Trump’s Dehumanization of Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is a STILL Functional White Racist/White Supremacist Trope
Most “white” people believe (or are open to the idea) that black people are more “simian” than actual or full homo sapiens sapiens
This disgraceful attack is not a dog whistle but a bullhorn of incendiary racist and antisemitic bile, spewed out for the sole purpose of intimidating and sabotaging a lawful, legitimate, fact-based investigation. These ugly, hateful attacks on our judicial system must be universally condemned.
I’m only black because you think that you are white.
— James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son, 1955
For the umpteenth time, Donald Trump has declared himself “100% INNOCENT” in the Stormy Daniels (nee, Stephanie Clifford) hush-money case. In ever- and over-flowing stream of consciousness vitriol and hatred against the black prosecutor in the case, Trump has ratcheted up by several orders of magnitude his and especially his acolytes’, subalterns’ and sycophants’ gnawing, not-so-deep-seated, and now fully percolating white supremacist/white racist zeitgeist.
Indeed, Trump has resurrected and rejuvenated perhaps the oldest and most pernicious slur leveled against sub-Saharan Africans and black people generally wherever on earth we may be found. This particular slur began, of course, when those first 15th-century European “explorers” and “discoverers” (Portuguese, to be exact) first dropped anchor off the coast of West Africa in search of “black gold.” They “discovered” little to no gold, but blacks themselves were plentiful and served as a reasonable and just as “profitable” facsimile.
For a recent and incisive understanding of this age-old trope, I commend for your review a sweeping, seminal 2021 tome by Columbia University journalism professor and former New York Times bureau chief for the Caribbean and Central America, Howard French. In his Born in Blackness — Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War, Professor French takes a fresh look at…