I have had to do double takes all weekend long. I’ve seen something I thought I would never see in my lifetime. Black people agreeing en masse with Donald Trump.
Since news of Omarosa’s tell all book about Trump was announced, members of the Black community have been quick to give Omarosa and her book the thumbs down with the trite expression,“Bye Felicia.”
Essentially, excommunicating her from the Black community; banishing her to a self-inflicted leprosy colony or some other God forsaken place reserved for people who ball and parlay with Trump’s insensitive policies toward people of color.
Charles M. Blow, whose work as a columnist at the New York Times, I admire greatly, tweeted in reference to Omarosa’s book on Friday, August 10: “Listen to the tape. Fine with me. But DON’T buy this book!!!”
An odd prescription from a writer who has been working feverishly to attract a publisher for a book he is writing on the Trump years. I would think Blow would have lots to say on CNN if white conservatives undertook a campaign to encourage people not to buy his forthcoming book.
At least, Blow is willing to concede Omarosa’s accounts of Trump’s racist utterances should be a part of Trump’s public record. However, many in the Black community discredit her claims of Trump’s true racist feelings as strongly as does Trump.
Social media posts from the diaspora are replete with comments that Omarosa can save her claims of Trump's racist antics now, because when she was in Trump’s inner circle she did not lift a finger to object to his racist feelings.
Who, after all, confronts the demons in their boss’s closest while in the boss employ?
This weekend Donald Trump joined the Black community in dismissing Omarosa’s claims. Trump gave life to the “Bye Felicia” dis by breaking it down to its most raw common denominator. He called Omarosa in no uncertain terms, “a lowlife.”
This is nothing new for Trump. He has been all over the country dissing Black women. He called Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California)“a low intelligent individual” and suggested that the mothers of Black professional football players were “bitches.”
Now Omarosa, at one time the highest ranking Black person in Trump’s administration, “is a lowlife.” This characterization of her comes from a person who claimed he would only hire the top talent in the country to run Washington, D. C.
What does this hire make him?
One would suppose it would take “ a lowlife” to know “a lowlife.”
What really disturbs me is: Trump is yet again getting away with denigrating a Black woman; and Black people are so mad at the Black woman they refuse to come to her defense.
For what Trump has done in rebuffing Omarosa’s claims is to, once again, discredit the intrinsic worth of Black womanhood. It does not matter to Trump if the woman is Michelle, Maxine or Omarosa.
Seemingly, in the mind of Trump, if she is Black, she is undoubtedly stupid, low life and not worthy of consideration as a human. This postulation is as racist as the racial epithet Omarosa said Trump was fond of shouting on the set of The Apprentice.
I’m just saying, no matter her politics, Omarosa is a Black woman too.
Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist. He is a Contributor at The Hill, SCLC National Magazine, Southern Changes Magazine, Medium and Black College Nines. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org