To call a spade a spade (and Trump a racist)

Living in Trumplandia / November 15, 2016

Is he a racist, or did he only say racist or prejudiced things during his campaign to get a particular group of (white nationalists) excited? Does it matter?

Donald Trump ran a campaign against “political correctness.” The country heard that “calling it like it is” -code for being outrageous and crude about different groups of the population- was a beautiful thing. Many liked him because of it. Let´s just call a spade a spade. Right?

He talked about Mexicans, about women, about the disabled, about immigrants, about China, about Muslims, about Jews.  Every single reference to immigrants without papers had to do with a murderer, a rapist and “maybe, some are good people.”

For years before that, he “investigated” whether President Barack Obama was, in fact, a citizen, or maybe he had been born in Kenya and therefore, illegitimately occupied the White House.

He made references to the “silent majority,” a term that was first used by Richard Nixon in the 70s about majority populations “oppressed” by the few.

But even with all of that and his campaign based on insult and innuendo, we weren´t supposed to say his campaign was racist, or that he had racist sentiments who got used to galvanize majorities of the white population around him.

Some reporters did call him racist, some didn´t. I´m in the first group. That´s what we discuss in this podcast, where a number of minority reporters give their take on the controversy.

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Pilar Marrero
Pilar Marrero is a journalist and author with long experience in covering social and political issues of the Latino community in the United States. She is one of the foremost experts on immigration politics in the US media world and has covered the issue extensively over her years as a reporter. In 2012, Pallgrave McMillan published her first book, Killing the American Dream, which chronicles the last 25 years of immigration policy mishaps in the United States and their consequences for the country´s economic future. The book was also published in Spanish by Penguin Books with the title “El Despertar del Sueño Americano”. She also has taught journalism at UCLA Extension and Cal State Northridge and recently covered the 2016 Presidential campaign for Impremedia, a company with media outlets in 15 markets across the US, including the flagship La Opinion Newspaper in Los Angeles. Other newspapers in the company include El Diario in New York, La Raza in Chicago and Rumbo in Houston, Texas. She is now working on documenting and writing about the impact of President Donald Trump’s policies on the immigrant community. She is fluent in Spanish and English and she’s studying the Greek language.

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