It is offensive to hear Donald Trump tell anyone that they must learn anything. This is the man who wanted people to inject disinfectant in their veins or shove a UV light down their trachea to get at the COVID virus congregating in sick people’s lungs. This is the least educated, least intellectually curious, president in history, one who can’t be bothered to listen to a full daily briefing from the intelligence community.
But when Trump presumes to tell African Americans to learn their history, it is even more offensive. It is true that perhaps the one area of American history that Trump does understand is the racist history of slavery, apartheid, and Jim Crow, that much is true. But Donald Trump believes that statues of confederate traitors and racists should stand because our black brothers and sisters must learn their history, and apparently, they won’t without those offensive statues and monuments.
Trump discussed the entire matter with Brian Kilmeade of Fox last night and the transcript is brought to us by Mediaite :
“So how do we grow as a country and yet not forget our past?” asked Kilmeade.
“You have to understand history, and you have to understand the culture,” Trump replied, saying that we should not take down statues of George Washington, noting that “half of our country is named after Washington.”
“We have to remember the heritage and the culture of our country,” Trump continued. “Here is the other problem that I have — a lot of these people don’t even know what they are taking down. I see what’s happening on television, and they are ripping down things they have no idea what they are ripping down, but they started off with the Confederates and now go to Ulysses Grant so what is that all about?”
Kilmeade then kissed Trump’s ass, stating that “since Trump has done so much for the black community (as evidenced by how many black men are being wantonly murdered by the cops) what is Trump’s message to them whose ancestors were enslaved by the people on these monuments.
My message is that we have a great country, we have the greatest country on Earth. We have a heritage, we have a history and we should learn from the history, and if you don’t understand your history, you will go back to it again. You will go right back to it. You have to learn. Think of it, you take away that whole era and you’re going to go back to it sometime. People won’t know about it. They’re going to forget about it. It’s okay.
So black people have to learn their history or they’ll go back to being enslaved, and the only way to learn that history (apparently, to Trump) is to leave the monuments to slavers and white supremacists up and in place, as people to be commemorated.
Now, why would anyone think Trump is a racist?
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