Trump is winning because America is racist

In the last six months or so, the presidential candidates have been debating, rallying, and discussing what they’re going to do for America come 2017. Although the presidential elections are usually filled with both liberals and extremists, this election has given a whole new meaning to the word extreme. As I’m sure you may know Donald Trump (I still can’t believe I’m saying that) is one of the republicans running for president and shockingly, he’s winning. He just won the most states on Super Tuesday and he’s gaining more followers every day. When I first started seeing how many followers he had I just couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe that so many Americans agreed with all of the cruel, racist things he says and I couldn’t believe that Americans agreed with the laws he aspires to write that solely have to do with peoples race or religion. It turns out, I was just being naive. After talking to African-American classmates and reading articles about Trump’s escalating success, I’ve learned that him getting the most votes is not shocking to people of color. One girl in my class said, “It’s actually a good thing that Trump is opening so many American eyes. People are finally seeing how racist our country still is. Black people aren’t shocked he’s winning; we’re all saying ‘finally everyone is seeing what we’ve been dealing with for years.'” When I first heard this I felt terrible. I thought to myself, how could I be so ignorant? I knew there was still racism in America, especially after what happened to Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, but I thought that was just a small part of the population; turns out, it’s the majority.

My question now is, how can we let a man like Trump run for president? How will we ever attempt to eradicate (although I’m not sure it will ever be fully eradicated) racism if we elect such racist leaders? Trump knows his followers are people who don’t believe that colored people matter and he knows he’s not speaking to people that believe in equality for all. He’s fine with both of those things and he actually has the potential to go pretty far in this election because so many people believe in him.

Many Americans will say that they’re not racist but when they hear or see it happening and they do nothing to stop it, they’re allowing it to continue. This passive participation is how racism functions. In order to change this, people are going to have to start speaking up when they hear or see something. We also need to put our efforts towards changing the institutional patterns of exclusion that are seen in the racist institutions we have in this country, by taking by affirmative action.

To reiterate, racism is still very prominent today and we need to be actively participating in deciding who our next leader will be in order to stop it. Just because slavery is abolished, Obama is our president, and Oprah is one of the wealthiest black women in the world doesn’t mean that we don’t still have systemic racism. So next time you see Trumps name on T.V. or on the newspaper, think about his following and what you can do to be the opposite.

2 thoughts on “Trump is winning because America is racist”

  1. I tend to agree with the sentiment that Trump is racist and unfit to lead this country, and it is very interesting to have his supporters explain their reasons for backing him. I think you are right in saying that just because we have plenty of respectable, wonderful black figures in this country, we still have not abolished this racism that still plagues our society. It is sad that it takes such a thing as Trump’s presidential campaign to open people’s eyes to the racism. I don’t think most Americans want to admit they’re racist, as all of the Trump supporters I’ve talked to deny that the things he says are racist in any way.


  2. I completely understand where you are coming from and am equally as disgusted as you are by how our country is acting currently with the underlying racism that Donald Trump seems to bring to the surface so well. One point with which I do disagree with you on is the fact that I believe Donald Trump is winning more on the way he talks and less of the things that he actually says. I would like to think that he wouldn’t be the front runner if people actually took the time to figure out and analyze what he is saying but unfortunately people just are attracted to the way that he talks. As bigoted, racist and sexist as he is, the fact that he uses terminology that the common American can understand in elections and conversations such as these, makes him more attractive to listen to. Other candidates think that they are doing them a favor by talking more educated and they certainly are in some aspects. But there is a large majority of this country that doesn’t understand those big words and huge vocabulary that other candidates past and present have employed. The way that he talks makes him seem like a normal guy and not one of these blown up, fake politicians and I think that’s why people are drawn to him unfortunately.


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