Courtesy of CNN.
The term ‘alt-right’ or ‘Alternative Right’ is just a fancy shmancy term coined by Richard Spencer for Neo-Nazis, white nationalists, white supremacists, white racists, etc., pretty much any (white) person who identifies with the term.
Composed of mostly young, paranoid, insecure, white male sociopaths, the alt-right firmly believes that white genocide is in progress due – in part – to multiculturalism and political correctness. Since they feel threatened that their place as the dominant species is being taken away from them, they’ve adapted a culture of familiar, but nonetheless disturbing, hatred. Here are a list of things that they fear and hate the most (in no particular order):
To put it simply, the alt-right thinks women should stay in the home barefoot, naked, pregnant and in the kitchen and not hold jobs, vote or run for office. They want things to be like it was before feminism was born when women were seen and not heard. But now that they have more freedoms, the alt-right men’s clubalt-right men’s club dreads that they’re being oppressed while women are gaining more privileges.
No different than other racist groups, the alt-right believes the white race is the most superior. Seeing other groups of people in what they declare are white ethnocentric spaces – such as entire countries – obtaining careers and(or), fighting white supremacy or involved in crimes where white people are victims fuels their fear of the disappearance of the whiteness.
Fitting in with their disdain for multiculturalism, the alt-right seems to have this imagined vendetta towards Black Lives Matter (BLM). Since most of them are cop supporters and conspiracy theorists, they think the movement is against both police and white people with no evidence to support their presupposition. It’s so strong, they willingly pin certain crimes on the movement if the victims are cops and(or) whites even though there’s no connection with BLM.
Islam and Muslims
To put it simply, all Muslims are terrorists and all terrorists are Muslims…and BLM. They, along with immigrants, must be kept out of America, a nation the alt-right declares as a white Christian nation.
While the hatred is not quite as cut-and-dry as the previous subjects as some members of the white nationalist movement have courted the gays to join their causes. But, in large part, they simply detest the LGBQT community. They see their lifestyle as anything but normal, something to be feared and – of course – loathed upon.
A conservative that is deemed ‘weak’ is labeled a ‘cuck’ or ‘cuckservative’. In the minds of the alt-right, any conservative that goes against the extremist values of the movement is unfaithful and is therefore emasculated.
No explanation needed. They hate them for being the polar opposites of everything they stand for.
It’s no secret that many people declare 2016 as one of the hardest years to get through. Sure, there were some positive moments, but it seemed outweighed by the not-so-positive moments. But like every year in our lives, it teaches us many things. So, here’s a rundown on a few things I’ve learned this ‘interesting’ year.
Money and Fame Can Create False Senses of Privileges For People of Color
It’s no doubt that you have a lot more opportunities if you got cash, and being famous has its advantages. But none of that overlooks the fact that people of color (POC) are still looked down upon no matter how big their bank accounts are. Still, we’ve seen black celebrities and athletes proclaim how all lives matter. We’ve even seen some insult the Black Lives Matter Movement for stupid ass reasons that define pure house negroism.
These lost fools think that police and white folks will treat them kind, because they either will treat them kind or that they’re rich and famous. To most police and most white people, they’re still niggers, sub-humans whose only purpose is to serve the white man or die. They don’t really care about them. They ‘love’ them as long as they can make them laugh or make touchdowns. But as soon as they get ‘woke’, they will turn on them in a heartbeat. If they get in trouble, the n-word will multiply. Having money and notoriety doesn’t protect you from the wrath of white hatred.
Hotepism Is Anti-Black
There’s a movement made of mostly black men who see themselves as woke, engaged in Afrocentric teaching black people the ways of African manhood. Or that’s how they see it.
But I’ve seen a lot of dudes dedicated to the cause express chauvinistic and homophobic rhetoric that would make conservatives applause. These false prophets believe that they and only they have a say in what a woman – a black woman- does with…anything. Her hair, body, clothing and yes, her vagina is determined by black men. And like many Christians, they too have a problem with the LGBT community.
