Please tell me you aren’t holding on to any driblet of respect for Melania Trump?
Even better, tell me she has never been in your good graces?
Because Melania Trump gets a big ‘ole dunce hat from me. Usually, the menacing madman she swats and reminds to pretend his patriotism, is enough to keep my fingers busy and tapping.
However, with the bright lights of media attention shining on her sham of a platform for children which includes — well-being, opioid use, and cyberbullying — I must rise to my duty to address and undress the ridiculousness.
I give Melania no points. She married a bully who preys on people every day. Donald Trump is a debaser, and he wants to pull everything to his lowest level. He’s a sexual, social, political, and financial predator.
Most people know Melania’s husband is a raging racist, and she helped her hubby spread the bullying and racist smear of birtherism too. Has Melania recanted and apologized for her role in birtherism? No!
So, she’s no innocent victim or heroine of hope. She’s no shining example or counterbalance to her husband’s hefty hate and disgrace.
And I don’t see her anti-cyberbullying platform as a noble trolling tactic on her husband. Her platform — like all the Trump platforms — serves the best interests of the Trumps.
Who can resist the urge to laugh with disgust when the first lady mentions cyberbullying as if she’s never seen Donald Trump’s reflection?
Faced with the daily lies that threaten the world’s ability to think, most people want something in this administration to be true besides white supremacy and corruption.
Instead, we get hit with hypocrisies in every headline. And these lies and attacks come from the man with the number 45 and Melania’s wicked stepchildren who lie and bully people too.
So, it’s a good thing Melania Trump didn’t choose anti-racism as a platform.
Because America doesn’t need more hypocritical people in high positions pretending they oppose racism.
Look, I don’t know what Melania Trump says to her husband and her stepchildren away from the public, but I know whatever strategy she uses is a failure.
I’m not saying the terrorizing tweets from the Trump Klan that attack like birds in a Hitchcock film are Melania’s doing, but she should swat those tweets publicly.
And Melania has had many opportunities to take a stand, but she has only taken a few steps with timidity.
And while Donald Trump makes Melania’s “Be Best” a hair-raising hypocrisy — racism is one of America’s oldest hypocrisies — and we don’t need more examples of the hypocritical racists who give lip-service from high places.
Second, America doesn’t need another person to speak about racism without specifics or solutions.
At best, Melania’s “Be Best” is vague. At a glance, it doesn’t tell us what she’s going for with her platform. “Be Best” rings like the bluster of her husband’s brand. Is this Melania’s version of winning so much that heads spin?
This isn’t a “Let’s Move” platform like former First Lady Michelle Obama’s. And at least Nancy Reagan was clear with her “Just Say No.”
But Melania gives us nothing with her two words, and that’s not what we need in an anti-racism platform.
Most of all, America doesn’t need more people who talk and tout anti-racism but refuse to confront their relatives.
Donald Trump is the most overtly racist president this nation has elected in many years. And Melania is like many white Americans who refuse to publicly and urgently confront their relatives, coworkers, and friends on their racism.
We know, with white people, it’s white fragility and white innocence that makes confrontation and change impossible.
But America needs more white people to confront and interfere with the big K’s and the little k’s in their clans.
Whether it’s in earshot, a screenshot, or in person, racism demands a confrontation.
So, Melania’s method is not what we need in an anti-racism platform.
But I wonder why no first lady has ever taken up racism as a cause to combat?
In the past, a few first ladies championed equal rights, but there have been no attempts to dig into the root issues of racism.
And I understand, first ladies do not support political causes because they are unelected. But being anti-racist should be a bipartisan issue. And if we avoid the hard and long division of racism, it easily multiplies.
The problem is white people don’t want to admit they have blame and benefits with racism. And they don’t want to admit that racism is a crisis from the cradle to the grave, but it is.
Racism harms the racist and their targets. And America has never limited racism to Black and white people. Racism touches every face and facet of American life.
And if we believe America teaches racism, and people catch racism, then teaching children to be anti-racist must be one of the most critical tasks for our society.
Plus, racism has a negative impact on children too.
A pediatrician from the University of California, Dr. Ashaunta Anderson, has conducted research on the negative effects of racism on children.
After comparing data from 95,000 households, she found a correlation between racism, overall health, anxiety, depression, and ADHD.
And researchers also know racism raises stress hormones, weakens our immune systems, accelerates aging, shortens life spans, and leads to lower birth weights.
The evidence is obvious! Racism kills people quickly and slowly.
Since racism is in people’s minds and in America’s system, we can’t build a beautiful wall to stop racism. We can’t demand that China stop producing the fentanyl of racism.
Racism is a crisis we must address.
So, I am deeply disturbed that no first lady has ever had an anti-racism platform.
And while I believe we need a government intervention to make racism limp and lame, it’s clear that Donald Trump doesn’t hire, marry, or reproduce the best people to solve America’s problems.
In fact — Trump and his people represent all of America’s problems.
That’s why I’m glad Melania Trump did not select anti-racism as her platform.
Because some things are better left to the people — the better and best people.
A serious question, can you imagine America without white supremacy?
Let’s try to imagine and make it a reality
Who cares if our children grow up to be racists?
Racism is learned. No one cares about racist students.