By now you’ve probably heard or read that white house surrogate Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant. Not because she’s a woman. Not because she’s a Christian. Not even because she’s white. She was asked to leave because she’s a liar who willfully covers for the incompetence, racism and crimes of her boss, Donald J. Trump. And she does it on the public dime, to boot.
So instead of just leaving, going to another restaurant and continuing on with her life and her job, she decided to tweet about the incident, as though, in the land of Free Speech, she had somehow been wronged. In response the folks on the right exploded with calls of “discrimination” and “harassment” and “incivility.”
With due respect to Trump supporters: Bullshit. You all are the ones who elected a guy who “tells it like it is.” Many of you are evangelical Christians who want to have special rights that allow you to legally discriminate when the rest of us may not.
Again, instead of moving on, Sarah took to the airwaves the following day to wag her finger at all of us and had the nerve to say this:
“Healthy debate on ideas and political philosophy is important, but the calls for harassment, and push for any Trump supporter to avoid the public, is unacceptable.”
Two points: No one is calling for “any Trump supporter to avoid the public.” We’re calling for Trump’s surrogates to avoid the public. You collect a salary paid by the public’s taxes to lie to our faces on a daily basis. That may be what your base wants, but lies are lies, and just because your base wants to have smoke blown up its ass doesn’t mean the rest of us do. It’s offensive. It’s wrong.
Secondly, separating families at the border isn’t “Healthy debate.” It’s abusive and vile. Encouraging hate crimes against Americans of color isn’t “political philosophy.” It’s domestic terrorism.
But that’s the M.O. of White Supremacy. Rebrand a disgusting, indefensible practice as something else entirely. Whether you call it “Manners” or “Civility” or “Christianity” or “Patriotism” what some white people really want is legalized racism, legalized sexism and legalized discrimination against LGBTQ+ Americans.
Meanwhile, while they’re calling us on the left “Snowflakes” they’re attempting to roll the country back to a time when “civility” was only reserved for straight, white, Christians.
- They are more offended by Americans kneeling for the National Anthem than they are offended by black Americans being beaten, or even killed, by police.
- They’re more offended by Sarah Sanders and her family being asked to leave a restaurant than they are by children in cages.
- They’re offended by calls for peaceful civil disobedience but not the the NRA’s calls for their supporters to take up arms against fellow Americans.
- They seem to think that Christians deserve special rights the rest of us don’t have (nor do we want); i.e. the right to discriminate against LGBTQ+ Americans.
This kind of thinking goes back deep in white Americans’ psyche, when owning a tea set and using silverware was seen as more civilized than slaughtering the Native Americans who didn’t. Or excusing the African slave trade because they worshiped the wrong gods. So-called “manners” over basic humanity. It’s a pretty neat way to make yourself feel elevated above others while also giving yourself justification for treating them like shit.
Then we have white people like BBQ Becky, the white woman who called the police to report a black family having a good time grilling at a park because she didn’t think they should be there. And Permit Patty, who called the cops on her 8-year-old black neighbor for selling bottled water without a permit. Why Patty was so offended by this, I have no idea. The girl was trying to earn money for her family to go to Disneyland. Patty, in the meantime, owns the California cannabis tincture company TreatWell Health. So she literally makes her living selling something that used to land a lot of black Americans in prison. But Patty, instead of apologizing to her neighbors, decided to go to the local news and blubber on TV about how she felt violated.
I don’t know how many times a Trump supporter has told me it’s the left’s fault that they voted for trump because, of all things, the hardship of politically correct language. Think about that. These people are most offended by simply being asked to be thoughtful and empathetic toward their fellow Americans. You would think they were being asked to eat dog shit. It’s like the abuser who says, “You made me hit you!”
And because many of us have been bamboozled by “Manners,” or maybe just because we’re chicken shit, we’ve let the trump administration roll over peoples’ dignity in the name of being “Civil.” Yeah, well, no more.
Civility is exactly what they’re counting on.
They’re not going to get it.