By now everyone’s probably heard about Donald Trump’s complaint about the judge overseeing the trial about his now-defunct ‘university.’ If not, basically Trump is playing the same old game, blame the judge, who happens to be of Mexican heritage, of racial bias for making a ruling that Trump didn’t like. Everyone went ballistic, even going so far as saying that Trump doesn’t think brown people are Americans, and Paul Ryan went into damage control mode – again.
Is what Trump said wrong? Sure it is because he is just playing up the typical racial hatred and division card that America seems to love at the moment. However, I want to point out a few things before everyone jumps all over Donald Trump alone. You see, as despicable as Trump is, he is just doing what Americans do all the damn time to each other and to themselves. We love to put everyone into defined little boxes and categories that no one is supposed to move out of.
Everyone is supposed to have a label. That way we can identify you. That way we can see if we like you or hate you at a glance. It is a terrible little system that we have always had and kept in place just so we can keep others down and mock those we don’t like. Is it ever going to change? Probably not, but we do need to start getting rid of some of these divisions and stop always pointing fingers at the other guy.
The reason I say this is very simple, the division keeps America dragging an anchor that slows down its progress and saps its strength. Donald Trump’s comments are the lowest form of this division, but have become the most prevalent recently. He wants to divide our society along racial lines, which gives some people a number of false beliefs. Perchance people believe they can go back to a better time when white people didn’t have to be so sensitive to others, and America was in a stronger position in the world. Essentially they think they can push the clock back to sometime in the 1950’s and relive a supposed golden era.
I say this is a false belief because history has passed that era and you can never go back. Sure you can try to push American society back to that, but the majority of the people will resist it. And the world, well, you can’t ever make it go back to that time. We are at the end of the American century and we have squandered the last few years. Now with people like Donald Trump rising in our country we look to be kicking and screaming our way into that awful darkness to come. Instead of trying to build toward a better and brighter future, we look like spoiled children defying our parents to stay up later than curfew.
By perpetuating the divisions espoused by people like Donald Trump we keep the fabric of our society divided into an us versus them mentality. Our society already exists that way in its justice and its criminal enforcement, which need radical change, but those won’t be seriously altered until society itself stops looking at each other and seeing the divisions. We are all Americans, and should be treated as such.
I wish these changes could happen tomorrow, but I know that is impossible. Maybe with the rise of someone like Donald Trump the people in power and the rest of us will finally realize the importance of destroying these divisions. People are only using them to demonize parts of our society for advantage and rile up other parts against a nonexistent threat. We have already seen violence breaking out because of Trump’s words. How much longer do we wait? Does the country have to have riots and bloody bodies strewn in the streets before things truly change?