I had not thought it possible for the Trump Administration to surpass its own well-established level of moral depravity in so many facets of American life. The principal pre-occupation has been directed at removing people of color from our midst.
Until now, I had resisted using the term “racist” to characterize the administration’s abominably discriminatory policy initiatives directed at specific ethnic or national residents. Somehow the term seemed to lack the moral vigor necessary to convey the condemnation such outrages so richly deserve.
On the other hand, to use the term uncritically assumes the anthropological validity of the very notion of “race,” thus conceding the conceptual ground to Donald Trump and those who have subsumed human variability under selected color-coded labels, and the alleged moral and other attributes associated with each.
As a nation, we have a unique familiarity with racial metaphysics. Just recently, the media disclosed a viciously cruel turn in the administration’s prosecution of their morbid preoccupation with ethnic cleansing. The media reported that an unannounced, apparently surreptitious administration initiative notifying severely ill, foreign-born children and their families that they must leave the United States within 33 days. The lives of the recipients of these letters depend on the medical care that is only available in the U.S. To comply with the terms of the administration’s letter would be to condemn these children to certain death. Their very survival is wholly dependent on our advanced, world-class medical services. The Trump administration’s intention is to cut off their access to these services. In so doing, the president has crossed a line into moral territory rarely broached in our history – he is leading us into in the realm of evil.