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Straw Man

I’m not a betting man, but if there were an enterprising oddsmaker or bookie taking bets on who’d be the first black athlete to castigate Jemele Hill, I probably would have put a couple of dollars strawberrydown on Charles Barkley or Ray Lewis. I might have parlayed it with Jason Whitlock, who played college football at Ball State and is one of the favorites to win gold for the 2020 Olympic shucking-and-jiving team.

But I would have lost all my money because less than 24 hours after the Trump White House called for ESPN host Jemele Hill to be fired for her Twitter rant truth-telling about Donald Trump’s white supremacist tendencies, former baseball star Darryl Strawberry burst out of the gate, rushing to castigate Hill for her comments while simultaneously praising the Dollar Store Stalin for . . . umm . . . I guess being white.

When Varney & Co. host Stuart Varney asked the four-time World Series champion whether Hill should have been fired, Strawberry responded:

I think no one should call anyone anything. President Trump, he’s a great man to me. He was always gracious to me. I really love him, his family, I was on his show, and he’s always been kind to me. I’ve known him quite well and every time I’ve seen him and been around him he’s always been so gracious with me and I’m always grateful for that.

Strawberry appeared on Donald Trump’s Apprentice in 2010, which apparently means the world to Strawberry, because he loves Trump. He thinks Trump is a “great man” because Trump was “gracious” to him.

Darryl Strawberry sounds like the slave who wouldn’t let anyone say a bad word about the plantation owner because the master never beat him: “Don’t call him no bad names! Massa Trump been good to me! Who else is gon’ pick this cotton?”

Strawberry selectively ignores the fact that the only reason he is on Fox Business Channel is that he is a recovering addict who overcame addiction, something for which the Trump administration would have locked him up in jail instead of offering him treatment. When Strawberry says, “No one should call anyone anything,” he apparently believes that Hill’s calling Trump a “white supremacist” is worse than Trump’s history of name-calling, including calling:

  • Mika Brzezinski “dumb as a rock”
  • Rosie O’Donnell a “pig”
  • President Barack Obama an “insane” Muslim born in Kenya
  • Mexicans “rapists”
  • black people folks with “no education,” “criminals” and “a catastrophe”

Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe there is a simpler explanation for why Strawberry rushed to throw Hill under a slow-moving bus for nothing more than the pleasant smile of a billionaire racist who wouldn’t give a damn about Strawberry if his asshole were stuffed with hundred-dollar bills and extra-crispy thighs from Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Maybe Darryl Strawberry still smokes crack.

Michael Harriot

Understanding Mongo: The Church Of White Supremacy’s Most Active Member

Eighty-one percent of evangelicals voted for Trump in 2016 and have arguably become his most ardent supporters. They have one of their own in the Oval Office, but not in the way you’d think.

See, Trump doesn’t give a damn about the Bible or Jesus. He’s pimping the gospel, just as he pimped racially 13487PST140101p19a_822insecure “working class” white men and women into voting for him in exchange for an America that doesn’t threaten their whiteness.

Closing the borders and embracing isolationism means more economic prosperity for Americans (read: white people) struggling with economic anxiety, in Trump’s logic. Evoking images of “bad hombres” and “black-on-black crime” in Chicago also inflamed white people’s fears and, ultimately, secured their votes.

Indeed, racism and God are the perfect cocktail for political assent. Trump realized early on that white evangelicals generally share a lot of his sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-black views. Historically, Christianity has often been used to exact violence against anything and anyone that challenges white supremacy.

In this respect, not only is Trump a practicing Christian, but he is arguably the church of white supremacy’s most active member. One of his first tithes came in 1989 when he spent $85,000 on front-page ads in major New York City newspapers blasting five black and Latino boys as “muggers and murderers” after they were accused of raping a white woman in Central Park. (The city of New York eventually paid the men a settlement of $40 million after they were exonerated.) 

In a follow-up interview with Larry King that same year, Trump said America needed to “bring back the police,” a clear nod to white people nationwide that he understood how law enforcement symbolizes the guardianship of whiteness. In 2017 he amplified this symbolism when he encouraged police brutality on national television.

Trump’s white evangelicals ignore this because they believe it maintains the white homogeneous America that Trump integrationprotest1960.jpgvows to maintain and that God intended.

There is another quality that Trump shares with many white evangelicals: that of the dictatorial know-it-all who professes to return America to the place where whiteness can rule with abandon.

We saw white, mainstream Christianity in action after Charlottesville, Va. After sympathizing with Nazis after a white nationalist was charged with running over a woman and killing her during the protests, Trump’s spiritual adviser Paula White insisted that Trump “100 percent is a Christian” and “not a racist.” Megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress dismissed accusations of Trump being racist after his “both sides” comments, saying, “If we’re going to denounce some racism, we ought to denounce all racism, and I believe that was the point the president was making.”

What is most important for the white evangelical who fears that his existence is losing value, white Christian supremacy elected Donald J. Trump. Their God on earth.

Terrell Jermaine Starr


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