So it’s confirmed. Not many supporters of President Donald Trump understand what white supremacy means, nor do they want to understand.
A local reporter in Berkeley, California, was given a lecture by one of Trump’s fans, leaving the woman speechless. The incident was caught on tape and seems to have been filmed during the weekend at a “March 4 Trump” rally. It was posted on Twitter by a UC Berkeley student, Gibson Chu, who also took many photographs of clashes between pro-Trump and anti-Trump demonstrators during the rally.
The reporter had gone to interview some campaigners at the pro-Trump rally and she got into conversation with an elderly man wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap.
At some point, the two began discussing white supremacy, but apparently, the Trump supporter did not like this turn in conversation. He quickly interjected the woman to say:
“No, not white… no, no, no. We have black supremacists in basketball because they play basketball better than we do,” the man declared.
When the dumbstruck reporter looked at him, the man kept prompting her to answer:
“Right?” he asked. “Right?”
The reporter was left visibly speechless after this strange turn of events. And why not? Clearly, the man in the video did not understand what the term “supremacy” meant. Apparently, he thought having superior skills in sports qualifies one to be a supremacist. No, it does not.
Supremacy, according to Merriam-Webster, means “the quality or state of having more power, authority or status than anyone else.”
White supremacy, is in essence, a racist ideology that white people are superior to other races in certain characteristics and attributes and hence, should “politically, economically and socially rule non-white people,” according to Wikipedia.
So yes, perhaps some black basketball players may have superior skills than their white counterparts, but that certainly does not make them black supremacists. After all, they are not planning to rule or exterminate entire races.
Here are the Twitterati’s reactions to this man’s absurd statement.
According to trump supporters white supremacy is a myth & black supremacy is a thing bc we play basketball better pic.twitter.com/CXiq30ixOO— nañi (@pettyblackgirI) March 8, 2017
So white ppl's lack of talent = black supremacy. Got it. ?????? https://t.co/vhOpajqDJh— wumbo?? (@kayy_ash) March 8, 2017
Why in the hell didn't y'all tell me about this black supremacy in the NBA? https://t.co/RX7zwfT6Wv— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) March 8, 2017
Black supremacy in basketball because we play basketball the best but who owns these teams and the league? ??— Big Baby J.R.A.M. (@Meeting_aJERNed) March 8, 2017
RT air you're a black supremacist now pic.twitter.com/i7bwbV1oI7— Andre Luther King (@AndreLutherKing) March 8, 2017
So the nba full of black supremacist because the black players are better .... he sound hurt https://t.co/sV78BZjyS3— Alex ?? (@Alexxx_irish) March 9, 2017
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