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Definitive Proof Republicans Are Racist

“Well, the party of Lincoln…”

That is the first sentence of every defense whenever anyone suggests the Republican might be a little bit racist (you should know,  “a little bit of racism” is like having sex with someone, then informing them that you have “a little bit of chlamydia”). Since Donald Trump began his ascendance to the leadership of the Grand Ole Party, his repeated dropping of bigot bombs has cleared a path to the top of his party’s leadership. But the question remains: is the Republican party racist?

The answer is yes.

To be fair, I don’t contend that all Republicans are racists. I’m sure there are some Crips whose favorite color isn’t blue, and I bet there are some Klansmen who just like the smell of wood burning and the feel of fresh white sheets against their skin.

What I’m saying is that the Republican Party is racist, and here is proof:

Logical Proof

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If Donald Trump is a racist… – Chris Christie recently remarked that he has known Donald Trump for 14 years and he knows he’s not a racist, but it is hard to take the word of a dude whose diet consists only of honey buns and wild cherry Hi-C. Plus, how the hell would Chris Christie know? His closest confidants and most trusted advisors shut down a bridge that turned the New Jersey Turnpike into a replica of The Walking Dead set and he claims he has no idea. Or maybe he knows Donald Trump doesn’t have racism in his heart, but I have repeatedly stated that no one gives a damn about what’s in anyone’s heart–it’s what you actually do that matters. Donald Trump told the world that he didn’t trust a person could do their job because of their ancestral heritage, then said “that’s not racist.”

Maybe he doesn’t consider that racist. I know Christians who pray before they smoke crack, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a crackhead. Donald Trump sought to ban people from entering the country because they had a different religion than him. He stated that he “can only assume” that some Mexicans are good people. He has been sued twice by the justice department for discrimination against Black people. Donald Trump is racist.

And the Republican voted Donald Trump as their representative – Come on, Republicans, y’all could have selected anybody else. You had a bunch of people to choose from– A bass-playing preacher, the smart Bush, a guy named Rand, a Black brain surgeon (let me say that again. AN ACTUAL BRAIN SURGEON!!!) or you could’ve shown the country that you were really fiscally conservative by saving it a bunch of money and selecting Chris Christie. We could’ve really put a dent in the Federal budget by buying Hi-C and honey buns in bulk from Costco, but noooooo, y’all wanted that tangerine-colored clown as your leader.

Then Republicans must be racist -By definition he either speaks for Republicans or is an example of Republicans, which means when Donald Trump says something that even the Speaker of the House called “the textbook definition of racism” he is speaking for the party. Therefore, the Republican Party is racist.

That’s just math.

Legal Proof

There are some Republicans who might refute the above hypothesis by saying they don’t support everything Donald Trump believes–even if he is their representative. That is a solid point. Just because someone in your group does something racist doesn’t make you a racist.

Except…

Imagine you were riding with a group of friends who thought it would be a good idea to rob a bank and you thought it was a stupid idea but you stayed in the car. Let’s say they even took a democratic vote to see if everyone wanted to do it, and you voted “no” but were outvoted, but you still decided to ride in the car to the robbery. If your friends came out of the bank and you were still in the getaway car, you would be charged as an equal participant in the crime.

If Trump succeeds in instituting his racist policies, it will be because he has the backing of the entire Republican party. So no, I’m not saying every Republican is prejudiced. I know there are some who disagree with many of Trump’s bigoted actions, but…

If you’re riding with Donald Trump, you’re at least an accessory to racism.

Existential

99% of Germans during the Third Reich never gassed a Jew or forced anyone on a train. Most of them simply wore the uniform and did whatever the party told them to do. They were still Nazis.

Cowardice is as evil a crime as there is. Standing idly by is its own form of injustice and is un-American.

I remember watching a documentary about 2 men who must to forever live with the tag of “sexual predator.” They lamented how unfair it was because when one of their friends attacked a woman, they refused to participate, but he also did nothing to stop it. I was conflicted about whether they should have to endure this burden for their entire life until the victim recalled how–when she was being assaulted– she was afraid to run, or scream because she knew she might be able to fight off one person… but there were three of them. The two silent men were as much a factor in her assault as the one who physically attacked her.

And so it is with Donald Trump. It would be easy to shut down a carrot-colored, combed-over bozo if he were a singular idiot in a sea of reason, but there’s a quote by Martin Luther King that sums it up:

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

That’s the proof that Republicans are racist. You might be saying “I’m a Republican, but I’m not a racist,” but I can only see your example. It seems too late to put Donald Trump in check, but if you are a Republican…

You better check yourself before you–Well, you know.

And if you don’t…

You’re probably a Republican.

 

About the author

Michael Harriot is a renowned spoken word poet, the host of The Black One podcast and the editor-in-chief of NegusWhoRead. He is perpetually just getting warmed up because he has no chill. He is on Instagram and twitter as @michaelharriot

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