Trump & U.S. Public School Children  
Explaining Trump to Public School Children


(This is a developing story that will be updated on a regular basis.)




The Fall Blog 2016
​By Stephanie Leigh Robinson
Updated: Focus on Charlottesville & Domestic Terrorism (August 2017)
  
I certainly hope school officials explain the presidential election to their students, especially to their white students who are attacking nonwhites --- or who think that the Trump win means white racism won the day.  In other words,  Americans must continue to believe in their participatory rights and call out racism where they find it --- anything less undermines our democracy.

Here’s what parents and community stakeholders should do when President Trump promotes racism, etc. They should place 100 pennies on a table and give the Trump voters approximately 25 pennies. They should then divide these 25 pennies by 2 and give the voters who are only interested in jobs but not in white supremacist ideals an extra
penny or 13 pennies. (Keep in mind that many low information voters did not know and still do not know that President Obama tried to support these voters time and time again through his employment   bills and/or legislation focusing on jobs, etc.   But,  due to obstructionism   by conservative leaders  such as "McConnell" etc.), Trump's voters  were sacrificed and allowed to suffer for 8 long years in the name of bigotry against President Obama, the first African American President of the United States of Amerca.)

These students should also know that almost half of the U.S. eligible voters did not bother
to show up and vote for Trump  at all  or ever (place 47 pennies in the pile with the 13
pennies) --- not even during the primaries ( probably due to the inaccurate polls that showed Clinton was going to easily win based on the American standards for the presidency in contrast to Trump's standards or his derogatory behavior). They should then consider all of the voters who did vote for Clinton, Johnson and Stein (Place the remaining pennies in this pile, too. . .) --- which leaves Trump with only 12 pennies, (or the smallest pile of pennies) for the racist side of this equation --- or the part that is scaring children and most Americans, if not the whole world.

Update on Charlottesville, Racism & President Trump  (including the pardoning of
Arpaio who racially profiled Latinos, and the rescinding of DACA, etc. --- even though the POTUS states that we are defined by our shared humanity). . .

So, what should school representatives tell children about President Trump and his inability to quickly denounce racism or the recent events in Charlottesville and white domestic terrorists? What is he saying about Heather Heyer who believed in social justice and equality, a young white woman who died defending these democratic freedoms? Does it bother him that she was killed by a white domestic terrorist? Does it bother him that two policemen (Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates) were killed?

When he cavalierly talks about the " fine people" at the rally or "our beautiful confederate statues" the question is: would he say the same thing about statues and schools named after individuals who had murdered whites or people who looked like him? Probably not. Why then is it so hard for many Americans to understand that the confederates who fought for the institution of slavery were defending a barbaric culture --- a culture based on white supremacy that had already destroyed the lives of millions of African Americans? The famous (March 21, 1861)  Cornerstone speech by Stephens, the vice president of the confederacy states:

          Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea (of the US                               Constitution); its foundations are laid; its corner-stone rests upon the great truth, that           the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery -- subordination to the superior             race -- is his natural and normal condition. [Applause.] This, our new government, is               the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and             moral truth.

The POTUS then seems to be unaware of 1861 or the fact that his very identification with the confederate statues creates the impression that he is glorifying symbols of the confederacy (an enemy, of course, of the United States of America), a treasonous act --- at its root for the president, no less. His love of these symbols also means he cares very little about the lives lost during the civil war, how African Americans were treated during slavery as if their lives did not matter or that the symbols represent a primitive culture that legalized murder, kidnapping, forced free labor, torture, rape, and the forced breeding of human beings, including the promotion of the fancy trade that turned slave holders into the largest group of legalized sexual peddlers (pimps) of women and children the world has ever known. Against this backdrop, the POTUS must ponder by  multiplying the number of African Americans savagely murdered by slave holders and then figure out why African Americans have never wanted to commemorate confederate leaders who supported barbarity and were never convicted of any crimes. As the leader of the free world, he then needs to wonder why he, as the POTUS, is empathetic toward white supremacy but insensitive to the atrocities caused by the inhuman institution called slavery.   

Without question, Trump has already demonstrated that he is incapable of serving all Americans for it has taken him far too long to denounce white racists -- and it is just not because he needs their votes. As the POTUS, he has set the standard dangerously low for race relations on a national and world stage and, in the process, keeps proving that he lacks the know-how to serve in a diverse, global world. On the other hand, Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe quickly told the white supremacists that "there is no place for them in America." His message is still resonating throughout America.