To these Hotep leaders and followers, black power is for black men. But being pro-black doesn’t mean being anti-black woman or homophobic. Last time I checked, black women and black members of the LBGT community are part of the black community. But these jackasses can’t stand black feminism, as many believe that it’s white feminism in black face. (Well, actually they have problems with black women in general as they constantly find ways to look down on them but still somehow refer to them as ‘queens’.) And they believe homosexuality is a white invention used to destroy black manhood. So, as far as I’m concerned, these Hotep clowns are practically against black people.
Life Is Short and Guns are Killing Us
It seemed like there was an overabundance of celebrity deaths this year, especially within the last couple of weeks. While the world has been struck with continual sadness with one beloved celebrity passing after another, we can’t overlook the lives of ordinary people who were lost this year. We’ve lost loved ones due to accidents, natural causes and natural disasters. But we can’t ignore that we lost our fair share of people due to gun violence.
Gun violence will continue into the new year. There’s no way around that fact. It’s inevitable.
Yes, the NRA supporters and overall gun nuts will rant and rave for gun ownership. But 2016 has seen so many deaths in damn-near catastrophic proportions. Guns are about as easy to get as candy, and that’s a major part of the problem.
If you recall, I was near a shooting during what was supposed to be an enjoyable event. It still haunts me to this day. While I hope for better, safer days, this problem will persist. It was prevalent in 2015, and it will pathetically continue into 2017.
Only White Men Can Get Away With Rape and Murder
Being a white male means you’re almost untouchable when it comes to the courts. You can rape women, and not have to worry about hard time. If you’re a cop or vigilante and you kill unarmed black folks, chances are good that you’ll walk away free or at worst given a relatively light sentence. Being white means never to be held accountable for your actions. Your people are never held to the same collective standard imposed upon blacks, Latinxs and Muslims. You can screw the world over a thousand times. You’re still regarded as ‘basically good’.
Police Still Hate Our Black Asses
More unarmed black people have been murdered by cops. More black folks have been harassed and falsely arrested by cops. And police and their supporters continue to tell us that they’re our ‘friends’. It’s still somehow our fault that police are harassing and killing us. And if we would just behave, maybe cops would treat us better.
I’m fatigued by all the bullshit! All of it! I’m tired of black people getting treated this way. And I’m tired of dumbasses and their scripted broken record responses!
But I guess that’s part of their victim blaming, racist Blue Lives Matter culture, a culture they’re unwilling to discard, and a culture I refuse to accept or respect.
White Feminism Is Anti-Feminism
I don’t consider myself a feminist, because I don’t think I’ve earned that right. But 2016 revealed some feminists who don’t deserve that title either. Yet, thanks to the ever-present omnipresence of white privilege, they are considered to be genuine feminists.
I guess feminism is for white women like freedom of speech and accountability immunity is for white people.
It seems some white women want so much to have as much power and privileges as their white male brothers that they will throw everyone else, especially women of color, under the bus to obtain it. But no matter how often these ‘feminists’ show their true colors, America is still behind them and their efforts to be as privileged as white men.
Whiteness Is Still One Hell of a Drug
Donald Trump is our next President. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. A sexually abusive, business failing, politically inept, racist, misogynistic rapist got elected President. And who’s the blame? White people. And I don’t want to hear their crying, their fake-intellectual and quasi-political explanations or even their too little, too late regrets. This is on them. And I don’t give a flying frog-eyed fuck if their feelings are hurt.
Many white people continue to prove that hatred and fear are not only strong elements in their culture, but they consider them as virtues and qualities needed to preserve their ever-precious white race. Their foothold on the world has been slipping, and Trump’s rise to power was their reaction.
These crazy crackers can’t be reasoned with, because they don’t operate on reason. You can’t use morality, because they’re morally bankrupt. Whiteness trumps everything, including white lives.
While I’m at it, I want to give a shout out to the pastors, celebrities and other coon-ass negroes who showed their support for the Donald. Yes, you’re to blame too. I hope your vote for your white savior was worth it. Self-hating ass niggas.
I would say more, but 2016 has me worn the fuck out. And we still have some hours left.
So, I just want to say thanks to those of you who stuck with me during this year. And I sincerely hope and pray that next year will be an even better year for all of us. Bless you and have a Happy New Year.
As if conservative white folks aren’t aggravating enough, here comes liberal whites and their pleas for thinking of the white working class.
