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
​​Updated: With a Focus on Charlottesville & Domestic Terrorism (August 2017)
Updated: With a Focus on Trump's Ongoing White Supremacist Tendencies/January 2018
Updated: With a Focus on Trump's Treatment of His Own Voters/January 2018
For the January 2018 Blog, click here
  
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.

It is, therefore, a crime to remain silent about Trump. Everyone should get use to contacting their elected officials, on a regular basis, to complain about his inability to lead. .  . 

Updates on Trump and his treatment of his own voters . . . Trump has "declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency. He has not given opioid relief efforts access to the billions of dollars in FEMA’s disaster relief fund — Trump will (instead) declare it a public health emergency. (Note: the Public Health Emergency Fund currently has all of $57,000 to its name." This is a laughable amount of money to use to prevent the epidemic. 

If Trump is truly worried about the decrease in the white population in the U.S. he could do something about it by actually focusing on the epidemic crisis, along with the high suicide, alcoholism and accident related drug abuse deaths of his own voters. He might want to read the bible, too (since he loves it so much) and review what God says about multiplying or who God multiplies since his whole presidency is beginning to look very biblical. . . Hating people of color all over the world is not the solution --- but it just might be the problem. . .

Updates on Trump's racist comments --- in which Nigeria and Haiti are redefined  (with visible signs that the U.S. presidency has been replaced by a childlike boss platform that exists way, way below the firmament. . .) When he says he wants Norwegians to come to America rather than people of color from "sh _ _ hole countries" is he promoting ethnic cleansing?  Based on this dangerous comment by Trump, his most monumental failure thus far (which includes raiding the cookie jar through an unpopular tax bill with little American support) is creating divisions in the world in an effort to keep his voters' racist needs fed or in check.

Discussion:

That Trump claims to be a Christian ---   who, to date, could only be supported by white racists or white racist Christian Evangelicals makes it very, very, very hard to understand why other Christians are not speaking out against him. Clearly, he is a POTUS who is deliberately --- promoting  social exclusion or causing individuals to fail by design or by creating policies that harm children, women, and men of color. In a nutshell, he is a president " who does not think diversity is a good thing" --- a belief that his supporters obviously agree with since they are silent about his racist tendencies, which is an admission of their own belief in racism or white supremacy. His (and their) inability t o understand basic human relations then proves that his mindset is no different from the barbaric mindset of white supremacists, Nazis or those that supported the Jim Crow Laws. He also forgets that we all know how his family ended up the United States and why. 

Furthermore, Trump knew that when he decided to run for president that the only way he could win would mean he would have to align himself with racist voters, a choice that was unpopular to other candidates --- an opening or role that was never considered competitive. It was such a racist stance or so vile that no other Republican presidential candidate ever considered it as an option. Given these facts, he was also the only candidate whose base instincts made it extremely easy for most Americans to believe that he not only colluded with the Russians he actually invited them to interfere in the  presidential election so he could win by any means necessary --- thereby creating "the insane naked king has no clothes on" scenario. The twist on this plot though is that the king knows the weavers are corrupt. He also knows he is naked thus the ongoing need for a cover up.  He, unlike the king in the story, also knows that we know he is naked and will remain naked until he escapes the hold the weavers have on him for doing what he could never do on his own: win an election.   

What is surprising is that he is surprised at the public's negative reaction to the possibility that he was willing to risk treason for the Russians' support.  Evidently, betraying his country and creating a channel for the Russians to  harm the reputation of a super power without doing anything about it was worth the cost of his presidency --- if all he had to do was to remove the Russian sanctions.  This approach to the U.S. presidency also applies to his own staff and family who must keep his secret a secret as well --- knowing that the Russians are growing impatient with their political arrangement even though they are still busy doing what they do without any fear of Trump & Co.'s interference in their goals for the 2018 election.  

But, are Trump's family and staff growing tired, too, especially since they do not know how to change the fact that his presidency,  throughout the world,  is considered a failure due to his ongoing ties and connections to the Russians? At this point, they can either continue to follow him, distance themselves from him or disagree with him publicly if they want to maintain their own dignity. They can also think twice or more thoroughly about what his low approval ratings really mean and represent, overall --- especially in the 18-34 demographic --- which Comey, the Democrats, Hillary, the FBI, Fusion, Steele, Wolff, people of color, the disabled, women, etc. etc. etc. have nothing to do with when all is said and done. 

