We have learned that the first key appointments which American President-Elect Donald Trump has made for his White House staff are white men known to be white supremacists. This means men who are known racist bigots.
News reports indicate that from the time he first announced that he wanted “to make America great again,” he was suspected of being determined to let the ship of state be run once again by white men.
Multiple news outlets Friday reported that Trump has settled on Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions as his pick for attorney general; Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security advisor; and Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Republican from Kansas, as his CIA director.
Those selections come on the heels of Trump announcing that Steve Bannon, executive chairman of the ultra-right website Breitbart News, will be his chief strategist, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will serve as chief of staff.
These early appointments have already fueled fears that Trump is preparing to stock his administration full of hardline white male loyalists.
Pompeo, a former Army officer, is a Tea Party devotee who played a leading role in the House investigation into the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
Sessions and Flynn, two of Trump’s most devoted allies during the campaign, are the more controversial picks for a president who has been accused of fanning racist and anti-Islamic sentiment.
In 1986, the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee rejected Sessions’ nomination to a federal judgeship after hearing testimony from former colleagues that he had referred to the NAACP and other civil rights groups as “un-American” and
“Communist-inspired,” according to the New York Times. One African-American colleague testified that Sessions referred to him as “boy,” a derogatory and racist term used by whites, mostly males, to belittle adult Black males.
We have also learnt that white supremacist groups, among the notorious Klu Klux Klan (KKK), are resurfacing all over America.
Mr. Trump apparently attempted to minimize criticism about white male domination of his administration by asking Ben Carson to be Secretary for Housing and Human Services, one of the largest government agencies. Dr. Carson is the eminent Chicago-based retired neurosurgeon who has several times run for the Republican nomination.
Even so, Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon, head of an ultra-conservative and racist website, to be his chief of staff already raises red flags about the direction of the Trump administration.
We, meaning the rest of the world, are hoping that we are not about to witness a resurgence of Jim Crow, white America—especially white Southern Americans’—brutal and racist response to President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation that freed blacks from slavery in America and African Americans’ political assertiveness that followed. Following the Emancipation, many blacks were elected to state legislatures in the South. This enraged Southern whites who, led by the KKK, started lynching (murdering, hanging) black people and perpetrating a wave of fear in the entire black community throughout the South.
During the recent presidential campaigns, it was clear to all that the Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton, had the overwhelming support of the blacks; while very few blacks, if any at all, could be seen in the mammoth crowds that followed Donald Trump wherever he went.
What does this mean? It means that Donald Trump feels—and he thinks legitimately so—that he owes the blacks and even the Hispanics nothing! Here, therefore, is an opportunity to return to a regime of racial segregation and the total marginalization of minorities, especially blacks, by the Trump administration.
Yes, we recall what Trump said in his victory speech, that he would be “president for all Americans.” Is that, however, another replay of Hamlet’s “Words, words, words”?
We shall see. In this global village which the world has become, thanks to instantaneous media that covers everything instantaneously, Mr. Trump’s administration will be an open book, and it will not be long before we begin to see the true direction of where
Donald Trump will be taking America. How will he make use of his enormous power, with Republicans controlling not only the White House but also both Houses of Congress and, for the foreseeable future, the Supreme Court? Will America recede into the post-Civil War Jim Crow era? Or will Donald Trump have the humility and good political sense to use power for good, rather than for evil?