Kali Holloway of Alternet via Raw Story vents about how people should feel empathy for the white working class, the section of America where most of its people don’t give a damn about black people’s plight:
The only surprise to come out of this election is how many, and how quickly, white people want us to empathize with the people who voted against our humanity, our right to exist in this place. Even before the election, the Washington Post actually had the audacity to berate us for not crying for the white working class. In the days since Trump won, the number of articles urging everybody to be cool to Trump’s America, to understand what they are facing, to hear their grievances, has added insult to injury. Bernie Sanders issued a statement saying Trump “tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media.” I read it at least three times and couldn’t find the words “white supremacy” anywhere in it.
I want to add another article to the mix.
This comes from the Advocate. The writer, Elizabeth Daley, doesn’t want us to blame white women for Trump’s ascension. Instead, we should blame internalized misogyny. While she has a point that it played a major role in the last election, that doesn’t negate the fact that many white women voted for a misogynist due to their unwavering allegiance to whiteness. And people of color, especially women of color, are sick of white women fucking things up and are told not to cast blame:
…While it might be tempting to blame white women for the outcome of this election, let’s not. Doing so reinforces the idea that women have to be twice as responsible as men, not just 10 percent more. Furthermore, the cultural impulse to blame women is tragically aligned with the impulse that we as women have to blame ourselves.
Except women aren’t the primary problem here. It’s white women’s whiteness that’s the issue.
White privilege means never to be demonized or pathologized for the bullshit you or your people do no matter how catastrophic it is. We are told to empathize, chill and feel sorry for them for they know not what they do. In short, never blame white people.
Incidently, another article from New Republic suggests not to blame working-class whites. It’s these college educated yuppies who partook in the fuckery. Now, even though it still blames a population of whites, it dares not blame white people as a whole the way society holds nonwhite groups liable for its problems.
No. Instead, let’s blame and punish black people and their culture for all the crime in this country. Let’s blame and punish Latino immigrants for taking all of the jobs. Let’s blame and punish Asians for getting into great schools. And let’s blame and punish Muslims for all the terrorism they’ve caused. But please, please go easy on white people for EVERY LAST SCREW-UP THEY DID.
Like Comedian Samantha Bee said, “…Don’t try to distance yourself (white folks) from the bad apples and say, It’s not my fault, I didn’t vote for him, hashtag not all white people. Shush. If Muslims have to take responsibility for every member of their community, so do we.”
Please miss me with all this nonsense. I’m not even going to get into how this is based on an easily refutable economic lie, especially since others have already spent precious time they’ll never get back breaking this down. But even if it was true—and I am well aware of what’s plaguing the white working class, from substance abuse to suicide to a loss of manufacturing jobs—I refuse to take part in the endless privileging of white pain above all others. (Martin Gilens, who has studied this stuff going way back, notes that when the media face of poverty is white, this country suddenly gets a lot more compassionate.) Latinos and African Americans remain worse off than the white working class—which is still the “largest demographic bloc in the workforce”—by pretty much every measurable outcome, from home ownership to life expectancy. Where are these appeals for us when we protest or riot against the systemic inequality we live with? Where are all the calls to recognize and understand our anger?
As some of you know, I’ve had trolls come here refuting the problems that black people are facing. They especially don’t believe that racism is a major issue. Lincoln freed us from slavery. We had the Civil Rights Act passed. We’re on welfare. It’s all good. We shouldn’t complain about anything.
But white people are still dominant in every institution in this country. The government. The corporations. The courts. The education system. The media. Everything. And, when members of their race suffer, the world must stop and feel while they shit all over the world.
Holloway quotes Audre Lorde:
Audre Lorde said (I wonder if that woman ever got sick of being right), “Oppressors always expect the oppressed to extend to them the understanding so lacking in themselves.” For a people who have shamed black folks for supposedly always wanting a hand out, for being a problem of the entitlement state, I have never seen people who so firmly believe they are owed something.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is how privileged assholery operates. and I say, FUCK THAT EMPATHY BULLSHIT!
Why the flaming hell should we feel for them, consider their feelings and be civil to a population who’s legacy has been about the religion of white supremacy? Why should we be cool to a group of homo sapiens who would angrily plunge the nation – no, the world into ruins to make sure whiteness stays on top of everything? Why should we always be the better person to a group of people who don’t consider me a person?
