Let's Call Trump's Language What It Is

With all of his Birther and affirmative action talk, what's the point of tiptoeing around who Donald Trump is appealing to?

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It's this failure to call Trump and others like him on what they're doing that keeps Trump looking like a contender within the GOP presidential-nominee race. And if Trump isn't aware of the code he's dropping, he's more ignorant than we could ever imagine.

Many people, myself included, are full of rage after the president's birth certificate press conference and the crowing from Trump that immediately followed. I've had friends shed tears over the overt racism seen in Trump's messaging and its delivery through the mainstream media. Some people have asked, "What do we do now?"

I think the answer is simple: We hold the media responsible. Rage without action equals complacency. We can't allow this type of backward messaging to go unchallenged. We can't be afraid of the race card because, for millions and millions, it's not a card. It's their life.

To allow the silencing of real issues out of discomfort or fear is unacceptable. Not calling out racism doesn't make the act less racist. It makes an entire race of people less American.

Elon James White is a writer-comedian and the host of the award-winning Web series This Week in Blackness and the Internet radio show Blacking It Up. Follow him on Twitter.

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Elon James White is a writer and satirist and host of the award-winning video and radio series This Week in Blackness. Listen Monday to Thursday at 1:30 p.m. EST at TWIB.FM and watch at TV.TWIB.ME/LIVE. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr.

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