We also know that the Republicans are silent about his (and their own) connections to racists, such as Roy Moore. Is it any wonder that Lincoln's Republican Party remains forever lost to the majority of Americans who do not believe in the conservative racist mindset that turned it into a lily-white party built on unChristian values . . .  with the Dixiecrat mindset still, in reality, at its helm. . . Moreover, there are far too many Americans who have remained silent about Trump's racist views  even as they claim to be caring, decent citizens 
--- a sentiment that is un-American and is demonstrated by their silence about inequality vs. equality and its meaning in the U.S. Constitution.    

And, this, of course, produces confusion, for most Americans, who do not understand how Trump's voters could support a POTUS who is intentionally weakening the very foundation of the United States  --- for which the U.S. public school system must stand. Surprisingly, for Trump's voters, this view seems to produce a quandary or a dilemma that should not exist for they are either for truth, justice, morality and Jesus or they are for Trump.  They cannot be for both or say they are for morality and then support Trump's ongoing immorality. They should not have  to hesitate either in weighing the cost or consequences of immorality unless they are having a hard time trying to figure out if it is wrong to have beliefs on par with his beliefs about vulgarity or selfishness. If so, the choice to reject Trump is a choice for them to reach higher, instead, of lower to sustain his immoral abyss, a choice to distinguish between right and wrong, a choice that does not "go along to get along" at whatever the cost ---  if it means supporting policies that, at their root, exist to harm other Americans.   

The relevancy of this statement then is as much about the POTUS as it is about the people who placed him in office so that anything that applies to him also applies to them if they fail to speak up. (Consider the German citizens who voted for Hitler and Nazism and, in the process supported "extreme racist or authoritarian views and behavior" in much the same way that Trump and the current Republicans are doing from the perspective of most people of color.) Trump's comments about Nigeria and Haiti or even Chicago are, therefore, comments that should be considered comments that his voters accept, too if they remain silent. (Please note: with all due respect to Chris Hayes ---any discussion about Chicago must begin with a discussion on "abject neglect" by elected officials, including the POTUS whose failure to lead and serve--- or to, at least, field questions and then solve problems in a timely manner is incomplete or one dimensional and blames the victims --- or turns Trump's comments into cowardice or complete ineptness. . . Trying to normalize poverty or defend poverty is not the answer either.) If so, what type of world do they envision for all humans or what type of America do they envision for all Americans? Is America what the U.S. Constitution says it is or not? 

What is particularly perplexing about Trump's win is that the majority of his voters claim to be Christians, albeit white racist, Christian Evangelicals, etc. --- which is a contradiction in terms in many parent and community stakeholder's reflective practices. Needless to say, this marriage between Christians and racists has side effects.    The problem though with being  a white racist (or a white racist president or a white racist republican)--- and a Christian at the same time is that the racism may not trickle down to the children or grandchildren in question, which may be a positive or a negative development depending on who is experiencing or interpreting the side effects of racism --- per family. As a matter of fact, it has already been predicted that the nation will become a  majority Islamic religious nation by the year 2070, which is a relevant point to ponder (especially during Christmastide) to gauge how white racism is impacting Christianity. 

In the case of the "Don" Trump: the effect, however, should be immediate and should cause one to notice that the U.S. presidency no longer seems like a presidency but rather a reality show role leaving one to ponder if he should be called the POTUS or a childlike "Don" Trump as in Don Corleone or Don Barzini. This latter sign of respect seems very appropriate since, in all probability, he appears to be linked to the Russian corruption of a U.S. election as well.  

And yet, "all" of us surely know, by now, (including racist Christians) the difference between right and wrong --- or why it is mandatory for every American to speak up and vote in every election to support fairness and decency, which genuine Christianity, surely, always supports --- even in the age of Trump and Moore. We also know, at the least, that it is the U.S. value system that has made this country into a super power supported by the vast majority of Americans who continue to support the U.S. Constitution and equality rather than a confederacy. . .  So, in spite of Trump, we must hold on to this idea and still expect alll of our leaders to understand this fact, on many levels. We must support the leaders who maintain a strong foundation for our American Democracy --- or else vote them out of office.

