The rise of the Orange One
Christina Greer Ph.D. | 6/9/2016, 12:43 p.m.
So reality is upon us. The Orange One has secured the GOP nomination for the presidency. It will all be made official during the Republican National Convention the third week in July, when Republicans from across the country convene in Cleveland to coronate their new leader and give him the support (and presumably money) to face the Democratic challenger Nov. 8. You may find it odd that I refuse to write his name in my column, but he has already received too much free press and I do not want to contribute to his ascendency or his ego any further. However, he is the presumptive nominee and the “issues” he represents must be discussed.
I think the 2016 presumptive Republican nominee represents the worst of what America has to offer, and I am embarrassed that our allies (and foes) from across the world have seen what so many of us already knew: This country has been and still is filled with a sizable population of staunch racists and segregationists. I am appalled that the man who was able to garner millions of votes and beat out 16 other Republican challengers is the same person who has accused all Mexicans of being rapists, all Muslims of being terrorists, all women who exercise their right to choose as needing some sort of punishment and consistently refers to African-Americans as “the Blacks.” And we have yet to even discuss his musings on foreign policy.
Never in American presidential history has a presumptive nominee been so gleefully ignorant and obstinate in his anti-intellectualism. My students are not allowed to solely use the words “great” and “many many” when explaining complex concepts when they have yet to do research. They must provide an argument and analysis to support their claims. I am utterly speechless when trying to understand how millions of Republican Americans went to the polls and supported a man who has a history of verbal and physical abuse and a long undeniable record of business failures (ranging from hocking water, steaks, for-pay universities and casinos, to name just a small few).
I have spoken to several Democrats who are not necessarily “excited” about the prospect of a Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton Democratic presidency, and I understand their concerns. However, I have no doubt in my mind that either Democratic candidate will stand head and shoulders above the Republican nominee. I know many people have been disappointed that a host of inequalities still remain, even after almost two full terms of an Obama presidency. But to be fair, Obama faced unprecedented financial deficits upon taking office—the housing crisis, the automotive industry collapse, skyrocketing unemployment and two full-fledged wars. Miracles were not accomplished by our current president and there is widespread apathy among the electorate for the 2016 election.
If there is one thing I can implore my readers to do, it is to look at the hate the Orange One is resurrecting and promoting. Before opting out of the election, remember that the Orange One is seeking to return America to the days when only white men were allowed to succeed. I do hope that will motivate folks to head to the polls Nov. 8.
Christina Greer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Fordham University and the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream.” You can find her on Twitter @Dr_CMGreer.