The New York Times just published an opinion piece titled, "Can My Children Be Friends With White People?" As you can likely imagine, the piece was a racist attack on white supporters of Donald Trump:
History has provided little reason for people of color to trust white people in this way, and these recent months have put in the starkest relief the contempt with which the country measures the value of racial minorities. America is transfixed on the opioid epidemic among white Americans (who often get hooked after being overprescribed painkillers — while studies show that doctors under-prescribe pain medication for African-Americans). But when black lives were struck by addiction, we cordoned off minority communities with the police and threw away an entire generation of black and Hispanic men.
Likewise, despite centuries of exclusion and robust evidence of continuing racism, minority underemployment is often couched in the language of bad choices and personal responsibility. When systemic joblessness strikes swaths of white America, we get an entire presidential campaign centered on globalization’s impact on the white working class. Even the nerve of some rich or visible African-Americans to protest that America, in its laws and in its police, has rarely been just to all has been met with the howls of a president who cannot tolerate that the lucky and the uppity do not stay in their place. [...]
Of course, the rise of this president has broken bonds on all sides. But for people of color the stakes are different. Imagining we can now be friends across this political line is asking us to ignore our safety and that of our children, to abandon personal regard and self-worth. Only white people can cordon off Mr. Trump’s political meaning, ignore the “unpleasantness” from a position of safety. His election and the year that has followed have fixed the awful thought in my mind too familiar to black Americans: “You can’t trust these people.” [...]
Mr. Trump’s supporters are practiced at purposeful blindness. That his political life started with denying, without evidence, that Barack Obama is American — that this black man could truly be the legitimate president — is simply ignored. So, too, is his history of housing discrimination, his casual conflation of Muslims with terrorists, his reducing Mexican-Americans to murderers and rapists. All along, his allies have watched racial pornography, describing black America as pathological. Yet they deny that there is any malice whatsoever in his words and actions. And they dismiss any attempt to recognize the danger of his wide-ranging animus as political correctness.
It's ironic that the author chose to focus on Donald Trump, when it was really Barack Obama, the first black president, who did absolutely nothing to help the African American community during his time in office:
The poverty rate in the black community increased dramatically during Obama's presidency, and he made no progress in education with regard to high school dropout rates.
In the end, all Obama did was divide our country along racial lines, which has led us to being more divided than ever before.
It should be noted that the New York Times author offers no solution to actually help the black community. Instead, he rants against white people and portrays African Americans as victims who are powerless to help themselves.
It's time to stop dividing ourselves even more along racial lines and instead focus on fixing the racial issues that plague our nation.
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