The Trump Era Has Begun and Some White Racist Men Feel Free To Express Their Bigotry.
I experienced two blatant, racial incidents, in two days; Thursday January 19th and Friday January 20th 2017. Thursday, I was filling up a cup of Coke Zero at Justin's Deli Dunwoody, three miles my home in Brookhaven Georgia, when a slightly older White man rudely called to me "are you going to clean this up?" pointing to a soda spill at the salad bar. I responded "do I look like I work here?" He responded saying "well" while gesturing towards me with his hand. (Justin's workers where a kaki Justin's hat with a name tag.) I was wearing a blue hat and blue shirt and no name tag. We were dressed similarly. I responded to him; "so you think every Black person must be an employee? I am a retired lawyer and law professor."I walked quickly away towards my seat and he did not respond. He was about 5 or 6 years older than me.
Inauguration day, after exiting my car, to go into the Brookhaven, Cosco's Wear-house, a middle aged White man yelled at me "Boy, do you want this shopping cart?" Apparently he did not feel like rolling it back to the it's stall. I responded "no, and if you see a boy you kick his ass" and I walked toward the entrance. Inside I luckily ran into one of my former students, a beautiful, young, Latina woman Cynthia. I told her what happened. She said there had been a few racial incidents in Cosco recently.
It is so frustrating, for people of color, to try get White Americans, particularly males to understand how significant race was in Trump's victory. The media has purposefully downplayed it's importance, in spite of the overt rhetoric and actions of Trump and his supporters. Look at all of the threats to Jewish Community Centers just this week. I posted an article concerning the rise of anti-Semitism. This was only the first day of the Trump administration and the day before. The Sysiphsian ball of racial and religious progress is already rolling down it's hill in the perpetual cycle of progress and regress which has characterized racial progress in America. All that has really changed has been based on the social requirements of technological advance. Unlike President Obama's exhortations, I am afraid, very afraid.