexioned friends that this country wasn’t built to protect people like me.
America was not built to protect the people that Trump denounces. That’s why when three black Muslims were murdered, execution style, in Fort Wayne, Indiana last week the police said there was “no reason to believe this is any type of hate crime or focus because of their religion or nationality.”
It’s also why George Zimmerman has six mugshots (and counting because let’s be honest, he’s not done yet) but is free to live and Trayvon Martin is dead. And it’s definitely why mostly white men still have the power to decide what a woman does and doesn’t do with her body.
The sudden concern people have because of Trump’s approval confuses me. To me, his success is obvious. This country has been having a constant conversation about race for almost two years now. More than we have before. Trump comes in and ignores all of that. He speaks to the people who don’t believe that black and brown lives matter and for the people who think their unemployment is due to someone from Mexico coming to America and “stealing” opportunities from them.