I say it again. FUCK THAT! We’re tired of always being the better person. Thoughout history, the white race plundered, enslaved, raped and polluted the world to build their global empire of white supremacy, displaced, dehumanized and destroyed people and their lands to this day in order to keep it going and punished them for having the balls to fight back.
So, why can’t these bumbling, sociopathic, racist assholes be better people?
Many people are scared as shit right now. And it’s because a known racist, misogynist, etc. etc. has been elected as the next President of the United States. This past Tuesday November 8th, Donald Trump won the Presidential election, and it has a lot of folks on edge, to say the least.
But some people, most of them Trump voters and supporters, think those folks are making a big deal about nothing. Of course, many of those who are worried are people of color (POC). And unless you’ve been asleep for the past year, you would be familiar of Trump’s examples of racism.
Apparently, some have been asleep. One such person is a commenter whom I’ve banned, but can’t keep himself away from this blog. Yet, he felt the need to respond to my reaction to Trump’s victory. Here’s what he wrote before I marked it as spam:
Temporarily unbanning myself:
Hahaha, a bit dramatic now Brothawolf ain’t we! Look, regain your composure, stop dreaming end-times scenarios and acting like you’re going to have a hear attack and come to the realization that your life will go one as before, more or less. Be a sport and not a drama king, whadaya say? OK, I’m out, peace Brothawolf.
Rebanning in progress.
I don’t know if this is his way of telling me that everything will be alright, or if he was just fucking with me. Either way, he’s pretty much saying that my fears – the fears of POC in America aren’t merited. And frankly, I’m too worn out by racist fuckery to care about what he thinks or feels.
He is but one of many who can’t or won’t understand why a Trump Administration would and should frighten certain people. For him and others who don’t know why and would like proof of a possible turbulent period for POC, Muslims, women and others, here are a few examples – so far:
This was tweeted by Yarden Katz who witnessed the exchanged. Although it wasn’t physical, emotional damage can be traumatizing. And no doubt, the victim is hurting inside.
This next incident was tweeted by Ahmed Koala. Though one of the suspects is a Hispanic male, it shows how powerful this madness can be.
This was tweeted by NY Daily News writer Shaun King who’s been actively monitoring incidents of hate before and after Trump’s victory. Although some will deny that this has anything to do with Trump, let’s remind you of his proclamation of building a wall to keep Illegals out.
There are more tweets of such hate-fueled incidents in Al Jazeera’s article, and like the title says, it’s on the rise.
At the University of Pennsylvania, there are reports from black freshmen receiving hateful and violent messages and images on their phones after they were added to a racist GroupMe account.
A student at a Minnesota high school was shocked when he saw racist graffiti inside a bathroom, including one that reads ‘#GoBackToAfrica, #Whitesonly’ and of course ‘Trump’ See the images below.
In Durham, North Carolina, someone spray painted, “Black lives don’t matter and neither does your votes” on a side of a wall.
A San Jose State University student was attacked by a fair-skinned male who tried to pull her head scarf causing her to lose balance choking her in the process.
Two students from Babson College drove around the campus Wellesley College harassing black female students. The two students were young white male Trump fans. They are facing charges, but it’s reported that the duo was not apologetic, to say the least. Here are their faces:
The next three images are posted by Shaun King on his Facebook page. These are a series of Facebook messages from students at York Tech High School detailing racist chants, Trump-sign waving, ‘white power’ yells, sexual assault and brutal fights:
There are reports of gay slurs, racist insults and Nazi salutes yelling in the halls at Southern Lehigh High School.
In Santa Monica, California, a gay man from Canada was brutally attacked by who was reported as Trump supporters. Here’s a graphic image of the victim after the attack as well as a description as to what happened:
These are a few incidents reported that occurred after Trump’s win with more to come. In most of these reports alone, the suspects are described as supporters of Trump.
But one thing that must be clear is that racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia and the like have been here long before Trump’s rise to political power. However, his campaign has been fear-based, violence induced and hate filled. So, he’s not actually innocent. In fact, he’s far from innocent. And he has yet to so much as acknowledge these episodes.
