Melania Trump and the ‘Gimme Culture’

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There is an oft-used trope among the right wing section in the Conservative universe that they consistently revert to when they offer up their list of problems of what is wrong with Black America. According to them, African Americans could easily overcome all the problems in their community with hard work and “pulling themselves up by their bootstraps.” In their particular realm of logic, anyone in America can get whatever they want by putting their nose to the grindstone, but instead, Black people choose to whine about the travails of racism. The Conservative rhetoric believes that at the bottom of all the Negro's woes is the idea that “the Blacks” (as Trump calls us) are perpetually looking for a handout. They’ve even named it. They say Blacks live in a “gimme culture.”

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Last night, during the first night of the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump stumbled through a platitude-laden speech about how her husband was going to “make America great again.” Pundits lauded her for igniting the crowd and showing the true American spirit. She talked about how the universal values of honesty and hard work could propel anyone—even a simple immigrant like her—to the unimaginable heights. She was the ideal conservative Barbie—a svelte Slovenian turned inspirational hero who exemplified everything wrong with the gimme culture.

Then they found out she stole it all from a Black woman.

That Melania plagiarized Michelle Obama is not just the definition of irony, it is so symbolic that Black people should now and forever use it as an example of how White America looks down its noses at people of color while simultaneously sucking every bit of talent, effort and creativity out of them for their own purposes. From now on, anyone who seeks to suck the soul out of Black America without recompense should be referred to as a “Melania.”

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