Donald’s racism is as mean and ugly as it gets

Tom Camfield
Blogger
Posted 9/18/19

IF DONALD TRUMP HAD HAD HIS WAY, five innocent men alive today would have been put to death as children 30 years ago. And that doesn’t seem to bother him. They are black and HIspanic, after …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

E-mail
Password
Log in

Donald’s racism is as mean and ugly as it gets

Posted

IF DONALD TRUMP HAD HAD HIS WAY, five innocent men alive today would have been put to death as children 30 years ago. And that doesn’t seem to bother him. They are black and HIspanic, after all.

It’s been 30 years, so a great many of today’s viewers of the passing scene don’t remember this epitomizing example of rampant and arrogant racism. But for many of us, it is typical of Donald’s self-assumed privilege and superiority, his self-anointment as some sort of exemplary champion of the human race by virtue of his wealth and whiteness.

This is not the only example of Donald’s past and present racism, yet he managed to weasel his way into the presidency of the United States without the popular vote of the American public. And now he expects us to conveniently dismiss his 73-year-old past as “fake news” and elect him to lead us through some off-hand imaginary paradisiacal future like a mighty white leopard with all its spots erased. And he has the gall to attempt wooing black voters to carry him on their shoulders.

Look again at the illustration above, part of which is from just four years ago, a year before he was elected to office.

The Central Park jogger case was based on the violent assault, rape and sodomy of Trisha Meili, a jogger in New York City’s Central Park on April 19, 1989, as well as what were thought to be related attacks on eight other persons in the park that night. Meili, badly beaten, was in a coma for 12 days. She was found stripped, covered with mud and having lost three-quarters of her blood, her body turning cold.

It’s a bit sketchy why five schoolboys, only one as old as 16, were the ones charged. Confessions were coerced but recanted prior to trial. Trump painted the media image of roving “wild” gangs in Central Park after dark as the result of a “reckless and dangerously permissive atmosphere which allows criminals of every age to beat and rape a helpless woman then laugh at her family’s anguish.” In calling for enhanced police powers, the death penalty, etc. he scoffed at compassion for urban youth. “I no longer want to understand their anger,” said his ad; “I want them to understand our anger. I want them to be afraid.”

But he was unable to quite whip up the modern equivalent of an old-time lynch mob.

Although none of the suspects’ DNA matched that at the crime scene, the youths were duly found guilty, sentenced to prison and finally absolved 13 years later by confession of the true culprit, whose guilt was confirmed by DNA evidence. The charges against them were vacated.

And Donald still does not understand the anger of urban black youth—and yes, he is President of the United States and they still have reason to be afraid. As do Latinos, such as the undocumented Mexicans he publicly described as “rapists.”

Apparently the world will never see the day that Donald apologizes or admits a mistake. He has never apologized to the Central Park Five. After these wrongly-convicted men were absolved of guilt 13 years later, New York City reached a $41-million settlement with them in 2014, Trump—would you believe?—authored an op-ed article full of disgust in the Daily News. He said the settlement was “ridiculous” and “settling doesn’t mean innocence.”

But thank heavens most of us, I hope, still believe in the presumption of innocence in the first place—let alone acceptance once it even has been officially proven. Donald, of course, got off scot-free, as apparently his role in the trial outcome was considered peripheral.

As one writer concluded just before the 2016 election, Donald’s published words and “his unrepentant stance toward those innocent men, show that Trump’s supposed commitment to law and order is based on engendering panic, not imposing safety. That’s the position an oligarch takes, not a public servant. The same ‘a—hole’ who wrote the Central Park ad is who Republicans nominated for president.”

And the GOP likely will nominate him again four years later—and my disgust will be that some blacks, some Latinos and many whites will again vote for him.

The Central Park Five were Antron McCray 15, Kevin Richardson 15. Yusef Salaam 15, Raymond Santana 14 and Korey Wise 16. They served sentences from 6 to 13 years.

An award-winning documentary, “The Central Park Five,” was released at the Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2012, and in the U.S. on Nov. 23, 2012.

See also: https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/a27586174/when-they-see-us-central-park-5-donald-trump/

Comments

8 comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment
Justin Hale

There you go again Tom distorting what Trump said. First off the victim survived the assault, so the young men who confessed to the assault could not be sentenced to death. What Trump actually said was "They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes.", you omitted the "when they kill". When Trump wrote that opinion the 5 youths had confessed to the assault, and the victim of the assault was in a coma nearly dead.

Through the entire opinion piece Trump never mentioned the race of the young men, and yet you use this incident as your proof that Trump is a racist, you're the one introducing the race card. And whether you want to believe it or not what Trump said about SOME Mexicans being rapists it's true. My x was assaulted and nearly raped by an illegal Mexican, I call the A-hole who attacked her a rapist, does that make me a racist?

The GOP likely will nominate him again in 2020—and my disgust will be that some will believe your half Truths and Trump-hating BS.

Wednesday, September 18
Tom Camfield

You're really trying to create a muddle here, Jason. The thing is not whether the accused COULD have been sentenced to death, it's that Trump was calling for the return of the death penalty in reaction to the incident with which they were accused. As the woman was in a 12-day coma, who knew if she was going to die. So Donald was rabble-rousing on that assumption, that she would die—as it suited his purposes, obviously. To me and I'm sure many others, Donald demonstrated pure hatred.

In earlier years, in the South, his words would have roused white-hooded Klan members and those kids would have been lynched.

And, of course, the fact that the youths were black was obvious to everyone, including Donald, who had a history of discriminating against blacks with apartment rentals already on record through legal proceedings. No one would expect him to come out say publicly, " . . . because they're black."

