Ok, this response may be late, since this video was apparently put up in January, but it just now came to my attention, and it is well worth commenting on. After Trump’s speech where he noted the criminal proclivities of many of the illegal Mexicans coming across the border, a mixed Mexican-American in California made a video which went up on the internet under the title “What it feels like to hear Trump’s Speech as a Mexican-American.” The video appears to have been pretty widely circulated—a quick google search brought up hits for Buzzfeed, MSN news, and AOL and Yahoo news, all on the first page. And I know it was being circulated on social media because that is where I found it. The video is, of course, all about how “evil” Trump supposedly is for wanting to stop illegal immigration from Mexico. But, it actually captures something quite different from what its maker intended; what it really captures is a society based on melanosupremacy, where whatever is not-White (even if it is nothing, because it has been mixed out of existence) is good, but White is always bad.
In the video, clips from Trump’s speech are spliced with clips of the video maker and another mixed woman supposed to be her mother, acting horrified as they pretend to watch the televised speech. The video maker informs us that she was “terrified” and then she notes how the depiction of illegal immigrants from Mexico as criminals made her feel. This is the important part:
“It hurts, it hurts, its hurtful, you know. Am I supposed to feel ashamed of myself, or where I come from? It had me questioning my heritage. After seeing that speech I was really upset.”
What caught my attention the very first time I watched this video—what jumped out and grabbed me—was her question, “am I supposed to be ashamed of myself or where I come from?” You see, there are a vast throng of people—many of them children much younger than the video maker here—who are forced to ask that question each and every day of their lives. When they turn on the television and hear allegations that “bad people” are killing innocent unarmed Blacks in our cities, when they go to school and are told that “bad people” built this country to be unjust to non-Whites, when they watch the symbols of their heritage trampled upon and torn down and are told it is because their heritage represents the “bad things done by bad people” they are asking this question. They are asking it, because it is spoken, more than unspoken, but even when unspoken, it is made obvious to even the youngest White child in this country that the “bad people” in the news reports, in the history books, and in their own regional heritage, are the White people. The people like them. They are the “bad people.”
White people in this country are told every day of our lives that we are supposed to be ashamed of ourselves and where we come from. And unlike the interracial author of the video, society does not jump to reassure them that they can be proud of their White selves and where they came from. In fact, if they attempt to stand up and protest this shaming, they are shamed more violently still: volleys of hatred, where they are told they are “racist” and “evil” for even thinking that they should not be ashamed of what they are and where they came from. They are hurt—but we as a society are told we must not care about White pain. White pain doesn’t matter. In fact, as White people we must deny our pain, for to even mention it will earn us the only racial slur which society finds totally acceptable and the one which actually has power to ruin a person’s life: the “R” word, “racist.”
The author of this video complains that Trump made her “question her heritage.” It is her privileged status as not-White in a melanosupremacist society that makes this the first time she has ever had to do that. As White people, we know that we are forced to question our heritage all the time—and we are shamed and threatened and bullied if we refuse to do so. Unlike her, we do not have the privilege of having someone reassure us with the following advice (from the video):
“If you know your heritage, know your roots, you need to stand in the power of that knowledge. Fear is not the American way of life, and fear is not a way to live.”
Ah, fear of what? Fear of the White man? Fear of White police officers? Fear of White people for no reason at all except that the only thing you ever heard about them was “bad”?
The fact that numerous websites and melanosupremacists around the country supported this little video without even a backwards glance at White children whom they shame and blame everyday in schools and news broadcasts across the country, proves the hatred of Whiteness that is at the heart of all equalitarian and melanosupremacist policies.
White people may be shamed, but as Trump found out, they may never “shame” anyone else for anything—even something richly deserved. The only thing White people are allowed to do with shame is take it. And take it. And take it. Until the White community is completely subjugated under the power of a non-White social master that built a racial empire on fear and hatred, and lies and accusations which they never gave their White victims a chance to defend themselves from. By making sure that no White person in this country gets to have power in their pride in themselves and where they come from, they are hoping to destroy White people and the White community. Racial hatred is real, but it is not coming from Donald Trump, it is coming from melanosupremacy and the culture of shaming and blaming Whiteness that comes with it.
To all those out there who blame White people and supported this video, I want to ask you, “am I supposed to feel ashamed of who I am and where I come from?”