Letter to the Editor: ‘If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck …’

I will give Vernon Johnson credit for valiantly trying to do what really is impossible for any fair observer — convince us that the president of the United States is NOT a racist. (“Labeling President Trump a racist is absurd, Letter to the Editor, Sept. 12) Unfortunately for him, his flimsy arguments are overwhelmed by the massive amount of evidence that the president of the United States is manifestly a virulently racist man.

Donald J. Trump grew up with a father, Fred, whom he idolized, but who apparently was a hopeless and unrepentant racist for his entire life, having been arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally in 1927 at the age of 22, and then being sued for racial discrimination in housing in 1973, at the age of 68. By that time our future president had become president of the company, and the first time he really hit the headlines in the newspapers was when he, along with his father, was accused of racial discrimination.

In 1989, he took out a full-page ad in the New York Times in which he demanded the death penalty for the “Central Park Five” — the African-American youths who were accused of a rape of a white woman; when they were exonerated several years later, Trump refused to acknowledge, much less apologize for, his rush to judgment.

He really launched his political career in 2011 when he took the lead in promoting the vicious and despicable lie that our first African-American president, Barack Obama, was not born in the United States and was thereby ineligible for the office. His blatant lying about this, in which he claimed on national television that he had sent private investigators to Hawaii to uncover new evidence — which was pure fantasy — proved not only that he was a racist but a truly pathological and dangerous liar. He NEVER apologized to President Obama for this sleazy assault of falsehoods.

The old saw about “if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck, it must be a duck” also applies to racists. Mr. Trump acts like a racist, talks like a racist, and thinks like a racist. Therefore, he IS a racist. Consider these examples:

He officially launched his presidential campaign by making viciously disparaging statements about Mexicans, and later attacked a federal judge because of his supposed Mexican heritage.

He disparaged African countries as “s…hole countries” and said that we should have more immigration from places like Norway — which may be the whitest country on earth.

He has quite recently — which shows he is getting worse, not better — insulted in personal and demeaning ways (using terms like “stupid”) three distinguished and respected African-American reporters (who happened to be female, but that is another story).

He called Stacey Abrams, the African-American candidate for governor of Georgia, “unqualified” for the job, in spite of the fact that she graduated magna cum laude from Spelman College, has a degree from Yale Law School, and has been minority leader of the Georgia House for several years.

He has referred to several African-Americans, as varied as Maxine Waters, Don Lemon, and Lebron James, as unintelligent, using terms like “low IQ” or “dumb”.

He is the first president in at least 60 years who has no person of color working on his staff in West Wing of the White House.

I have argued in these pages before that the president is both a racist AND a religious bigot. As far as can see, he keeps proving me right every day.

Daniel Pritchett

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