For instance, we are, currently, the nation that uses most of the world's natural resources.   
President Obama set in motion many policies to address the environment, policies that still represent a higher vision for America (His policies also included policies for job creation and the economy that Trump is trying to take credit for without shame. . .). On the other hand, greed dominates Trump's vision for the environment or is his calling card even if it means  destroying the world,  a place where he, too must live.   Who intentionally chooses greed as their top priority while shunning gold or evidenced-based data and/or best practices --- or without acknowledging moral constraints as if he, along with his Republicans are still stuck in a two year old uncontrollable stage? 

Trump  . . . could start there but he won't for his policies are a sign that his brand of corruption is the new normal for the United States of America (with the Republicans following suit) --- complete with an agenda that places his ineptness above humanity as a whole (as if he is the slouching beast who has escaped from his bubble to create unethical new rules for an immoral new world order). That he is tied to a Russian corruption scandal of his making, in all probability, is the only thing that makes sense about his presidency. . .). With this thought in mind, hIs platforms, currently, include turning the world against the U.S. --- forever. . . or creating policies that lead to the planet's end. Lacking reason, his gluttonous, impulsive leadership approach to world affairs then causes one to ask who is really primitive. . . even as his very own fawning, obsequious Republicans continue to stoop to bow and kiss . . . his hand.  

And, before he criticizes Haiti (or stigmatizes a whole nation, including children) he needs to get his evidenced-based figures straight on a grand scale --- but alas, he is such a lazy, inept, cruel man. If he was not so lazy, he would know that there are 10.8 million Haitians and they are not dying from AIDS by any stretch of the imagination. However, there are 67, 000 Americans dying from the opioid epidemic "each year."   In fact, this U.S. opioid epidemic is 
producing more deaths than AIDS did at its peak. This figure, of course, does not include the number of Americans who are killing themselves --- or those dying from alcoholism or accident-related deaths stemming from alcohol and drug abuse (His voters tend to make up the bulk of these figures and yet reports on these tragedies remained  sealed for far too long by Republicans), figures that are also at epidemic levels.

His inability to address any of the real problems at hand is just one more travesty of justice that his lack of leadership skills continues to cause --- among many examples. (Note. . . His tax plan is merely one of those examples, a tax plan that will only give most of  his voters a 60.00 refund. Unfortunately, this small refund has become a distraction for his voters who cannot seem to grasp the real purpose behind the tax bill or why he supports it, which is to use his presidency in the same way a robber baron of the medieval variety would use it. If this scheme works again, and again and again it will prove that he knows how to con his uninformed voters into believing anything. And, he will continue to con them or deceive them until they tell him to stop --- or until they withdraw their support of his shameless ongoing acts of using the presidency of the United States of America to support his  kleptocractic tendencies. . . Still, his petty comments about Kenya and Haiti are worth mentioning for he is teaching us who he is. In other words, he has met the threshold for evil --- at the  bottomless  pit level where we can all say his presidency operates from a daily rough beast, gutter mindset (as if his vulgar comments about women were not enough). 

Update on Charlottesville, Racism & President Trump,  including the pardoning of
Arpaio who racially profiled Latinos, and the rescinding of DACA  (please contact your state representatives about DACA, click here to learn more), etc. --- (even though the POTUS states that we are defined by our shared humanity). This list focusing on Trump's Defense of White Supremacy & Symbols of the Confederacy also includes  109 U.S. public schools across the nation named after confederates  as well as  churches with confederate symbols; the Wage Gap;  Trump's  bold illegal censorship of an ESPN black female emloyee;  racial demagoguery 
against Kaepernick and Curry, retracting on the Harriet Tubman stamp. . . etc.


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? Probably not. Why then is it so hard for Trump and his followers 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, and how African Americans were treated during slavery as if their lives did not matter or that the symbols continue to 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, for the sake of the argument against the symbols, why it will always be necessary to acknowledge (at the same time) why African Americans have never wanted to commemorate confederate leaders who supported barbarity but who, from a historical perspective, 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 works of iniquities 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 --- 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 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, Kelly, 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.


Answer: 

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."