John Ward Jackson: as a White person, I’m saying nothing about your objections to Elliott Nichols’ use of the word. I’ll have to ask my wife what she thinks. It’s not for me to say.
But as a Black person, how can you make the assumption that the systemic use of the word in protected White social circles in the same geographical area Trump is from is in no way connected to the way Trump is? This is precisely how he speaks and behaves.
Like the author, as a SWM, I have seen and heard firsthand the frequency of racist terms used by other White people. When I’ve challenged them, I’ve lost friends. But they did me a favor by showing their true colors. Trump is cut from that ilk. I’ve seen it up close. And, there’s plenty of evidence of Trump saying and demonstrating his contempt and perceived superioity not just toward Black people, but also, just about any marginalized group you could think of. I won’t bother to repeat it here.
Google search for “Trump racist” and you’ll get all the direct evidence you can read until Election Day.