Dear Trump Voter:
I fully understand many of you voted for Trump last year out of a profound dislike for his opponent Hilary Clinton. Others voted because they believed his promises of Making America Great Again or because he promised the country will tire of so much winning. Maybe you voted for Trump because you wanted to safeguard the chance of a conservative being appointed to the Supreme Court. And still others might have believed a pragmatic businessman in the Oval Office would be good for America. And while I may disagree with your reasoning, I not only respected your decision but defended it because of my commitment to the democratic process (even though he did lose the popular vote by 2.9 million). Still, I confess feeling somewhat disturbed by your failure to condemn his more egregious pronouncements such as his numerous misogynist comments culminating with grabbing them by the pussy, or his more racist pursuits like the birther movement. But especially his xenophobic, anti-Latinx campaign kick-off statement where he said those of us who came to this county as undocumented immigrants were bringing drugs, bringing crime, and are rapists.
But if you still support Trump after his failure to condemn Nazi and Klan activities in Charlottesville, I have to wonder if the real reason you voted for him was because you share his racist white nationalist viewpoint. To stand before the American people after a white man purposely drove his car into a group of peaceful protestors and say there is blame on many sides is to defend white terrorist groups who are fueled by hatred for people of color and their allies (both right and left of center) who stand with them. To say all sides are to blame ignores how one side were mainly carrying guns, while the other side were mainly wearing collars. The former chanted epithets toward Jews and Blacks, the other prayed for love and peace.
If the President, or you, cannot bring yourself to condemn the perpetrators of home-grown terrorism, then both the President and you are racist. I know you hate being called this, but honestly, there is no other term. Embrace who you are and repent, or simply prove me wrong in words, or more importantly, in deeds. There really is only one way to prove me wrong: strongly and without qualifiers condemn white supremacy in all its forms and manifestations, including in how they are currently prevalent in this administration. Your complicity in remaining silent as modern-day Brown Shirts terrorize Americans, or providing milquetoast responses that all sides are to blame (reminiscence with how Nazi blamed Jews for Kristallnacht) makes you an ally, a supporter, and an advocate of Nazis, the Klan, and skinheads.
I can’t imagine how the man who tweets against every minuscule slight can’t find 140 characters to condemn what even other conservative politicians with whom I normally disagree are condemning. A man who bombarded both Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton for their refusal to say the words “Islamic Terrorism” cannot find the will to say “White Terrorism” which, by the way, is less than 140 characters. Is it because when a Muslim drives a vehicle into a crowd both you and the President are quick to call it terrorism but when a white person does the same thing, it’s just a civil disturbance? For the record, of the hundreds of Muslims whom I know and collaborate with, not one of them gives me any cause to fear. I cannot say the same about the white people I know.
In fairness, there does exist another group which still supports Trump who are not necessarily racist. They are religious fanatics, believers in the made-up exegesis they are calling the “Cyrus Effect” meaning that that God is using a nonbeliever like Trump, just like God used a nonbelieving Persian King in 539 BCE to bring about God’s purposes. Lord have mercy – the biblical gymnastics we do to justify our satanic beliefs. Considering nothing resembling Christian has yet to emerge from this administration leads me to conclude believers in this Cyrus interpretation are really worshipping a frail and feeble God. The only Christian advancement made under the Trump Administration thus far is the advancement of the Christianity held by those white men and women (yes – let’s not forget the white women) carrying Tiki Torches. What is sad about these Cyrus believers is how many of them are of color, a modern-day example of what Malcolm X once referred to as “house slaves” (grant you, X used stronger language).
So, dear Trump voter, allow me to speak plainly. Whatever reasons caused you to vote for Trump no longer matter. The mask has been ripped off to show the racism beneath it, in all of its vile glory. Our nation is divided between those promoting hate and those calling for justice. Neutrality and silence places you in the former camp – whether you like it or not. You can join the rest of humanity, liberals and conservatives, and condemn the alt-right white nationalist movement; or you can continue being an apologist. I know not what course you will take, but as to me: unless you repent for your continued support of racism, Islamophobia, misogyny, and transphobia, then please accept this letter as my symbolic gesture of dusting off the sand from my sandals and moving on without you. There can be no fellowship, no reconciliation until you repent.