Privilege is Real and Trump Started that Conversation

Editorial

Oct 12, 2016 (San Diego) There are many things people have called Donald Trump since the video surfaced last weekend. This is a video where he brags about sexual assault, and the fact that he can get away with it. We at Reporting San Diego are going to thank Trump for this. No, not because he is a nice person. In fact, his actions did not strike us as odd or strange. But the tape has done a great service to the country.

It has started a conversation. I am sure this is not the conversation he wanted to start. This is a conversation about privilege and what is sexual assault. Having money and being white has allowed Trump to get away with sexual assault. He is not alone. Brock Turner almost got away with it, and got a slap in the wrist. Why? Melanin content. Since Turner is white the judge feared ruining his life. Never mind the woman’s life was ruined by his actions.

So Trump has said clearly that he got away with things due to wealth. Then there is this from the CBS Los Angeles affiliate. This is according to Miss Arizona:

“He just came strolling right in,” Dixon said. “There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Others girls were naked. Our first introduction to him was when we were at the dress rehearsal and half-naked changing into our bikinis.”

There are more stories emerging. What we see is a pattern. And what we see is a pattern of thinking women are things, not people, without a natural space. What we are seeing is what appears to be a sexual predator, and a system that allows him to get away with things.

To a point it is sad that what seems to be bringing him down are these stories, since we have known the lack of policy positions for over a year, if not more. We have also known he tends to have fascist positions. Lack of respect for women is a marker, why we were not surprised by this.

But may as it be. Trump is making the country a favor. This behavior has been normalized for the well to do for the whole history of the country. If you are well connected and have money you can rape a slave. You can rape an immigrant, you can rape, period. It emphasizes the lack of an equal justice system. If Trump was a member of a minority community, or even white but not well connected and wealthy, he would be facing serious prison time. He would also be facing a listing as a sexual predator.

Since he is wealthy, likely knows a few judges, and he is extremely well connected he did things that the rest of us cannot get away with.

We are starting a few conversation so we should thank him. The most obvious one is what is sexual assault. Grabbing a woman by her private parts is sexual assault. So is kissing a woman on the lips against her will.  What he described in the tape with Billy Bush is sexual assault. What is increasing emerging is also a good example of white and wealth privilege. So thank you. This is a conversation the country has to have. It is part of the rape culture that exists in the country. We just hope this goes well beyond just a conversation. We need to see a whole list of changes, and this has to be all but acceptable even in locker rooms, where we have learned this talk does not take place. Most importantly, the justice system needs to deal with people of wealth and privilege, equally as those without.

Women have a right not to fear people who have money and privilege, becuase they know that they will get away with it.

On the down side, this is what will take to bring this campaign down? Seriously? That is also telling about the country. It was not policy, but pretty much a sexual scandal.

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