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Trump supporter disrupts shopping trip

By VERSHAY BURKS / VN FEATURES EDITOR
On September 13, 2016

Last month I was shopping at a local store not too far from where I live when a self-proclaimed Donald Trump supporter felt the need to tell me about the Republican nominee.

 

He and his girlfriend were white. He wore an Army-green shirt with “USA” across it. She was dressed up, but barefoot.

 

The couple told me that they were personally picked to stand behind Trump at his rally last month near Lansing, in Dimondale. He told me how blacks “need” to vote for Trump, because he will really help us out of “our plight.”

 

 “The reason I am so passionate about it is because my children are black,” he told me.

 

He went on and on about how Trump will get us jobs we’ll have better education, how Hillary Clinton deep down is really a racist, blah, blah, blah.

 

 I thought to myself: What makes him think that I, as a black woman, if I vote for anyone, would vote for Trump? I am way too educated, and far from hopeless, to vote for such a bigoted, belligerent, barbarous buffoon named Donald Trump.

 

By now, his campaign slogan of “Make America Great Again” is well-known. It’s on hats, bumper stickers and t-shirts, and he repeats the phrase at almost every speech and public appearance. 

 

What does “Make America Great Again” mean exactly? When was America great, and for whom was it great? When the Constitution was constructed by the Founding Fathers, blacks were not included in “the land of the free.”

 

 Instead of telling this man what I thought, I just let him speak. Why argue with a fool?

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