It doesn’t matter that these are ‘isolated incidents’, done by individuals and that Trump is not directly responsible. It didn’t matter to the victims and their friends and families. They were attacked, easily swayed by hatred, the hatred constantly swept under the rug and justified for generations but found ways of escaping for all the world to see. And hearing about these events only shows that a Trump Presidency will help fuel more of the same.
And anyone else who isn’t a straight, white Christian male could be next.
Recently, Kansas’ Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been named as a part of the transition team. Daily Kos reports that Kobach is one America’s most racist politicians. He was the man behind SB 1070 which gave police a right to stop, detain and prove your citizenship if you have brown skin and an accent. He’s also connected to what the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as a hate group, has been a speaker for a white nationalist workshop and is known for being dedicated for making sure minorities, women and low-income citizens can’t vote. And this is the man the President-elect wants in his circle.
So, tell me again, why shouldn’t we worry?
Racism Review pointed out that more white women voted for Donald Trump than for Hillary Clinton. Granted, I haven’t truly supported Clinton, and I’ve made it clear, I was – at first – perplexed as to why on Earth any woman would want to support Trump.
But then, data showed up that more white women wanted to make America great again as opposed to wanting to be stronger together. Why?
It has been proven that Trump is a misogynist and a serial sexual predator. No woman in their right mind would stand with him. But sadly, whiteness trumped common sense this November.
Nothing else could explain this fuckery other than white racial solidarity. White women placed whiteness ahead of feminism. I’m no expert, but I would imagine feminists would rather die a million painful deaths than side with a vulgar sexist. But the white female voters for Trump didn’t give a damn about women’s rights. Some think it’s a bunch of baloney (internalized misogyny). All they want is whiteness to return to the white house. And whiteness won. Women lost.
My alter ego was in a Facebook group dedicated to the black man’s love for black women. Then, someone posted a meme that says that no one has put down their women more than black men. Naturally, it started a comment thread that I bet is still active with most brothas refuting the meme. Some sistas agreed with the brothas, but some agreed with the meme, including the one who posted it in the first place.
I stepped in to give my two cents. I stated that misogyny is prevalent among all groups. I agreed that we need to fix this problem in your own communities. But to read that black men are the worst struck a nerve with me.
Maybe it sounded similar to the “we’re the most criminal” cliche we hear among racist trolls. Maybe it implied that black men disrespect their women without any explanation. Whatever it was, I wanted to defend my brothas, the ones who genuinely love black women. Maybe it was my male privilege that made me want to put the meme and arguments to rest without hearing any counters. But in retrospect, I pondered if it was right to do so in the faces of black women who had reasons of their own to back up the claim.
One sista argued that other races of men do not disrespect black women the way we do. I responded by saying that they do, but in their own ways which are no more or no less damaging to the women within their cultures. She wasn’t having any of that. She argued that black men are more open with their misogynoir. Interracial dating, raunchy rap lyrics and music videos and social media conversations and images are some examples of black men’s lack of respect for black women.
I was frustrated. I didn’t feel like conversing with her anymore.
Prior to the thread, I stated how tired I was of my people being seen as the worst of the worst. It seemed that someone somewhere want to make black people as the most inferior collection of humans on the planet. And to not only see the meme that says we’re the worst when it comes to our women but also see people defend it was too much to take.
So, I left the thread and the group. I was already depressed as hell. And I just wanted to retreat.
I think back to the sistas who backed the meme. The one I was arguing with was definitely tired and hurt in some way. Something happened to her to make her think and feel this way and she latched her anger on behalf of black women against black men. I think she even mentioned considering dating white men, a nod to the Black Women’s Empowerment movement where nonblack (usually white) men are looked upon as ideal mates for black women.
Sure, I’ve said that as black men, we need to do better. Still, I inadvertently argued that everybody does it putting the reputation of black men instead of being concerned for the sistas who were hurting.
As black men, we need to love, honor, protect and respect black women. Most of us are. But our sistas are in pain, and overall, we need to man up and help them instead of making things worse. We’re all in the same boat fighting the raging sea of racism. But if we don’t stand together as equals with love as our power, we will all sink to the bottom.
I’ll make this quick.
I know, I know. Donald Trump, your hero, idol and white messenger, tells is like it is. He speaks his mind. That’s your reason for voting for him next month. That’s your ONLY reason why you’re voting for him.
