There are a lot of discussions surrounding whether or not Donald Trump created a criminal act when he lied to the American people about the seriousness of the coronavirus. Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner even went as far as saying that the president should be charged for “second degree murder”.
What is not being discussed, however, is what else Trump knew. Did he know that this disease would end up killing Black and Brown people at an alarmingly higher rate than whites? Was this the main reason why he played it down? Because if this is the case then there is no discussion to be had, the president was implementing a genocidal strategy. Sure it was a strategy where few whites would also die but most white nationalists would gladly sacrifice a few white lives if it means killing hundreds of thousands of Black people.
If at any time while Trump was downplaying the danger of COVID-19, he knew that is was even more dangerous for Black and Brown people then it is clear cut that is move was genocide.
Still Black people have to bear some of the responsibility for Trump’s wickedness. If for nothing else, Black people have to be blamed for being so dependent on getting all their information from whites. Where are the Black scientists, doctors and statisticians?
Trump proved why Marcus Garvey was so right when he said the following:
And today being scientifically the weaker race, you shall treat others only as they treat you; but in your homes and everywhere possible, you must teach the higher development of science to your children; and make sure; and make sure that we have a race of scientists par excellence. For in mathematics and science lies our only hope to withstand the evil designs of modern materialism.
Now here Black people are, 80 years after the death of Marcus Garvey and still don’t have a races of scientists. The interesting thing is at the time Garvey told the people this, India and China did not have a people of scientist either. Today both people are threatening to overtake whites in the science department while Blacks are lagging in last place.
Donald Trump could very well be a genocidal murderer but Black people bear the responsibility of being in the position to be so easily wiped out.