Donald Trump: A Master of Macro-Aggression
In a world increasingly traumatized by micro-aggressions, Donald Trump is a master of macro-aggression. College campuses across the United States are on the lookout for insidious threats called "micro-aggressions." They are more feared than the Zika and Ebola viruses combined. Students are quarantined from these threats in things called "safe spaces."
Words and phrases such as "Where are you from?," "meritocracy," and "America is the land of opportunity" are so potentially damaging to the students' fragile psyches that they are being eradicated from campuses.
Free speech, one of the cornerstones of our great nation and essential to any free society, is under attack. By telling students what they can't say, colleges and universities are telling students what to say. They have essentially shut down debate. "Safe spaces" have become "echo chambers."
But in a world dominated by "selfies" and self-indulgent social media postings, is it any wonder that this generation only wants to hear the sound of their own voices?
One of the great lessons colleges used to teach students was how to think critically. Colleges used to challenge students to step outside of themselves, to expand their minds and to look at the world from as many different angles as possible. This was a scary, uncomfortable process for 18- and 19-year-olds who had been living in insular worlds surrounded by like-minded people.
Today, however, colleges aren't teaching students how to think, but what to think. And it’s all being done within the cozy confines of “safe spaces” where dissent is no longer tolerated. But nothing great will ever be accomplished in a safe space.
Enter Donald Trump.
Donald does not do "micro." He's all about the "macro." He's the personification of "go big or go home." And swaths of the American electorate love him because of it.
Donald Trump is so macro-aggressively offensive that the word "Trump" has been reclassified as a micro-aggression on some college campuses. Think about that. The last name of the nominee of one of our two major political parties is not allowed to be spoken on some college campuses.
I'm sure Trump wears that as a badge of honor. He's going to say what he thinks, and he doesn't really care about the feelings of 18-year-old college students. When you run a multibillion-dollar business, you worry about the bottom line. You don't deal in the micros of the world, and you don't care about hurt feelings.
Trump has become a phenomenon in certain circles of the electorate because his unapologetic, macro-aggressiveness is a complete departure from the sniveling, artificially crafted personas of typical politicians. Trump calls his political opponents liars, corrupt, idiots, stupid, and wackos. He does not hide his opinion of others. There is a level of honesty in his approach that's not evident in the rest of the political world -- and his supporters appreciate that honesty.
Other politicians call their opponents the same things, but they do it using veiled terms like “truth deniers,” “unethical,” “extremist,” and “zealots,” which essentially mean, liars, corrupt, idiots, stupid and wackos. Under the fraudulent guise of decorum, politicians call their opponents names in an attempt to discredit them without ever being classified as a “name caller.” Just as calling someone “micro-aggressive” is, in itself, a micro-aggression. It’s calling someone a racist or a sexist without being viewed as a militant because you called someone racist or sexist.
For those who dismiss the idea of a white male commenting on micro-aggressions, try being a white running back in professional football. Phrases such as "you run pretty good for a white boy" or "you play like a brother" were common expressions directed at me throughout my six years in professional football.
Whether they were said as back-handed compliments or a way to get in my head, I simply smiled, nodded and focused on winning the next play. That's because they weren't in control of my future -- I was. I am the master of my own fate because what I do dictates my destiny, not what someone else says. When we allow the words of others to hurt or negatively affect us, we empower them. We cede our sovereignty to them.
Donald Trump does not listen to his critics who call him a racist or a sexist. He does not allow them to change his ways or tamp down his language. He simply focuses on winning the next play, and in doing so he has largely rendered those charges innocuous.
Trump holds this power because he does not allow words of others to define him. He defines himself. He doesn't grovel for the approval of the media or his critics as other politicians do, therefore, the media have been ineffective in their attempts to dismantle or destroy him. He has never empowered the media, and his voters love him for it.
In a world that is slowly suffocating from the constrictions of political correctness, Donald Trump has been a breath of fresh air to some. Only time will tell if his macro-aggressive style is the spark of life that helps resuscitate this once great nation.