I get it. All that other shit like foreign policy, the economy, the environment, etc. ain’t that important. He’s a rich white male who simply tells it like it is which means he hates and fears the same people you do. He knows your language of trepidation. And you’re swooned by his “charm”.
By the way, trepidation is a synonym for fear in case you’re wondering.
The internet news has kept a close eye on Trump’s quotes and actions that would make average viewers and readers conclude that he has a personality equivalent to a vulture. But that’s why you love him though. You’re attracted to such an…ahem…human being. To you, he’s the definition of a man’s man.
I could cite examples to his bigotry. I could bring up his fear of Islam. I can even mention his sexism. But to you, those are his good qualities. To you, this is what’s being a man is all about:
“I like Trump because Trump is not a politician; he talks like a guy. And, ladies out there, this is what guys talk about when you’re not around. So if you’re offended by it, grow up. And by the way, this is what you guys talk about over white wine when you have your brunches, so take it easy with your phony outrage. This is the way the world works. It’s not a big thing.”
Yes, this is but one comment from an actor millennials haven’t heard about. But don’t kid around. The lot of you share his opinion. You don’t see it as a big thing either.
Human beings with hearts and brains know that it’s a very big thing. They know are not acting like they’re outraged. THEY ARE OUTRAGED! One of the Presidential candidates just bragged about committing what’s considered sexual assault. I know it. You know it. And He knows it. And your continuous support speaks volumes about your morality and sanity, or lack thereof.
Do any of you have daughters, mothers, sisters, female relatives and friends? If so, how would you feel if Trump were to try grabbing their genitals? Would you still back him up in November?
If you have to think about it, you’ve given the answer and revealed how pathetic your stupid ass is.
Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn’t be anymore filthier, a new layer of sludge is uncovered which helped to discover a sewer system too gross to clean and too disgusting to leave alone.
The Donald has been known to brag about himself often. Quite often. But this time, he may have placed his foot so far through his mouth, he’s tasting his knee. A recording of his interview with Access Hollywood in 2005 surfaced where he bragged about how he would hook up with women because…well, they simply want to be fucked:
“I’ve gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” he said. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,”
It should be clear to anyone that everytime Trump opens his mouth, it becomes a second asshole, because all he does is talk shit about damn-near everyone. And this time, his loose lips may have opened up closets loaded with skeletons that not too many people are aware of. Just how many women has he tried that very tactic? The New York Times has the answers. A lot of answers. But here’s the shorter version published by QZ:
Earlier this year, the New York Times interviewed dozens of women who’ve worked with Donald Trump. Temple Taggart, a former Miss Utah who was 21 when she met Trump in 1997, described Trump behaving exactly as he boasts in the recording.
“He kissed me directly on the lips. I thought, ‘Oh my God, gross.’ He was married to Marla Maples at the time. I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s inappropriate.’”
This happened repeatedly, she said. In response, Trump told the New York Times he was reluctant to kiss strangers on the lips.
Since the recording was published, CNN anchor Erin Burnett said her friend had experienced the same behavior from Trump.
“That’s exactly what Trump did to me,” Burnett said, quoting her friend. “Trump took Tic Tacs, suggested that I take them also. He then leaned in … catching me off guard and kissed me almost on the lips. I was really freaked out.”
In 1997, Trump was sued for sexual harassment. The New York Times recently published details of the plaintiff’s allegations. Jill Harth, who regularly met with Trump in the ‘90s to form a business partnership, described how Trump repeatedly groped her, pushed her against a wall, and tried to kiss her.
In 1993, she said Trump was showing her around his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. “I was admiring the decoration, and next thing I know he’s pushing me against a wall and has his hands all over me,” Harth told the New York Times. “He was trying to kiss me. I was freaking out.”
She said Trump repeatedly tried to grab her and that she once vomited as a defense mechanism. Trump has denied these accusations.
During a deposition in the ’90s, Trump’s ex-wife Ivana described how her then-husband raped her. She used the word “rape” to describe the assault, where Trump held her down and pulled at her hair, though later retracted her use of the word and said she felt “violated” but didn’t want the word rape “to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.”