But who does Trump represent? Does he condone guns, sticks, chemical sprays, brass knuckles and cars as deadly weapons with the premeditated intent to harm and kill other Americans at an American rally? Why was he slow to condemn white racist behavior as unacceptable in America, overall? Instead, world leaders around the world who understand how un-American the white supremacists are were compelled to do what he would not do with conviction. For instance,   Chancellor Merkel had to step up and say what he would not say in a timely manner about white supremacist terrorism. 

To rectify his position on white supremacy or to prove that he does represent all Americans, will Trump promote federal law enforcement efforts to guard against white home-grown terrorism as the majority of Americans expect him to do?  As he knows, the Nazis, Klu Klux Klan and white supremacists are not in support of the Constitution of the United States of America as Martin Luther King and his peaceful demonstrators were when they were addressing civil rights concerns. Unfortunately, the POTUS does not seem to be able to distinguish between American and un-American ideals or his own self-identifying white nationalist tendencies from  un-American blatant abject racism and what it entails (an observation that also applies to Posobiec and Groka as well.)  For instance, he tweeted recently about black crime but has not tweeted (yet) about  white supremacist terrorism or  white on white crime,  (which is higher than black on black crime), an omission that shows he lacks depth and/or possesses a child-like understanding of these subjects.  

Truly, he is not fulfilling his American promise to Americans, in general --- but feeding his followers' lies and intentionally stirring up a type of mob mentality based on blame is not only divisive it is irresponsible --- for it is surely not black, red, brown, yellow people or Jews who are causing the nation's problems. Duke, and the ilk he represents, have been ignored for a long time but their own political choices that deviate from American values have caused them to be ignored --- choices that include choosing the wrong leaders who support (feeble) anti-American policies have hurt them for a very long time or since Reconstruction, etc. In fact, their choices (for decades) have rendered them invisible to rich whites --- such as Trump, etc. who count on their racism, ignorance or misplaced anger toward people of color to distract them from people like him, etc. Clearly, Trump has done nothing for these white racists for they are still jobless. He has done nothing to address the opioid crisis (for white women are still dying at double the rate of white men), a crisis that he is simply ignoring by telling his voters to just “say no” to drugs, alcoholism and suicide. (Note: white teenage girls are killing themselves at record rates as well). (Clearly, Martin Luther King and President Obama have done more to address the actual condition of poor whites than Trump who remains silent on real solutions other than those that are meant to divine the nation.) This strategic direction also applies to  SessionsBannon, Gorka, etc., who he uses to feed his racist image, which, in turn, feeds his racist voters who will follow him no matter what he does (as he likes to brag about without any morality basis necessary) as a way to support a racist mob mentality at whatever the cost. 
 
Charlottesville demonstrates that as president he does not understand  American ideals or values. His inability to denounce the groups by name, in a timely manner or with a sense of urgency proves that he, at his very core, remains insensitive to home grown white domestic terrorism or acts that caused the devastating death of a young woman as well as two police officers. As a result, he has pardoned Arpaio for racially profilling Latinos but  still has not denounced white racist or white supremacist support? He still defends symbols of the confederacy or  "718 monuments and statutes, 109 public schools, 80 counties and cities, and 10 U.S. military bases that are named on behalf of Lee, Jefferson, Davis, and other Confederate icons."  These symbols of the confederacy harm race relations for they represent white supremacy on many levels --- and/or in its many forms --- and do nothing to expose the true nature of slavery. 

His hard-core racist and  misogynist statements against women, Mexicans, African Americans, the Disabled, Muslims, and his acceptance of confederate --- treasonous --- symbols, etc. are complaints against him that are only growing in number --- a long list that has made him one of the worst American presidents the world has ever known in a relatively short period of time.  In other words, if "facts are to be submitted to a candid world," does he represent America, which includes  understanding the U.S. Constitution,  a must-do requirement for the job of the presidency? Clearly, his decisions seem to be based on the notion that all whites believe in white supremacy.

