The Pathology of Privilege: Trump as Once or Future King

www.BrendaPetersonBooks.com

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Tabrez Syed on Unsplash

This election is about what we will make of ourselves

I’d never meet an entitled, rich kid until third grade when my family moved from the West Coast to Boston. We didn’t know we were poor, a family of four kids in a rundown Revere Beach apartment. Like Fisher Kings, we ate lobster from the nearby fish factory because we couldn’t afford hamburgers. Our playmates were the Puerto Rican kids whose patriarch was a professional wrestler—WWE, the original reality show. Sometimes we skipped school to ride a rollicking subway into the big city,

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Nitish Meena on Unsplash

Rulers rise and fall. Eventually, we all fall down.

Narcissistic Trump truly believes he is entitled to another term — not a peaceful transfer of power — but, in his own words, a “continuation” of his autocratic reign like his surrogate father, Putin. Privilege without compassion in politics puts the self before the collective good, the personal will over any egalitarian checks and balances. It explains why Trump shows no empathy or has not once led any national mourning over the staggering 230,000 Americans we’ve lost in the past six months, a majority of them elders and people of color. It explains why Trump unleashed tear gas on peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in Lafayette Square.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Chris Henry on Unsplash

Brenda Peterson is the author of over 20 books, including Duck and Cover, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year,” and the memoir I Want to Be Left Behind.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store