Trump Adds Lazy Puerto Ricans to His Racist Hall of Stereotypes.

by Pitt Griffin on September 30, 2017 · 0 comments

in Racism, Trump presidency

“Is Trump a racist?” is the wrong question. After all, he had to promise not to discriminate against minorities to settle a housing suit brought by the Feds in 1973. The right question is: “Has Trump proved he is not a racist?” The answer is no. And you can ask “the Blacks”, as Trump unempathetically groups African-Americans.

The ‘Central Park Five’.

In 1989, five youths – 4 black and 1 Hispanic – were arrested, tried and convicted of rape and attempted murder of a 28-year-old woman in Central Park, NY. The sole evidence was their confessions – which the 14 & 15 year-olds said were coerced – a claim supported by DNA evidence. Nevertheless, Trump spent $85,000 on full page ads in 4 NYC newspapers demanding the death penalty and singling out crimes committed in the Park.

In 2002, the five were exonerated. Another man admitted to the crime – an admission the DNA evidence supported.

But Trump maintained they were guilty, pointing to their confessions – ignoring that the police are capable of convincing innocent people to say what the police want to hear. He also claimed there was other evidence and that “these young men do not exactly have the pasts of angels”. There was no other evidence, and none of the five had been arrested before. Why this persistent lying in the face of facts? Do I have to ask?

We all know that in Trump’s mind Mexican immigrants are “rapists”. And American judges who have Hispanic names are actually “Mexican”.

He implied the Muslim Gold Star mother of a slain US Army captain – silent in her support of her husband – must belong to an oppressive faith: “maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say”.

On the other hand, he considers Jews stereotypical money-grubbers. As he said to the Republican Jewish Coalition, “Is there anyone who doesn’t renegotiate deals in this room?” And, “The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”

Protesting NFL players – all black – are “those sons of bitches”.

Whites, on the other hand, get the benefit of the doubt from Trump. He gave David Duke a pass, feigned ignorance of white supremacists, and after Charlottesville said among NeoNazis there are some “very fine people”.

Trump has a hair trigger when it comes to condemning people of color. But he waited days before saying bad things about white nationalists, because he didn’t want to, in his words,  “just make a statement for the sake of making a political statement. I want to know the facts”. Facts? Pull the other one.

San Juan Mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz

Now, in the aftermath of Maria, he is berating the Mayor of San Juan and the people of Puerto Rico. The mayor because she has “Such poor leadership ability”. Who, along with others, “are not able to get their workers to help”. Saying they “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort”. Statements rendered ridiculous by images of a mayor up to her waist in filthy water and civilians helping each other.

But lazy minorities asking for handouts is a conservative meme since forever and given solidity by Reagan’s “welfare queen”. And Trump isn’t about to let a useful piece of bigotry go to waste.

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