I never cease to be amazed at the unprecedented apparent moral bereftness of our dear president. President Trump campaigned as the “Law & Order” candidate and many of his supporters bought into it hook, line and sinker, while most people of color knew exactly what the true implication of it was. He was clearly vocal about his support for Stop and Frisk policies which resulted in over 80% of people stopped in New York for example, being disparately people of color. Of those pulled over, 85% of them were frisked. For people of color, and White people who chose not to blind themselves to the reality of the judicial disenfranchisement of minorities, this policy simply was a diplomatic way of Trump stating that he’s really the Racial Profiling Candidate (now President).
Amid controversy surrounding his apparent refusal to condemn White Supremacy, President Trump chose to pardon Sherriff Joe Arpaio and offer him clemency. Since his appointment as Sherriff in Maracopa County in Arizona, Arpaio admittedly and unashamedly abused his powers as a law enforcement agent to racially profile Hispanics in his district. For no other reason other than that they were Hispanic and without probable cause, he authorized the routine pulling over of Hispanics to verify their citizenship. Though clearly a violation of the rights of legalized Hispanics and Hispanic-American citizens, his actions were praised by Donald Trump, during his candidacy and presidency.
Dating back to 2011, US District Court Judge G. Murray Snow issued orders for Arpaio to cease these unlawful infringements. Arpaio vociferously defied the orders. On July 31, US District Judge Susan Bolton found Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt, a willful disobedience to the law and court orders. Prior to his sentencing, President Trump offered him clemency.
This begs the question, “How can one who allegedly wants to restore law and order pardon one who willfully violates the law and defies court orders?” Moreover, the one who has broken the law is actually one who has sworn to uphold the rule of law. It is becoming apparent to me that the law and order President Trump desires to restore is the law of White Spremacy.
The law of White Supremacy might not be inclusive of hatred for other races, though clearly many have this hatred, but rather a reclamation of the authoritative standing of Whites in American society. Since its founding, Whites have retained their position of authority as the majority race in America. That position of authority has been threatened by the rapid “browning” of America. Today, over 50% of people under the age of 18 are people of color. That means by the year 2030, Whites will no longer represent the majority voting presence and position of democratic power they enjoyed for centuries. Many fear the mistreatment that was perpetrated against people of color might be reciprocated. Even if not, the interests that once preferentially benefited White people will no longer be disparately afforded to them based on the color of their skin. White Privilege is dying!
As White Americans progressively become out-numbered by people of color, their democratic and consequently legislative authority decreases. There are several remedies for this unfortunate (for them) inevitability. Option 1 involves rapid procreation of the race. This is not likely to happen as the birth rate among Whites is substantially lower than that of Blacks and Hispanics and has been for decades. Pew Research Center published that in 2011 the fertility rate (e.g. the average number of children a woman will have) was 1.8 for White women, 2.4 for Hispanic woman and 2.1 for African-American women. These trends have persisted for decades and consequently will not reverse in sufficient time to salvage the White vote.
Option 2 then includes limiting the number of people of color who are eligible to vote. This is accomplished by several means. First, is voter disenfranchisement. Many states prevent convicted felons from voting, even after the convicted felon has served his/her time. While the general population is composed of 62% Whites, 13% Blacks, and 17% Hispanic, prison populations are 35%, 38% and 21%, respectively. Blacks are incarcerated at a rate that is 5.1 times that of whites. Policies have significantly impacted these disparities, particularly those that increase the use of imprisonment for drug related charges. Despite the overwhelming evidence that whites and blacks use drugs at roughly the same rates, Blacks are 4 times more likely to be arrested than Whites for drug offenses and 2.5 times as likely to be arrested for drug possession.
President Trump has advocated for stop & frisk which preferentially targets people of color, thereby increasing the likelihood of identifying a person of color who will inevitably be more likely to be convicted and sentenced for longer periods than their White counterparts. Together, these policies and disparities eliminates many people of color from the voting population. In some states, as many as 1 in 13 African-American men were ineligible for voting because of felony convictions. In others as much as 10% of the African-American population were ineligible.
For immigrants, the votes can be limited by decreasing the number of immigrants who can progress through a path of citizenship. Trump has announced his desire to limit this in a variety of ways ranging from instituting a Muslim ban to rescinding the Deferred Action Child Act (DACA) that was written into action by President Obama in 2012.
DACA protected about 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to America by there parents when they were under the age of 16 years. DACA permitted the “Dreamers,” as they’re often called, to work and contribute to society constructively without fear of deportation. The protection required extensive application for initial enrollment and for renewal every two years. Written by executive order, DACA offered only temporary protections while 95% of its enrollees remained in school or employed, helping to fuel the economy.
The Trump administration alleges that these Dreamers are consuming American jobs and that Obama’s executive order subverted the process of law while not offering a clear path to citizenship. A bipartisan group of four senators reintroduced a plan (the Dream Act) that would provide such a path for citizenship. However, the White House immediately shot it down. Since taking office, President Donald Trump moved quickly to gut this and other executive changes to deportation policy that Obama implemented after comprehensive immigration reform failed to pass an obstructionist Congress.
Taken as a whole (including his pardon of Arpaio), the Trump agenda of White America First gains greater clarity. Through its actions the administration steadfastly implements policies that essentially and seemingly exclusively help to protect the democratic advantage of White Americans.
Dr. Williams is a board certified Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose & Throat Physician) in Nashville, TN where he opened his surgical practice, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists of Nashville.
In addition to his establishing his private surgical practice on the campus of Southern Hills Medical Center, he is also an adjunct assistant professor at Meharry Medical College and founded the Voice Care Center of Nashville, where he specializes in treating and preventing voice problems in Christian and Gospel music artists.
As an independent gospel recording artist himself, Dr. Williams has a keen insight to not only the medical and surgical implications of voice disturbances, but also the many spiritual impacts.
During his medical school training, Williams wrestled with the possible demands that his future medical career (neurosurgery or cardiac surgery at that time) would preclude his ability to effectively develop the ministry he’d been called into. While completing his Ph.D. studies, a colleague suggested Otolaryngology.