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« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2017, 07:13:50 pm »

Talking about the racist idiot who is the current Prez of the USA....

from the Los Angeles Times....

Pugnacious Trump should be in a wrestling ring, not the White House

By DAVID HORSEY | 5:00AM PDT - Thursday, September 28, 2017

DONALD TRUMP missed his calling. He should have had a career in professional wrestling. The macho theatrics, loud boasts, crude threats and puerile insults that are the mainstay of the silly sport are his specialty.

Instead, he is president of the United States (or, at least, he plays a president on TV), but that has not stopped him from acting like a doughy caricature of Hulk Hogan or Stone Cold Steve Austin.

This week, the pugilistic president picked a fight with the National Football League. He told a campaign audience in Alabama that any NFL football player who engages in a silent protest by kneeling during the pre-game performance of the national anthem is a “son-of-a-bitch” who should be run out of the league. He followed up those comments with a series of tweets that continued his attack. One of the most recent said, “Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our country”.

Actually, polls indicate that a majority of Americans support the free speech rights of players. And the NFL is hardly intimidated by Trump's taunts. In defiance of the president, every team playing on Sunday took part in demonstrations of solidarity, from linking arms to staying in the locker room during the anthem. They had the backing of coaches, many owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

When he wasn't maligning football players, Trump was tearing into his fellow Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was the chief recipient of the slams. The president called McConnell “weak” for his inability to repeal Obamacare — this from a man who has repeatedly displayed almost complete ignorance of the details of healthcare legislation and no ability to round up votes. Privately, it is reported, Trump has been making fun of McConnell and Arizona Senator John McCain by mimicking their physical traits. That is such a crass thing to do, especially in the case of McCain whose physical limitations resulted from five years of torture in the Hanoi Hilton.

Like any street corner bully, Trump is always looking for weaknesses in his opponents, but on Wednesday he revealed a weakness of his own. The tweeter-in-chief removed the tweets he sent out endorsing Alabama Senator Luther Strange after Strange was trounced in Tuesday's special election by a right wing zealot, Judge Roy Moore. Apparently he was trying to erase reminders that his endorsement of Strange was as ineffectual as his huffing and puffing about the NFL.

Trump is desperate to sustain the tough-guy image he has tried to project since he was pushing other kids around in military school. Unfortunately, he is a weak man's idea of a strong man. In a silly spat with pro football players, that is of no consequence. In a fight with his own party leaders, he only undercuts himself. But, when he took his alpha male act to the United Nations last week, he embarrassed his country and edged closer to war with North Korea.

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump said. “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”

This passage in the UN speech prompted a response from the rocket man, himself, North Korea's loony leader, Kim Jong Un. He called Trump “a frightened dog” and promised to “tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.” (Dotard, by the way, means senile old man — can't wait for Trump to fling that one at McConnell and McCain!)

Trump responded by tweeting that Kim “will be tested like never before,” which was rather restrained, compared to past comments that threatened “a major, major conflict” and “fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

Apparently, Trump has never heard Theodore Roosevelt's admonition to “speak softly and carry a big stick.” Trump loves to speak as loudly and belligerently as possible and he cannot shut up long enough to consider the consequences. While that may be entertaining in a wrestling ring, it is wildly irresponsible in a confrontation where hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of lives could be sacrificed if an impulsive war of words turns into a real war of missiles.

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« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2017, 09:33:05 pm »

from the Los Angeles Times....

Donald Trump is a textbook racist

“Broadly speaking, a racist combines negative prejudicial biases
with sufficient power to leverage action against targeted groups.”

By JAY A. PEARSON | 3:00AM PDT - Wednesday, October 04, 2017

President Donald Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd like a basketball player taking a shot, at Calvary Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on October 3rd. — Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press.
President Donald Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd like a basketball player taking a shot, at Calvary Chapel in Guaynabo,
Puerto Rico on October 3rd. — Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press.

CIVIL RIGHTS advocates, social scientists and regular citizens have all called out President Trump as a racist in recent weeks. The president's supporters have countered with stories about the blacks and Latinos he has hired or befriended, and with personal testimonies: “I've known Donald Trump for many years. He doesn't have a racist bone in his body.”

As a professor who researches and teaches courses on the health effects of race, racism and inequality, I can assure you that the president's defenders are wrong. Trump is a racist. What he says and does meets the scholarly definition of the term.

Broadly speaking, a racist combines negative prejudicial biases with sufficient power to leverage action against targeted groups. Trump's words and behaviors demonstrate considerable prejudicial bias, and, as president of the United States — arguably the most powerful office in the contemporary world — he has indeed leveraged action against various groups.

Racism is predicated on belief in the scientifically discredited concept of biological race. Skin color simply has no correlation with significant inherent distinctions among human beings. However, “race” in the past and now has led to notions of a natural hierarchy among various populations. In the United States, it was used to justify stealing labor from black Africans through slavery and stealing land from red Native Americans through forced relocation and genocide.

As far back as Colonial days, northwestern European immigrants placed themselves at the pinnacle of the pecking order while relegating populations of color and other ethnic groups to inferior positions. False perceptions of inherent differences in traits, such as intelligence or work ethic, have been systematically associated with geographic origin, ancestry, skin color or some combination of all three.

Those supposed differences have justified restricting some groups' access to resources and exposing them to all manner of risks in every sphere of life — cultural, educational, political and economic.

Scholars break racism into multiple categories:

  • Structural racism: Assigning social value to human populations contingent on misperceptions of inherent differences.

  • Symbolic racism: Rhetoric that delegitimizes others.

  • Institutional racism: Incorporating and formalizing misperceptions of differences into society through public policy.

  • Interpersonal racism: Acting on such misperceptions in direct or face-to-face interactions.

  • Insidious racism: Unconscious belief in and perpetuation of these phenomena.

  • Internalized racism: Among victimized populations, accepting and manifesting negative portrayals.

  • Systemic racism: The influence of these phenomena at multiple levels and across multiple dimensions of society.

Trump's insensitive, disrespectful and mean-spirited statements and actions partake of all these variations.

Throughout last year's campaign and his first eight months in office, the president has expressed his bias through government orders and the presidential bully pulpit (systemic racism).

Trump argued that as a “Mexican,” U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was born and raised in the United States, could not fairly arbitrate lawsuits related to Trump University (structural racism). For years, Trump protested, falsely, that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. and was consequently elected illegitimately (symbolic racism).

The Trump administration cut funds for Department of Homeland Security programs to combat right-wing fascism and white supremacy and it slow-walked Hurricane Maria aid to Puerto Ricans who “want everything done for them,” in the president's words (institutional racism).

Trump's actions, according to a growing number of mental health professionals, reveal deep-seated and possibly unconscious prejudices (insidious racism). He blatantly and directly disrespected Gold Star parents of South Asian origin (interpersonal racism).

In response to the Trump travel ban, his threat to “deport them all” and his promise to build a wall on the border, many targeted immigrant populations report increased levels of social insecurity, anxiety and distress. Research demonstrates that among children, the result of such stress is compromised academic performance (internalized racism).

Trump and his supporters seem to believe that simple protestations to the contrary are sufficient to refute and erase his actions. Despite these claims, some in the Republican Party recognize the truth. Representative Will Hurd of Texas and Senators Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, John McCain and Mitch McConnell have all specifically spoken out against Trump's worst behavior.

Perhaps House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said it best when he responded to Trump's statement about Judge Curiel. “Isn't that the textbook definition of racism?” Ryan asked.

The answer is simple: Yes, it is.

Jay A. Pearson is an assistant professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

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