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Trump Supporters Are Full Of Shit

The New York Times recently revealed that, due to claiming a nearly billion dollar loss in a single year in the mid 90’s, Donald Trump could theoretically have paid no taxes for the following 18 years. Since he claims to know the tax code better than anyone, and since he refuses to disclose his tax returns, it becomes very easy to believe that this is, in fact, the case. In addition, there was at least one year in the past in which it was revealed that he didn’t pay a cent.

This information exposes the Trump phenomenon as a movement of bigoted anger with little in terms of justifiable substance when it comes to the basis for that anger. Trump supporters have been said to be angry about feeling shafted economically for years and believing that the system is rigged against them. Their chosen savior? The person they think can and will fix their problems? A billionaire who very well could have lived for nearly twenty years in opulence and luxury without paying anything in taxes. Donald Trump is the EMBODIMENT of the rigged economy that these people are said to be so angry about.

Trump Taxes Those Are For Poor People

Who do these people think have been picking up the slack? Do they not realize that THEY have? Do they really still think it’s just great that someone like Trump can live high on the hog for years while they struggle paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet?

The Trump phenomenon, then, isn’t really about economic anger. It’s about anger, definitely…But it’s part of a culture war, being waged against gains in recent decades made by minorities, women and gay people. These people want to go back to an America where English is the only language option at ATM’s, and where black and brown people and women know and remember their place in society. They want a “strong man” to take their anger out on those fucking terrorist Muslims and border-hopping Mexicans. They don’t want an actual answer to their problems, unless it involves fucking over the “others” in some way.

In short, Trump’s popularity and the closeness of the race to this point is really because of an electoral temper-tantrum. His supporters don’t want an America of fairness and equality. They just want America to be THEIRS again.

Should “Dora The Explorer” Be Deported?

 

So I’m at the clinic where my son receives his bi-weekly physical therapy sessions the other day, and next to us is another dad and his son, along with some therapists.  I overhear him explaining about how he had a bunch of “Dora The Explorer” cartoons saved on his DVR, but that he had deleted them, and was recalling his explanation of it to either his son or someone else who had asked him about it (I didn’t hear that part clearly.)

“I deported her ass!” he proudly proclaimed.  I didn’t hear any reaction from the people he was talking to.

Okay, I thought.  Another instance of racism delivered as a joke, which would either be dismissed by some as “just a joke,” or flat-out denied as being racist by others.  But it lingered with me for a bit, and I started thinking of precisely why the statement was racist.

First of all, is there anything about Dora The Explorer that would give someone the impression that she could be deported, other than being Latina?  After all, there are plenty of people who get all riled up about illegal immigrants being in the country, but whenever the notion of racism gets suggested, they are quick to point out that they are against illegal immigrants, not all immigration.

So, what would give someone the idea that Dora is an illegal immigrant?  Sure, she’s an explorer, so you might think that maybe she goes around to places where she’s not welcome, with her talking backpack and human-like monkey pal in tow.  But so was Christopher Columbus, who did much more than just explore “new” places.  And he is seen as a hero by many, along with the other European explorers from hundreds of years ago.  So it’s not just that.  And, from what I have seen, it’s not like she goes to places and establishes herself there, mooching off taxpayers and stealing jobs.  In fact, I think she goes to someplace new in each episode.  Maybe she has a travel visa, and is following the law to the letter with all of her adventures.

So it’s got to be something else.  Oh, that’s right, she’s brown.  So, simply because of that fact, she is deportable?  I guess.  This reflects the deep-rooted xenophobia that I think is at the core of a lot of anti-immigrant thought.  Sure, people will say that it’s only about the illegal immigrants.  But what they should really be saying is that it is about the brown immigrants.  If the cartoon was called “Susie The Explorer” and the character was white, there would be no joke whatsoever, whether she were an explorer or not.

And let’s not go with the “it’s just a joke” thing.  That is a convenient way to hide from ugly truths that come out through attempts at humor.  Whether we like it or not, there is an element of truth to jokes, which is exactly what makes them work (or not) as a joke.  If the guy who made this joke had said something like “she got abducted by aliens,” it wouldn’t make sense at all, because nothing in the cartoon has anything to do with aliens.  Dora is no more likely to be kidnapped by extraterrestrials than you or I.  But it’s the unfortunate attitude in many people’s minds that brown people aren’t as welcome in America as others which makes a joke about deportation possible.  Dora’s perceived vulnerability in this issue is due to the color of her skin, and nothing else.

What’s extra sad about this scenario, on top of it being an unfunny attempt at humor that makes light of a situation (deportation) that isn’t funny for the people who get affected by it (including those here legally,) is that it takes the innocence away from a kid’s show.  Among many other things, having toddlers of my own at home and watching different shows aimed at children has reminded me of how such programming is free from the ugly, selfish and “get yours” attitude that plagues adulthood in our society.  There are no immigration laws among the different inhabitants of Nickelodeon.  Nor are there arguments about taxes, or black versus white, or freeloaders, Obamacare, or anything of the sort.  I’m not sure if this dad was recounting his explanation to his son or someone else, but regardless, his son was right in front of him when he said it.  And that’s where this type of mentality is probably most ardently learned.

Come on, man.  Your kid knows nothing about being a racist.  Give him a chance.

Photo credit – Wikipedia Commons – Ian Gampon