The majority of Americans, however, do not agree with him. His historically low approval ratings, which are now at 26% overall, 33% for older voters show his strategies have failed him. He has not increased his base or won over any whites at all. Having lived in a bubble surrounded by people who have never challenged him, he bargained wrong about white racism. His theory, of course, originates from a myth, an uninformed myth that most whites have tried hard to overcome. They know that blacks believe in American values and have no desire whatsoever of imitating the white masters of their ancestors (a Trump & Co. fear?) or inhumanity. They know that blacks do not see them as superior but see them as fellow humans. They understand why it is important to recognize that all men are created equal. They know that true Americans know that their humanity transcends their skin colors and that humanity is represented in diversity, a fact  that has already made America great, now --- based on American values and beliefs. James Baldwin explained this fact best in  Stranger in the Village:

     The time has come to realize that the interracial drama acted out on the American continent has not only             created a new black man, it has created a new white man, too. No road whatever will lead Americans back to       the simplicity of this European village where white men still have the luxury of looking on me as a stranger. I       am not, really, a stranger any longer for any American alive. One of the things that distinguishes Americans         from other people is that no other people has ever been so deeply involved in the lives of black men, and             vice versa. This fact faced, with all its implications, it can be seen that the history of the American Negro               problem is not merely shameful, it is also something of an achievement. For even when the worst has been         said, it must also be added that the perpetual challenge posed by this problem was always, somehow,                 perpetually met. It is precisely this black-white experience which may prove of indispensable value to us in           the world we face today. This world is white no longer, and it will never be white again.

We have made so much progress under President Obama as a nation --- so returning to
time in history when morality was ignored on so many different levels (with  clear-cut examples  here   here and here from  the president) will take some explaining when it comes to children. Ostensibly, most Americans have moved beyond the time when whites were afraid of level playing fields or needed to discriminate against people of color to attain their goals. Most of us, therefore, see no reason to give up on this nation or to think that it will ever return to a time when its ideals were not upheld ---- or when as a nation, its leaders overlooked the need to humanize America's history by addressing its mistakes (Consider the end of Slavery or the Jim Crow eras, etc.)  So, we. . . (just like so many other Americans in the past such as MLK, etc.) --- still believe, (sometimes in spite of appearances, or obstructionism in all its forms) that we can (Obama) (" hold its truths to be self-evident , that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." American children, of course, have been taught the meaning of these words but what do we tell them when the president
says and does things that are not representative of America?

We must tell them that, as Americans, we will always believe in the United States of America 
in spite of Trump who, (unlike President Obama), continues to question, if not, distort 
America's greatness by trying to create racial and religious divisions among Americans. We must tell them that as the protests increase and grow around the nation and world --- these protests are, without question, a sign --- that the center is holding or democracy and equality are still supported --- in spite of racists or the misguided nature of Trump and other white conservatives --- who lack the leadership abilities to understand what it means to lead in a global world.  Clearly, they alone (even as their followers desert them) have chosen to overlook, on the most basic level ever, whether they like it or not, the fact that they are, of course, sharing the planet with other human beings who have every human right to expect the best treatment from their leaders --- a concept even children understand.

We must, therefore, tell children that the adults in their lives will always transcend or go
beyond Trump's one dimensional, conceptual range and/or his limited decision-making experience by  "supporting" the nation's highest ideals even if the people with the 12 pennies do not (This number is now hovering around 8 pennies based on voter's remorse. . .). When children hear about the POTUS or the insensitive ways in which he seeks to divide Americans they must, instead, remember that true Americans "will always believe" in America's values, in word and deed. True Americans will not support hate, treasonous ideals or any symbols and expressions of the confederacy. They, too must remember who they are as American citizens. . . From this perspective, they simply need to remain focused on what America truly represents or how it became a world leader in the first place - and when they do there, certainly, will not be any need or reason for them to be afraid at all. 

And, finally, they must keep in mind that the majority of Americans, based on the popular vote, will continue to reject Trump's ideas or his world views if they are not based on the Constitution of the United States of America. In other words, the vast majority of American people  do believe in everyone's fundamental rights (the Bill of Rights). They do want to make sure that everyone is treated fairly and equally, which are " all ideas" emphasized and supported by the Declaration of Independence (t he Declaration of Independence was the promise; the Constitution was the fulfillment).   In recognition of this purpose then --- and --- with all due respect to President Trump --- all children, everywhere, no matter who they are must learn and remember this basic truth:   "The Constitution begins and ends with: We the People."