Update: November 29, 11:07 am:

It's not just "Pocahontas". Trump has also just retweeted an extremist anti-Muslim hate video from the UK, causing outrage in both the UK and the US.


Update, November 29, 9:23 am:

For a comment by Princeton University Professor of Religion and African-American Studies professor Eddie Glaude, Jr. stating that Trump's "Pocahontas" racial slur was an attack, not only on Native Americans, but on all brown-skinned people, see:


With every new slur and racial attack against non-white people in general, and immigrants in particular, coming from the president, it becomes more and more difficult to escape the conclusion that deeply rooted racial prejudices are at the very core of Trump's immigration agenda.

My original comment appears below.

The notion of a president of the United States using a demeaning racial slur against a group of people he is purportedly honoring and praising for their contributions to American society would be unthinkable for most Americans, even in the "Donald Trump Era". But that is exactly what Trump did on November 27 in a speech to a group of elderly Navaho native Americans who had rendered invaluable service during WW2 by developing a code which could not be broken.

Even in the midst of his praise for their service, Trump was unable to avoid using his favorite racial epithet against native Americans: "Pocahontas."


To put it into perspective, what would the reaction be if a US president were to address a group of African-Americans while talking about "Uncle Tom". or if her were to give a speech in front of a Jewish organization containing a reference to "Shylock"?

But this story is not significant just because of a single racial remark (made while Trump, in an arguably even more serious insult to Native Americans, stood in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson, a president who became famous for exterminating them).

This one single racial epithet is a window into the denigrating attitude that Trump has shown toward non-white Americans in other, far more serious instances, notably in his response (or lack of it) to the hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico. It is also reflected in his courting of white nationalists, also known as Right Wing Populists.


One might even say that the 3 "P's" of Trump's disparagement of non-white Americans, "Pocahontas", Puerto Rico and white nativist Populism, tell us more about the purpose of Trump's agenda of making drastic reductions in immigration from non-European parts of the world than any fancy, convoluted immigration executive orders or policy statements coming out from the White House or the DHS could possibly do.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law