Donald Trump Says He Is Not A Racist

Donald Trump sounds like the man who told me once he was not racist as he owned a Sammy Davis. Jr. album.

There is just no way to cast Donald Trump as anything but a racist, given how he has acted, and the statements he has made over the past weeks.

I have said it.

Bob Schieffer has stated it.

But Donald Trump claims he is not a racist.

“Well, you know, when it comes to racism and racists, I am the least racist person there is. And I think most people would me would tell you that. I am the least racist I’ve had great relationships. In fact, Randal Pinkett won, as you know, on The Apprentice a little while ago, a couple of years ago. And Randall’s been outstanding in every way. So I am the least racist person.”

‘Birther’ Political Cartoons

Racism, pure and simple, is the only way to view the actions and words from the ‘birthers’.

It should be noted, and not surprisingly, that there are no political cartoonists that have taken the side of the ‘birthers’, or used their spaces in newspapers to advance racism.  Instead the cartoonists have used their drawings to show the lunacy of the ‘birthers’.

Now let us all laugh at the absurdity of the ‘birthers’.

CBS’s Bob Schieffer “Ugly Strain Of Racism” With Birthers

Yesterday morning I called the ‘birthers’ racist.  There is no doubt that Donald Trump is using racism to play to the teabagger movement which is steeped in  blatant racism.  Hours after my post was up another voice was added to the choir.

On the CBS Evening News Bob Schieffer weighed in and offered the same conclusion regarding this matter, and how the grades that Obama had which allowed him to get into Harvard are now being called into question.

Bob Schieffer appeared Wednesday night on “The CBS Evening News and reacted to Trump’s latest salvo against President Barack Obama, in which Trump suggested the Prez might not have had the grades to get into Harvard Law School.

Schieffer said, “That’s just code for saying he got into law school because he’s black.  This is an ugly strain of racism that’s running through this whole thing.”

“Huckleberry Finn” Should Not Be Censored, ‘Nigger’ Helps Us Understand Racism And Should Not Be Removed From Text

I deplore the word ‘nigger’.

I deplore the word ‘faggot’.

I do not want either used in common every-day conversation, and can say I have no friends that do.

But there comes a time when the  word ‘nigger’ conveys the tone and message required, such as in the book “Huckleberry Finn” that many of us read as youngsters in conjunction with “Tom Sawyer”.  At least I did.  In fact, “Huckleberry Finn” was a classroom text for me and my school peers.

I mention all this as “Huckleberry Finn” that was penned in 1884 is now being published without the word ‘nigger’.  In its place will be the more sterile word ‘slave’.  I find this censorship highly troubling.  To add salt to this wound is also the removal of the word “injun”.  Again, not  a word we want used today, but one that puts the reader into the times of which the author has constructed in his book.  (Let us not forget, it IS his book.)

I think it asinine to touch the words penned by Mark Twain.  I have enough problems when some in Hollywood condone colorizing old films.  But when someone remakes the words of a classic read I want to scream.

Racism was, and remains a real and troubling part of our society.  To attempt to whitewash it from a text takes away the one thing that we need more than anything else.  That being a protracted and highly engaged conversation about racism.  University scholar Alan Gribben is responsible for the censoring of “Huckleberry Finn” in what he describes as an attempt to get the book back in the hands of high school literature courses.   The edited book is soon to be published and released for sale.

While I applaud the desire to have youth read “Huckleberry Finn”, I throw-up over Gribben’s means to achieve it.  To not address racism in the manner it was presented in the book by Twain removes a great teaching moment for the folks who will read it.

Even after the many decades of work and public policy aimed to construct our society to be more equal we are still limited from a real dialogue on racism.  If we can not get over the mere usage of the word ‘nigger’ in a text as highly praised as “Huckleberry Finn” how can we move to a higher  level of awareness in our communities or legislatures when confronting racism?