There’s something rather cynical from a president whose election into the highest office couldn’t have been possible without white privilege, to now prohibit federal agencies from teaching about white privilege and Critical Race Theory.
Unsurprisingly, there’s a direct link from a Fox News segment to Trump’s rash decision. A guest on white supremacist Tucker Carlson’s show was criticizing federal training on white privilege and racism, so Trump who’s an avid TV watcher, sprang to action just a few days later.
The surprising part is that it took this long. Trump has flaunted his white male privilege since 2015, showing America that as long as you’re a rich white dude, “They let you do it. You can do anything.” If Barack Obama had bragged on tape about sexual assault, there’s no way he would have gone to the White House.
Despite his family and home life being almost perfect, conservatives derided Obama and his family, but have no issues with the Trump family and their litany of misdeeds. A quick Google search will suffice. The list is long.
The president himself started a fake university that only sold empty dreams to the people who bought into a narcissist’s delusions of grandeur. He’s a con man, an exaggerator, a child of wealth and all that has been helped by his white privilege.
It’s this privilege that has allowed him to repeatedly encourage and applaud violence at his rallies and then feign ignorance when actual violence happens in his name or based on his ideas. The fact that he has chosen not to condemn the actions of the shooter who killed protesters in Kenosha, speaks volume in itself. He can’t condemn it because he knows it would upset his base. He has never once been a president for all the people. He’s been a president for a certain group of people, people who don’t want reminders that their privilege is a big reason why they’ve achieved or are given certain things in life.
Systemic racism is real. White privilege is real. Trump disbanding education on those very real issues in federal facilities is only going to make matters worse. He doesn’t care, of course. He only cares about the potential votes this decisions may gain him, or at least retain.
Furthering division and attacking minorities is what won him the election in 2016. He’s still using the same strategy today, still using the same playbook of hate. I sincerely hope that the nation is smarter this time around. Another four more years of Trump would prove to be unsustainable.