American Essay Journalism — Donald Trump Is the First White President

❝ It is insufficient to state the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness — that bloody heirloom which cannot ensure mastery of all events but can conjure a tailwind for most of them. Land theft and human plunder cleared the grounds for Trump’s forefathers and barred others from it. Once upon the field, these men became soldiers, statesmen, and scholars; held court in Paris; presided at Princeton; advanced into the Wilderness and then into the White House. Their individual triumphs made this exclusive party seem above America’s founding sins, and it was forgotten that the former was in fact bound to the latter, that all their victories had transpired on cleared grounds. No such elegant detachment can be attributed to Donald Trump—a president who, more than any other, has made the awful inheritance explicit.


❝ The first white president in American history is also the most dangerous president—and he is made more dangerous still by the fact that those charged with analyzing him cannot name his essential nature, because they too are implicated in it.

One of the best pieces of the type I have read in months. There are many paragraphs which sound like they need criticism at their entry – and complete themselves with insight.

A worthwhile read, my friends.

7 thoughts on “American Essay Journalism — Donald Trump Is the First White President

  1. Mike says:

    “LeBron James Explains Why Trump’s Attack On The NFL Is Personal” Hours after the Cleveland Cavaliers star slammed the president on Twitter for rescinding his White House invitation to Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, James spoke out against Trump again ― this time with a powerful message.
    “I’m a little frustrated because this guy that we’ve put in charge has tried to divide us once again,” James said in a video published by sports news site Uninterrupted @ “Obviously, we all know what happened with Charlottesville and the divide that that caused,” James added. “And now it’s hitting home for me even more because he’s using sports as the platform to try and divide us.”
    See also: “The World Is Depending on Us”: LeBron James Introduces the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, September 20, 2017. (video)
    Re: Bloomberg GBF

  2. Full contact drill says:

    “The Pittsburgh Steelers offered a clever unified rebuke of Trump’s attempts to divide the country by skipping the national anthem.” “The Steelers’ solution was a clever rebuke of Trump’s tactics. Trump is trying to divide America at every level, so by standing together in not participating in the anthem, the Steelers aren’t playing along with the Trumpian construct that you either participate in the anthem, or you hate America.
    Trump wants to turn teammate against teammate, family member against family member, and American against American. When a president is as unpopular as Trump is, division is their only path to reelection.
    The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t playing along, and won’t allow themselves to be divided. If more Americans took the approach that we do things together in the face of conflict, Trump would be an even bigger failure.”
    See also “NFL player protests sweep league after President Donald Trump’s hostile remarks”

  3. Mike says:

    “How Ta-Nehisi Coates Gives Whiteness Power” by Thomas Chatterton Williams (NYT OpEd 10/6/17)
    Also: “One of the recurring ideas of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, We Were Eight Years in Power, is that he hates being asked to offer white people hope of a better future in which America might become a post-racial utopia. But when Coates appeared on “The Late Show” Monday night, Stephen Colbert asked him to offer that hope — and appeared to be almost offended when Coates refused.” (VOX 10/3/17) “In his book, Coates writes that he hates being asked to talk about a future he doesn’t believe in, and he simply does not believe that America is going to “get over” racism. As he sees it, white supremacy is so foundational to America that it will be impossible to ever eradicate it. “Our story,” he concludes at the end of Eight Years in Power, “is a tragedy,” but it’s one that Coates has dedicated himself to resisting nonetheless.”

  4. stay woke says:

    “John Kelly calls Robert E. Lee an ‘honorable man’ and says ‘lack of compromise’ caused the Civil War” (Washington Post October 31 at 9:53 AM)
    Ta-Nehisi Coates: “Regarding John Kelly’s creationist theorizing on Lee and the Civil War, its worth pointing out a few things”
    See also The Atlantic (June 4 2107), “The Myth of the Kindly General Lee : The legend of the Confederate leader’s heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed.” , “The Declaration of Causes of Seceding States” (Georgia/Mississippi/South Carolina/Texas/Virginia) Civil War Trust and

  5. Tom says:

    “Cornel West, author of the well-known Race Matters, has been increasingly critical of Ta-Nehisi Coates, the Atlantic writer and author of Between the World and Me and We Were Eight Years in Power. This culminated on Monday night, when Coates left Twitter — a day after West published an op-ed in the Guardian that called Coates “the neoliberal face of the black freedom struggle.”
    At face value, this might seem like just another feud between some famous men. But there are deeper issues going on here — rooted in Coates’s and West’s approaches to racism and, in particular, West’s own views of former President Barack Obama.” “As Michael Harriot explained in the Root, West has also gone after Al Sharpton, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Michael Eric Dyson.”

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