Is Donald Trump’s defiant anti-politically correct message dangerous for Black folks?
I could make a valid argument that Trump’s verbal assault on political correctness leads to violent racial attacks, like the physical assault on Black activist Mercutio Southall, who was shoved, tackled, kicked in the chest and stomach and punched in the face by white Trump supporters over the weekend during a rally for Trump in Birmingham, Alabama.
And, Southhall said, someone even tried to choke him. (A woman in the video can be heard shouting, “Don’t choke him, don’t choke him, don’t choke him.”)
Trump, the Republican frontrunner in the presidential race, clearly is not part of the solution on race issues in America, and frankly, he appears to be part of the problem.
During the altercation in Alabama, Southhall said he was repeatedly called the N-word and “monkey” as racist supporters of Trump seemed to be following Trump’s orders to remove Southhall from the rally.
“Get him the hell out of here, will you please?” Trump shouted. “Get him out of here. Throw him out!”
And even after Trump learned of this racist response to Southhall’s demonstration, here was Trump’s response:
“Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing,” Trump said Sunday morning on Fox News.
So what was so disgusting? Southhall was yelling “Dump the Trump” and “Black Lives Matter.” He was expressing his right to protest publicly and peacefully.
Meanwhile, Trump’s campaign released a statement saying Trump doesn’t condone violence, but what about Southhall being called the N-word and “monkey?”
Why didn’t the Trump campaign address the racial aspect of this altercation? So is Trump condoning racist behavior on the part of his supporters?
Trump’s anti-politically correct rhetoric seems to fuel racist sentiments among some of his supporters while Trump just ignores the racism.