Earlier this year, a federal lawsuit filed by “Jane Doe” alleges that Trump raped Doe in 1994, when she was 13 years old. The lawsuit claims that Trump tied her to the bed and when she screamed at him to stop, he hit her in the face and said he would do “whatever he wanted.” The lawsuit includes statements from a witness. Trump has repeatedly denied these allegations.
“As I have said before, the allegations are categorically untrue and an obvious publicity stunt aimed at smearing my client,” Alan Garten, Trump’s attorney, recently told LawNewz.com. “In the event we are actually served this time, we intend to move for sanctions for this frivolous filing.”
A conference hearing on the rape lawsuit will not be held until December 16. Those specific allegations have not been verified.
Serious, isn’t it? What’s even more frightening is that this is the man that could be the next President of the United States. But then again, as apocalyptic as it sounds having Trump in office, it’s not too surprising seeing as how we nurture a misogynistic culture. We elected Bill Clinton twice, remember?
The buzz about The Birth of a Nation, the movie about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion and actor Nate Parker’s project has been active for almost a year since news first broke out about it. People have anticipated a film about a revolt against slavery that was named after another much earlier film that depicted the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. The first movie was released in 1915 was popular among white movie goers showcasing racist stereotypes of African Americans. Despite that, it is still considered an important piece of film history to this day.
But just like the original film, it’s modern incarnation is not without controversy, especially surrounding the producer. Several weeks before its release, past sexual assault allegations have surfaced. Parker, along with his friend and co-author Jean McGianni Celestin while students at Penn State, went to trial for rape accusations, but was ultimately acquitted two years later. Sadly, in 2012 Parker’s accuser committed suicide. And despite news of her death reached Parker, he generally doesn’t seem fazed enough to apologize.
The resurfacing of Parker’s rape accusations has become a side-story whenever Birth of a Nation is discussed, usually praised. Movie fans and critics alike contend that it’s a must see film. For Black Americans, it’s a changing of the norm. There are no white saviors to step in and save black folks and even though it’s another film based on slavery, the slaves rise up against oppression. Why not see it?
Even though Parker’s moral character has come into questioning since news surfaced about his allegations from the past and his current reactions toward them, not all black people are on board with the movie hype. Some expressed anger towards his indifference and victimhood, disappointed that one of their brightest stars is sounding more and more like an unfeeling douche bag unwilling to do anything to tackle the issue responsibly.
But like anyone else, there are black people who blindly support such people, because their art and talents are more prominent than their misdeeds and crimes. Men like Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Mel Gibson, Robert Downy, Jr., Charlie Sheen, former-President Bill Clinton and Presidential-hopeful Donald Trump are still beloved, adored and praised among many people. Their great accomplishments have largely overshadowed their most heinous sins.
Black people are like anyone else. Some of us still show support for icons through thick and thin. We still love Bill Cosby, Mike Tyson, Afrikaa Bambataa, R. Kelly, Chris Brown and even O.J. Simpson. (Well, maybe not quite O.J. Simpson.) Part of that is due to the history, past and contemporary, of racial hoaxes which resulted in the lynching of scores of black men in the South. It’s made many of us suspicious of accusations of violence against black men, especially if the victim and accuser is white. Nate Parker’s victim was reportedly a white female. News about his rape accusation surfaced weeks before the release of the movie. So, many black folks theorize a racist conspiracy against a famous black man who produced an anti-slavery film to bring him down.
But there’s another depressing side to this. Nate Parker was a rising icon among the black community. We saw him an innovator or revolutionary of sorts. Black people see the successes and failures of individual black people as successes and failures of the entire race. When some of us hear of Parker’s rape accusation, we felt disappointed. And his attitude towards it when being interviewed is rubbing salt into the wound. Watching a famous black leader of any kind fall slowly but surely is upsetting and even embarrassing. We fought so hard to smash racial stereotypes about us only to have someone, a famous someone, become that stereotype. And we fear that that individual will make things hard for the rest of us.
Nate Parker is becoming the stereotype we want to erase. His accusation of raping a white woman is bad enough. His responses to it are even worse. Will it be enough to affect the film’s status as a powerhouse or his reputation as a budding producer? Probably. Nevertheless, the culture of toxic masculinity must be addressed. If not, men will continue to get away with murder – in some cases literally – and more women will suffer for the sake of male power.