In Peak Level Whiteness, Donald Trump is insisting on attending the opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi although many have called on him not to participate. U.S. Representative and Civil Rights icon, John Lewis, has said that he will not attend the opening if Trump is in attendance.
When asked about this at her
Weekly Lie Session Press Conference, Sarah-I-Lie-For-Sport-Sanders, added insult to her own stupidity and said it was, “unfortunate that Mr. Lewis would not join the President in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history.” She’s not too bright, is she? What Civil Rights leaders could she be referring to? Hmmmm, let me think, JOHN LEWIS! (Idiot!)
While Trump was lying about his feet hurting, men like John Lewis was fighting for CIVIL RIGHTS! Trump and his My-Daddy-Can-Buy-Me-Out-Of-The-Military “bone spurs” couldn’t walk a MILE in John Lewis’s shoes. John Lewis has sacrificed for this country. John Lewis has bled for this country. John Lewis was beaten so that Black people could have freedom. John Lewis was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in the same state the pedophile that Trump endorsed, Roy Moore said the last time America was great was “at the time when families were united. Even though we had slavery, they cared for one another. Our families were strong, our country had a direction.” I am glad someone finally admitted what Black people have said since day one- Make America Great Again was always a slogan to make America like the antebellum South. This is the man that Trump endorses, and we are to believe that Trump cares about a Civil Rights Museum opening in Jackson, Mississippi?
The NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Jonson released a statement that said, “President Trump’s statements and policies regarding the protection and enforcement of civil rights have been abysmal, and his attendance is an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement. He has created a commission to reinforce voter suppression, refused to denounce white supremacists, and overall, has created a racially hostile climate in this nation.”
This is a man that spoke as if Frederick Douglass was still alive. This is a man that disrespected a Civil Rights Leader with his tweets. This is a man that insisted the First Black President of this nation wasn’t born in America. This is a man that called a Black congresswoman wacky. This is a man that essentially called a grieving Black gold star widow a liar. This is a man that was sued for not renting to Black people. This is a man that said good people were on both sides when racists killed a woman in Charolettesville, Virginia. It is evident that Trump has no concern about Black people, issues that impact Black people and doesn’t care about honoring history and Civil Rights leaders.
So why does Trump want to attend?
White people are so used to defining spaces, asserting themselves in spaces and then determining who can or cannot enter those spaces that they feel like it is an affront to them if they must remove themselves from a space. Because, of course, everything revolves around THEIR level of comfortability. White people are so used to everything being centered around them that when something is clearly not about them and would, in fact, cause a damper on what should be a day of reflection and celebration, they are more concerned about themselves than others.
Trump doesn’t care about the museum. Trump doesn’t care about Black people. Trump is merely asserting his Whiteness in a space where he is not welcomed. But none of that matters to him. What matters to him is inserting and asserting himself and making the day about him. White comfortability is the standard in America, and that is all that matters to Trump.
I understand John Lewis’s sentiments in not attending the museum opening if Trump attends. However, I am tired of Black people removing ourselves from spaces or minimizing ourselves in spaces to maintain White comfortability. How many times as a Person of Color have you shrunk yourself in a space for White people to feel comfortable? How many times have you wondered if your natural hair was appropriate in a space so that White people would feel comfortable? How many times have you switched up your vernacular in a space so that White people could feel comfortable? How many times have you wondered if you shouldn’t wear your hijab in a space so that White people could feel comfortable? How many times have you avoided going to places in your own city so that White people could feel comfortable? The list could go on and on! I am tired of navigating my life in spaces so that White people can feel some sense of comfortability. What about my comfort? Do White people ever think about that or is it always secondary to their comfort?
John Lewis should not have to skip this event. John Lewis has EARNED the right to stand in this space. John Lewis deserves to be in that space, and Donald Trump should humble himself and sit this one out. The people that are honored in the museum suffered, bled, and some even died to fight against men like Donald Trump. Trump being there is a slap in the face to everyone that stood and fought for Civil Rights and that includes John Lewis.
But Trump will never see that. Because Trump is Trump and all Trump cares about is being Trump in all his peak level White glory.