No, I didn’t misspell hate crime, I mean MAGA hat crime, as in wearing the hat with the hated expression, Make America Great Again. Jeffrey Omari, a visiting assistant professor at the Gonzaga University School of Law, said his “blood boiled” over a student wearing a Make America Great Again hat during one of his classes.
In his op-ed for the ABA Journal—Seeing Red: A professor coexists with ‘MAGA’ in the classroom , Omari wrote that initially he was “unsure whether the student was directing a hateful message toward me or if he merely lacked decorum and was oblivious to how his hat might be interpreted by his black law professor.” Omari determined that the student’s MAGA hat — the iconic symbol of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign — was a hateful message toward him. “As the student sat there directly in front of me, his shiny red MAGA hat was like a siren spewing derogatory racial obscenities at me for the duration of the one hour and fifteen-minute class,” he
complained whined wrote. “From my (progressive) perspective as a black man living in the increasingly polarized political climate that is America, MAGA is an undeniable symbol of white supremacy and hatred toward certain nonwhite groups.”
Does this “visiting professor” speak for black Americans in general, for only himself, or for anyone who hates Trump? Obviously, the latter. He’s another manifestation of TDS-Trump Derangement Syndrome. Why would I say that? The first point he makes, probably inadvertently, is that he is obsessed with his feelings, he’s triggered by the hat. Is it the color red, or the message itself, or the association he makes between all three and Trump? Most likely, the last. Why should the main point be his interpretations of what a student is wearing? The second point is his absolutist interpretation of what MAGA means, which is essentially saying that HIS view held by most others—because of the word undeniable. Is it truly “undeniable” that the message of love for our country’s history means white supremacy and hatred of dark skins?
I would rather listen to the first black American billionaire than a visiting law professor, or for that matter, than any law professor. Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and America’s first black billionaire, praised President Donald Trump for the roaring economy and criticized Democrats for moving too far left. “The party in my opinion, for me personally, has moved too far to the left,” Johnson told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble. “And for that reason, I don’t have a particular candidate (I’m supporting) in the party at this time. I think at the end of the day, if a Democrat is going to beat Trump, then that person, he or she, will have to move to the center and you can’t wait too long to do that.”
A self-described centrist and Democrat, Johnson supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, but he has expressed admiration for many of Trump’s policies after that election. “I think the economy is doing great, and it’s reaching populations that heretofore had very bad problems in terms of jobs and employments and the opportunities that come with employment … so African-American unemployment is at its lowest level,” Johnson explained.
“If business people are concerned about anything, it’s the clear, clear partisan politics that’s become very wicked and very mean. And that’s not helping the American people, and it’s not helping America as a global nation,” he told CNBC. While he encouraged Trump to “step back a little bit from some of his showmanship,” the first black billionaire insisted that the president deserves credit for the economy — and that will bolster his chances in 2020. “At the end of the day, the American people are looking for someone who can deliver economically and deliver on opportunities,” Johnson concluded.
Mr. Omari is as much at fault for the increasingly polarized political climate as is president Trump. No one is forcing him to react to a hat or the message or his interpretation. I have been insulted or mocked numerous times to my face, behind my back and in writing. So what? I have chosen to deal with all of it as a rational, self confident individual, not as a member of a class or a walking offense magnet. I am not even a law professor! He should grow up!