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Donald Trump, the poster boy for white privilege

By Leonard Pitts Jr., Tribune Content Agency on

Trump has denied this. So we must decide whether to believe Wilson, whose account is supported by La David's aunt, who raised him, or a man who insisted his sparsely attended inauguration was the biggest in history.

It is not a tough call.

Over time, one becomes inured to the double standards imposed by race, but this one is especially galling because it is especially obvious. And yet, even in its obviousness, it is largely unremarked upon.

The black guy fails to wear a lapel pin and endures months of questions about whether he belongs. The white guy canoodles with Russia, insults the intelligence community, undermines the judiciary and makes a Gold Star widow cry, dismissing her husband's sacrifice as, apparently, just one of those things.

And though he is reviled for it, no poll asks whether he shows "the proper patriotism" and there is no accusation of otherness. Even at a level of awfulness bordering on sedition, his American-ness, his "one of us-ness," is a taken for granted thing. Meantime, football players are asked to reassure us they love America.

Donald Trump is thus the poster boy for white privilege, including, the privilege of being terrible. And yes, some will look at this and see no unfairness, nor cause for anger or despair. That's no surprise.

Blindness is a privilege, too.

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(Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail at lpitts@miamiherald.com.)

 

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