My friends who are Black and people of color everywhere: if you plan on going to a Trump event, please be careful! You know he and his minions are violent! Trump canceled an earlier trip to Denver, but now he is coming today, July 1st. Some of my ADAPT sisters and brothers are going, but I refuse to go.
Yes, I understand that there are Blacks and people of color who are Trump supporters. I don't understand why, when Trump hates us and sees us as criminals. If you haven't heard the filth spewing from The Donald's mouth about Mexicans, Muslims and Blacks, your head has been stuck very deep into the ground!
Beware folks, Blacks, in particular, are not welcome at Trump events, even if we are peaceful. He has ordered us kicked out and beaten and even promised to pay the legal fees of someone if they beat up a Black man.
Even if Trump is nice to individual Blacks or has them do his dirty work, pay attention to his words and actions! Don't be fooled because he's saying nicer things or appearing to backpedal on statements he's made previously. He is the Republican nominee precisely because he said and did things that appealed to racists, bigots, xenophobes, homophobes, transphobes, ableists and misogynists. He has not changed his stance. He is the same mean, nasty ogre that he has always been!
If you think he likes disabled folks, think again. He openly mocked a disabled journalist at one of his rallies. I can't imagine what he'll do to disabled activists who raise hell at his events!
I understand for disabled activists, it's all about freeing our people and fighting for our civil rights, and if you want to go, that's fine. That's your choice, if you want to take that risk.
But, if chapters and leaders are forcing or shaming Black and POC disability activists to go to a Trump event knowing what he does and condones to Black/POC activists, you've proven that you care more about the cause than the people in it, and that is despicable!
I say this because I can see that happening in some places. Look, if you're White and disabled and feel strongly that you want to go, because you want to call him out on his stance on disability, feel free. If you are a White-led disability group and you want to have a meeting with Trump, go ahead. He'll probably be very cordial to you and say all the things you want to hear.
But if you, as an organizational or disability rights leader, expect Black disability activists to attend Trump events and shame them if they won't, you really need to rethink your role as a leader!
Look, I'm passionate about disability rights and social change and justice, but I am selfish - I'd rather live than die for a cause! I've been beaten and roughed up countless times by police and angry bystanders at ADAPT actions over the years and have been arrested 120 times. I would do anything for ADAPT and the cause, but I draw the line at Trump rallies. As I grow older, I have become far less reckless and place great value on my life and my safety because I want to be around for a long time to continue the fight with as little trauma as possible. Taking care of myself is of the utmost importance because as Wade Blank, one of the founders of ADAPT, used to tell me all the time, "Anita, you have to take care of yourself or you're no good to the movement!"
Besides, if you haven't figured out that Trump enjoys this; he gets his jollies off of being violent, you are truly unaware. Even if you don't get your butt kicked, you'll be totally and publicly disrespected for even showing your face in his space. Why be fodder for his goons? Why buy into their claims that they don't go disrupting Hillary or Bernie events so that they can justify jacking with protesters who come to Trump rallies?
So, you won't find me at any Trump events and I advise Black folks with disabilities, as well as people of color to stay away. If you want to go because you feel it's worth it for the cause or if you're a Trump supporter, please beware and be careful!
I'm aware that if Donald Trump or his supporters sees this, they'll brand me a terrorist and have the FBI at my door. Bring it on! I'm totally nonviolent and do not practice or condone violence of ANY kind. Besides, I've been spied on before for my nonviolent activist activities and have the redacted paperwork to prove it. I'm not afraid!