These two voices are calibrated depending on who is listening, but together they shine a light on the distinctive kind of racial whistling of dogs, which is a crucial part of its politicization.
"You made all of America very proud of you and the work you did," he told attendees through what looked like a verbal tapping on the head before shaking a list of things his administration apparently did did to support HBCUs – to mixed results. [
Although seemingly unrelated, you could argue that these voices are two sides of the same coin – both of which, in their own right, favor Trump's distinctly white vision of America.
"If Donald Trump has a theory for anything, it is a theory of American citizenship," wrote Jamel Bue in the wake of Trump's outburst against a squad of four women. "It's simple. you have a legitimate claim to American citizenship and everything that comes with it. If you are not, then you are not. "
The president's first voice, in short, is straightforward: He telegraphs whiteness as American ̵
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Trump's other speaking voice, by contrast, is a little more complicated – definitely finer – because even when talking to a white crowd, there is a layer of importance to white ears.
Tuesday's conference: During his speech, Trump accomplished two things: For black listeners, he poured pious praise for The "coveted" role that HBCUs have long played in American life (not to mention significantly about the overall plight of HBCU).
For his mostly white supporters, he came down as … not obviously racist, got the photo op and could he would even provide some degree of cover for the corrosive racism that permeated the rest of his presidency. (None the less, given that Trump is scheduled to visit Baltimore this week – a black majority town he called "disgusting" , rats and rodents contaminated porridge "only pr one few months.)
Trump's persistence with black voters suggests how well his approach goes: A CNN / SSRS poll released on Tuesday showed that approval ratings for African-Americans are 9%.
"The America First program is about the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that unite all Americans," Trump said Tuesday.
But in the configuration of the president, who really is "American"? It depends on who is listening.