Is Donald Trump’s racism bewildering, upsetting, and alarming
to you? Having trouble looking at him during television appearances? Do your
ears burn from his cacophonous sound bytes?
If so, chances are good that you are not alone.
This brief “operator’s guide” highlights a few parallels
between Trump, the 2016 United States presidential hopeful, and other outspoken
racist figures of America’s past. Hopefully, this short and largely incomplete
survey will elucidate some of the historical underpinnings of Trump’s current bigoted
Readers will note that, as with many race-related social
ills today, Trump’s racist and xenophobic agenda clearly bears much in common
with the all too often bigoted American past.
What follows is alarming, but perhaps no less so than the
popularity of a social blight like Trump.
harbors many racist sentiments similar to those of US senator, historian, and
lawyer, Albert Jeremiah Beveridge (1862-1927).
Both men are known for their chauvinistic nationalism, and
Trump’s xenophobia suggests that he in many ways agrees with Beveridge, who once
asserted, “Were it not for such a force as [the English-speaking and Teutonic
peoples] the world would relapse into barbarism and night.”
Only two months ago Trump stated, “When Mexico sends its
people, they’re not sending their best… They’re sending people that have lots
of problems, and they’re bringing those problems…”
Trump and Beveridge clearly espouse the same class of
xenophobic fear mongering.
racism is similar to that of author, clergyman, and social reformer, Josiah
Strong believed that the “Anglo-Saxon race” had reached
its culmination in the United States, and that it would eventually succeed in
bringing civilization and Christianity to the rest of the “uncivilized” world.
Speaking at the January 2015 Freedom Summit in Des Moines,
Iowa, Trump complained about Muslims being allowed to “come into this country”
while (he alleged) Christians could not.
In a similar vein, Strong once stated, “Notwithstanding
the great perils which threaten it… I believe it is fully in the hands of the
Christians of the United States… to hasten or retard the coming of Christ’s
kingdom in the world...”
The intolerant notions set forth by Trump along the 2016
presidential campaign trail – including his Islamophobic tirades – certainly
smacks of Strong’s much older, yet equally discriminatory, penchants.
Three: Trump would
agree with the anti-immigrant urgency of Madison Grant (1865-1937), the two-time
Ivy League graduate, hunter, lawyer, traveler and explorer who was known for
his positions as trustee of the American Museum of Natural history, president
of the New York Zoological Society, and vice president of the Immigration
Similar to the fears propagated by Trump today, Grant
feared that America’s once dominant “racial stock” – which he argued was
composed mainly of “white” peoples – would grow so adulterated from a flood of
immigrants that it would cease even to be recognizable.
Trump has stated something similar time and time again. “Something
has got to be coming down from the top,” he rails, especially because people “are
flowing through [US-Mexican border] like water,” and at some point it will be
Four: Trump would
get on just fine with Lothrop Stoddard (1883-1950), a Harvard-educated lecturer
and writer who fiercely believed that America was doomed unless it did
something to curb the influx of a number of “undesirable immigrants” being
permitted to enter America.
Given Trump’s rabid hatred of the US-Mexican borderland, its
denizens and its immigrant populations, he might as well look to Stoddard for
speech-writing inspiration. Indeed, Trump’s border security rants boom as if he
were a 21st century version of Stoddard, who claimed,
“Only the barrier of the white man’s veto has
prevented a perfect deluge of colored men into white lands, and even as it is
the desperate seekers after fuller life have crept and crawled through every
crevice in that barrier, until even these advance-guards to-day constitute
serious local problems along the white world’s race-frontiers.”
Even if Trump does not carry these words tattooed on his
heart, there is reason to fear that his supports do.
Five: Trump in
many ways coincides with the social thought of V.S. McClatchy (1857-1938), once
a part-owner of the Sacramento Bee,
and they especially match on the so called “menacing elements of immigration” they
perceive as a threat to America.
Whereas McClatchy accused the Japanese of non-assimilability,
unusually large birthrates, and great advantages in economic competition, Trump
has levied like minded xenophobic and racist accusations against people who pass
through the Mexico-US border every day.
Six: Add your own
racist bigot to the list. Let us uncover these racist parasites that have so
much in common with Trump, and let us be done with him once and for all!
Mateo Pimentel is an Axis of Logic columnist, living on the US-Mexico border. Read the Biography and additional articles by Axis Columnist Mateo Pimentel.
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