The "Very Fine People" Amongst Us

Image:  Orlando Weekly

Image: Orlando Weekly

Editor’s Note: The following featured article was written by 18-year-old Rozey Hill from Florida, United States.

Constituting this aforementioned group of "very fine people", as defined by Donald J. Trump, we have neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white supremacists, and neo-Confederates who yielded weapons and slurs as means of intimidation at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va. To blame for the incredibly egregious murder of a counter-protester, not particularly protesting for any "liberal" idea beyond not being racist? Well, according to the same man, Mr. Trump, blame for that lies on "both sides": both the masses of bald white men, holding their guns in one hand and the flag of the Lost Cause in another with anti-black slurs and threats continuously flowing from their hateful mouths AND then the other group, protesting prejudice. How idiotic. The desire of the president to not offend his base, those who were drawn to him because of his comments of Mexicans being rapist and criminals: 

"When Mexico sends it people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." Those who were allured by those comments and were too attendants at the "Unite the Right" rally, including former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke and fellow neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, who has proclaimed "Hail Trump", had their appreciation for Trump cemented after his "very fine people" comment.

Their appreciation for Trump was also cemented through his recent blatantly and extremely racist comments relating to the House "Squad", a Progressive group of congresswomen who are rightfully and consistently critical of Mr. Trump. He tweeted at this group, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), after continued debating over the immigration crisis, telling them that they're from "shithole countries" essentially: "from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe". Most notable, he told these women to "go back" to their countries when, overlooked by his idiotic behind, all the women were born and raised in this nation besides Rep. Ilhan Omar. Rep. Omar, though, is a CITIZEN of this country who has been naturalized longer than Trump's wife. 
When is he going to ask Melania to go back to Eastern Europe along with her family and anchor babies? 

My main motivation for making this blog post, though, is centered around this photograph. In this picture, we see a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 32nd district. 
He is seen in the picture, which was exposed in February of 2019, wearing blackface when he was a 16-year-old high school sophomore. His name is Anthony Sabatini and he simply says "they're taking the photo out of context" for he was only dressing up as a black friend. And, better yet, the picture should be forgiven and forgotten on that basis: because his black friend says it was okay. Reminds me of those who feel entitled to using the n-word because, well, "My black friend said it was OK."

Because of his black friend's defense, the photograph and the controversy surrounding it has faded from the public eye, with no comments from the Governor nor any statewide Republican officials. He needs to resign. 
This situation is similar to that surrounding Michael Ertel, who resigned over similar photographs arose--him donning blackface and posing as a Hurricane Katrina victim. Maybe there was some truth to Kanye's "George Bush doesn't care about black people" statement. The Secretary of State did resign but was not AT ALL condemned by the Governor of Florida, who spoke about the issue and simply repeated that it was "unfortunate." Not once did he specifically call out the disgusting and horrifying photographs mocking those who lost everything in the tragedy. It is not surprising, though, that Governor DeSantis failed to condemn the photos given he won his race via dog whistles--"Don't monkey this up" 
Not soon after his resignation from the SoS position, Ertel was hired as a consultant to the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections for three months via a contract. 

This shows a total disregard for blatant racism and prejudice in an era where Trump is the president and when neo-Nazis and white supremacists are "very fine people".