Courtland Milloy asks in his recent Washington Post Column “Why aren’t more black men outraged into action when President Trump insults black women?” He continues: “For months now, Trump has been targeting black women with white supremacist tropes. “Low IQ,” “nasty,” “losers,” “dogs,” “stupid,” he calls them. “Sit down,” he scolded a black female reporter at a recent news conference, his tone as contemptuous as a plantation owner whose black maid had dared to question his judgment.”
The answer should be simple because the tactic is so familiar. As always they start with black men (arguably the first line of defense for black women) by trying to put us in our place, that is, to show black women and the world that black men cannot possibly be protectors of anyone or anything. So Trump starts with birtherism, taking a knee, calling NFL players sons of bitches (yo mama) calling the places where our ancestors came from “shit holes” then believing he has sufficiently cowered black men he goes after black women. Lest we forget: All of this race nonsense began with the white man’s so-called duty and obligation to defend white women? Have we no less a duty and obligation?
Let us be clear. The psychological mobilization has begun. Make no mistake about it. We can be called on to protect and defend. Those who do not speak out will be voted out.
Just for the record Auntie Maxine is an icon – a modern day Fannie Lou Hamer. When you insult her you insult my grandmother, my mother, my sister and my ancestors. Come January we will see how low her IQ is. If she needs protection she will have it. Take it from those who know Mr. President, the last thing you want to do is tangle with a black woman. You are better off insulting world leaders. Finally, to the extent that you believe black men will not protect black women don’t bet on it. Back off Mr. President – this ain’t 1860 or 1960.