There’s an old saying: If you let a person talk enough, they’ll reveal themselves.
Recently, in a private meeting about immigration President Trump used a disparaging term to describe African countries and Haiti. For many, Trump’s words revealed the White supremacist world view they were convinced Trump held during the Republican primary. The anti-Trump forces acted like vulgarity in a private meeting was grounds for impeachment. (Or at least a presidential censure.) And the press revealed their contempt for the President. But it didn’t stop there, Democratic presidential hopefuls joined the frenzy.
For example, Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen appeared before a senate committee to discuss “border wall security” but it turned into an inquest about the immigration meeting she attended and the vulgar remark of President Trump. Nielsen testified she couldn’t recall anything specific, but the “talk” was rough.
Insulted by Nielsen’s amnesia, Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., stated the matter was personal to him because he’s a senator—today—because, “when good White people in this country heard bigotry and hatred they stood up.” Then Booker spoke about American values. Booker rattled off hate crime statistics and how many Americans were killed by White supremacists since 9/11. Booker then glared at Nielsen and said, “I don’t know if 73 percent of your time is spent concerned about White supremacist hate groups. I don’t know if 73 percent of your time is spent concerned about people in fear.”
Then Booker singled out Sikh Americans and Muslim Americans, who, according to him, live in fear. But Booker didn’t stop there. He also singled out Black Americans, meaning in 2018 Black Americans still live in fear of White supremacy. Booker told Nielsen, “I receive enough death threats to know the reality.”