Here is a more thorough account of this case, a riveting and thorough account in easily-readable larger type. It notes, among other things, that Richardson and Santana—2 of the 5 found guilty— actually already were in the custody of the law while Trisha Meili (the woman jogger) was attacked. https://allthatsinteresting.com/central-park-five-jogger-trisha-meili

Here’s an interesting interview with one juror and the mother of one of the convicted boys, aired 13 years after the trial and conviction of the five innocent boys. I love here the calm, rational intelligence that coming from a black person, a woman yet, would drive Donald right up the wall. She's more truly 'American than he uf we're talking soul and social conscience.

https://www.democracynow.org/2002/10/31/juror_speaks_out_against_convictions_in

And as things move along I hope it's pretty clear that I stand beside inner-black youth against scum like Donald Trump. I continue to look for equal justice. Quote me crime statistics and I'll throw the sources of crime and the reality of racial discrimination right back at you. Certainly I will continue to bring up racism, and I will be justified in doing so.

I also just now sent a second campaign donation to Ilhana Omar, the Muslim U.S. Congresswoman whom Donald has singled out for defamation. Not only a person of color, but a woman in politics. . . and a Democrat. We should be resisting his efforts to subliminally connect her not only with 9/11 but with his problems in Iran, where he mucked things up by taking us out of a nuclear deal formulated there by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and European allies.

Wednesday, September 18
Tom Camfield

spell check: That should have read "inner-city black youth."

Wednesday, September 18
Justin Hale

You muddied the waters when you began your blog with a lie, "IF DONALD TRUMP HAD HAD HIS WAY, five innocent men alive today would have been put to death as children 30 years ago." No they wouldn't, as they did not kill anyone, and you just want to ignore what he actually wrote, for some nefarious reason.

Trumps letter may have been hateful, so call him a person who hates rapists and potential murderers, but no you choose to paint him a "racist". You see a racist, I see a guy who was PO'ed about the criminal ellement and how it was affecting his city. When I hear some of the stories about the crimes that are being committed in Seattle I can kind of relate to what Trump wrote.

" Three months after the release of DiLulio’s article (his definitive 1995 Weekly Standard essay, “The Coming of the Super-Predators,” John DiLulio Jr.), then–first lady Hillary Clinton famously called for authorities to bring “the kinds of kids who are called ‘super-predators,’ no conscience, no empathy … to heel.” So that makes Hillary a racist? since we all know what she meant by "the kind of kids"

When my x was assaulted I hated the SOB who assaulted her the moment I knew it happened. When I found out that he was an illegal with a record of break-ins and assaults/rapes I didn't hate him to a greater degree, and the rare times I bring it up is when someone tries to tell me that illegal Mexican rapists out there don't exist.

So tell me Tom, what has Omar done that makes you a supporter?

And don't get me started about Iran, that's a whole other fuster cluck....

Wednesday, September 18
Tom Camfield

I'll be happy to talk about Ilhan Omar. I see her as a symbol of a true America. It's not so much what she has done as what she's trying to do—stem the tide of white supremacy and its racial hatred, misogyny and its denigration of women, save the environment, build a society wherein health care, education and a roof over one's head are human rights of the masses. '

She's just barely into politics as a freshman member of Congress but she's already stood firmly against the threats and bombast of Donald Trump and all he stands for. As one Internet page states: "In fleeing Somalia’s civil war as a child, coming to the United States at age 12, and being a working mom – Ilhan is fighting to restore moral clarity to Congress and ensure everyone has access to the American Dream."

She has criticized such things as Trump's pandering to Israel and blatant distain for Palestinians and other Muslims. While hate crimes continue to rise here in our own country.

On another Internet site, she points out, "I know what intolerance looks like."

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/18/ilhan-omar-congress-minnesota-democrat-antisemitism-isreal-apology-elliott-abrams

Meanwhile Trump and his shameless cohorts have already begun the dirty tricks that will undoubtedly accelerate during the coming year. A headline today: "Trump pushes tweet falsely claiming Ilhan Omar partied on 9/11 anniversary." See https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-pushes-tweet-falsely-claiming-ilhan-omar-partied-on-911-anniversary/

This is just scratching the surface, of course, so maybe I'll continue it in a blog next week or so. And send Omar still another modest campaign contribution.

Thursday, September 19
Justin Hale

Ilhan Omar is a good example of the American Dream, she has some good ideas, not enough to cause me to support her, but yeah she hates Trump, so that will get her a lot of votes.

So do you support Medicare for Illegals, Sanctuary Cities, the forgiveness of student loans, and getting rid of ICE? Omar does.

At the young age of 22 I realized that most politicians were hypocritical liars and ever since then when it came to selecting who to vote for I looked at what they had done, and pretty much ignore what they say. In many ways it's no different than reading the resume of someone you consider hiring.

Thursday, September 19
Tom Camfield

Well, Ilhan and I are far from identical in our thinking, but that would be too much to expect from any politician. We also have quite an age gap. However. I admire her spunk, resolve and general direction of her dream agenda. Perhaps parts of it will be accomplished. I also want to encourage more women and racial minorities to stand tall in our government. Our federal government certainly needs more fresh air. Omar has what it takes to look Donald Trump in the eye and hold her own.

I guess the Congress members I'm really tuned in with at present are our two senators from our own site, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.

Friday, September 20
Tom Camfield

There goes my renegade spell-check again, and my old eyes don't always catch its sneakiness in the small type afforded me. That should have read "senators from our own state."

Friday, September 20